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American Rum

Forget pirates and palm trees, rum is a spirit with a varied past and genuine connections to many countries. Take America, for example. Some might say that rum is America’s true national spirit. I apologise if I made you spill your bourbon. But the United States was very much a rum country for nearly two centuries before whiskey came to real prominence.

Given that rum as we understand it in the modern sense truly developed in the Caribbean, it's no surprise to learn that the drink's popularity would spread to Colonial North America. It is believed that the first rum distillery in the British colonies of North America arose as early as 1664. There was certainly a rum distillery in Boston by 1667 and 100 years later there were 50 rum distilleries in Boston alone. There is even evidence that Rhode Island rum joined gold as an accepted currency in Europe for a period of time.

In this era in America estimates of rum consumption suggest an average of 14 litres of rum was consumed by the average person each year. That’s a lot of the good stuff. For a time rum was early Colonial New England's largest and most prosperous industry. In fact, it was so woven into the fabric of American life at this point in time that some believe the disruption to the rum trade caused by the Sugar Act in 1764 may have been a contributing factor to the American Revolution. Talk about a revolutionary spirit! George Washington incidentally insisted that a barrel of Bajan rum was to be shared at his 1789 inauguration.

British tariffs soon meant that rum simply became too expensive to produce locally or even import. This combined with the development of American whiskey led to a decline in rum’s availability and popularity. American rum died out almost completely by the 1900s.

But the comeback is on. Rum production in the United States is in the midst of a renaissance. New brands and distilleries are opening all over the place. Bartenders are embracing the variety, complexity and versatility of the category. The rich history of American rum has become part of the national conscious and is helping forge a rum-tastic future.

Whatever your preference, there’s sure to be an American rum that will take your fancy. We’ve got a host of great rums from the United States in one convenient location. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy, friends!

Black Magic Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
Sazerac

Black Magic Spiced Rum is a blend of light and dark rums, along with a secret recipe of spices, which help to bolster the rum's flavour profile. Expect big ol' helpings of vanilla, cherry, runny…  More info

Black Magic Spiced Rum
14
$24.70

Bayou Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
Bayou Rum

A spiced rum inspired by the flavours of Louisiana! Featuring a selection of Louisiana-grown spices at its core, this lip-smacking tipple is suitable for sipping neat or enjoying with your favourite…  More info

Bayou Spiced Rum
5
$21.23

Motörhead Rum

70cl, 40%
Motörhead

Motörhead - a band you're probably familiar with. Not only did they release some cracking albums, they've also released some terrific spirits with help from Sweden's Brands for Fans. This particular…  More info

Motörhead Rum
7
$42.43

Bayou Pink

70cl, 37.5%
Bayou Rum

For this Pink expression, Bayou has taken a base of its White Rum, produced in Louisiana, and blended it with mayhaw berries, a local small, tart berry that looks rather like a cranberry. Some lovely…  More info

Bayou Pink
$21.19

Montanya Oro Rum

70cl, 40%
Montanya

This aged rum is distilled by Montanya, based in the Colorado mountains! Distilled from local molasses, it's been aged for one year in freshly emptied American white oak barrels that previously held…  More info

Montanya Oro Rum
1
$42.43

RumJava

70cl, 35%
RumJava

Coffee and rum go together like... Well, not much else is better than coffee and rum! It's the flagship expression from RumJava, based around a rum that's double distilled in Florida in small…  More info

RumJava
$42.43

World's End Tiki Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
World's End

Warming rum-based cocktails on the menu? You're gonna want some World's End Tiki Spiced Rum to go in them, we reckon. This stuff is made using aged rum combined with a whole host of spices, notably…  More info

World's End Tiki Spiced Rum
$37.97

Trinidadian Rum 16 Year Old 2003 (cask 3) - Single Cask Nation

70cl, 55.4%
Single Cask Nation

Here we have an indie rum from Single Cask Nation! Distilled in April 2003 at a distillery in Trinidad, the rum was left in a single refill Oloroso sherry hogshead. After 16 years passed, it was…  More info

Trinidadian Rum 16 Year Old 2003 (cask 3) - Single Cask Nation
$94.48

Montanya Platino Rum

70cl, 40%
Montanya

A Colorado rum here from Montanya, distilled from locally grown sugarcane! Though it's colourless, this Platino expression has actually been aged for one year in American White Oak barrels that…  More info

Montanya Platino Rum
1
$37.13

Montanya Valentia Rum

70cl, 40%
Montanya

From Colorado's Montanya comes Valentia Rum, released to celebrate women in the spirits industry. Valentia means "courage" and "grit" in Spanish, and spent its first three and a half years of ageing…  More info

