Brandy vs. Rum

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Brandy and Rum is that the Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine and Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane

  • Brandy

    Brandy is a spirit produced by distilling wine. Brandy generally contains 35–60% alcohol by volume (70–120 US proof) and is typically drunk as an after-dinner digestif. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks. Others are coloured with caramel colouring to imitate the effect of aging, and some are produced using a combination of both aging and colouring. Varieties of wine brandy can be found across the winemaking world. Among the most renowned are Cognac and Armagnac from southwestern France.In a broader sense, the term brandy also denotes liquors obtained from the distillation of pomace (yielding pomace brandy), or mash or wine of any other fruit (fruit brandy). These products are also called eau de vie (which translates to “water of life”).

  • Rum

    Rum is a distilled alcoholic drink made by fermenting then distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice. The distillate, a clear liquid, is usually aged in oak barrels. Most rums are produced in Caribbean and American countries, but also in other sugar producing countries, such as the Philippines and India.Rums are produced in various grades. Light rums are commonly used in cocktails, whereas “golden” and “dark” rums were typically consumed straight or neat, iced (“on the rocks”), or used for cooking, but are now commonly consumed with mixers. Premium rums are made to be consumed either straight or iced.

    Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as The Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland, in Canada. The beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo). Rum has also served as a popular medium of economic exchange, used to help fund enterprises such as slavery (see Triangular trade), organized crime, and military insurgencies (e.g., the American Revolution and Australia’s Rum Rebellion).

  • Brandy (noun)

    An alcoholic liquor distilled from wine or fermented fruit juice.

  • Brandy (noun)

    Any variety of brandy.

  • Brandy (noun)

    A glass of brandy.

  • Brandy (verb)

    To preserve, flavour, or mix with brandy.

  • Rum (noun)

    A distilled spirit derived from fermented cane sugar and molasses.

    “The Royal Navy used to issue a rum ration to sailors.”

  • Rum (noun)

    A serving of rum.

    “Jake tossed down three rums.”

  • Rum (noun)

    A kind or brand of rum.

    “Bundaberg is one of my favourite rums.”

  • Rum (noun)

    A queer or odd person or thing.

  • Rum (noun)

    A country parson.

  • Rum (noun)

    Any odd person or thing.

  • Rum (noun)

    The card game rummy.

  • Rum (adjective)

    Fine, excellent, valuable. 16th c.

    “having a rum time”

  • Rum (adjective)

    Strange, peculiar. 18th c.

    “a rum idea; a rum fellow”


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