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Spirit Wednesdays: Rum

Rum’s comebackAward-winning author Dave Broom has come back to the spirits scene with his new book, Rum: The ManualThis 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

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