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Today in Gear: August 6, 2014

Today in Gear: John Deere's Gators get sinister, a handsome pocket knife, Bacardi's premium collection of rum and more.

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Gimme some sugar(cane)

Slow As Molasses: 5 Rums We’re Drinking Now

In the final throes of summer each year, before we dust off the leather boots, get out the lambswool sweaters and prepare to toss the first curse at Old Man Winter, we spend a little extra time with Old Man Rum. Pretty good company, this guy: a spirit distilled from sugarcane juice or molasses, with few other rules to govern its production and aging. That makes for a drink that varies greatly in style and provenance. The five rums we're enjoying now reflect that variety of tastes.

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Today in Gear: May 1, 2013

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As American as the Mayflower, and twice as fun

Rum: Your Official Summer Drink

Most honest Americans of drinking age know bourbon as the national spirit. But there’s another drink for us to enjoy in the warm weather that, like bourbon, has a uniquely American story: rum. We’ve overlooked it for some time; meanwhile, there’s plenty of new, excellent, American and Caribbean rum coming to market, and rum-specific bars are opening in cities across the country. Rum, for now, is a little less serious than Scotch or bourbon, but what it brings to the table is no laughing matter -- unless you’ve got your pinky dangling.