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Rumbullion! Bottling Note

A sure-fire hit from Ableforth's, Rumbullion! is a cockle-warming spiced concoction, based on the kind of rich, full-bodied rums the seafaring fraternity would have enjoyed centuries ago.

At the core of this fabulous winter warmer lies a blend of the very finest high proof Caribbean rum, to which was added creamy Madagascan vanilla and a generous helping of zesty orange peel. A secret recipe was followed, finished with a handful of cassia and cloves and just a hint of cardamom.

Rumbullion! proudly flaunts its maritime inspiration with a label that bears a hand-drawn illustration of a Navy grog tub, emblazoned with the words: “The Queen, God Bless Her”, and just like all of the fine spirits in the Ableforth's arsenal, each bottle is wrapped in crinkled brown paper, wound with twine and sealed with black wax.

Enjoy it neat, or with ice and squeeze of fresh lime.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: A fabulously decadent nose of intense, sweet vanilla and flamed orange zest. The cardamom makes itself known by offering up an evocative suggestion of old-fashioned cola, and to this the cloves bring out a deep, dark complexity. Yet more sweetness with cinnamon, which melds beautifully with essential oil notes of Seville orange peel.

Palate: At once a fabulous mix of thick cut bitter orange marmalade and tingling, zinging spices. Hints of Manuka honey and mouth-watering cinnamon form its heart, with molasses, candy floss, toffee apples, crème brûlée and clove-studded oranges.

Finish: A long finish, with tongue-prickling spices, and a stunning degree of freshness as cinnamon, orange and creamy, sweet vanilla notes coat the palate for minutes.

Overall: Rich and profoundly intense, this is a rum to see you through the coldest months.

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Rumbullion! Reviews


1st time I tasted Rumbullion was in 2019 at loch eck as it lashed with rain,that first taste was beautiful it was so good frank and myself tand the bottle,with Guinness

28th November 2020

Delicious, well worth the extra few quid

An outstanding drink, full of strong flavours. I enjoy both with cherry coke and a wedge of lime, and just by itself on ice. Current top of my list.

12th September 2020

Like a liquor with a strong vanilla after taste

Packed full a flavour, a bit on the liquor side. I enjoyed it with some lime and ice cubes

24th July 2020

Tongue Tingling

A very good rum with a full bodied taste.

9th June 2020


This rum may take some getting used too as it has some powerful flavours but once you do you will love it. It has quickly shot close to the top of my favoured rum list

1st May 2020


This rum may take some getting used too but it jas some powerful flavours and has shot close to the top of my rum list

1st May 2020

Not great

Very harsh and spicy, with a strong cinnamon flavour (reminded me a bit of fireball whisky, which is awful). Struggled with it neat, might be OK in a cocktail.

25th April 2020

Overpowering at first but amazing

This was a grower for me, but it’s absolutely one of my favourites now. Hints of raisin and a bit of a cough medicine-ish twang on the nose and then a lovely burst of vanilla and orange zest on the palate. Amazing with a mixer but I always drink with a bit of ice. Couldn’t recommend this enough.

25th April 2020

too spicy to drink neat or with cola

too spicy to drink neat or with cola, the ginger almost knocks you out, would be good as a mixer for sure but @ £35 that would be madness, spend the cash on a decent 12yo rum for the same price and you wont look back.

5th April 2020

Decent for the price

Decent for the price, spices are a bit over powering though but better than Morgans spice in the similar price range.

1st April 2020

Beautiful Rum

Great with coke but even better heat.
Lovely sweet taste with a hint of cinnamon and then a vanilla finish.
One of my favourites for sure 5/5!

20th March 2020

Excellent rum

I drink everything straight. This rum smells delicious and packs some serious flavours!

23rd February 2020


Toasted hot cross buns, Kola Kubes and Tizer(!) on the nose. Very sweet, lots of vanilla, cinnamon and a weirdly synthetic aftertaste, and at 42.6% it has that slight extra punch to stop it being sickly. Being a bourbon drinker dipping my toes into the world of spiced rum I don't know if this is a decent yardstick to go by but it was weirdly compelling and easy to drink neat.

12th January 2020


Riot of intense flavour with lime citrus running over ice rocks......

18th December 2019

mmm coffee :)

lovely coffee notes... lots of flavour

30th November 2019

A riot

I get oranges and Cinnamon in a big way and clove, its smooth, but deep and heavy also. It's absoluley delicious as a mixer, it's a really good rum. Now I've read the notes I have picked up on the cardamom, but it's subtle, which is no bad thing. I am not a massive rum fan, but I would be tempted to buy a full bottle of this this it's pretty damn good.

