Rum’s comeback. Award-winning author Dave Broom has come back to the spirits scene with his new book, Rum: The Manual. This latest edition to his manual series covers everything from the history of rum’s sticky past to tasting notes for over 100 different bottles.
Rum is no longer taking a backseat to all the big players such as vodka or whiskey. This world-class spirit has seen market growth at 23% in the US and a whopping 74% in France.
Broom’s new book is settling any misconceptions about the spirit by going over rum’s entire production process from start to finish. He covers premium aged rums, the new spiced-market, and even shares a great selection of classic and contemporary cocktails. For the spirit aficionado in your life, get Rum: The Manual, available now at $20.
Rum lovers, here are my current favorites.
Flaming Leprechaun 80 Proof Triple Distilled Rum, Ireland $23
Smooth, racy and bright; balanced, essence of honey and nice touch of spice. 92 Points
Diplomatico 80 Proof Extra Anejo Mantuano Rum, Venezuela $24
Deep amber color; soft, toasted nose; silky and smooth with toasty, supple style; balanced and long, clean and elegant; soft and long. 90 Points
Diplomatico 94 Proof Extra Anejo Blanco Planas Rum, Venezuela $29
Clear; smooth, mellow nose; silky and smooth, clean and elegant with notes of vanilla and sugar cane; balanced, supple with creamy texture and a long, rich finish. 92 Points
Ron Barceló 80 Proof Gran Añejo Dominican Rum, Dominican Republic $20
Medium amber color; smooth, lush and spicy with toasted oak and brown sugar; clean, mellow and balanced. 90 Points
Ron Barceló 80 Proof Imperial Dominican Rum, Dominican Republic $30
Deep amber color; toasty, rich nose; smooth and silky with toasty oak and brown sugar; long and balanced. 91 Points
Bacardi Facundo 80 Proof Neo Rum, Aged 1-8 Years, Bahamas $45
Clear; soft aromatic sugar nose; silky texture, smooth sugar flavor; clean, mellow and lush; bright and balanced with good length and finesse. 92 Points
Bacardi Facundo 80 Proof Eximo Rum, Aged 10-12 Years, Bahamas $80
Medium amber color; smooth, toasty and lush with creamy, rich style; balanced and elegant, long and mellow. 92 Points