Rum is a gregarious, scented drink, obtained from sugarcane juice or molasses, depending on where it is produced. In principle, it is the Spanish-speaking peoples that manufacture white, smooth, silky rum made from molasses. It is also from molasses that the English-speaking peoples produce a highly aromatic, dark type of rum. In the former French colonies, rum is obtained from fermented sugarcane juice, the result being a special and pleasant liquor.
As far as the consumption of various types of rum is concerned, the rule of thumb is as follows: the darker the rum type, the more recommended it is to serve it straight. In what concerns the whiter, lighter-coloured types of rum, they are less rich in aromas and are the perfect base for cocktails.