Rum vs Whiskey: Which is Better

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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There has long been a debate of rum vs whiskey, and there are a number of key differences between these two types of alcohol.

Rum vs Whiskey

Although they can be similar in appearance, rum and whiskey are alcoholic beverages with notably different tastes and qualities.

How to Make?

Both go through a process of fermentation, distillation, and aging. However, rum goes through a double distillation process, whereas whiskey is aged in wooden barrels to increase its characteristic flavor

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Both beverages come in a range of flavors and the taste can vary according to the age, color, and extra ingredients added to each batch.

  • Whiskey: Whiskey is aromatic, with a taste reminiscent of the barrels in which it has been aged.
  • Rum: Rum is rich and spicy, and sweeter than whiskey.

Alcohol Content

The alcohol content of rums and whiskeys can vary greatly, so it is important to check each brand.

  • Whiskey: Whiskey sometimes has a 40% alcoholic content, but can also be stronger, going up to 60% for very rare varieties.
  • Rum: Usually, rum has an alcohol content of around 40%.

Health Benefits

In moderate amounts, both rum and whiskey can help reduce anxiety, warm and calm the body and help boost the immune system to fight the common cold.

  • Whiskey: During the aging process, whiskey develops ellagic acid, which can help regulate the body’s glucose levels.
  • Rum: In small amounts, rum has been found to increase the mineral density of bones and ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Which is Better to Drink?

Your choice of drink depends on your personal taste and what you are using it for, in terms of cocktails.

Whiskey is lower in calories than rum. Rum is usually mixed with other drinks, such as soda or ginger ale, while whiskey is often savored alone. Both drinks come in a large range of flavors, so it’s worth sampling a few to find one that suits your preference! Protection Status
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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