Rum — The Next Big Thing for 2017
When you think rum, do you think pirates, Caribbean vacations, and Tiki bars? If so, all that’s about to change because rum stands to be the next big thing in the spirit industry.
With rum’s reasonable price, exceptional quality, and versatility, it stands to give whiskey and bourbon a run for the money—and the flavor—in 2017.
From white silver rum, gold amber rum, dark rum, and spiced rum, the variety is impressive. What started out as a product made from the waste of the sugar cane trade has evolved into a very versatile spirit made in many countries around the world with a staggering number of potential cocktails.
If you’re thinking mai tai, mojito, and pina colada, there’s nothing wrong with that, but also consider the endless cocktail possibilities from rums with flavors like citrus, black cherry, banana, blueberry, guava, mango, peach, raspberry, and coconut. Using the same mojito recipe and varying the rum flavor will change the cocktail entirely. One recipe. Endless possibilities.
Even changing the mixer to pomegranate, pineapple juice, club soda, orange juice, or lemon-lime soda will result in a totally new and exciting drink. If fruity flavors aren’t your thing, try honey-infused rums or vanilla bean flavors.
In addition to cocktails for every season, rum is now made to be sipped slowly and enjoyed for its complex, wood-aged flavors. Rum has been reinvented with a large selection of blended and spiced rums that now satisfy even the most sophisticated palate. Consider spiced dark rum with a cola-like flavor or the spicy flavors of cinnamon and clove. Some rums are aged in charred barrels to impart an oaky edge. Try an oaky-flavored rum in the new West Coast trend—a rum Old Fashioned.
The experienced staff at Louisville Party Center’s three locations offers several recommendations for you to try. From Barbados, the well-balanced amber gold of Plantation Rum’s Grand Reserve begins its double-aging process in bourbon casks to finish with notes of tropical fruit and vanilla. Their 20th Anniversary rum finishes the aging process in casks originally used for cognac. Diplomatico Reserva is a dark golden Venezuelan rum distilled from molasses. If you’re looking for a medium-sweet rum, the staff suggests the harvest gold Appleton Estate Signature Blend or 10-year from Jamaica for its woody notes with hints of orange peel, peach, and apricot.
While rum tends to be less expensive than bourbons, premium rums don’t skimp on quality. The huge variety of flavor profiles means rum has something for everyone. Rum could be a trend to watch in 2017. Be a trend-setter!
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