The curious, colorful, and controversial history of the new world's oldest spirits
Rums feverish story is as colorful as the exotic tropical drinks made with it today. But this potions past was much less glamorous than its current sleek global image. Rum was the most plentiful and potent liquor of the new world as well as one of the world's most powerful influences. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was linked to everything from religion to economics from the Caribbean to Canada and cause rebellions as far away as Australia. Privateers and pirates like Edward Teach and Henry Morgan consumed and traded with it. Rum was also the nefarious currency of the 18th century. Triangular slave trade between New England, Africa, and the West Indies. Rum is now distilled all over the world from India to Africa, wherever sugar cane grows. But as the birthplace of the world's rum industry, the Caribbean remains the leading producer of fine rums. Today there are more than 45 different brands and 150 varieties of rum produced in the Caribbean region alone. Premium quality brands are manufactured not only in traditional sugar capitals of Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. But in almost every Caribbean basin country where sugar cane grows, from Mexico to the Mediterranean. Even sugar impaired countries like Antigua, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands now have their own rums. Rum captures the Caribbean spirit in a bottle and its reputation for fueling parties is legendary. Now a new strain of rum fever has spread all over the world as sophisticated palates everywhere are rediscovering rum's role as a versatile drink for all seasons. Today rum has surpassed vodka as the planet's most popular spirit.
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