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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!

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

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)

Lost Spirits - Cuban Inspired Rum (151 Proof)

75cl, 75.5%
Lost Spirits

Lost Spirits, who previously released an American single malt peated to 110ppm(!), are in the business of understanding the science behind aged spirits. This is their 'Spanish style' rum, made with…  More info

Lost Spirits - Cuban Inspired Rum (151 Proof)

Lost Spirits - Polynesian Inspired Rum

75cl, 66%
Lost Spirits

The Lost Spirits distillers out in California made with their own lab grown dunder and low rectification distillation (like their Navy Style rums). Here the result is "possibly the highest density of…  More info

Lost Spirits - Polynesian Inspired Rum

St. George California Agricole Rum (Harvested 2013)

75cl, 43%
St. George Spirits

As experts in making eau-de-vie and capturing the spirit of the fresh fruit in their drinks, St. George Spirits have expanded their horizons on what they can extract cracking flavours from, to the…  More info

St. George California Agricole Rum (Harvested 2013)

St. George California Reserve Agricole Rum

75cl, 40%
St. George Spirits

Strictly 1 Per Customer! St. George Spirits are bringing back the funk with their California Reserve Agricole Rum, made with fermented sugarcane juice from pressed canes grown in the Imperial…  More info

St. George California Reserve Agricole Rum
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Cohiba Black Rum 5 Years Old - 1980s

75cl, 40%
Data Commodities Ltd.

An old bottling of 5 year old rum from the Dominican Republic, sure to add some spice to a Dark & Stormy cocktail.  More info

Cohiba Black Rum 5 Years Old - 1980s

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