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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.

El Destilado Rum

70cl, 41.5%
El Destilado

Another intriguing spirit from El Destilado - this time it's a Mexican rum! Coming from Oaxaca, it's made with raw sugar cane juice, which has been wild fermented and then distilled in an eight plate…  More info

El Destilado Rum
$33.14

Cuba 2013 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection

70cl, 50%
1423

A Cuban rum bottled by 1423 for its Single Barrel Selection. Distilled in a column still in 2013, this bottling was matured in a single Pedro Ximénez cask and bottled in March 2019 at 50% ABV without…  More info

Cuba 2013 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection
$100.60

Jamaica 2008 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection

70cl, 62.9%
1423

A blend of pot and column still rums from various distilleries in Jamaica, distilled back in 2008 matured in a single barrel. It was then bottled by 1423 in March 2019 at 62.9% ABV without any…  More info

Jamaica 2008 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection
$109.18

Cashcane Extra Old Rum

70cl, 40%
Cashcane

A Caribbean rum blend from Cashcane, this Extra Old expression marries three rums from Trinidad, Barbados and Panama, with each rum aged for six years in its country of origin. The rums are aged…  More info

Cashcane Extra Old Rum
$48.14

Caliche Rum

70cl, 40%
Caliche Rum

Caliche Rum is awesome both inside and out, founded by none other than Rande Gerber and Roberto Serrallés. Produced at Destileria Serrallés in Puerto Rico, the five times distillied white rum is in…  More info

Caliche Rum
$36.35

El Pasador De Oro 52

70cl, 52%
El Pasador

EL Pasador De Oro 52 is a rum blend from several Guatemalan distilleries, which after blending, spent six months in Cognac casks. It's presented in an elegant decanter, and would you look at that,…  More info

El Pasador De Oro 52
$64.20

Captain Morgan Black Label (1.5L) - 1970s

150cl, 40%
Captain Morgan

A rather large 1.5L bottling of the famous Captain Morgan Black Label rum, made with spirits produced in Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad, bottled in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Captain Morgan Black Label (1.5L) - 1970s
$385.51

Bacardi Carta Blanca (1L) - 1970s

100cl, 40%
Bacardi

A large one litre bottle of Bacardi's Carta Blanca, described as 'Ron Superior' on the label, produced back in the 1970s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Bacardi Carta Blanca (1L) - 1970s
$257

Guadeloupe 2013 - Transcontinental Rum Line (La Maison Du Whisky)

70cl, 43%
La Maison du Whisky

From La Maison du Whisky's Transcontinental Rum Line range comes this bottling of Guadeloupe rum. A traditional vintage rum made with molasses and distilled in 2013, this version was aged first in…  More info

Guadeloupe 2013 - Transcontinental Rum Line (La Maison Du Whisky)
$59.96

Distillerie De Paris Galabé Rum

50cl, 43%
Distillerie De Paris

From the first distillery to open in Paris in over a century comes a handcrafted rhum made from galabé. This is sugar cane juice from the island of Reunion, which has been distilled in Paris.  More info

Distillerie De Paris Galabé Rum
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$63.13

Nicaragua 17 Year Old 2000 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams

70cl, 48.2%
The Nectar

17 year old rum from Nicaragua, bottled by Belgian bottler The Nectar. This was distilled in 2000 and bottled in 2017 at 48.2% ABV.  More info

Nicaragua 17 Year Old 2000 - The Nectar of the Daily Drams
$96.33

Nicaragua 17 Year Old 1999 - Sansibar

70cl, 47.5%
Sansibar

This beauty before you is an independent bottling of Nicaraguan rum. All we know is that it was distilled all the way back in 1999 and matured for 19 years before it was bottled at 47.5% ABV by…  More info

Nicaragua 17 Year Old 1999 - Sansibar
$117.75

Bacardi Carta Blanca (100cl) - 1980s

100cl, 37.5%
Bacardi

This is a litre bottle of the famous white rum from Bacardi bottled back in the 1980s and is great for adding an antique twist to a cocktail or punch! This bottle was part of a private collection…  More info

