15 Rum facts!

As you know at Flat Cap Drinks we are big rum fans and wanted to provide you with some knowledge and give you 15 rum facts!. So pour a drink and read through and enjoy.
  1. Rum was first produced in the Caribbean in the 17th century, but its exact origin is unknown.
  2. The word "rum" is derived from the Latin word "saccharum," which means sugar.
  3. The first recorded distillation of rum took place in Barbados in the 1650s.
  4. Rum was often used as a form of currency in the Caribbean during the 18th century.
  5. The Royal Navy issued a daily rum ration to its sailors until 1970, which was known as the "tot."
  6. Rum is made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses or sugarcane juice.
  7. The colour of rum varies based on its aging process and can range from clear to dark brown.
  8. Rum is the third most popular spirit in the world after vodka and whisky.
  9. The flavour profile of rum can range from sweet and fruity to spicy and smokey.
  10. Many famous cocktails are made with rum, including the daiquiri, piña colada, and mojito.
  11. Rum is often used in cooking to add flavour to dishes such as rum cake, rum balls, and rum-glazed ham.
  12. The first rum distillery in the United States was opened in 1664 on Staten Island, New York.
  13. The world's oldest rum brand is Mount Gay, which was established in Barbados in 1703.
  14. Rum is often associated with pirates and was often used as payment for captured goods.
  15. The Guinness World Record for the largest rum tasting event was set in 2019 with 1,000 participants in the Dominican Republic.