29th November 2019

Ah me hearties! Just lovely

Just cracked open the wax seal. What a reveal... strong, smooth, spicy. Has made my lips tingle from cinnamon. Clove quite noticeable but a lovely blend that’s demands to be drunk neat. Lovely just wish I’d bought more than a tester half-bottle!!

7th November 2019


Fantastic combination of rums and spices.
Perfect for sipping neat on the rocks.

21st June 2019

Good neat and in cocktails.

Great spiced rum, good neat with a bit of ice. Just don’t get the bad reviews. Probably not the best rum in the world but you can definitely drink it neat.

18th June 2019

Good but not great

I had very high hopes for this after reading the reviews and after enjoying Dark Matter. This rum is decent enough but I preferred Dark Matter

7th May 2019

It's ok, just....

Good in cocktails, but not so good neat

20th January 2019

Ship to USA

Please find a way to ship this to USA !!!

9th December 2018

Fantastic !

No doubt you have an amazing Rum here with all the tasting note described above, so pleasant to drink that you would like to have a barrel instead of 70cl

12th November 2018

Cheers. Argh!

Just opened a bottle sent by my mate George in the UK. OH MY!! Cockle warming indeed. Cheers!! Arghhhh

14th October 2018

Simply wonderful 👍

Delicious with a perfect blend of flavours.

30th September 2018

Delightful neat or mixed

Absolutely delightful spiced rum! The vanilla is strong but not overpowering and the orange compliments the other flavours well. Neat or neat over ice all the flavours work well together to make for a very smooth enjoyable drink with next to no bite.

Mixed with a two parts cola one part rum ratio the vanilla is the dominant flavour losing some of the subtle spiced undertones. Fentimans Curiosity Cola is a fantastic mixer for this rum.

27th September 2018

Tastes ofquality

Its the best rum ever! Pure quality, lovely

8th September 2018

Definitely drink it neat

Got a 20cl bottle of this with my 6 month Rum Club package, and it's been everywhere at the moment, including on TV here in the UK which is no mean feat for a spirit.
On the nose its warm and spiced, predominantly cinnamon and vanilla.
Drinking it straight, there's almost no alcohol bite for me, despite it being a higher proof than most spiced rums. The flavourings shine through but not overpowering, you can still tell its definitely rum.
With coke, this changes. It becomes nothing but vanilla - a huge shame given the other nice flavours going on in it.
My suggestion: drink it neat, or with ice. If you're going to go with a mixer then maybe ginger ale to complement the warmer spicy notes.

4th April 2018

Not bad at all!

Smell: warm and spicy. With sweet overtones. Very pleasant.
Neat: nice spicy overtones. Very smooth, nice aftertaste.
With coke: sweet overtones, easy to drink, warming. A lovely spiced rum!

23rd March 2018

Highly recommend


22nd January 2018

Amazing Spice Rum

A must try for any rum lover!

11th January 2018

A must for any rum.enthusiast

Discovered this rum in Belfasts "the Spaniard" rum shack, fell in love. Beautiful sipped over ice orange zest and spicy definitely in my top 2.

3rd January 2018

Christmas in a glass

This one is definitely in my top 2 rums, too many flavours and textures to talk about here without sounding like a numpty. But to sum it up, it's Christmas in a rum bottle, perfect drink to warm your soul while the outside world freezes to death. Imagine my elation when my local got 3 bottles in for the festive period, result! For once i'm glad so many casual spiced rum drinkers head straight to Morgans spiced. If this isn't on your shelf or in your cabinet you should be ashamed of yourself.

29th December 2017


Bloody lovely, needs no mixer, the only rum I will drink from now on!

20th December 2017

Very positive surprise

Very positive surprise. Many thanks for the 20cl gift bottle!

19th December 2017

Love this rum!!

I discovered this rum a few years ago and have been a repeat customer ever since. It's so easy to drink even with it being 42.6%ABV. It's a lovely rum that I like to treat myself to and have a dash of coke with, my usual drink is Havana especial so if you like that with a bit of coke you will definitely love this!!

12th December 2017

unexpected harmony

I am not a Rum fan although I enjoy a little Rum from time to time. After ordering Armagnac, my favorite Spirits ever, I was very surprised to taste this Stuff. All I missed in Rum was suddenly present. I found the spirit of Armagnac in there. Very dry but very tender. Delicious.

30th November 2017

As above.

I am sorry, was not a fan of the harsh tones of this.. I like to drink my rum straight, this is not one to be enjoyed on it's own.

2nd October 2017

And I like rum. Sickly, herby, medicinal. For the drambuie crowd perhaps.


17th August 2017

A Must try

There are few things in life better than this rum, worth every penny!

15th May 2017

An explosion of lasting flavours!!!!!!!!

