Anthony Maingot, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology at Florida International University.
Originally from Trinidad, Anthony Maingot began collecting rums three decades ago and has over 300 varieties in his collection. He has lectured widely on the political economy of the rum trade as well as conducted rum tastings for various museums.
Particular countries go to great lengths to establish proprietary rights to certain spirits. Americans quite properly lay claim to Bourbon; the Scotch and Irish to Whisky, the French to Champagne and Cognac, the Japanese to Sake, the Russians to Vodka, and “Genever” is quite definitely Dutch. Who, on the other hand, can claim rum?