Rum - Black & dark rums

Words by Simon Difford

Whether sold as “black rum” or “dark rum” these molasses-based blended rums have one thing in common, they are deep brown, virtually black in colour due to the addition of caramel and/or molasses. The best also draw colour from aging in heavily charred casks.

Black/dark rums tend to be medium to full-bodied and generally louder – more in your face rums, but none the less attractive for their youthful exuberance. I say “youthful” as they tend not to be aged for prolonged periods. These rums usually include full-flavoured pot still rums in their blend to help make them more intensely flavoured.