Rum is one of the world’s oldest and bestselling spirits, often misunderstood, steeped in tradition, and with a colorful though not always honorable past. This is the first comprehensive, illustrated book to cover rum’s history, production, and full range of flavors. The pure rums are detailed by their island or country of origin with an explanation of the climatic differences and productions methods that provides each with unique character. A guide to tasting and evaluating the full range of rums by style and class is provided along with a section on spiced and blended rums and how they are made and marketed. The book concludes with a directory of 180 of the world’s most notable rums complete with statistics, tasting notes, label photos, and a rating from one to five stars. Beverage managers and bartenders, both professional and at home, will find this an essential buying guide and very entertaining reading.
This is a most attractively produced illustrated book about one of the world’s oldest spirits. The first rum may have been enjoyed some 2,500 years ago, but the modern drink began with moonshine fermented by Iberian New World settlers and later by the other Europeans when they established their Caribbean colonies. Perhaps the most popular rum comes from Cuba, where humidity levels are responsible for the sweetest sugar cane, and where in 1878 Don Facunado Bacardi imported the first still and created his famous brand. Dave Broom examines the colourful history of rum and explains production techniques from around the world. He also offers a directory of more than 200 rums with tasting notes and ratings.
About the Author
Dave Broom is an award-winning spirits writer, a regular contributor to the Saturday Telegraph and the BBC’s Good Food, and is a host on UK Food television.
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Wine Appreciation Guild (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891267620
- ISBN-13: 978-1891267628
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds