One of the most popular spirits internationally is rum. It is famously produced across the Caribbean as well as in Central, South and North America. (There is even a distillery in Fiji making rum.) No matter where it is made, the spirit must be made from sugar cane—whether it is sugar cane juice, sugar cane syrup or sugar cane molasses. Each country or region has its own rules and regulations for producing the liquor. And that’s not to mention distinct production methods and traditions. What makes drinking rum so enjoyable is that the category runs the full flavor gamut from big and funky to light and fruity. It is enjoyed in a range of cocktails, including the Mojito, the Dark and Stormy, the Piña Colada and the Daiquiri.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council, over the last 20 years, sales of premium, high-end premium and super premium rums have grown by 47 percent.