In a time where aged good white rums has risen in popularity and overproof styles are getting more attention, white rum have become somewhat of an afterthought. This is largely because there are a lot of poor examples out there. It can also be difficult to differentiate a good from a bad one when trying to pick up a bottle at the liquor store.
However, a good white rum can be just as refreshing as a gin or vodka cocktail and it’s the base of classic cocktails like the Mojito and Daiquiri. It can be a great option for those looking to start experimenting with rum or want something that won’t overpower their other ingredients in a drink.
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Luckily, there are a few rums out there that can shine in the light-bodied category. Many of them are aged in barrels before being filtered, which helps add a smooth palate and a more complex flavor profile to the spirit. In addition, some of them are distilled in pot stills to impart extra layers of character and complexity that’s missing from a lot of mass-produced white rums.
In the end, the most important thing is to be a little more thoughtful with how you’re talking about rum. Instead of using “white rum” as a catch-all, brands should think about describing the product in more detail. If rum is aged, then call it an aged rum; if it’s a blend from different regions, then it’s maybe a tropical island blend or something more appropriate.