Quote Originally Posted by jstraw View Post
Is the difference the aging of the rum in old whisky barrels? All still spirits are clear when they're first made, I think.
No, the better refineries have their own cooperage facilities and replace older barrels as they become damaged.
The colour of the rum depends on the number of drops of caramel colouring. Put in too much?- remove it with activated carbon.
White rum sometimes designates single distilled which means less of the headache causing impurities (mostly fusel oil) are separated in the still. You can see this stuff coming off thick as tar about halfway up the fractionating column