We obviously think that Rum is the best, but incase you need a little more convincing here are 8 reasons why Rum is truly fantastic, or as we like to say Rum-tastic! So grab a mojito and enjoy these fun facts about rum.
#1 Rum is simply the best
The origin of the word “Rum” is generally unclear. In an 1824 essay about the word’s origin, Samuel Morewood, a British etymologist, suggested that it might be from the British slang term for “the best”, as in “having a rum time”. He wrote: As spirits, extracted from molasses, could not well be ranked under the name whiskey, brandy or arrack, it would be called rum, to denote its excellence or superior quality.
#2 Rum has medicinal properties
Rum was especially useful for armies at war until a couple of decades ago. The British Army for instance, gave rations of rum called “tot o’ rum” to its sailors because they believed that it helped keep the risk of scurvy at bay. It was actually the added dash of lime to the mix that prevented scurvy, but the warmth from the tot definitely helped keep the soldiers warm in the muddy trenches all night. Today however, consumed in moderation, these are some of the health benefits that rum has to offer:
- The antimicrobial properties of rum can help prevent the common cold.
- Rum is a blood thinner and can help prevent peripheral artery diseases. It can increase good cholesterol, also known as HDL cholesterol and combat artery blockages, helping to prevent heart attacks and heart disease.
- By increasing the mineral density of bones, rum can help prevent osteoporosis and assist in alleviating arthritis.
- A single 1.5 oz serving can reduce anxiety and contribute to a good night’s sleep thanks to rum’s relaxing qualities.
#3 Skip the gym
Rum weighs in at around 230 calories for about two shots. It contains no carbohydrates and fat. A glass of Takamaka Rum this way please!
#4 Variety is the spice of life
Rum is the spirit with the most varieties ranging from light rums (Takamaka White Rum), flavoured rums (Takamaka Coco Rum), spiced rums (Takamaka Spiced Dark Rum), dark rums (Takamaka Extra Dark Rum), overproof rums, (Takamaka 69 Overproof Rum) and premium rums (Takamaka St. André)
#5 Ye old
Rum was manufactured, distilled, and made long before any other spirit. It’s history is a vast one filled with stories, fables and pirates!
#6 Give me money, give me money!
Rum was once used as a currency. If you think your benefits at work should be increased, then kindly direct your HR rep to the benefits package that sailors previously received. During the 18th century it was common for sailors to receive rum as part of their earnings. Not too shabby if you ask us! We’ll take a 15% raise and a crate of Takamaka Rum thanks.
#7 The most expensive rum is nameless
The most expensive rum in the world doesn’t have a specific name but makes up for that in price. This rum was bottled in the 1940s by the Jamaican distillers Wray and Nephew, and contains blends that experts say date as far back as 1915. The bottle has been displayed at Europe’s first Rum Festival (RumFest) and there are only four such bottles remaining in the world! These bottles are valued at a whopping $40,000 each.
#8 The conversation starter
The infamous Admiral Nelson who died in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar is said to have had his body preserved in a cask of rum before finally being laid to rest. As a result of this incident, rum was referred to as “Nelson’s blood” for a while. Whether true or not, it’s a great conversation starter over a few rum cocktails.
Bonus #9 It’s Takamaka Rum
The first rum crafted by the d’Offay, a.k.a Takamaka Brothers, was inspired by their grandfather’s interpretation of the traditional Rhum Arrangé which is made by putting spices such as cinnamon, dried fruit skins and vanilla in rum. This is the Takamaka Spiced Dark Rum which we know & love today. The secret to Takamaka Rum lies in harnessing the rich bounty of our island home and meticulously perfecting the production process to take on a taste that is distinctly unique of Seychelles and that just wouldn’t be the same made anywhere else in the world.