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Rum

Rum is such an evocative spirit. It transforms, transcends and instantly transports the drinker to the sun-washed shores of the West Indies; white sands, palm trees and blue seas. It always has a sense of joviality, in part thanks to its Caribbean origins, and also because of the unabashed decadence surrounding a libation made from sugar.

The kind of sugar used is one of the key differentiating factors in rum production. In the Spanish and British Antilles, for example, rum is traditionally distilled from molasses - a by-product of sugar production.

In the French Caribbean islands, however, sugarcane juice (sometimes called sugarcane honey) is used instead of molasses. Countries like Martinique and Guadeloupe are famed for producing spirit distilled from sugarcane juice, known as rhum agricole - French for 'agricultural rum'. The spirit is often made in a way that more closely resembles the distillation of some of the famous French brandies, such as Cognac or Armagnac, and results in a spirit typically around 40-50% ABV, or higher in the case of overproof rum. Younger varieties often exude a tangy, herbal flavour, whilst the aged varieties (often matured in Cognac casks) will offer up subtlety and complexity, just like any fine aged spirit.

The Caribbean has been cultivated for sugar for centuries, and the various occupiers, be they Spanish, French or English, have their own terms for the spirit; Ron, Rhum and, of course, Rum, respectively.

As far as British involvement with the spirit, there has always been a strong connection with the Royal Navy. Indeed, at one time the Navy afforded their sailors a half pint of rum as part of their daily ration. The rum was traded and export grew in large part because of the export possibilities that sea travel brought about.

Many competing arguments exist as to the origins of the term "rum". The most convincing is that it is a shortened version of "rumbullion" – a word meaning great uproar and noise, and a good reminder of the often violent, dramatic history of rum. Other terms have existed, including "kill devil" which was used to describe spirit distilled from molasses.

Due to the huge geographical territory in which rum is produced, there are many variants in production, the type of still being one of the most obvious. Usually, pot stills are used to distil thick, rich, aged rums (El Dorado 15 and El Pusser's are good examples). Continuous column stills, on the other hand, are used to produce white spirits best associated with cocktails.

Maturation is an interesting aspect too. White rums are either unaged or aged only very briefly. Classics such as Bacardi Superior are crisp and tangy and work brilliantly well in cocktails. Gold rums tend to be a mix of spirit old and new, and also work nicely in cocktails, with an increase in complexity and flavour. For the connoisseurs of sipping spirit, however, dark rums are the preference. These can be tremendously refined and delicious, thanks in no small part to the tropical nature of the climate. The hot weather allows Caribbean rums to mature particularly rapidly - at as much as thrice the rate of Scotch Whisky . In this respect a 15 year old rum is the equivalent of a 45 year old whisky!

Other geographical factors come into play too, and some of the top rum-producing countries have attained their own unique style.

Jamaica is perhaps one of the most prolific rum nations today, with its own unique style. Prior to distillation, the molasses are typically allowed to ferment for a great length of time. This is then followed by distillation in pot stills. The result is intensity and body, often with notes of tropical fruit and banana. Appleton Estate and Wray and Nephew are superlative examples.

Barbados is another prime rum territory. One of the original islands to begin rum distillation, Barbadian rums are often superbly balanced, with deliciously aromatic tendencies. There are three main distilleries on the island (West Indies Rum Distillery, Mount Gay and Foursquare), and each makes use of pot stills. These are easy-drinking rums, with some of the longer-aged variants (Doorly's XO, for example) working brilliantly as sipping spirits.

Guyana is one of our favourite rum nations, thanks in no small part to the heavy, Demerara rums bottled in the El Dorado range. These are full-bodied spirits, traditionally the main constituent in British Navy rum. Made in a mix of pot stills and column stills, there is quite a variety of flavour to be found. Where once there were more than 200 distilleries, today there is only one. We suggest you seek out El Dorado 15 for an example of just how good Guyana rum can be!

Latin America is home to the lighter, fresher cocktail rums. The popularity of such spirit (with the advent of the recent cocktail revolution) has transformed the place into the most prolific region of all. It all started, however, with Bacardi, originally produced in Cuba before the country's factories were nationalised. Today, Bacardi is made in Puerto Rico, and the classic Carta Blanca remains a mainstay for many cocktails including the Daiquiri. Countries such as the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Venezuela and Trinidad play hosts to some of the world's top distilleries. Brands such as Ron Zacapa, Brugal and Pampero - among many others - are well worth a look.

