Post - EU rules concerning Rum
By Mads “Romhatten” Heitmann
Rum is undoubtedly best known for being produced in the Caribbean as well as South and Central America. But even though the Rum birthplace is the Caribbean, the popular spirits are found at all latitudes and are today both produced in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the United States. The Rum category is not geographically defined, such as Cognac, Bourbon or Scottish Whiskey, and it makes it difficult to make international rules for when the contents of a bottle are actually rums – so far it has proved impossible. This, however, provides a broad-fitting spirits category, which is, in part, the strength of space, but which in some cases may be the weakness of the rum. As a member of the EU, however, in Denmark we have a few but fairly important guidelines for what can be sold as a space and what does not have to.
Rum in the EU:
* Rum must be fermented on sugar cane
* Rum must contain min. 37.5% alcohol
* Rum must not contain added flavor
* Rum may be added sugar (up to 100 g / L)
* Rum may be added caramel color (E150D)
* Rum may be sold both stored and unsaved
Compliance with the contents of a bottle of room not the first three rules, it is illegal, according to EU legislation, to type “Rum” on the label of the bottle. For example, the classic Captain Morgan Spiced Gold cannot be approved as being a rum.
We support these rules.
Posted on: 6. June 2018Lindy