Alcohol is man’s worst enemy, and the bible says to love your enemy. Like everything else, alcohol also comes with its pros and cons.
The consumption of alcohol can be both beneficial and harmful depending upon the amount consumed.
The minimum legal drinking age around the world ranges from 10 to 21 years. Alcoholic beverages contain zero calories.
Other than food energy, they provide no other essential nutrients. Alcohol is considered to be a depressant. It slows down brain activity.
Alcohol consumption releases dopamine which is associated with satisfaction and pleasure. It also removes a neurotransmitter called GABA which reduces stress.
For all alcohol lovers, understanding the difference between their favourite drinks can be a stern test. This is equally true for rum and whiskey.
- Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses or sugarcane juice, and is aged in oak barrels, primarily in the Caribbean and Latin American countries.
- Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash, such as barley, corn, rye, or wheat. It is aged in wooden barrels, with production centered in countries like Scotland, Ireland, and the United States.
- The key difference between rum and whiskey lies in their ingredients and production regions; rum is made from sugarcane byproducts and mainly produced in the Caribbean and Latin America, while whiskey is made from fermented grain mash and primarily produced in Scotland, Ireland, and the US.
Rum vs Whiskey
Rum is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane or molasses that is fermented, and then the resulting liquid is distilled to produce Whiskey is a distilled spirit made from grains such as barley, corn, rye, or wheat that are mashed, fermented, and then distilled to produce whiskey.
|Parameter of Comparison
|Rum is produced by the fermentation of sugarcane or sugar molasses
|Whiskey is produced by the fermentation of different grains
|Rum has an alcohol concentration of 40%
|Whiskey has an alcohol concentration between 40% – 50%
|It is grassy and sweet
|It is spicy and smokey in taste
|Rum is golden in colour
|The colour of the whiskey is brown
|Rum is considered to be good for the heart and reduces muscle pain
|Whiskey helps in weight loss, digestion and prevention of cancer
|The smell of rum is fruity, medicinal and glue-like
|Whiskey has a coconut and wood aroma
What is Rum?
Rum is made by fermentation of sugarcane molasses or juice, followed by distillation. It has derived its name from the Latin word for sugar, “Saccharum”, as it is made from sugarcane.
It is the oldest spirit in the world and first originated in the West Indies.
There are different types of rums. They are White Rum, Gold Rum, Dark Rum, Black Rum, Navy Rum, Premium Rum, Vintage Rum, Overproof Rum, Flavoured, and Spiced Rum.
Different types of Rum contain different amounts of alcohol.
Rum is widely produced everywhere, but most of the world’s rum is produced in Latin America and The Caribbean. The oldest surviving brand of rum is Mount Gay.
August is celebrated as National Rum Month, and the 16th of August is celebrated as National Rum Day. The colour of rum depends upon the ageing process.
They become darker and richer with time. Some of the most popular cocktails in the world are based around rum, including the Pina Colada, the Mojito, and the Daiquiri.
Rum has many other names, including Nelson’s blood, Kill-devil, Demon water, Pirates drink, Navy eaters, Barbados water, Grog, and Rumbullion.
The most expensive rum in the world is owned by Jamaica’s Wray & Nephew.
What is Whiskey?
Whiskey is made from the fermentation of grain mash. Different types of grains are used for
Whiskey has derived its name from the Gaelic word ‘uisge beatha’, which means water of life. The origin of whiskey is both Scotland and Ireland.
There are different types of Whiskey: Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whiskey, Japanese Whiskey, Canadian Whiskey, Bourbon Whiskey, Tennessee Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Blended Whiskey, and Single malt Whiskey.
The biggest producer of whiskey in this world is Scotland. The oldest running brand of whiskey is Bushmills whiskey.
The third Saturday of May is celebrated as World’s Whiskey Day.
The colour of the whiskey is brown, and it depends upon the time it has spent in the barrel. The oldest whiskey is more than 150 years old.
The most expensive whiskey in the world is Macallan ‘M’ whiskey.
Whiskey is loved by many great personalities: Hillary Clinton, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, and Johnny Depp.
Main Differences Between Rum and Whiskey
- Rum and whiskey differ in their production method. Rum is produced by the fermentation of sugarcane or sugar molasses, whereas the fermentation of different grains produces whiskey. After fermentation, they both go through the distillation process.
- The amount of alcohol is different in both of them. Rum has an alcohol concentration of around 40%, while whiskey has an alcohol concentration between 40% – 50%.
- The taste of rum is grassy and sweet. On the other hand, whiskey is spicy and smokey in taste.
- Rum is golden in colour, whereas the whiskey is brown.
- Both have their health benefits. Rum is considered good for the heart and reduces muscle pain, while whiskey helps in weight loss, digestion, and preventing cancer.
- The smell of rum is fruity, medicinal, and glue-like, while whiskey has a coconut and wood aroma.
- Rum is aged for a short period, while whiskey is much longer.
- Rum is stored in stainless steel, whereas whiskey is stored in wooden barrels.
- Rum is pocket friendly in terms of price, while whiskey is very expensive.
Last Updated : 11 June, 2023
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