What's the difference between Rum, Rhum, and Ron …?

Are you unbeatable in your knowledge of rum? Did you ever wonder if there's any differences between the Rum, Rhum and Ron …?
The obvious difference is their origin but there are many other ways to classify different rums. (Their age is another way of distinguishing them. For example, we have a five year aged and a thirteen year aged Pirate’s Grog Rum). It is essential to know that there are three different “styles” of rum. We call the English style rum “Rum”, the French style “Rhum” and the Spanish style “Ron”.



But do these different appellations give any more information about the contents of the bottle? The answer is YES. It will give information about the production process of the rum and it will give you some indication on their various aromas.


The Rhum, recognised as an Agricole Rhum is made with pure sugar cane juice. It gives it floral and fruity notes.

The Rum which is a Traditional Rum, is made with molasses and releases more vivid, spiced, and heavy notes.

The Ron (Pirate’s Grog Rum) as regards to our favourite rum, this is a traditional rum made with molasses. Unctuous, it will take you on a journey of caramel, sweetness and butter.

Pirate’s Grog 5 year is smooth and releases aromas of vanilla, raisin and butterscotch. 


Pirate’s Grog No.13 is rich and it opens up notes of apricot, peach, white chocolate and vanilla.




Rum, Rhum or Ron


The French style Rhum can be found on the islands of the French Caribbean such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana, the English Style Rum is made in English Islands such as British Guyana or Trinidad & Tobago.

Due to a particular historical context, French and English style rums can also originate from the South East of the Indian Ocean, in Mauritius (Indeed, it was a French colony and then became an English colony).

The Spanish style Ron is prepared on Spanish Islands such as Honduras (Pirate’s Grog Rum), Panama, Cuba and Nicaragua.


1 comment

  • Chip & Judi Anderson

    Awesome explanation! We are rum (rhum, ron snobs, but were missing that little piece of info!!) thanks for the clarity!! Love the map, is it available to purchase?

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