Rum -- like America -- is diverse
There are a great many kinds of rum even before we get into the flavored varieties. You’ve got your dark rum, your white rum, your añejo rum, which is extra-aged, flavored rums... the list goes on and on.
Taken on their own, each has its merits, of course, but combinations are what yield great innovations -- for example, the composite culture of tiki, spanning from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, and its iconic drink, the Mai Tai (which itself is a composite of two kinds of rum).
Hang on, is the entire story of rum just a metaphor for America?