Whilst not always thought of as a true rum, this introduction would not be complete without a mention of Cachaça. The famous spirit, made almost exclusively in Brazil, is traditionally enjoyed as part of a Caipirinha cocktail, and its production closely resembles Rhum Agricole. It is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice, and is bottled at between 38% and 54%ABV. One interesting aspect is the legally permissible addition of up to six grams of sugar per litre, giving the spirit additional sweetness. Varieties are sold both aged and unaged, with the former being a more premium style thanks to the extra complexity imbued by the use of wooden barrels. To sample some fine Cachaça, look for the superb distilleries Germana and Abelha. We recommend you enjoy the aged varieties neat, whilst the tangier white Cachaça is best drunk in the aforementioned Caipirinha - a cocktail made simply with two shots of Cachaça, half a lime and a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Delicious!

Recently, rum has surged in popularity. Its regard as a fine cocktail mixer is good and widespread and a number of the world's most popular drinks are rum-based - the Daiquiri and the Mojito being two prime examples. It is only recently, though, that our beloved rum has really been enjoyed en masse as a standalone beverage of true merit, and this new direction is excellent, for rum is as much a connoisseur's libation as any other dark spirit. Like all dark spirits, a stemmed tulip glass is best for optimum palate entry and for focusing the aroma.

Ancient Mariner 16 Year Old Navy Rum

50cl, 54%
Ancient Mariner

Daily Tots were issued by the Royal Navy for hundred of years, up until July 1970 when they were removed. Ancient Mariner was made with the rum used by the Royal Navy in mind. To revive the classic…  More info

Ancient Mariner 16 Year Old Navy Rum
3
$136.10

Foursquare 11 Year Old 2010 Barbados Edition No. 17 - The Colours of Rum (Wealth Solutions)

70cl, 59.3%
Foursquare

Adding to The Colours of Rum series from indie bottlers, Wealth Solutions, comes this rum from Foursquare distillery in Barbados. Distilled in 2010, it matured in a single cask for 11 years before…  More info

Foursquare 11 Year Old 2010 Barbados Edition No. 17 - The Colours of Rum (Wealth Solutions)
$85.72

Bounty Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
St. Lucia Distillers

A vibrant taste of Saint Lucia. Column still rum with an infusion of vanilla, cinnamon, the macerated bark of richeria grandis (which is known as 'Bois Bande') and a host of local Lucian spices. It…  More info

Bounty Spiced Rum
2
$23.14
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Copeland Smugglers Reserve Overproof Rum

70cl, 57.2%
Copeland

It turns out those Copeland folks don't just do gin, but fabulous rum too! This is Smugglers Reserve Overproof Rum which is double pot distilled and matured in both bourbon and Pinot Noir casks. It…  More info

Copeland Smugglers Reserve Overproof Rum
9
$45.33

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
Kraken

Kraken Spiced Rum is an excellent example of spiced rum, with utterly brilliant packaging! This was launched in the UK in early 2010, and it has an extraordinarily rich, spicy flavour. Named for the…  More info

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
106
$25.21

Diamond Distillery Port Mourant Pot Still Rum 11 Year Old 2008 (Master of Malt)

70cl, 50%
Diamond Distillery

We've polished up a real diamond here to join our own collection of splendid bottlings. No really – this superb rum hails from Guyana's Diamond distillery! Produced in April 2008 in the distillery's…  More info

Diamond Distillery Port Mourant Pot Still Rum 11 Year Old 2008 (Master of Malt)
$45.33

Plantation Guyana 2007 Teeling Whiskey Cask Finish - Single Cask Collection

70cl, 53.7%
Plantation

What Plantation rum has done here is taken a single cask of yummy rum that was made by Demerara Distillers in Guyana in 2007 and matured for 13 years, then transported it to France, where sister…  More info

Plantation Guyana 2007 Teeling Whiskey Cask Finish - Single Cask Collection
$85.67

Dead Man's Fingers Banana Rum

70cl, 37.5%
Dead Man’s Fingers

Deliciously fruity spiced rum here from the Dead Man's Fingers range, flavoured with banana! We're certain this will be perfect for all sorts of cocktails that need a good helping of tropical fruit…  More info

Dead Man's Fingers Banana Rum
$22.05

Finders Spirit of Christmas Pudding Spiced Rum

70cl, 37.5%
Finders Spirits

A warming, festive spirit from those Finders folks, it's a Spirit of Christmas Pudding Spiced Rum! A base of aged rum has been made suitably seasonal thanks to the addition of cinnamon, orange and…  More info

Finders Spirit of Christmas Pudding Spiced Rum
1
$25.40

Black Tot Last Consignment

70cl, 54.3%
Black Tot

Forty years after Black Tot Day in 1970, the day when the British Royal Navy's 300 year old practice of daily rum rations stopped, the Black Tot Last Consignment gives us insight into the history of…  More info