Bacardi Carta Blanca (100cl) - 1980s
$64.25

Dictador 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dictador

Tasty rum from the wonderful Dictador, all wrapped up in a nifty gift set! This one's filled with a bottle of Dictador 12 Year Old, along with two branded tumblers, which means that anyone lucky…  More info

Dictador 12 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
$48.14

El Tarasco Extra Aged Charanda

70cl, 38%
Tarasco

Here we have a Mexican rum from Charanda. El Tarasco Extra Aged is distilled from sugarcane harvested in the mountains of Michoacán, and then placed in American white oak bourbon casks to rest for…  More info

El Tarasco Extra Aged Charanda
$53.50

El Tarasco Aged Charanda

70cl, 38%
Tarasco

Here we have an Aged Charanda from El Tarasco. Charanda is a Mexican rum made from sugarcane harvested in the mountains in Michoacan, with the higher altitude resulting in a higher sugar content.…  More info

El Tarasco Aged Charanda
$50.28

El Tarasco Silver Charanda

70cl, 38%
Tarasco

Here we have a Silver Charanda from Michoacan, Mexico. El Tarasco is distilled from mountain sugarcane, with the higher altitude resulting in a higher sugar content. The unaged spirit is bottled at…  More info

El Tarasco Silver Charanda
$47.07

Dictador 20 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses

70cl, 40%
Dictador

Here we have a wonderful gift pack with a tasty bottle of Dictador 20 Year Old, a delicious Colombian rum! It's aged in a solera system, and then slowly brought down to bottling strength with…  More info

Dictador 20 Year Old Gift Pack with 2x Glasses
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$64.20

Conde de Cuba 15 Year Old Extra Añejo

70cl, 38%
Conde de Cuba

Here we have a 15 Year Old rum from Conde de Cuba, produced at the Ron Sevilla Factory in southeastern Cuba. It's presented in a half moon-shaped bottle to represent the shape of Cuba, which is…  More info

Conde de Cuba 15 Year Old Extra Añejo
$74.90

Clarke's Court 12 Year Old #37 Blend

70cl, 40%
Clarke's Court

A Grenadian rum blend from Clarke's Court, which has been aged for 12 years in oak. The rum has seen a double maturation, as the rum was first aged in oak barrels, blended, and then the blend was…  More info

Clarke's Court 12 Year Old #37 Blend
$107.03

St Nicholas Abbey 8 Year Old

70cl, 40%
St Nicholas Abbey

From St Nicholas Abbey in Barbados comes this eight year old rum! Distilled from sugar cane over in Saint Peter, the single cask Bajan rum was then aged exclusively in a bourbon cask. Eventually…  More info

St Nicholas Abbey 8 Year Old
$111.32

Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum - 1970s

70cl, 40%
Lemon Hart

An old 1970s bottle of Lemon Hart, sporting suitable yellow attire. The rum itself still exists today, though the bottle has had something of an update. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum - 1970s
$192.75

Diamond and Port Mourant 19 Year Old 1995 Blended in the Barrel

70cl, 62.1%
Demerara Distillers Limited

A rather collectible rum from Diamond distillery. The bottling marries a pair of experimental barrels containing rum from both the Diamond metal Coffey still and the wooden double pot still from Port…  More info

Diamond and Port Mourant 19 Year Old 1995 Blended in the Barrel
$963.77

Spanish Rum 18 Year Old 1999 (Single Cask Nation)

75cl, 49%
Single Cask Nation

Described as a 'whisky drinker's rum', this expression was distilled in May 1999 and spent the next 18 years resting in a first fill bourbon barrel. It was then bottled at cask strength by the Jewish…  More info

Spanish Rum 18 Year Old 1999 (Single Cask Nation)
$128.45

Bardinet Old Nick Rhum Negrita - 1960s

75cl, 0%
Bardinet

A bottle of Bardinet Old Nick Rhum Negrita, a Caribbean blend from French producer Bardinet bottled back in the 1960s. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Bardinet Old Nick Rhum Negrita - 1960s
$128.50

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