Wow. Tried it recently for the first time and what a treat, had it on its own at room temperature, a deep spicy flavour that lasted in the mouth for ages, the cloves come through perfectly, a complete treat. This is on the shortlist (no pun intended)

22nd April 2017

wont drink anything other than this spiced rum judy s

Received my bottle of rumbullion on Friday. You sent it so quickly. I've never tasted any better, it's lovely.

4th March 2017

Grand Marnier, anyone?

Less a rum & more of a liqueur. I couldn't help thinking of Grand Marnier.

Drank some last night neat over ice & it was lovely. (It's never a rum, though)

17th February 2017

Love this Rum, and that's from a Rum drinker who started drinking Rum in the Caribbean working there

A very well rounded Rum, for drinking with only a dash of ginger ale and a cube of ice. Will get this one again.

2nd February 2017

Mr David Campleman

rumbillion rum

6th January 2017

Pieces of Eight? More like Ten!

Dark, strong, warming. Initial nose of vanilla, molasses and warming Christmas spices, on the tongue it has more than a hint of Oxford thick cut marmalade, cinnamon, clove, and a light background hint of green cardamom, as the heddy punch leaves, it gifts your tongue with a demerrera and creme anglaise finish. As a very special old Dutch friend of mine would have tastes like an angel pi$$ing on your tongue!

20th October 2016

Not sure I had the same thing as other reviewers

This thing doesn't taste like rum at all, it tastes like moonshine and medicine with a cough syrup finish.

22nd April 2016


Nice if you like liqueurs

19th April 2016

one of them

Love it

23rd March 2016


I'm a newbie to rum drinking, but have been making up for lost time since I tried Chairman's Reserve Spiced rum in Cornwall, one cold winter's afternoon. I didn't think I'd taste better than Chairman's .. but then I sipped Rumbullion. What an experience. Sweet, warm, complex, dark amber elixir. The hunt for something comparable or, dare I say it, better, will drive my rum drinking for years to come. Got my Rumfest tickets, but I don't expect to find anything to match this wonderful liquid.

4th March 2016


Creamy, smooth, sweet and spicy - a beautiful drink. If you are a hardcore rum drinker then it might be a bit too on the fanciful side but in my opinion this smashes any other drink out of the park. Top job, love it!

28th February 2016

Peter Robinson

A wonderful rum,just pour it on ice,be warned once tasted you will want some more.

28th February 2016

Wow what a rum

Try drinking it with fever tree ginger beer! Probably the best rum I've had in ages!

11th February 2016

Christmas feeling

It's good but of an odd kind for beeing a rum, tastes like Swedish Blossaglögg!
I would drink it again but if you are looking for a RUM...for this price? you can absolutley find better.

3rd February 2016

Nicely spiced

Not sure what I was expecting with this, but I'd heard good things so decided to give it a try. Massively rich and cockle-warming - not like other spiced rums - this one feels 'bigger'.

25th January 2016

Fantastic! 10/10

Absolutely beautiful! Best rum I have ever had, gave some to my dad as well who spent his 20's drinking rum in the navy and he loved it as well. Can't wait to try the navy strength & 15YO versions as well.

15th December 2015

Thank you!

By far the best taste that has crossed my lips in 18 years of drinking, I never rate a product after but today I know I owe it to those who created this to say oh my God that is sublime. Now I just need to get some sent to New Zealand or move to somewhere that it's available!

2nd October 2015

Outstanding - 10/10

On the nose a beautiful bouquet dominated by cloves and a marzipan-like sweetness, followed by plenty of vanilla and christmas spices. Taste-wise it has plenty of dried fruits as well as cola, milk chocolate, caramel and again, vanilla. A sensationally smooth spirit which I will most certainly be purchasing again in the near future! Better drank with more Rumbullion.

11th March 2015

Completely unique

What a wonderful drink, massive hit of cloves and spices on the nose which you expect to taste when you take a sip but instead there's sweet vanilla and Caremel finish. This is such a great, unique drink!!! buy it

5th January 2015

Perfect for Christmas!

Absolutely gutted when I ran out. Beautiful spiced rum to drink by itself! Try it you won't regret it at all!!

24th December 2014

Outstanding spiced rum

As a general rule, I'm more of a dark rum drinker, but occasionally a spiced rum can persuade me to switch...this is by far the best spiced rum (and even one of the best rums overall) that I've had.

Highly recommend!

17th December 2014


easily the best rum I have ever tasted and I have tried the lot !

5th November 2014

Premium Taste

I was lucky enough to get a sample of Rumbullion in my premium rum tasting set and the moment I tasted it a ordered a bottle.

A wonderful tipple!

