Caribbean rum is split into three main categories: white, gold, and dark. However, there are four sub-categories of rum that stem from the main three. These additional types are:
Whether a Caribbean rum is white, gold, or dark depends on how long it has been aged in its oak cask. White rum is aged for the least amount of time and doesn’t have as strong a flavour. Its sweetness, however, makes it perfect for mixing cocktails.
Gold rum is aged for a touch longer than white rum, which is why it has an amber hue. Dark rum is aged for the longest amount of time – up to 12 years depending on the brand. This also means it has the strongest flavour.
It’s worth noting though that there are many different rums across the Caribbean, and not having the marker doesn’t mean the rum isn’t good or authentic, so don’t worry if you can’t see the symbol on your bottle.