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 Globe-trotting with the ‘cane
 
They say curiosity and necessity make restless men go out and explore the seven oceans. Well, we don’t know about that, but it’s definitely Rum that fueled those countless seafarers once they were on their way.
 
Like a boozy Siren of the sea, Rum has an irresistible allure. And you best believe it’s caused plenty of shipwrecks in its time. 
 
At ports of call all around the world, you’ll find this sweet nectar vying for your attention. For a taste, all you need is your trusty tumbler... and a sense of adventure. 
But first…
 
The origin story
To really understand how we got from stalks of sugarcane to the ABV-wonder filling your glass, you gotta turn back the dial on your trusty time-traveling machine to the 17th century and hightail it to the Caribbean. You there? Nice. Now, see all those sprawling sugar plantations? They’ve got a serious problem. As a result of high-yield sugar production, they’ve created an oversupply of industrial waste in the form of molasses. But hell if the plantation owners knew what to do with it. Fortunately for everyone, the slaves did. Through a bit of ingenious tinkering and fermentation, they happened upon the spirit that makes a Mojito tick—Rum.
 
Today, you can find Rum just about anywhere sugarcane grows. While the Caribbean remains ground zero for the stuff, you can find it in far-flung locales like India and Brazil, with each country imparting a sense of terroir on their juice. You know what they say—variety is the spice of Rum.
 
In this box, we’re taking you around the world of Rum in way less than 80 days. We’ll start with the spicy Turquoise Bay Amber Rum from Mauritius, then hang a left to spend some time with the triple wood-aged Santos Dumont XO Rum in Brazil before ending up in the loving arms of the rich and decadent MOKO Panama Rum 20 YO in—you guessed it—Panama.
 
Keep that passport handy—it’s going to be a helluva trip. Salut!
 
Smartass Corner
 
1) If you’re bored, you’re definitely doing Rum wrong. There are a ton of styles and varieties out there that depend on source material (sugarcane or its by-products), aging and terroir. For example, ever heard of a little thing called Rhum Agricole? It’s distilled from pure sugar cane juice instead of molasses, and you’ll find a touch of it mixed into Turquoise Bay Amber Rum.
 
2) The difference between a dark and a light Rum all lies in how it’s aged. Dark Rums get their brown hue from the barrels and casks they’re aged in. Steel drums are usually used to produce light Rums, hence the absence of color. 
 
3) The pot still (pure single Rum) is the oldest, and arguably most authentic method of distillation, but the column still has been around since the early 1800s, which gives it just enough clout to be called a traditional distilling method.
 
4) August 16 is National Rum Day. You’ve already put in your PTO day at work, right? Just checking.
 
5) Rum is a Spirit for all seasons. Throw it in with some simple syrup and lime and you’ve got a classic Daiquiri that’s perfect for summer sipping. But heat up some butter and sugar with your Rum of choice for a hot buttered Rum that can stand up to any polar vortex.
 
6) You’ll typically find Rum in the tropics, where sugarcane grows most readily. But all across the U.S. and Europe, an increasing amount of small, craft distillers are having molasses shipped to them for the purpose of producing some pretty damn good Rum.
 
7) Proof, overproof… where does it all mean? In order to make sure their gunpowder would still ignite in the case of Rum spillage, the British Royal Navy would mix a small amount of Rum and gunpowder and see if it would ignite and burn with a flame. If it did, then this was deemed ‘proof’ of alcohol. Going off with a bang meant it was ‘overproof.’ Hey, the more you know.
 

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 Globe-trotting with the ‘cane
 
They say curiosity and necessity make restless men go out and explore the seven oceans. Well, we don’t know about that, but it’s definitely Rum that fueled those countless seafarers once they were on their way.
 
Like a boozy Siren of the sea, Rum has an irresistible allure. And you best believe it’s caused plenty of shipwrecks in its time. 
 
