What is aged rum?
As the name suggests, aged rum is a type of rum that has aged for a longer period of time. Rum is a sugar cane distilled spirit that is directly influenced by territory, technique and tradition. Most rums are bottled directly from the still, but some of the best rums are aged in wood casks, typically charred oak barrels. Sometimes the barrels were previously used to age bourbon, scotch, cognac or sherry. In some cases, the aged rum is allowed to blend and mature in another barrel for a second maturation.
The process of distillation, the barrels, and warm climates produce good aged rums that are darker in color, have a rich flavor, and are more aromatic than white or light rums. The quality of aged rum depends on the type of sugarcane used.
Apart from aged rums, there are different types of rum, from bright white ones to more brown ones. Aged rums fall into the latter category.
History of Rum
The first distillation of rum in the Caribbean took place on the sugarcane plantations there in the 17th century. Plantations discovered that molasses a by-product of the sugar refining process, could be fermented into alcohol. Then, distillation of these alcoholic byproducts concentrated the alcohol, and removed some impurities, producing the first modern rums. Tradition suggests this type of rum first originated on the island of Nevis. The Caribbean history with rum dates back to 1650 and the islands have much experience with distilling and aging Rum.