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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.

Compagnie Des Indes Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
Compagnie Des Indes

Compagnie Des Indes has gone and made its very own spiced rum! This expression is built upon a blend of predominantly Dominican Republic rum, along with a helping of rum from Venezuela, in which a…  More info

Compagnie Des Indes Spiced Rum
$33.94

Black Thistle Pearl Mist Rum

70cl, 41%
Black Thistle

A rather intriguing spiced rum from Scotland's Black Thistle, featuring a host of botanicals but no hue – however, what it does have is a shimmery quality when you shake the bottle! It's made with…  More info

Black Thistle Pearl Mist Rum
$40.74

Wardington's Ludlow Navy Strength Rum No.3

70cl, 57%
Wardington's

This right here is a Navy Strength variation rum from the Wardington's Ludlow Rum range. It's made with a blend of Caribbean rums, including bother older and younger rums, and bottled up at 57% ABV,…  More info

Wardington's Ludlow Navy Strength Rum No.3
$58.86

Wardington's Ludlow Spiced Botanical Rum No.2

70cl, 42%
Wardington's

From Wardington's Ludlow Rum range comes a Spiced Botanical Rum, made with a blend of old and young Caribbean rums, alongside a host of ingredients to bolster its flavour profile. Specifically, the…  More info

Wardington's Ludlow Spiced Botanical Rum No.2
$47.54

Wardington's Ludlow Golden Rum No.1

70cl, 42%
Wardington's

The Wardington's team has gone and made a range of rums! The first expression in the series is the Ludlow Golden Rum No.1, made with a blend of old and young rums from the Caribbean, drawn from…  More info

Wardington's Ludlow Golden Rum No.1
$47.54

Libations Single Origin Spiced Rum

50cl, 41.5%
Libations

You may not think of Yorkshire when you think of spiced rum, but the folks at Libations are here to change that! The rum is distilled in Yorkshire and aged in English oak, with the addition of…  More info

Libations Single Origin Spiced Rum
6
$31.67

Libations Piña Edition Rum

50cl, 41.5%
Libations

The folks at Libations Rum have been getting crafty with some pineapple for this expression! Distilled in Yorkshire, a careful balance of spices and botanicals are added, including locally harvested…  More info

Libations Piña Edition Rum
1
$31.67

Rhum J.M Jardin Fruite

70cl, 42%
Rhum J.M

A fruity rum from the Rhum J.M distillery on the Caribbean island of Martinique. This special release is made from pure, freshly pressed sugar cane juice, grown in the volcanic soils of the…  More info

Rhum J.M Jardin Fruite
$62.89

The Last Drop 1976 Very Old Jamaica Rum

75cl, 68.5%
The Last Drop

The Last Drop has gone and bottled up a tremendous rum all the way from Jamaica! This expression was distilled back in 1976, and was aged in ex-bourbon barrels for 43 years, with part of that…  More info

The Last Drop 1976 Very Old Jamaica Rum
$3,399.45

Paranubes Rum Añejo

70cl, 54.8%
Paranubes

From the mountains of Oaxaca in Mexico, here we have an aged expression of Paranubes Rum! Produced from freshly pressed sugar cane, grown on the farm of master distiller Jose Luis Carrera, which is…  More info

Paranubes Rum Añejo
$84.93

The Custom Spirit Co. 114 Proof Spiced Rum

70cl, 57%
The Custom Spirit Co.

One of the signature blends from The Custom Spirit Co., this spiced rum is bottled up at a hefty 57% ABV, and packs plenty of punchy flavour! An infusion of vanilla and tonka bean bring a fabulous…  More info

The Custom Spirit Co. 114 Proof Spiced Rum
$43.62

The Custom Spirit Co. Rumrise Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
The Custom Spirit Co.

Crafted by the folks at The Custom Spirit Co., Rumrise is a tantalisingly tropical spiced rum. Layers of pineapple, coconut, orange, and lime combine with a touch of ginger, making this ideal for…  More info

The Custom Spirit Co. Rumrise Spiced Rum
$39.66

The Custom Spirit Co. Mojo Spiced Rum

70cl, 45%
The Custom Spirit Co.