Montanya Valentia Rum
$47.74

World's End Dark Blend Rum

70cl, 37.5%
World's End

A dark rum blend from those World's End folks, this one brings together rum from the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Panama. Whew, what a spread! The result is a spirit with a…  More info

World's End Dark Blend Rum
1
$25.44

Ron Izalco 10 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Ron Izalco

Ron Izalco 10 Year Old rum marries Central American rums produced from volcanic sugar cane molasses. The spirit is then aged in charred American oak casks for a whole decade, resulting in a complex…  More info

Ron Izalco 10 Year Old
1
$53.06

Montanya Exclusiva Rum

70cl, 40%
Montanya

Montanya Exclusiva Rum was barrel aged for a total of three years, made up of two and a half in an American white oak that previously held Colorado whiskey, followed by six months in French oak…  More info

Montanya Exclusiva Rum
1
$47.74

World's End Light Blend

70cl, 37.5%
World's End

A white rum from World's End, the Light Blend marries column still rum from Barbados and Guyana with pot still rum from Jamaica. A great spirit to experiment with, ideal for cocktails such as a…  More info

World's End Light Blend
$25.44

Bogart's Rum

70cl, 40%
Bogart's

Humphrey Bogart - the face you've seen in movies a million times and the name with oodles of quotes about drinks attributed to it. So of course he has a selection of tipples named after him! Bogart's…  More info

Bogart's Rum
1
$27.35

Medford Rum

75cl, 40%
GrandTen Distilling

New England used to be rather renowned for its rum, with rum from Medford being well regarded to the point of it becoming somewhat of a "thing". Though this was a long time ago, GrandTen Distilling…  More info

Medford Rum
$40.63
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RumJava Cacao'Mon

70cl, 35%
RumJava

First, there was coffee and rum. Then RumJava took it one step further and threw chocolate into the mix! RumJava Cacao'Mon is infused with Java’Mon coffee chocolate blend for 30 days, and after this…  More info

RumJava Cacao'Mon
$42.43

Bayou Mardi Gras XO Rum

70cl, 40%
Bayou Rum

From Bayou Rum comes this solera-aged expression, which is inspired by and aims to capture the liveliness of Louisiana's Mardi Gras celebrations (hence the name). It's distilled from single estate…  More info

Bayou Mardi Gras XO Rum
1
$47.74
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Smooth Ambler Revelation Rum

70cl, 49.5%
Smooth Ambler

A marvellously impressive rum released by the chaps at Smooth Ambler out in West Virginia, USA. They've got a good nose for great spirits (as obvious from their Old Scout whiskey), and have bottled…  More info

Smooth Ambler Revelation Rum
5
$79.61

Bayou White Rum

70cl, 40%
Bayou Rum

Louisiana may not be the first place that pops into your head when you think of rum, but Bayou Rum is here to change all that! This white rum is distilled from Louisiana-grown sugar cane. A…  More info

Bayou White Rum
$22.25

A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Sauternes Cask

70cl, 42%
A. H. Riise

This is a super premium rum from A. H. Riise, which was produced in strictly limited quantities of only 12,000 bottles per year. It honours the Roman term 'Non Plus Ultra' which loosely translated…  More info

A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Sauternes Cask
$88.11

A.H. Riise XO Reserve

70cl, 40%
A. H. Riise

XO Reserve from A.H. Riise in the US Virgin Islands is crafted from a blend of a number of carefully selected West Indian rums. Each bottle is also marked with individually bottle and cask numbers,…  More info

A.H. Riise XO Reserve
$44.56

Rational Spirits Santeria Rum

75cl, 46%
Rational Spirits

Santeria Rum from Rational Spirits is made using a very interesting method, using un-aged rum which is put through the Lost Spirits accelerated ageing reactor (science, as ever, continues to be…  More info

Rational Spirits Santeria Rum
$57.17

Bayou Silver Rum

70cl, 40%
Bayou Rum

Bayou Rum was created with the aim of bringing back local rum production. The silver unaged rum is distilled in a pot still in Louisiana from local sugarcane molasses and raw sugar. It's fruity and…  More info

Bayou Silver Rum
$26.50

Bayou Select Rum

70cl, 40%
Bayou Rum

Taking inspiration from early Louisiana rum makers, Bayou Select Rum aged in American oak casks, resulting in a tipple which should appeal to rum and whisky enthusiasts alike.  More info

Bayou Select Rum
$26.50

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