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Discovered during the colonial conquests at the end of the 15th century, rum was initially the drink of sailors and slaves. Until the end of the 19th century, before the modernization of the distillation processes, rum was considered to be the drink of the poor classes Rum has a very particular history and remains the common point of the Caribbean islands and countries from South America. Fermentation is a key step in the making of rum. Indeed, according to its type of distillation and the years of aging, rum offers a diversity of aromatic profiles. It thus takes on a more or less dark amber color. There are currently several types of rum, namely agricultural rum, white rum, dark rum, old rum, straw rum and industrial rum. Rum is drunk neat or in a cocktail.These cocktails are often made with spices or tropical fruits. Rum is also associated with other alcohols and thus offers wonderful drinks. Today, sugar cane is cultivated on more than 20 million hectares worldwide, which makes it one of the first agricultural productions on the planet. Even if one cannot characterize the rums by their geographical origin, one distinguishes nowadays, 3 large families. French rum, or agricultural rum from the West Indies. This offers a fine and complex eau-de-vie, both floral and fruity. English rum or heavy rums offer a spicy profile and an oily texture. Finally, Cuban or Latin rum corresponds to lighter eaux-de-vie and a less marked aromatic profile.
Rum and perfumery
Even if it is little used in perfumery, rum has offered its fragrances to great perfumes. One thing is certain is that rum gives off an undeniable aromatic complexity. It brings very different fragrances such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, hazelnut, honey or even browned leather Anyway, all the aromas released by rum are powerful aromas. Rum is associated with flowers, such as rose or violet. We will also discover it accompanied by white musk, cedar wood, vanilla, pepper or wormwood. Rum can be found in perfumes for men and also for women, oriental, spicy, woody or chypre like Lolita Lempicka au masculin, collector 2006 by Lolita Lempicka, Now women by Azzaro or Guerlain intense man by Guerlain.