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All about gold rum
You may recognize gold rum by its distinctive amber hue. It's aged for longer than white rum, but less than dark rum. The duration of the aging process can vary depending on the climate of the area where the rum hails from. Rums from Puerto Rico must age from one to three years because of a local law provision.
The history of gold rum
This spiced rum was born in the Caribbean in the 17th century. Sugarcane farmers started to produce it from molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. They had the genius idea to boil sugarcane, skim the liquid and add molasses to it. They fermented and distilled the mixture, inventing rum in the process.
Where is it produced?
While this liquor originated in the Caribbean region, it's now produced around the world. Among the biggest producers are the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Jamaica. You'll also find some good bottles from Nicaragua, Brazil, England and Germany. Wherever your bottle comes from, you'll experience the same rich, smooth taste. The biggest gold rum producers in the world are the U.S., Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Barbados and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What is its flavor profile?
Most gold or amber rum varieties have sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, coconut and almond, which originate from the barrel where the spirit ages. However, liquors produced in each region have slightly different flavor profiles. For example, rums from Puerto Rico have a sweet taste with notes of molasses and fruit, while spiced rums from the U.S. have spicy notes. Compared to white rums, golden ones typically have a stronger flavor.
Cocktails to prepare
You can sip gold rum on its own, but this sweet liquor is an ingredient in many cocktail recipes. In the summer's heat, mix it with fruit juices to make a refreshing punch. Alternatively, combine it with cola and lime juice to get a delicious Cuba libre. Try it in a mojito with a fresh mint garnish or a piña colada topped with a pineapple slice. In the winter, it blends well with hot apple cider for a cozy beverage.