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Rum Tasting - Colchester

Rum Tasting - Colchester

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Rum, like many other products, seems to have been discovered by accident.
Rum derives from sugarcane, the sweet, fibrous grass that grows best in hot, steamy climates of the tropics, in particular the Caribbean. Numerous rums are made from molasses which is a by-product of sugar refining. For years molasses was considered a useless waste product until it was noticed that, if left for a while, it started to expel bubbles. The bubbles were quickly identified as part of the fermentation process (wild, airborne yeasts were getting at the sugar content left in the molasses). Along with those bubbles came alcohol, and it was not long before fermented molasses became the basis for a distilled spirit, which we now know as rum. There are also rum styles made from the juice and syrup of the sugar cane. Each base ingredient results in a different taste.

The origin of the word Rum is unclear. One explanation is the ‘rum’ comes from the Latin word for sugar, ‘saccarum’. Another claim is that is derived from the large drinking glasses or ‘roemers’ used by Dutch seamen which were commonly known as rummers. But the most popular (and probable) origin is as a truncated version of ‘rumbullion’ or ‘rumbustion’, slang terms used for ‘tumult’ or ‘uproar’.

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The North Hill Hotel, Colchester
51 North Hill

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