2nd November 2014

very good

will be buying again

24th July 2014


This is the third time I have bought this rum now. must say it is by far the best spiced rum I have drank. I have also introduced this rum to many friends now who also give positive reviews. brilliantly smooth and full of flavour. if you are new to rum or not I would definitely recommend it. anyone who would give this a bad review clearly knows nothing of rum. top quality, I certainly hope they never stop producing this rum!

18th May 2014

Good god no.

Sickly sweet and an overpowering taste of cloves. Tastes of anything but Rum. If anyone wants a bottle they can have mine. Awful, awful stuff.

9th March 2014

More than I hoped for

Just opened my first bottle of Rumbullion and I'm very happy. I wouldn't call it "rum", but I have no problem with anyone else calling it that. It has just enough sweetness to hide the 42.6% ABV bite, and enough flavor complexity to keep one entertained trying to identify everything. It seems about the same strength (or less) as Cointreau, for instance, but is actually stronger. Indeed a nice warming drink for winter (no need to add anything to what comes out of the bottle). I expect it to make an equally as nice mixer for a cool summer drink when the time comes.

20th January 2014

Hide the rum!

Very smooth rum, huge vanilla and spice flavours, nice on its own or with a mixer. Another winner from the Professor, Jack Sparrow would definitely approve!

3rd November 2013



31st October 2013

Never had Rum before..

this was an impulse buy, and it was amazing.. Drank it neat and enjoyed every minute of it... and i also enjoyed dancing round the campfire after a few glasses of the stuff .. a true pirate.

16th September 2013

Needs coke!

Does it sh**! This stuff is so smooth, a little ice is all it needs.
The flavours are huge.
The obvious flavours to me are orange and cinnamon but it's a joy to search for the others.
This is one to enjoy with friends.

26th May 2013

50th Birthday Present

I've just retired from the Royal Navy after more than 32 years, this also coincides with my 50th B'day. My wife's family bought me a bottle of Rumbullion as a gift, Wow was also my reaction, a fitting gift for an old salt like me, delicious!

28th March 2013

A true taste of Heaven

Just had my first taste and I'm blown away. Normally drink Morgan's but that's history.superb neat, yet to try with ice and coke. Can't wait

12th February 2013


Hubby bought me a bottle for Christmas, it is divine, have to ration myself to small measures, it is far too delightful!

26th January 2013

Egg Nog

When my wife and I first opened the bottle she exclaimed, "Ohh, it smells like egg nog!" This is the only rum she is able to drink neat! Phenomenal rum!

3rd December 2012


It tastes of Christmas

8th November 2012


Drink neat. Don't ruin it. Way better than Kraken.

19th October 2012


Just opened up my sample of Rumbullion and had a sip. My immediate reaction, literally, was "Wow!!!" Every other spiced rum that I've had is, by comparison, little better than lighter fluid. Rumbullion is wonderful just to sip, and works equally well with a couple of ice cubes and tonic at a 2:1 ratio. Despite the expense of shipping it to Florida, I'm buying a bottle!

10th September 2012

Oh so dangerous!

Just opened my bottle of this for the first time. I had bought it on the off chance (as the Pusser's 15yr was sold out). Must admit, I can't think of any time a gamble has paid off so very well. This is amongst the smoothest spirits I have ever encountered, so smooth you barely realise it is alcoholic. I recommend buying it immediately but drinking with caution, as it would be oh so easy to get carried away.

7th September 2012


This stuff is dangerously good, neat or with cola!

4th September 2012

Rich velvety syrup

This is more like a dark grappa . Possibly the best rum I have ever tasted. Anybody buying this will not be disappointed. I will certainly be ordering more!

1st June 2012

Just what the doctor ordered

The best rum I have tasted to date.

8th February 2012

This is a problem

Just so rich and drinkable. Absolutely delicious. So smooth it almost tastes like a fortified wine

6th January 2012


I'm not normally a lover of spiced rums, more of a Black Seal man, but I bought this for my sister and had to help her try it out obviously....
Initially I wasnt impressed, quite an odd smell from the bottle, but with loads of ice and some cola added it is one of the best I have tasted, very very smooth and very drinkable! Might need to buy one for myself...

23rd December 2011

yum yum

lovely and smooth over ice, a class act.
personally been looking for a pre-2010 sailor jerry alternative i'd like neat and this, while different in complexity, is a very very good tipple.

3rd December 2011

Beautiful winter warmer!!

Not normally a rum drinker I was persuaded to give this a try by the elaborate description and tasting... thank goodness for impulses, an absolute beauty with wonderful balance of flavours, sweet marmalade and a warming spice kick to add to the satisfaction. Will need another in time for christmas

9th November 2011

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