After writing the Rum 101 article, I got to thinking: “What else would I want to have known when I was just starting out as a rum nerd?” The result is my latest article: Plugging Into the Rum World. This article covers the “everything else” category, including books to read, groups to join, other Web sites to read, where to buy rum, and where to attend rum festivals. It’s a real soup-to-nuts of all things rum beyond this blog. There’s a big rummy world out there, so once you’ve exhausted the resources here, get out there and be a part of it!
I started writing this article years ago, but it always seemed to stay on the back burner. There are a lot of primers on rum out there, but some are too short, others are too long. This one hits on most of the points I wish I knew when I got into rum, so perhaps some of you will find it useful (especially those among you just starting out).
At just under 7,000 words, you couldn’t call it short, but I’ve provided on-page links for the various sections to allow you to skip around as needed. Check it out and add your own thoughts in the comments section. I’m sure I missed stuff despite having some editing help from my fellow rum nerds. Read the article here or click the image below.
Today we take a bit of a detour from our distillery recaps and move upstream to see where molasses comes from. After visiting DDL’s Diamond Distillery, we had the unique opportunity to visit the Enmore Sugar Factory and ride through the nearby cane fields which supply it. The scale of the plant appears massive to the layperson, so imagine our surprise when we learned Enmore was actually one of the smaller sugar factories in Guyana. Read the story here, and see what it takes to produce the molasses that makes some of our favorite rums around the world.