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Ian Burrell, a rum ambassador from the U.K., samples the liquor at the Miami Rum Festival. Tatu Kaarlas/Courtesy of Miami Rum Festival hide caption

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Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation

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Captain Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is said to have tucked slow-burning fuses into his beard and lit them on fire before plundering towns for gold and rum. Hulton Archive Circa/Getty Images hide caption

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