This spiced rum from The Custom Spirit Co. should be rather exciting for any fans of the Mojito cocktail. Infused with lime, mint, and vanilla, it has a bold and zingy profile that should add…  More info

The Custom Spirit Co. Mojo Spiced Rum
$39.66

The Custom Spirit Co. Special Breakfast Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
The Custom Spirit Co.

This splendid spiced rum from The Custom Spirit Co. combines a delightful array of ingredients, inspired by breakfast time! Coffee, cacao nib, banana, and tonka bean create a delightfully rich and…  More info

The Custom Spirit Co. Special Breakfast Spiced Rum
$39.66

West Indies 21 Year Old 2000 Barbados Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 51.3%
West Indies

An impressive 21 year old rum here from the West Indies Distillery in Barbados. Distilled in July 2000, this rum spent its time maturing in a single cask, until it was bottled up by Hunter Laing for…  More info

West Indies 21 Year Old 2000 Barbados Rum  - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$169.92

Highball Express Rare Blend 18

70cl, 40%
Highball Express

This is the Rare Blend 18 expression from the Highball Express rum range, made with rums from the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Guyana, Barbados, and Jamaica. The name for the range comes from the…  More info

Highball Express Rare Blend 18
$56.61

Diamond 15 Year Old - Kinghaven

50cl, 59.2%
Diamond Distillery

The Kinghaven single cask series boasts another top rum in the form of this 15 year old from the Diamond Distillery, bottled by the same folks behind Smögen! It was distilled from a wooden Versailled…  More info

Diamond 15 Year Old - Kinghaven
$135.92

Autentico Nativo Overproof Rum

70cl, 54%
Autentico Nativo

Created by Autentico Nativo master blenders Don Pancho Fernandez & Eduardo Perez, Nativo’s Overproof is a unique Panamanian rum. It’s made from a blend of 8 year old rums produced in copper…  More info

Autentico Nativo Overproof Rum
1
$66.86

Norfolk Premium White Rum

70cl, 42%
The Norfolk Spirit Company

A fab white rum here from The Norfolk Spirit Co., made with molasses which has been triple distilled in copper alembic stills. Interestingly, this is a white rum which has been designed to be enjoyed…  More info

Norfolk Premium White Rum
$45.32

Highball Express Reserve Blend 12

70cl, 40%
Highball Express

The Highball Express rum range was named after the flights that people would take during Prohibition in America to places where alcohol was legal. This expression is made using a blend of Caribbean…  More info

Highball Express Reserve Blend 12
$48.67

Diamond 23 Year Old 1998 Guyanese Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 48.5%
Diamond Distillery

Produced in the column still of Guyana's Diamond Distillery back in 1998, this splendid single cask rum spent the next 23 years maturing in a single cask. Finally, the folks at indie bottler Hunter…  More info

Diamond 23 Year Old 1998 Guyanese Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$192.59

SC Dogs - The Spirit of John Nance Rum

70cl, 40%
SC Dogs

From the SC Dogs Distillery on the Isles of Scilly comes this charming white rum. Paying homage to John Nance, great, great grandfather of the SC Dogs family who kept busy in the 1800s smuggling rum…  More info

SC Dogs - The Spirit of John Nance Rum
$45.32

Dictador 1979 Barton 1792 Straight Rye Cask - 2 Masters

70cl, 45%
Dictador

An exceptional expression from Dictador for its 2 Masters series, this time finishing the long-age Colombian rum (from all the way back in 1979!) in a straight rye cask! Specifically, the cask came…  More info

Dictador 1979 Barton 1792 Straight Rye Cask - 2 Masters
$911.83

Caribbean Blend - Rum Explorer

70cl, 41%
Rum Explorer

This expression from the Rum Explorer range was made with rum from across the Caribbean, creating a wonderfully mellow and generally lip-smacking flavour profile. We reckon this will be perfect for…  More info

Caribbean Blend - Rum Explorer
$45.27

Retribution Soundings White Rum

70cl, 44%
Retribution Distilling Co.

Frome in Somerset is the unique setting for this unaged, pure single rum which has been fermented from 100% molasses and double pot distilled to give it a uniquely smooth and warming body and an…  More info

Retribution Soundings White Rum
$39.61

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