What Is the Difference Between Light and Dark Rum?


The difference between light and dark rum includes the appearance, caramel content and the type of container in which each variety ferments. Light rum, which is colorless and contains no caramel, ferments in steel casks and undergoes stringent filtering before bottling. Dark rum, which ferments in charred oak barrels, is a deep brown shade. The color comes from caramel and deepens as the rum ferments.