Rum is the symbol of the Caribbean, the soul of the subtropical islands, born with the discovery of America and traditionally consumed by slaves, pirates and sailors. Today there are many varieties of rum, classified into styles according to the island of production and its colonial history: French, English or Spanish. Produced from sugar cane, the distillate takes on different characteristics depending on whether molasses from sugar mills or pure cane juice is used. While Latin America rums, called 'ron' in Spanish, are derived from molasses and are distinguished by their sweetness and lightness, English-style rums are more spicy and flavoursome, while French-style rums, usually very intense, are called 'agricultural', because they are distilled from pure fresh juice. White rums are used in the preparation of long drinks and tropical cocktails, while aged rums express all their aromatic richness when enjoyed neat, accompanied by dried fruit, chocolate or, possibly, a good cigar.