Rum is made from distilling fermented molasses and sugar cane juice and aging the resulting spirit in oak barrels.
Rum is often produced in the Caribbean and South America because sugar cane grows very well in hot tropical climates. The West Indies and Latin America have a rich history of rum culture. Grenada, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Barbados and Nicaragua are just a few of the most famous rum producing nations. In the 17th century rum was first distilled in Barbados when slaves discovered molasses from sugar cane processing could be fermented into alcohol. Caribbean rums tend to be rich in flavor like the spice islands from which they come.