Rum facts on World Rum Day!
There is so much more to rum than just another boozy drink. Rum boasts of being the oldest spirit in the world; it is a universally loved drink that can be affordable, delicious, and exquisite at the same time. Every year, this drink is celebrated by millions across the world, who swear by its taste, health attributes and sheer versatility. So, on World Rum Day today, celebrate with your favorite rum-based cocktail grab and enjoy these 8 interesting rum facts.
Oldest spirit in the world
An original through and through, rum is the first booze ever and has a really interesting history if you dive in. The first rum distillation took place in the Caribbean in the 1620s, this led to rum being the first alcohol to be manufactured and distilled. Today, the largest rum distillery is still in the Caribbean as Bacardi has a massive distillery in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It produces 100,000 liters every day!
Used as a type of currency
Rum was so valuable in the 18th century that it used to be used as a type of currency. In fact, sailors would receive rum as a form of payment as part of their benefits package.
Fancy a bottle of 240-year-old rum?
In 2011, two employees at Harewood House in Leeds, England, were searching the wine cellar to make an inventory of its contents. Under a layer of dust and mould, they found a batch of rum bottled in 1780, making it the oldest rum still in existence. At an auction in 2014, the last 16 bottles sold for £135,000 (US$ 175,000).
Can help prevent hair loss
As if you needed another reason to drink rum, there are some studies that suggest this liquor can actually help prevent hair loss. In fact, in the 1800s, rum was used by many as a type of shampoo to clean the hair and most people believed that it actually helped make their hair thicker.
Many varieties make it merrier
When many of us think of rum we think of just one variety, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, there are many different varieties such as light, gold, dark, navy, black and aged. If you fancy something light in flavour then opt for white rum, but if you want something really rich then black rum has you covered.
Mount Gay is a veteran
The oldest surviving deed for Mount Gay rum is from 1703, which makes it officially the oldest existing brand of rum in the world.
Has a lot of nicknames
If you think you had a lot of nicknames growing up, take a look at this impressive list of nicknames that Rum has accumulated over the years. Just a few include Kill-Devil, Demon Water, Navy Neaters, Nelson’s Blood, Barbados Water, Grog, Pirates Drink and Rumbullion.
World’s strongest rum
At 90% ABV, Suriname’s Mariënburg rum currently holds the honour of being the world’s strongest commercially available rum. Its closest rival is Sunset Very Strong Rum, an 84.5% product of Saint Vincent.