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defunct

New England rum

Type

Sugar cane & molasses-based spirits

Also known as

Medford rum

Description

Defunct or all-but defunct generic term for dark rums produced in New England, generally under the descriptive name "Medford" rum, from colonial times to Prohibition. Medford is a Massachusetts town where, or in close proximity to where, many of the rum distilleries and warehouses were located. The cold and clammy conditions there made for rums with similar character to London dock and navy rums. They were highly acclaimed. Abolition of the slave trade (and the slaves-sugarcane/molassas-rum triangle) crippled Medford rum's production, and Prohibition essentially killed it. In latter years, there was a branded rum named Medford, but the term itself was a generic one previous to that, and remains so today.

Flavor

rum and strong

Availability

Unavailable. Produced and sold in United States.

Substitute

london dock rum

Usage examples

This ingredient appears in 4 recipes in CocktailDB.
pictureConnecticut Bullfrog
pictureLaughing Boy
picturePilgrim Cocktail
pictureWhile Rome Burns Cocktail

Museum of the American Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail 2006
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