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Enjoying Rum: A Guided Tasting Journal

Rum's story began thousands of years ago, and Marco Polo noted having tasted a tasty sugarcane wine in the 14th century. Its history took more global twists and turns—some of them, involving slaves, not sweet at all—to reach its current global popularity. In this compact guide, read about its history and how it's made today, and then educate your palate by jotting down tasting notes on all the delicious types. After you learn how to read labels and evaluate famous brands, it's time to master some classic rum cocktails—and practice your pirate brogue. Written in New Jersey.