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Dark Matter Spiced Rum

(70cl, 40%)

Dark Matter Spiced Rum
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Dark Matter Spiced Rum Bottling Note

The first release from Scotland's Dark Matter Distillers is Dark Matter Spiced Rum - very exciting stuff! Created in Banchory by two brothers, Jim and John Ewen, Dark Matter Spiced Rum is a molasses-based rum that features full-bodied notes of long pepper, fresh ginger, green peppercorns and allspice.

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User Reviews of the Dark Matter Spiced Rum

Have a second dram & it's a totally different drink

It's the only thing more beautiful & more complicated than my wife!

21st April 2017

OK if you like cloves!

Too heavily cloved for my taste. Wouldn't buy again.

1st March 2017


Bought this as present for myself for Xmas .One of the best spiced rums out there. It's like Xmas in a glass.Will be back for another bottle.

4th January 2017

Great with a chunk of ice

Great aromas of cloves and cinnamon - a winter warmer yet chilled with a little ice

21st December 2016


First try is with soda and ice. Love it. Smooth as. Definitely getting a bottle just looked at where I can purchase in Australia. From what I can see one place in Victoria.

14th December 2016

Best spiced rum I have tried!

Once you have a glass you won't stop! It's that addictive.

28th November 2016

Mr Grimes

Very nice spiced rum.Best drunk neat.
I was told I wouldn't be able to buy this back in England. So promptly had a taster then brought a bottle. After checking online it's is widely available.

If you don't like spiced rum don't buy

11th September 2016

Christmas in a bottle.

Great stuff, really fine. It's like drinking a bottled mince pie. What's not to love about that?

23rd August 2016

A hip flask hit!

Definitely not a rum that you use any mixer with or really any ice. I tried it with coke and then with ice and just spoils the taste.
It is certainly different to most spiced rums and has a fair hint of ginger as an after taste.
I had it with a few friends as a warmer playing golf in the rain and it certainly hit the spot. Unfortunately i did not bring a big enough hip flask as it went down like a helium balloon!!

12th July 2016

Grudgingly Giving It A Thumbs Down

We were really excited to try Dark Matter - so excited we set up an evening with friends with varied spiced rums. We left Dark Matter until a little later in the evening and mixed in some commercial rums like Redleg, Kraken and Sailor Jerrys. Well, I can tell you that Dark Matter blew us away. Literally. The spice was so overpowering, we couldn't finish a glass. We tried mixing it with some Pepsi and then with some Ginger Ale and it only got worse. In fact, even an Angostura 1919 couldn't wash away the taste and we ended the night. Disappointed. So disappointed.

23rd May 2016

Allow to warm

A rum that changes flavour as it draws warmth from your hand. Becomes so much smoother and richer. No mixer, no ice. At first it tastes like cloves firing on your tongue and palate .. then you realise it's a super-concentrated ginger. For a 'single-note' flavour, it's quite complex. Will buy again.

17th May 2016

Wow, that's different!

My son bought this for my birthday and I am amazed how well the heavy spices work in the drink. I have tasted many spiced rums before but none like this and will certainly have another bottle or two of this particular one.

11th May 2016

Not for mixing

So much better neat. Love it.

9th May 2016

Worth a go

The strength of flavour is sensational. It's a great spiced rum with ginger ale and a slice of lime.

18th March 2016

First time of trying dark matter

Had d/m for the first time and loved the flavor of it and the spicy notes that were left in the mouth would recommend it to anyone even if the are not Rum drinkers bet it would be great to have before or after a curry

18th February 2016

Too spicy

Not bad once you get past the very heavily spiced initial taste. This is more like a gimmicky 'fireball' tipple than a nice sipping rum. Shame because I really wanted to like this one.

21st January 2016

strong stuff

Don't even bother mixing, straight up is the way to go.

28th December 2015

too many cloves

I can cope with it,but there is way too much clove flavour to this. Don't get me wrong it gets better bythe third glass, but I can't help but feel if they backed off the cloves by 50% this would be a massive hit. I've tried with ice,fresh orange and tomato juice, going to try apple juice next.

28th December 2015


Obviously the dark matter has taken taken over on this festive day!! But looking at the label it's a real lab label!!! I'll leave it there.

25th December 2015


Wow , at first I thought too much but after finishing the bottle I'm thinking I want more. It's not smooth .'

25th December 2015

For the may sayers

This rum is exceptional, but I can understand why some would struggle with it. For those saying they don't like it try adding Fiery Jamaican Ginger Beer to it. Seriously delightful

22nd December 2015

An Experience

Quite astounding at first - a real smack to the senses, then wonderful, full bodied warmth which flows through right to the end. I'm aware it is a rum which will divide people, given its uncompromising flavour, but am fully converted to this dreamy substance. Nothing boring about it whatsoever. Love the "sciency" packaging and branding also - my favourite sipping rum!

14th December 2015

Christmas rum

Was excited to try this after reading the positive reviews, however we were somewhat disappointing. There is an overpowering taste of Christmas cake, which for me ruined the drink on its own or with a mixer.

7th December 2015

Scotland's 1st Rum it's a cracker !!!!

I love this so much, a kick from the ginger and cloves but worth every sip over and over and over again. It's pricey but if your into Morgans, Kracken, and Oakheart this is worth the extra few pennies.

23rd November 2015

It'll blow your head off!

The spice in this rum is so intense it is all you can taste. I can only taste is pepper, ginger and the burning sensation at the back of my throat.

A good rum but not what those who like the Kraken, Morgans Spiced, Redleg etc. would like.

Chairman's Reserve Spiced is still the best!

Rob S.

16th September 2015

Aye!! Or is it "Aaaarrrr" ?

Well they do say that Scotsmen and pirates have some words in common - and both would most definitely say AYE to this fine tipple. A beautiful spicy rum, incredibly smooth and of a very high quality. A new regular in my drinks cabinet and behind the bar. Well done to Scotland's newest and possibly first ever rum makers!! AYE!!

31st July 2015

Dark (Matter) and Stormy

I was a big drinker of Kraken spiced rum until I tried Dark Matter at my local and absolutely loved it. Smooth but spicy flavour with healthy amounts of ginger, I drink it mainly with ice but makes an extremely good Dark and Stormy, which is ironically a brilliant drink for the few sunny days in Scotland.

It has converted me to an enthusiastic rum drinker and I avidly await the sequel from the Ewen brothers!

28th July 2015

Simply Awesome!

The best spiced rum I've ever had! Complex, smooth and yet intense in flavour. Not for the faint-hearted. If you want to try something completely different from all other spiced rums then try this!

24th July 2015

Proper Spiced

This is what I look for in a spiced rum; not too sweet and with a healthy kick that awakens the senses. The ginger notes are prominent, but these seem to hand over to the pepper on tasting to give a full on spiciness. I prefer to drink it straight, some may prefer it with a lump of ice...the wife has been caught adding it to her hot chocolate!!

23rd July 2015

Very dark matter

Grrrrrrrr. Was expecting great things from these guys. Should have called it pepper and clove rum ! I am a big fan of spiced rums , and where this is not sickly sweet like many, I feel they have been a little more than heavy handed with the cloves and pepper, for this money I would have hoped for something I could have sipped, I fear coke will be its only hope of ever getting out the cubbord agin

26th June 2015

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