The Mixology Talk Podcast, Episode #160

Ever wonder what makes different styles of Rum different? Join us this week as we learn from two experts about three common and two obscure styles of rum and how their unique production processes make them what they are.

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In today’s Episode, we chatted with two different rum experts to learn more about some of the less common types of Rum out there.

First, Carter Raff talked about the three main styles of rum and how they are produced.

Spanish Style Rum:

  • Light fermentation with molasses
  • Column or multi-column distillation
  • Some aging, but generally a lighter style of rum


French Style Rum:

  • French Style- made from fresh cane juice and often unaged
  • Typically a 2-3 day fermentation
  • Resulting rum is grassy, more focused on fresh can notes and often described as vegetal


British Style Rum:

  • Made from molasses – longer fermentation time
  • Usually distilled from pot stills
  • Resulting Rum is powerful and intense


About Carter Raff:

Raff Distillerie, located in San Francisco’s Bayview District (formerly known as Butchertown), began with the goal of making true craft spirits and continues to create all products from scratch.

Founder and Master Distiller, Carter Raff, himself, a 5th generation San Franciscan and lifelong metalworker, personally built all the machinery and stills here in San Francisco. Raff chose to base the labels off San Francisco history, mostly from the late 1800s Victorian era.

Proud producer of Bummer & Lazarus Gin, a more citrus floral forward gin, Emperor Norton Absinthe, a true traditional French absinthe and Barbary Coast Rhum Agricole, a funky style of Caribbean Rum.

Find Raff Distillerie on the webInstagramFacebook and Twitter.

Then we continued the conversation with Josh Miller, who told us all about some of the really “out there” and obscure styles of rum that are making their way into rum circles:

  • Clairin – the Haitin rum – super fresh and funky, only about 5 producers on the market.
  • Charanda – Rum made by mezcal producers. (Check out producer Charanda Uruapan at Cask)
  • St. Benevolence is a producer and charity benefiting the Haitian communities. Provides medical care, economic development and education

And while we’re here, here’s Josh Miller’s Daiquiri Recipe:

2 oz overproof rum
1 oz lime juice
.50 to .75 oz simple to taste

About Josh Miller:

Spirits Writer, Educator, Sustainability Advocate

Rum Evangelist: that’s what Josh calls himself. He’s the founding editor of America’s favorite rum blog, and a passionate independent promoter of cane spirits. Convinced that there is a rum for every palate, Josh is continually converting lovers of other spirits to rum through his writing, presenting, and trainings. Apart from a personal rum collection north of 400 bottles, Josh’s bona fides include a U.S. Bartender’s Guild Spirits Professional certification, BarSmarts Advanced, and an MBA. Equally passionate about the environment and its people, he is the founder of the Sustainable Spirits Alliance, whose mission is to champion sustainability from within the spirits industry, ensuring ecology, equity, and economics are considered at every decision point.

Find Josh on the web at, and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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