Rum's Rich History

on 19/10/10 at 3:41 pm

Spirits

Christopher Columbus brought the sugar cane plant to America not long after its discovery in Asia.

Europeans soon discovered that it grew quite easily in the Caribbean and began to cultivate it so it could be sold throughout Europe.

Numerous sugarcane plantations developed all over the islands.

To produce sugar, the cane is harvested and crushed to release the sap, which is then boiled in a multi-step process until sugar crystals are formed. The remaining liquid from this process is molasses.

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By the middle of the 17th century, plantation owners on the island of Barbados had discovered that when the molasses was mixed with water and placed in the hot tropical sun, it fermented into a spirit, creating the first rum.

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