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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!

Bogart's Rum

75cl, 40%
Bogarts

Humphrey Bogart - the face you've been 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
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$35.29

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
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$21.41

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
$38.28

A.H. Riise XO Port Cask Rum 2015

70cl, 45%
A. H. Riise

AH Riise XO Port Cask Rum is made up of more than 15 different, exclusive Caribbean rums that have matured individually in oak barrels with an average age of 20 years - each of them a single barrel…  More info

A.H. Riise XO Port Cask Rum 2015
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$59.91

World's End Dark Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
World's End

A rich, warming spiced rum from the World's End range. Featuring a blend of Caribbean rums aged between 3 and 5 years, this rum has been combined with a specially selected mixture of spices to give…  More info

World's End Dark Spiced Rum
$35.83
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Rational Spirits Cuban Inspired Rum (141 Proof)

75cl, 70.5%
Rational Spirits

A Cuban-inspired rum from the Rational Spirits folks, made with Grade A molasses, pot distillation and maturation in charred and toasted new American oak casks. This one has been bottled at 141…  More info

Rational Spirits Cuban Inspired Rum (141 Proof)
$67.18
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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
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$80.26
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Lost Spirits - Navy Style Rum (Full Strength)

75cl, 61%
Lost Spirits

Intense stuff as ever from the wonderful booze-scientists at Lost Spirits in California - a Full Strength variation of their Navy Style Rum. Matured in Sherry seasoned new American oak casks and…  More info

Lost Spirits - Navy Style Rum (Full Strength)
$60.64

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
$57.65

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
$40.97
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A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Black Edition

70cl, 42%
A. H. Riise

A.H. Riise continues doing the decent thing of making really delicious rum with a particularly stylish and tasty release here: the Non Plus Ultra Black Edition. A Caribbean-style rum with plenty of…  More info

A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Black Edition
$96.33

A.H. Riise 1888 Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum

70cl, 40%
A. H. Riise

From the A.H. Riise range of rums (which honour Danish pharmacist and entrepreneur Albert Heinrich Riise whom worked in the Danish West Indies in the mid-1800s) comes an expression named after a…  More info

A.H. Riise 1888 Copenhagen Gold Medal Rum
$53.48
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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
$26.72
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Owney's Original Rum

70cl, 40%
The Noble Experiment NYC

Owney's Original Rum comes to us from The Noble Experiment NYC, established by Bridget C. Firtle in 2012. Named in honour of Owen 'Owney' Madden, a Prohibition-era rum-runner and speak-easy…  More info

Owney's Original Rum
$45.34
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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
$91.78

A.H. Riise Royal Danish Navy Rum

70cl, 40%
A. H. Riise

Rum from A.H. Riise, made to a recipe created by the company's namesake - Albert Heinrich Riise. If you like your rums on the sweeter side of things, this should suit you down to the ground.  More info

A.H. Riise Royal Danish Navy Rum
$55.06

A.H. Riise Black Barrel Navy Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
A. H. Riise

This premium Navy Spiced Rum was distilled by A.H. Riise and infused with a blend of carefully selected secret spices that was then matured for a long time in charred oak cask - hence Black Barrel.  More info

A.H. Riise Black Barrel Navy Spiced Rum
$40.63

Black Magic Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
Sazerac

A spiced rum inspired by legends and adventures involving magic potions that can transform a person to become more gregarious, enchanting and charismatic! Dare you seek the skull?  More info

Black Magic Spiced Rum
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$24.57

A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Very Rare

70cl, 42%
A. H. Riise

Supremely rich rum from the A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra range. From the rum's dark hue to the very handsome bottle, this stuff is a definite treat for the eyes - and it's not half-bad as a treat for…  More info

A.H. Riise Non Plus Ultra Very Rare
$85.61

St. George California Agricole Rum (Harvested 2014)

75cl, 43%
St. George Spirits

This right here is the 2014 harvest of California Agricole Rum from St. George Spirits, made with sugar cane grown in Southern California. The St. George distillers take this sugar cane and extract…  More info

St. George California Agricole Rum (Harvested 2014)
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$67.41

Balcones Texas Rum

75cl, 63.9%
Balcones

The Balcones distillers in Waco, Texas, have only gone and made their own rum! It's a molasses-based rum which has been double distilled and aged in a variety of casks with differing toast levels and…  More info

Balcones Texas Rum
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Papa's Pilar 3 Blonde Rum

75cl, 42%
Papa's Pilar

Papa's Pilar 3 Blonde Rum is made with a blend of pot and column still rums from Florida, Central America and the Caribbean, which has been solera aged in bourbon and Port casks, and has been…  More info

Papa's Pilar 3 Blonde Rum
$45.99

Florida Rum

70cl, 37.5%
Florida Distillers

Made with Florida sugar cane and distilled in Florida, this rum does what it says on the tin! It's rested in American oak barrels before the final filtration. Perfect for mojitos.  More info

Florida Rum
$22.39

Lost Spirits - Navy Style Rum (Navy Strength)

75cl, 57%
Lost Spirits

Lost Spirits are dedicated to understanding the chemistry of cask aged spirits, and the good news is that they put their money where their mouth is from time to time too! Bottled at 57%, this…  More info

Lost Spirits - Navy Style Rum (Navy Strength)
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Lost Spirits - Navy Style Rum (Cask Strength)

75cl, 68%
Lost Spirits

A cask strength rum from Californian scientists and distillers Lost Spirits. Made from fermented grade A molasses and using their own lab grown dunder with low rectification distillation. It's then…  More info

Lost Spirits - Navy Style Rum (Cask Strength)

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