Rum Tasting Toronto And Ontario – In Person or Virtual

Looking for a remarkable rum tasting experience? You have come to the perfect place. Our tasting classes are designed to broaden your palate, have fun, and gain new experiences.

We offer tasting events for groups or individuals. Whether you prefer a self-directed approach or would like an expert to guide you in the art and science tasting, we have you covered.

You can join us at our licensed tasting room, 180 Drinks, or we can bring you the whole package, straight to your doorstep through our mobile tasting service. We also have virtual rum tasting events for those of you who may not be present in Toronto or Ontario or prefer the convenience of the online world.

Why rum? Rum is a rich spirit with a rich history and richer flavours. From its origins in the Caribbean, rum is now a beloved global drink. During your tasting experience, we will guide you through the history and intricacy of this drink, and teach you to appreciate the different flavours and aromas that rum offers. What we want to achieve through our experience is to demystify rum and empower you with the knowledge and skills to handle this drink with confidence.

What We Cover During Our Rum Classes

As you join us on this rum tasting Toronto event, be prepared to embark on a sensory experience that will deepen your appreciation for this delightful and beloved spirit. Get set for an engaging and informative session. Cheers!

Rum Appearance

Sweet dreams are made of rum. Or so we like to believe.

One of the most popular liquors in the world, rum is made by fermenting and distilling sugarcane molasses. This is then aged in oak barrels. The combination of the sweet sugarcane and the woody oak gives the rum a distinct appearance and flavour.

During your tasting session, you will learn more about the appearance of rum.

This can vary depending on the country of origin and the distillery. But you can identify these different kinds of rum:

Dark rum: Deep brown in appearance, this rum gains its colour after being aged in oak barrels for a long period.

Gold rum: With a light amber colour, this rum gains this colour from a relatively short period of aging in the oak barrels.

White rum: White rum or light rum is typically colourless and hasn’t undergone aging in oak barrels. They retain more of the flavour of the sugarcane.

During our rum-tasting session, you will have the opportunity to taste different kinds of rum.

Rum Tasting Experience
Rum Tasting Class

Rum Aroma

You might be forgiven for thinking that rum is all about sugarcane. While rum is derived from sugarcane molasses, a distinct hint of brown sugar or other sugary notes may be found. But there’s more to rum than sugarcane. Let’s find out:

Spices: Rum has a lot of aromatic complexity. You can find notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or clove in rum. These come from the oak barrels in which rum is aged. This gives rum a warm, aromatic flavour.

Fruits: Flavoured rums are quite popular. You will come across rums infused with flavours such as mango, banana, coconut, or citrus fruits.

Even unflavoured rum can also have notes of maple and dark fruit.

Unlike whiskey, which has a smoky or peaty aroma, rum often has a sweeter aroma.

Rum Taste

During our rum tasting sessions, you can expect to sample a variety of rums. From light and crisp white rums to aged and full-bodied dark rums, the tasting journey will allow you to explore diverse flavours and appreciate the journey your rum has undertaken from farm to glass.

Rum isn’t a fussy drink. You don’t always need fancy cutlery to experience the delights of this spirit. But the type of glass that you use can affect the drinking experience. For example, glasses with a narrow mouth can help concentrate the aromas of the rum. It’s a matter of personal preference, but we suggest Glencairn glasses as a popular choice for rum tasting events.

Ultimately, we know that everyone’s palate is unique. The beauty of a rum tasting session lies in the opportunity to discover your own preferred flavour profiles. Having said that, what are the flavour profiles to be found in rum?

Sweetness: White rums tend to have a more delicate or subtle sweetness while darker rums offer more caramelized notes. Expect toffee or caramel notes to dominate in dark rums. Also, brown sugar, honey, and of course, molasses will also percolate through. Some dark rums can also have interesting notes of coffee or chocolate! A premium aged rum can have notes of oak, vanilla, and spice.

Spiciness: Rum can pack a fair punch. Look for hints of black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or clove during your rum tasting experience.

Fruitiness: Fruitier notes of rums are often more challenging to identify in terms of flavour as these are more subtle. For example some common tropical fruit notes may include banana, or mango or citrus.