Black Tot Last Consignment
1
$776.52

Flor de Caña 25

70cl, 40%
Flor de Caña

An impressive, well aged Flor de Caña single estate rum. A stunning, radiant hue makes it a wonder to look at, and it tastes as good as it looks. Top shelf rum from the Nicaraguan producer.  More info

Flor de Caña 25
9
$120.92

Sunset Captain Bligh XO

70cl, 40%
St. Vincent Distillers Ltd

An XO rum from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is distilled from molasses in a modern two column still, and it is diluted to 87.5% before it is aged in first fill Kentucky bourbon barrels for…  More info

Sunset Captain Bligh XO
8
$40.33

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
$38.28
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Stroh Inländer 80 50cl

50cl, 80%
Stroh Inländer

Stroh 80 is an intense, fiery spiced rum from Austria, made with all kinds of spice extracts and essences. It is worth trying in warming hot chocolates, or in spicy cocktails such as the Jagertee.  More info

Stroh Inländer 80 50cl
13
$29.24

Black Tot Master Blender’s Reserve - 2021 Edition

70cl, 54.5%
Black Tot

A marvellous commemorative rum from Black Tot, this expression marks the 100th anniversary of the last rum ration given to Australian Navy sailors on British ships. The Black Tot crew began with a…  More info

Black Tot Master Blender’s Reserve - 2021 Edition
$120.96

Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum

70cl, 54.5%
Mainbrace

A limited edition Navy Strength variant from Mainbrace. This one is an unusual blend of rums, with an unaged agricole from Martinique working alongside an aged Guyanese rum – not something you see…  More info

Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum
$45.37

Ron Abuelo XV - Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

70cl, 40%
Ron Abuelo

Panamanian rum from Ron Abuelo's Finish Collection, which has been given a finishing period in Oloroso Sherry casks! This'll be very interesting to taste alongside the other expressions in the range,…  More info

Ron Abuelo XV - Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
2
$61.46

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

70cl, 45%
Worthy Park

Announced in 2017, Worth Park's Single Estate Reserve is one of the first official releases from the distillers in Jamaica, with other bottlings from Worthy Park released under the Rum-Bar name. This…  More info

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve
4
$46.39
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C.A.C.D. 17 Year Old 2004 – Rumtown

50cl, 57.7%
C.A.C.D.

An impressive Venezuelan rum here, independently bottled by Rumtown. It was distilled by C.A.C.D. back in 2004, and it spent 17 years maturing (mostly in Venezuela, partially in the Dominican…  More info

C.A.C.D. 17 Year Old 2004 – Rumtown
1
$90.76

O.V.D. Demerara Rum

70cl, 40%
O.V.D.

O.V.D stands for Old Vatted Demerara, a style of rum blending unique to the Demerara region of Guyana. The rum is distilled from molasses in a wooden Coffey still in Guyana before it’s blended and…  More info

O.V.D. Demerara Rum
40
$22.18
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Alnwick Rum

70cl, 43%
Alnwick Rum

Alnwick is a bold, spicy dark rum, perfect for making a big impression in cocktails and mixed drinks. Based on a recipe which was first created over 90 years ago in Northumberland, Alnwick rum is…  More info

Alnwick Rum
8
$27.72

Three Tides Smoked Botanical Rum

70cl, 40%
BeauFort

Three Tides is built around aged Dominican Republic and High Ester Jamaican funk, and features some rather intriguing ingredients alongside it, like scorched gorse , wild elderflower and oats! Not…  More info

Three Tides Smoked Botanical Rum
10
$35.25
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Flor de Caña 4 Extra Seco (40%)

70cl, 40%
Flor de Caña

A tasty extra dry rum from Nicaragua, Flor de Caña 4 year old is intended for use as a mixer and it's already won ten international awards!  More info

Flor de Caña 4 Extra Seco (40%)
1
$21.07

Angostura 12 Year Old "1824"

70cl, 40%
Angostura

A top quality rum hand selected by the master blender from select casks at Angostura. This is matured in American oak bourbon barrels for at least 12 years when it is blended and re-casked. It offers…  More info

Angostura 12 Year Old
7
$58.39

Wildjac Cherry Wood Spiced Rum

70cl, 37.5%
Wildjac

A tasty spiced rum from the Wildjac team, featuring oodles of fruity notes, perfect for enjoying over ice on a hot evening. We can see this going particular well with cola – or cherry cola, if you're…  More info

Wildjac Cherry Wood Spiced Rum
1
$38.28

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