At ports of call all around the world, you’ll find this sweet nectar vying for your attention. For a taste, all you need is your trusty tumbler... and a sense of adventure. 
But first…
 
The origin story
To really understand how we got from stalks of sugarcane to the ABV-wonder filling your glass, you gotta turn back the dial on your trusty time-traveling machine to the 17th century and hightail it to the Caribbean. You there? Nice. Now, see all those sprawling sugar plantations? They’ve got a serious problem. As a result of high-yield sugar production, they’ve created an oversupply of industrial waste in the form of molasses. But hell if the plantation owners knew what to do with it. Fortunately for everyone, the slaves did. Through a bit of ingenious tinkering and fermentation, they happened upon the spirit that makes a Mojito tick—Rum.
 
Today, you can find Rum just about anywhere sugarcane grows. While the Caribbean remains ground zero for the stuff, you can find it in far-flung locales like India and Brazil, with each country imparting a sense of terroir on their juice. You know what they say—variety is the spice of Rum.
 
In this box, we’re taking you around the world of Rum in way less than 80 days. We’ll start with the spicy Turquoise Bay Amber Rum from Mauritius, then hang a left to spend some time with the triple wood-aged Santos Dumont XO Rum in Brazil before ending up in the loving arms of the rich and decadent MOKO Panama Rum 20 YO in—you guessed it—Panama.
 
Keep that passport handy—it’s going to be a helluva trip. Salut!
 
Smartass Corner
 
1) If you’re bored, you’re definitely doing Rum wrong. There are a ton of styles and varieties out there that depend on source material (sugarcane or its by-products), aging and terroir. For example, ever heard of a little thing called Rhum Agricole? It’s distilled from pure sugar cane juice instead of molasses, and you’ll find a touch of it mixed into Turquoise Bay Amber Rum.
 
2) The difference between a dark and a light Rum all lies in how it’s aged. Dark Rums get their brown hue from the barrels and casks they’re aged in. Steel drums are usually used to produce light Rums, hence the absence of color. 
 
3) The pot still (pure single Rum) is the oldest, and arguably most authentic method of distillation, but the column still has been around since the early 1800s, which gives it just enough clout to be called a traditional distilling method.
 
4) August 16 is National Rum Day. You’ve already put in your PTO day at work, right? Just checking.
 
5) Rum is a Spirit for all seasons. Throw it in with some simple syrup and lime and you’ve got a classic Daiquiri that’s perfect for summer sipping. But heat up some butter and sugar with your Rum of choice for a hot buttered Rum that can stand up to any polar vortex.
 
6) You’ll typically find Rum in the tropics, where sugarcane grows most readily. But all across the U.S. and Europe, an increasing amount of small, craft distillers are having molasses shipped to them for the purpose of producing some pretty damn good Rum.
 
7) Proof, overproof… where does it all mean? In order to make sure their gunpowder would still ignite in the case of Rum spillage, the British Royal Navy would mix a small amount of Rum and gunpowder and see if it would ignite and burn with a flame. If it did, then this was deemed ‘proof’ of alcohol. Going off with a bang meant it was ‘overproof.’ Hey, the more you know.
 
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Customer Reviews

Based on 26 reviews
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Not My Cup of Tea

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All three were very good sippi...

All three were very good sipping rums. I liked the moko best, but none of the three were offensive. Reading the other reviews surprised me as to some palates that found these rum awful. I would serve these to guests and family. All three extremely smooth, with no harshness.

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Sierra
We loved this tasting trio. We...

We loved this tasting trio. We took small sips in four different tasting sessions. We found our appreciation of these rums changed over time. All three had something to offer. We could see purchasing any of these rims for different occasions. For a laid back sunset sip, our fav was Turquoise Bay Amber Rum. Yum!

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I couldn’t give this box a h...

I couldn’t give this box a higher rating because I only really enjoyed one of the rums (the Turquoise Bay). That one was a good find, though, and I’ll definitely be buying a bottle of it. The Moko was dull and I found the Santos undrinkable.