Rum Experience
Rum Tasting Party

Rum Knowledge

During the rum tasting experience, we want to provide you with key rum knowledge, covering production methods, interrelationships, and its versatile use in cocktails. Here’s an overview of each topic we explore during the tour:

Production Methods: Rum, a beloved spirit enjoyed worldwide, is crafted through a variety of production methods, resulting in a wide range of flavours.

From the selection of sugarcane or molasses as the base ingredient to the fermentation and distillation processes, we delve into the diverse techniques used to create rum. You’ll learn about the different styles of rum, such as light, dark, spiced, and aged, and how these methods contribute to the unique characteristics of each.

History: Rum has a rich history with the first recorded rum being produced in the West Indies in 1650. It would go on to become popular in America in the 16th and 17th centuries. Learn about the fascinating journey of this versatile spirit.

Interrelationships: Rum shares fascinating interrelationships with other spirits. During the rum tour, we uncover the connections and influences that shape the world of rum. You’ll gain insights into the shared techniques and cask influences between rum and other spirits, deepening your understanding of the broader beverage industry.

Use In Cocktails: We explore the diverse ways in which rum can be used as a key component in crafting exquisite cocktails. From classic favorites like the Mojito and Piña Colada to innovative creations, you’ll discover how rum can enhance the flavour and texture of cocktails, acting as a vital modifier.

By the end of the rum tour, participants will have acquired a solid foundation in rum tasting terminology and a comprehensive perspective on the world of rum. Whether you’re a novice enthusiast or a seasoned rum aficionado, our tour will enrich your knowledge, enabling you to appreciate rum on a whole new level.

In Person And Virtual Rum Tasting Formats

Rum Tasting Kit

Self Guided

Want to experience the delights of rum at your own pace? We understand. We offer self-guided rum tasting events.

Here, we will supply you a self-guided rum tasting kit. Each kit includes:

  • A curated selection of 5 samples of rum.
  • A guide that reviews how to taste, key knowledge, and an overview of each rum, including the tasting notes.
  • Optional note card, tasting glass, and food pairing.

Click the link below to learn more about our self-guided rum tasting kits.

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In Person Rum Master Class

Get ready to embark on a rum tasting journey! Our private, in-person master class is led by a rum expert who will guide you through an immersive experience.

We offer the flexibility of a mobile rum tasting class, where we bring the tasting experience to your preferred location. Alternatively, you can join us at the dedicated tasting room at 180 Drinks.

Our in-person rum tasting master class includes:

  1. Tasting Kit: You’ll receive a curated selection of 5 rum samples, carefully chosen to showcase a variety of flavours and styles.
  2. Rum Tasting Guide: An informative guide will accompany the tasting, providing detailed information about each rum and guiding you through the tasting process.
  3. Global Rum Selection: Experience the diverse world of rum with options including rums from different regions, such as the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. Explore the unique characteristics of each style and discover the flavours that define them.
  4. Rum Tasting Glass Rental: Enhance your tasting experience with the use of Glencairn tasting glasses, designed to capture the aromas and flavours of rum. The glasses are available for rental, and you also have the option to purchase them.
  5. Bottle of Water: We provide a bottle of water to cleanse your palate between tastings and ensure you fully appreciate the nuances of each rum.
  6. Optional Chocolate Tasting and Snack Pairings: Elevate your rum tasting experience by adding optional chocolate tasting or carefully curated snack pairings. These pairings are designed to complement the flavours of the rums and enhance your overall enjoyment.
  7. Optional Table Rentals: If you require additional seating or table space for your tasting event, we offer optional table rentals to accommodate your needs.

Get in touch with us today to receive a personalized quote and start planning your rum tasting master class. Uncover the world of rum, explore its fascinating flavours, and create lasting memories with an unforgettable tasting experience.

Private Rum Tasting
Virtual Rum Tasting

Virtual Rum Tasting or Hybrid (In-Person & Online Rum Tasting)

Looking to engage your remote team or connect with friends who are far away? Explore the world of rum through our immersive virtual rum tasting experience!

Our online rum course offers a fantastic opportunity for participants located in different geographical locations to come together and enjoy a shared tasting adventure. It provides a cost-effective alternative to in-person tastings..

