One of Jamaica’s most recognisable brands, Appleton’s white rum is up there with their finest dark varieties. A blend of rich pot and light column still rums come together to give Appleton its unique taste and this also involves being filtered through special charcoal filters. Light-bodied and smooth in flavour there is a smoky depth to the character of Appleton White which isn’t common amongst lighter rums. Simply offering what you’d expect from a white rum combine it with your favourite tropical fruit juice.
Setting the standard in white rum, Bacardi is known worldwide. In 1862 it became the world’s first premium aged white rum and using charcoal filtration was key to its original development. Bacardi is a necessity for many world famous cocktails and without we’d not have the classic Daiquiri, the Mojito or the Cuba Libre. Smooth and gentle on the palate it’s wonderful however you choose to mix it and offers a taste of Cuba which can’t be compared.
With a couple of awards under its belt El Dorado 3 Year rum is a fine example of a mixing rum which a crispness that lends itself to sharp citrus cocktails and even exotic punches. Coconut is ever-present from first opening and hints of sugary sweet icing sugar are also apparent in the nose. On drinking El Dorado is surprisingly dry with notes of intense brown sugar, a nutty edge and of course that coconut coming through strongly. The end note blends vanilla with the coconut for a fresh finish.
Another exceptional rum from one of Mauritius’ finest producers Green Island, Green Island Light is a highly drinkable and wonderfully subtle offering. Grassy and herbaceous on the nose, hints of pepper and sweet honey also come through tempting you to taste it. The flavour is surprisingly creamy for a white rum and has distinct notes of exotic coconut, bitter cocoa and golden syrup, as well as sharp lime and black pepper. It’s this final note than lingers once the drink is done.
One of the youngest Ron Cubay offerings, their 3 Year Old rum uses exclusively Cuban molasses and is a wonderful choice for your cocktails, although interestingly for a young rum can be enjoyed neat too. It emanates with pepper spice as you open the bottle, with sugary toffee following quickly behind. The palate will be awash with black pepper from the first sip but this is well balanced against sweeter caramel and toffee notes.
White rum also known as silver or light rum is a clear and milder flavoured rum than dark or golden rums. White rum is often used to make cocktails that don’t require the bold rum flavour such as the daiquiri, mojito and pina colada.