Discover the Art of Aging Rum with Yolo

Does aging matter when it comes to rum? Get all of your questions about aged rum answered with Yolo.

In America, a country known for its love of dark liquors, namely whiskey and scotch, rum is often overlooked. Unlike other spirits like whiskey, vodka, gin, and even brandy, rum comes in a number of varieties. From color to taste, chances are there’s a lot more going on in your rum glass than meets the eye; find out what you’re missing with Yolo Rum.

Discover the Art of Rum Love with Yolo: Aging Rum

Whiskey, wine, and premium rum lovers all have one thing in common: they recognize that the flavors and nuances that can be found in a glass of their favorite spirit is entirely largely dependant on the aging process. Depending on how rum is distilled and aged, the spirit can be clear and colorless; caramel or gold-colored; and even dark brown or black. As is the case with whiskey, rum comes in light, gold, dark, spiced, and flavored blends; there are also location-specific styles of rum like cachaça or rhum agricole.

Rum aged in Oak barrels

How is Rum Aged?

One of the oldest distilled spirits in production, the use of fermented sugar cane or molasses distinguishes rum from other spirits. Regardless of how long they are aged, most rums are aged in wood casks. The variety of wood, whether the cask has been used to age other spirits, and climate all play significant roles in determining how long a rum is to be aged and the flavors that will be brought out in any given blend.

For example, have you ever seen a dark Caribbean rum aged for just three to five years while a rum of similar color and flavor may be aged for 10 years in North America? That’s because rums produced in tropical climates are generally aged for a shorter periods of time than those aged in cooler climates. Whiskey lovers may also notice a hint of spice or sweetness generally indicative of whiskey or bourbon in some darker rums as well; this is often because many rum distillers use old bourbon barrels for aging.

Aging light rum

Also called white or silver rum, light-bodied rum is one of the most common styles of rum found one shelves around the world. Similar to vodka in that it carries a lighter flavor profile, a high-quality silver rum will still present a buttery and slightly sweet flavor that goes well in a number of classic and modern cocktails. Generally silver or white rums are aged in stainless steel tanks and filtered but with the help of Don Pancho, Yolo Silver delivers a different kind of premium experience. Perfect for mixing, Yolo silver is crisp and mildly dry, making it the perfect secret ingredient to your at-home bar. Yolo Rum Silver is aged for 2 years in un-charred American White Oak barrels.

Aging Rum From Silver to Gold

Sometimes called gold or amber rums, these medium-bodied spirits are generally robust in flavor and surprisingly smooth. Yolo Rum Gold is aged more than ten years in charred American white oak barrels that not only give our rum a rich and tawny color, but an incredibly smooth and buttery taste. Trying Yolo Rum Gold truly gives rum connoisseurs the premium experience of sipping the finest rum in the world.

How strong is rum?

While there are overproof rums that reach 151 proof (and sometimes even higher) and flavored rums that are much less, most rums are bottled at around 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). There are other differences in aging and nomenclature that also define rum for different countries. For example, in Mexico, rum is only required to be aged for eight months, while the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Venezuela require rum to be aged for at least two years.

Curious about how to harness rum magic into a cocktail? Some of our favorite recipes include:

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