Additionally, we offer a hybrid rum tasting event that combines the best of both in-person and virtual experiences. This option caters to teams who work both in the office and remotely, providing flexibility and inclusivity.

Our virtual rum tasting includes a comprehensive range of options and features, mirroring our in-person experiences with a few exceptions. While the rental of Glencairn glasses is not available for virtual participants, they have the option to purchase these glasses for their online rum course.

To ensure a seamless experience, virtual rum tasting kits can be conveniently picked up at our head office or shipped directly to your guests. These kits contain all the necessary elements for a remarkable rum tasting journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

faq How can I prepare for a self-guided or virtual rum tasting event?

We are glad you asked! While you can make use of our handy rum tasting kits, there are things you can do to prepare:

Use a tasting sheet: This will help you record your notes on each of the rums we have sent you. Comparing and contrasting different rum notes is one of the most fun things you can do!

Take breaks: Cleanse your palate with water between tastings. This will help you appreciate the flavours and aromas more intensely.

Enjoy responsibly: Rum is best enjoyed in moderation. Make sure that you balance your drinks and have a designated driver to drive you home after the event or plan to stay at home.

faq How should I store my rum before the virtual rum tasting event?

Store in a cool, dry place: Keep the rum bottle away from direct sunlight or heat sources such as radiators. A wardrobe or kitchen cupboard will do just fine.

faq Can I do rum classes at 180 Drinks?

Absolutely! We are licensed for up to 25 guests at our location: 400 Matheson Blvd E Unit 20, Mississauga, ON L4Z 1N8

If your guest count is greater than 25 guests we can also travel to your location in Ontario. Please see which areas we serve below.

faq Can rum be enjoyed in cocktails other than the classic rum and coke?

Absolutely! Rum’s versatility makes it an excellent base spirit for a wide range of cocktails. From tropical favorites like the Mai Tai and Mojito to classic concoctions like the Daiquiri and Piña Colada, rum offers a diverse canvas for mixologists to create delicious and refreshing drinks.

It can also be used in sophisticated cocktails like the Rum Old Fashioned or Rum Sour, allowing you to explore new and exciting flavour combinations.

faq Do you offer a rum tasting bar for events?

Absolutely! This is a great option for a more high level rum tasting event. Our rum tasting bars are tailored to your service to your requirements and budget.

Get in touch today for a quote on a rum tasting bar for your next corporate event, party, or wedding!

faq Do you do non-alcoholic rum tastings?

We understand that some individuals prefer non-alcoholic options. We are delighted to offer a non-alcoholic rum tasting experience for those who wish to enjoy the flavours and aromas of rum without consuming alcohol. Cheers to you!

faq What platform do you use for your virtual rum tasting?

We understand that different participants may have their preferred virtual platforms. At 180 Drinks, we are flexible and adaptable to accommodate your platform preferences. We can provide the virtual platform for your rum tasting event, or we can seamlessly integrate with your chosen platform. Whether you prefer Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Webex, or any other platform, we are here to deliver an exceptional virtual rum tasting experience tailored to your needs.

faq What Areas Do You Serve In Ontario For Your Rum Classes?

For virtual rum tasting experiences we serve all of Ontario.

For in-person private rum tasting Toronto and Ontario experiences at your location we serve the the following cities:

  • Ajax
  • Aurora
  • Barrie
  • Brampton
  • Brant
  • Brantford
  • Burlington
  • Caledon
  • Cambridge
  • Fort Erie
  • Grimsby
  • Guelph
  • Halton Hills
  • Hamilton
  • Ingersoll
  • King City
  • Kitchener
  • Lincoln
  • London
  • Markham
  • Milton
  • Mississauga
  • Newmarket
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pelham
  • Pickering
  • Port Colborne
  • Richmond Hill
  • Schomberg
  • Catharines
  • Stratford
  • Thorold
  • Toronto (Downtown Core, East End, East York, Etobicoke, GTA, North York, North End, Old Toronto, Scarborough, West End, and York)
  • Vaughan
  • Waterloo
  • Stratford
  • Welland
  • Whitby
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodstock

Get in touch today for your next in person or virtual rum tasting Toronto event!

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