Rum

by Dave Broom
Photographed by Jason Lowe

Abbeville Publishing Group | November 1, 2003 | Hardcover

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The world has fallen in love all over again with rum. Now among the world's top four spirits, rum sales continue to increase steadily. Its popularity notwithstanding, this is the first full-color reference book to detail the history, various production processes, and manifestations of rum.Prolific spirits expert Dave Broom explores the complex and colorful history of rum from its beginnings among slaves in the Caribbean. He probes the intricacies of pure rum by the island or country in which each variety was first made, illuminating the role of microclimate and slightly distinct production techniques in determining style and flavor.After a section examining the multitude of blended and spiced rums on the market, Broom offers the reader detailed instructions on achieving the greatest possible appreciation of the rum-drinking experience. The book also includes a complete A-Z directory of rum distilleries and societies worldwide. Illustrated with specially commissioned art shot on site in the Caribbean, Rum is the ultimate resource for the professional or armchair connoisseur of any strain of this fascinating product.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 11 × 9.5 × 0.88 in

Published: November 1, 2003

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789208024

ISBN - 13: 9780789208026

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Rum

Rum

by Dave Broom
Photographed by Jason Lowe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 176 pages, 11 × 9.5 × 0.88 in

Published: November 1, 2003

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789208024

ISBN - 13: 9780789208026

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INTRODUCTIONRum is the forgotten spirit. Here is a drink that has been the catalyst for the birth of nations. It helped create capitalism and thereby colonialism and it is still there, center stage, as we move into a globalized world. Rum people have been slavers, pirates, and smugglers as well as artists, blenders, and barmen. Run was slavery’s currency; it made some people vast fortunes and helped others forget their mis…ery. It gave sailors and soldiers courage in battle; was at the heart of Prohibition and, in recent years, it has been at the center of international trade wars. It has also become central to a Caribbean sense of place and self. No other spirit comes close to that. Yet this rum tale is one that few know – and fewer still have been allowed to tell.That’s why I wanted to write this book: that and the fact it also tastes so good! (Rum, that is, not the book.) The writing of this tale has taken me around the Caribbean and into South America as well as closer to home: to Glasgow, London, Bristol, and Amsterdam. It has made me happy, sad, and angry, and filled me with hope for the future of this remarkable drink. I’ve sipped cocktails in Havana, limed (hung out) in Guyana, sampled Carnival in Trinidad, and met generous, talented people who have spent their working lives creating some of the finest spirits you will ever taste.The result is not a guide to every distillery or every rum. What it is, hopefully, is a taste of where rum came from, where it is made, wher
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

History of Rum 8
How Rum is Made 32

Pure Rums 60
Cuba
Jamaica
Dominican Republic/Haiti
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands
Guyana
Martinique
Guadeloupe
Barbados
St. Lucia
Trinidad
Other Caribbean Islands
South America

International Rums 114
How to Enjoy Rum 124
Directory: A-Z of Distilleries 134

Appendices
Bibliography 170
Index 172

From the Publisher

The world has fallen in love all over again with rum. Now among the world's top four spirits, rum sales continue to increase steadily. Its popularity notwithstanding, this is the first full-color reference book to detail the history, various production processes, and manifestations of rum.Prolific spirits expert Dave Broom explores the complex and colorful history of rum from its beginnings among slaves in the Caribbean. He probes the intricacies of pure rum by the island or country in which each variety was first made, illuminating the role of microclimate and slightly distinct production techniques in determining style and flavor.After a section examining the multitude of blended and spiced rums on the market, Broom offers the reader detailed instructions on achieving the greatest possible appreciation of the rum-drinking experience. The book also includes a complete A-Z directory of rum distilleries and societies worldwide. Illustrated with specially commissioned art shot on site in the Caribbean, Rum is the ultimate resource for the professional or armchair connoisseur of any strain of this fascinating product.

About the Author

Dave Broom is an award-winning drink writer. Among his books are Drink! Never Mind the Peanuts, winner of the Glenfiddich Drink Book of the Year 2002, as well as the Handbook of Whisky, Spirits & Cocktails.

Jason Lowe travels the world taking photographs for a variety of international publications. He has been particularly well recognized for his work in food and beverage photography.