Rum sales surged by 7% in 2019 – a rise driven by cocktails and new spiced and flavoured rums, according to food and drink analysts CGA. In the same period, brandy and whisky sales rose by about 3% and 1% respectively, and vodka sales actually fell by 0.4%.
Pick up a bottle of Venezuela's Santa Teresa 1796, Colombia's La Hechicera or Guatemala's Ron Zacapa 23, and you'll see the word 'Solera' on the label. Read on to discover what to expect when buying bottles labelled as solera rums - including where and how it is produced, and what it tastes like.
Are ‘rum’, ‘rhum’ and 'ron' three distinct spirits, or different words for the same thing? Find out what to expect when buying bottles labelled as rum, rhum or ron - including where it is produced and what it tastes like.
With a huge variety of colours and styles, there is a rum for everyone. Here is your quick guide to the different styles of rum - from white rum, golden rum and dark rum, to spiced rum, rhum agricole, demerara rum, and cachaça.
Are ‘rum’ and ‘rhum’ two distinct spirits, or just different ways of spelling the same thing?
Actually, the ‘h’ is very significant. Read our guide to find out what makes rhum different, what its origins are, where it is produced, what it tastes like, and suggestions of rhum distilleries and brands to explore.