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Rum The Manual

Dave Broom

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Prose: non-fiction, Alcoholic beverages

Discover how to enjoy rum in ways you never thought possible.

Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Drink Book award.

This is a book about how to drink rum of all kinds. It's about classic rums and new-generation rums, about rhum agricole and about premium aged rums, about rums from all over the world. It's about rum enjoyed with cola and ginger beer. About the best rum for a classic daquiri. About rum cocktails that ooze style and personality. Above all, it's about enjoying your rum in ways you never thought possible.

The premium rum market is growing at an astonishing rate. The mission of this book is to help drinkers appreciate this complex spirit, find the style they like and discover how this versatile spirit can best be enjoyed. It will help you to understand your rum - how it's produced (whether from molasses, cane syrup or cane juice) and whether it's dry, sweet, fresh or oaky. More than 100 different rums are featured and analysed, from rich, sweet mellow Guyana rums to the vegetal peppery rums of Martinique or Guadeloupe and contemporary spiced rums. Dave Broom provides a description and graded tasting notes for each brand, allowing you to create the perfect mix every time. Finally, a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails shows just how wonderfully versatile this spirit is.

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Dave Broom

Dave Broom has written 13 books, including The World Atlas of Whisky, now in its second edition. He has won many awards, including two Glenfiddich prizes and, in 2013, he won the prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015, he won The Spirited Award for Best Cocktail & Spirits writer, and, in 2018, The Way of Whisky won an Andre Simon prize. In 2020 he was awarded Best Drinks Writer at the Fortnum & Mason awards.

He has been a contributing editor to Whisky Magazine, scotchwhisky,com and Malt Advocate. In 2020 he started his own website thewhiskymanual.uk. He has made two films, Cuba In A Bottle and The Amber Light. The latter, an examination on whisky and Scottish culture, won Best Programme at the 2020 Fortnum & Mason awards.

Over his three-plus decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to Japan, France, Holland, Scandinavia, Germany, Africa and North America. He is actively involved in whisky education and also acts as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as training professionals and the public. Dave has also worked with Suntory in developing a language of tasting that communicates Japanese concepts to English speaking audiences.

Dave's previous books also include Whisky: The Manual, Gin: The Manual, Rum: The Manual and The Way of Whisky.

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