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New Article: Rum 101

February 4, 2016

Hey folks!

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.

Cheers!
Josh

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Rob S. permalink
    February 4, 2016 6:07 pm

    Great primer Josh! And an excellent resource for the rum noob. I do have a question regarding the ACR marque though: I noticed a number of ACR certified rums have tested for added sugar, e.g. Brugal, Barcelo, El Dorado. Is sugar a permitted additive, by the ACR standards? Are they more on the lookout for flavorings and such?

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      February 4, 2016 7:11 pm

      Thanks, Rob! The sugar thing is evolving for sure. According to the ACR rules, no post-distillation sugar addition is allowed, but tests have suggested some are not following the rules as you mentioned. It’s an industry group that’s self-regulated, so the various producers will have to sort it out amongst themselves. With all the rum nerds measuring rums, it may come sooner than later. As Richard Seale told me, the ACR rules “are a good start”.

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