White Rums For Your Mojitos

For a mojito, we recommend using a white rum. The trick is finding one that is neutral in color, but not in flavor. These are our picks for National Mojito Day!
Jul 10, 2016
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    Produced in the Dominican Republic, this light rum is distilled from molasses. After aging in a solera, the rum is charcoal-filtered before bottling.
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    Sweet & Fruity
    Santa Teresa Claro is the latest release in the range, developed for the export market with a focus on its use in mixing cocktails. A blend of light and heavy rums, Claro is aged up to three years in ex-bourbon barrels (Venezuelan rum must be aged a minimum of two years). The aged rum has been carbon filtered to remove most of the color that it acquired from its time in American oak, resulting in a pale golden color.
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    Caña Brava is the premier rum introduced by the 86 Co., a partnership between industry insiders from Employees Only, comprising of Simon Ford, Jason Kosmos, Dushan Zaric, Malte Barnekow and Kris Roth. It is made from sugarcane grown adjacent to the Las Cabras distillery where it's produced in Herrera, Panama. It's made under the expertise of Master Distiller Francisco "Don Pancho" J. Fernandez, who honed his craft in Cuba before moving to Panama in the 1990s. The distillate is put through 5 continuous stills - four copper-plated and one copper and brass. It's aged at 75% ABV for 18-24 months in new American oak, then cut to 49% ABV and transferred to a combination of used Tennessee and bourbon barrels for 12-24 months. It is then filtered for clarity in the carta blanca style popularized by Bacardí.
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    Spicy & Floral
    Mutually developed by model/Miami club promoter Rande Gerber and sixth generation distiller Roberto Serralles, Caliche is a super-premium white rum from Puerto Rico. The charcoal filtration process removes the color from what is actually a blend of rums from 3-5 years old, along with some solera-aged rum. The result is a smooth white rum with enough bite to stand up in classic cocktails.
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    Fruity & Hogo
    The Denizen rum lineup (tagline: Free the Flavor) is offered by New York-based Citizen Spirits and custom-crafted in the Netherlands by highly regarded rum blenders E&A Scheer. Citizen Spirits founder Nick Pelis says that creating the perfect daiquiri rum was his inspiration for the Aged White flavor profile. It’s a blend of Caribbean rums: Eighty percent from Trinidad’s Angostura distillery, the remainder from several Jamaican distilleries. Although labeled a “three-year-old rum,” significantly older rums are found in the blend alongside unaged rum, so “three years” is more accurately an average age. Before bottling it’s lightly charcoal-filtered to remove coloring.
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    Produced in a distillery located in the Oaxaca mountain region of Mexico, Puerto Angel rums are created from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice. This juice is fermented then distilled with a pot-still. The Blanco is aged for six months in used bourbon barrels before final blending and bottling. Due to the strict production methods used at the company Puerto Angel has earned the USDA Organic Certification.
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The first-ever white rum from Plantation is named for three rum-producing “stars” of the Caribbean: Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad. The blend features unaged rums from Barbados and Jamaica, a 3-year-old rum from Trinidad and a 12-year Jamaican rum. Each rum brings their respective island’s distinctive flavors and characteristics to the blend, from the lighter, refined Trinidadian rum to the funkier, full-bodied Jamaican rums. Any color from the aging process has been removed via carbon filtration before bottling.
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    Hogo & Herbal
    Banks Rum is named for the botanist Sir Joseph Banks, an adventurer who sailed with Captain Cook in the mid 18th century. The 5 Island blend is composed of 21 rums from 5 different islands - Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, and Java, each lending their own unique style, flavors and character. The final formula was created by Master Blender Arnaud de Trabuc, who uses a combination of pot-stilled and column-stilled rums, charcoal filtered for clarity.
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    Fruity & Spicy
    From Foursquare Distillery in Barbados comes this aged and filtered white rum bottled for the Real McCoy--a company founded by a documentary filmmaker whose research into the famed rum runner led him to found his own rum brand.
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    Greenbar Craft Distillery claims to represent "the world's largest portfolio of organic, handcrafted spirits." The silver rum is crafted from organic molasses, the resulting spirit is micro-oxygenated, and there is no charcoal filtering. The resulting color is nonetheless crystal clear.