Rum for beginners

Sylvia Simm | 26. March 2024

What are the most popular rums for beginners? The selection is huge. The bottles are beautiful. We are immediately transported to the Caribbean or see ourselves with a drink in our hand.

But which rum should we choose? Which rum is really good? What are the differences?

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When we think of rum, Bacardi and Havana Club may immediately spring to mind. These two brands are known worldwide for their marketing. But there are endless treasures to discover among the rum varieties.

The history of rum began with the cultivation of sugar cane in the Caribbean in the 17th century. Barbados is named as the country of origin. Even today, 80 per cent of the world's rum production comes from the Caribbean. Rum is a distillate made from molasses or sugar cane juice. The numerous varieties differ in terms of raw material, production method and country of production, style, age and colour. Most rums are blends!

Our rum recommendations

Before you start looking for RUM!

We recommend that beginners start with a light, mild rum. After that, everyone can decide for themselves whether to choose their rum according to the type of rum production or the country of origin. There are names that are on everyone's lips, such as Ron Zacapa, Don Papa, Botucal, Brugal and Ron Centenario We all know that rum comes from the Caribbean. But rum is also produced in South and Central America, on the African islands and in the Philippines.

In alphabetical order

  • Botucal from Venezuela is a rum for beginners and connoisseurs alike. Botucal rum is also known as Ron Diplomático and is best enjoyed neat on ice. Botucal Mantuano offers an ideal introduction to the world of rum with its mild and oily-sweet notes of rum sultanas and a hint of chocolate.
  • Brugal from the Dominican Republic is a typical Caribbean rum. It is wonderfully balanced and full-bodied. Watch out women! The first woman to hold the title of "Maestra Ronera" - Rum Master - is responsible for its production.
  • Don Papa from the Philippines is one of the most beautifully designed rum bottles. It is a very popular rum-based spirit with a higher sugar content than 20g per litre. Here too, the base is sugar cane, which is turned into molasses after the distillation process. After distillation, flavours and, above all, sugar are added to refine the rum spirit.
  • Havana Club from the largest Caribbean islandCuba is suitable for mixing as well as for pure enjoyment. It is THE key ingredient in the famous Cuba Libre cocktail. Since December 2022, Cuba's "Maestros del Ron" - rum masters - have been recognised by UNESCO as an intangible world cultural heritage site.
  • Ron Centenario comes from the island of Costa Rica. It has a sweet, balanced flavour with distinct woody notes. The distillery offers a tasting set so that several bottlings from the same distillery can be tasted at the same time.
  • Santa Teresa from Venezuela is the ideal rum for rum cocktails. It is an uncomplicated molasses rum with maturation in American oak barrels. The same distillery also produces the full-bodied 1796 Solera for pure enjoyment.
  • Zacapa offers an extraordinary variety of flavours. It is smooth and full-bodied at the same time! Much praised and honoured with awards, it is well worth tasting.

Conclusion

As a beginner, it is best to use our flavour descriptions as a guide and choose a rum that appeals to you spontaneously. Whether you prefer your rum neat, on ice or in a drink is of course a matter of taste and entirely up to you. Close your eyes and feel transported to the beach in the Caribbean!

A selection from our range of rums

Neisson Profile 105 Rhum
Neisson Profile 105 Rhum
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
BrewDog Duo Distilling Spiced Rum
BrewDog Duo Distilling Spiced Rum
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
La Favorite Rhum Agricole Vieux Coeur de Canne 4 Years
La Favorite Rhum Agricole Vieux Coeur de Canne 4 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
La Mauny Ambre Rhum
La Mauny Ambre Rhum
1/ l · incl.  VAT
Dictador Rum with glass 10 Years
Dictador Rum with glass 10 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 Years
Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Rhum J.M Canopée 6 Years
Rhum J.M Canopée 6 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Arehucas Anejo Reserva Rum 18 Years
Arehucas Anejo Reserva Rum 18 Years
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Trois RivièresTriple Millesime Rhum
Trois RivièresTriple Millesime Rhum
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
Don Papa Baroko rum spirit
Don Papa Baroko rum spirit
0,2/ l · incl.  VAT
Rhum J.M La Dame Jeanne N.2
Rhum J.M La Dame Jeanne N.2
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
La Mauny Vieux Signature Rhum
La Mauny Vieux Signature Rhum
0,7/ l · incl.  VAT
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Sylvia Simm is an experienced employee of Whisky.de. After more than 20 years in online sales and service, she supports the company with her extensive whisky knowledge in marketing. As online editor and content manager, she is responsible for editing and updating the texts on the knowledge pages.

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