Rum is one of the oldest and most varied of distilled spirits. It is distilled from the extracted juice of the sugar cane plant, or in some cases the by-product of the refining process known as molasses. Almost all rum is aged in charred oak casks from anything upto and beyond 30 years (although often less than 15), inheriting a golden to dark brown color over time. Rum aged in steel tanks remains colorless.
The Caribbean is host to a variety of the world's rum products, and is also the origin of rum dating back to the 17th century. Rum products often differ greatly. Puerto Rican Rum for example, is a golden, light-bodied rum aged for at least 3 years, whereas Jamaican Rum is a rich dark rum, naturally fermented for about 3 weeks, distilled twice in pot stills and aged in oak casks for at least five years.