You want to take your first steps in the rum world or you are already familiar with rum and you want to broaden your knowledge. Where to start? We have made an overview of bloggers, social media channels and books that can certainly help along your journey. Our advice is to, with an open mind, taste as many different rums as possible. Have fun in the beautiful world of rum. Keep on rumming!
Reviews & Blogs
Nowadays we look at the product rating with every purchase we make. So it makes sense that you might want to do this before purchasing a bottle of rum. We have compiled a list of the most famous rum reviewers/ bloggers.
The Lone Caner
Lance Surujbally not only was one of the first bloggers/ reviewers of rum but has kept at it for all these years in his unique style. Being a prolific writer, averaging 1 review a week, this also means that his site a wealth of knowledge. And do check out his more in-depth articles while you’re there.
Rum Diaries Blog
Manchester, UK-based Steven James has been writing reviews for years.
He won the prize for best blogger at the 2018 Golden Rum Barrel Awards. He is also very active in the various rum groups on Facebook and co-founder of the UK Rum Club. He is a good source of information for all things rum being a real rum geek. He also has a fantastic memory allowing him to impress with rum trivia. He is also a fan of cocktails, so you can also come to him for a tasty recipe.
Canada based, but born and raised in the Netherlands, Ivar de Laat started rum reviewing / blogging in 2019. He quickly created his own niche by often comparing 2 (or more) rums. And his daiquiri challenge where he uses different rums to make daiquiris is a fun exercise to try at home.
There are some really fun, informative podcasts out there that guarantee hours of listening pleasure.
Youtube has a few channels for those who want to brush up their knowledge of rum. Often you will find interviews with distillers or brand ambassadors, which gives a fascinating insight into a distillery or brand.
Numerous books have been written about rum. Below you will find a selection of some must reads.
RUM: The Manual
RUM, De Complete Gids (Nederlands)
French Rum: A history 1639 – 1902
The Silent Ones
Rum & Reggae (Nederlands)
De Adem Van De Tijger (Nederlands)
Rum en cocktails gaan hand in hand. Het mag dan ook geen wonder zijn dat er diverse boeken over rum cocktails zijn geschreven.
Potions Of The Caribbean
Cocktails Met Tess (Nederlands)
And A Bottle Of Rum
Let’s Get Tropical
There are a few sites left where you can find articles about the developments in the world of rum.
Social media are an integral part of our lives and, if you know where to look, they are a source of knowledge. On Facebook there are several groups where you can get in touch with other rum enthusiasts, ask questions, discuss, exchange samples, etc. These are a few of the better known groups.