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  • Appleton Special Rum 40% 70cl
    Appleton Special Jamaica Rum is a medium-bodied golden rum that truly epitomises the tropical energy lifestyle unique to Jamaica. Appleton Special is a perfect blend of fuller-flavoured traditional pot-still rums and lighter column still rums. From the perfect 'rum a...
    £18.99
  • Havana Club 15 years old Gran Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    Havana Club Rum 15 Anos Gran Reserva was created by selecting the best quality reserve rums of Cuba. It is the result of a lengthy and complex aging process, which has produced a rum with a flavour, that will please even the most particular palates.
    £135.00
  • English Harbour 10 years old 40% 70cl
    This rum is a superior blend of rums many of which have been aged for up to 25 years and has been especially selected, blended and aged in oak casks to give superior character and flavour.
    £82.00
  • Flor de Cana Rum 12 years old Centenario 40% 70cl
    The flor de Cana 12 years old Centenario rum is a reddish amberin colou. It is stately and elegant, semi-sweet. Rated 90-95 and highly recommended by Wine Enthusiast in 2004, the winner of 13 International Awards, the 12 Year Centenario is history in the making. Palate: Stately and semisw...
    £35.99
  • Flor de Cana Rum 18 years old Centenario 40% 70cl
    The flor de Cana 18 years old Centenario Gold is a stunning amber rum and is full-bodied, with a rich complexity of flavors and a smooth finish that stays with you, long after the swallow. The 18 year Centenario Gold rum is almost two decades in the making, and you can taste the craftsmanship and...
    £56.99
  • Santa Teresa Claro Rum 40% 70cl
    Santa Teresa Claro is a blend of carefully selected rums aged in white American oak for an average of three years. Claro mixes well in cocktails, its combination of light fruit and depth mixing well with fruit juices like cranberry or pineapple with some light woody notes.
    £17.99
  • Matusalem Rum Blender 7 years old 40% 70cl
    Gold rum with a rich amber cast. This 7 year Solera aged premium rum is true to its Cuban rum heritage. Rich aromatics with a whiff of sweet molasses and caramel. A bouquet of creamy aromas of vanilla enhances the flavours. Enters the palate very softly, with a lush finish, S...
    £25.50
  • Brugal XV Ron Reserva Exclusiva 38% 70cl
    Brugal XV Reserve Exclusiva rum is distilled from fermented molasses. The blend of rums used are aged up to 8 years in used whisky and bourbon barrels. Lots of dark fruit, roasted cashew, cinnamon with overtones of vanilla on the body give way to the slightly viscous smoky finish.
    £28.50
  • Papagayo Organic White rum 37.5% 70cl
    Fairtrade approved and very tasty organic rum from the remote Arroyos y Esteros province this smooth, mellow white organic rum is made from sugarcane produced by 800 small farmers who have been guaranteed a fairtrade price for their produce.
    £21.45
  • Rhum du Pere Labat 8 years old 42% 70cl
    Rhum du Pere Labat 8 years old is made on the Isle de Marie0 Galante off the coast of Guadeloupe. This 8 year old golden rum has good balance between oak and fruit with toffee flavours and black fruits.
    £60.48
  • Reserve Rum of Nicaragua 2002 Bristol Classic Rum 40% 70cl
    Sugar cane has been grown for many years in Nicaragua. In 1890 a company was established to develop a plantation on the Pacific Coast at Chichigalpa, an area ideal for growing cane. In 1937 the Compania Licorera de Nicaragua SA was formed dedicated to production of fine rum. From ...
    £43.99
  • Rum Nation Panama 18 years old 40% 70cl
    Rum Nation Panama is dark orange, recalls a vintage Macallan. The nose Alcoholic at first, giving way to exquisite aromas of molasses, liquorice and Spanish chestnuts, with sweet traces of cooked apples peeping through at the end. Highly aromatic, with traces of liquorice and Spanish chest...
    £43.99
  • Bank's 5 Island Rum 43% 70cl
    Banks 5 Island rum is a new premium white rum to the market. A sophiscated blend of Barrel-Aged rums Pot stilled Jamaican and light Trinidadian Amber rums from Guyana and Barbados Enhanced and inspired by the journeys and discoveries of Joseph Banks, a gentleman explorer, botanist and explorer. A...
    £37.50
  • Ron Abuelo 12 years old Gran reserva 40% 70cl
    Ron Abuelo 12 years old, reflects the passion for producing the best aged rum. Sublime distillation, the best selection of white oak barrels and the passing of time under the tropical heat have resulted in this extraordinary product. Its character, softness and complexity will give satisfaction ...
    £34.99
  • Angostura 1824 Rum 40% 70cl
    Angostura 1824 Limited Reserve is a blend of the finest mature rums, hand-picked by the master blender from select casks. These rums are aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of 12 years and then skillfully hand-blended and re-casked. Upon the rum's optimum maturity it is han...
    £63.99
  • Golden Falernum Spiced Rum Liqueur The Bitter Truth 18% 50cl
    The Bitter Truth Golden Falernum Liqueur is a potent liqueur packed with zest and spice. Enjoy this liqueur chilled on ice, with Champagne or soda as an aperitif or use it in many tiki inspired cocktail and long drink recipes. Tasting Notes :This rum based liqueur is rich ...
    £19.99
  • La Hechicera Rum 40% 70cl
    Spanish for enchantress, seductive beauty of Colombias natural landscape, the vibrant biodiversity of our Caribbean and the irreverent allure of a nation. Hechicera (etch-ee-seh-rah) is a fine, mature rum from the beating heart of the Colombian Caribbean. A blend of gracefully matured rums...
    £44.99
  • Diplomatico Ambassador Selection 47% 70cl
    An exceptional 47% ABV rum that has a wonderfully pungent nose, the subtle aromas of dried and candid fruit combining with the rich, powerful aromas of vanilla, spices and cane syrup with a little smokiness in the background. On the palate the characters from the aroma persist but give way to a p...
    £198.00
  • Elements Eight Platinum Rum 40% 70cl
    It is small batch distilled and aged in the unique microclimate of St. Lucia for a smooth, balanced taste. We select the optimum balance of eight key elements necessary for luxury rum production - the St. Lucian terroir, premium grade cane, virgin rainforest water, fermentation, distillation, tro...
    £29.99
  • Ron Cubay Anejo Superior 10 years old 40% 70cl
    A superb Cuban rum aged for 10 years, made by the same company that makes Havana club. Ron Cubay was originally only made for the domestic market, but has made its way to our shores. The 10 year old is their best rum and shows the quality and smoothness of the excellent rum.
    £42.99
  • Plantation Panama 2004 Old Reserve 42% 70cl
    The award winning rum from Panama is elegant in style with aromas of mint, banana and pineapple. It has a smooth taste complimented by vanilla and honey sweet notes on the finish. Plantation Rums are a collection of unique Caribbean treasures. Every barrel is individually sampled and only those t...
    £43.99
  • Matusalem Gran Reserva Solersa 23 40% 70cl
    A superb quality rum made in a Cuban style but in the Domican Republic by the Matusalem family who were exiled from Cuba. This 23 Gran Reserva is mahogany in colour with a nose of honey, toffee and exotic woods. The palate is refined and elegant with alamonds liquoice and fresh fruit becoming mor...
    £67.99
  • Ron Abuelo Centuria Reserva de la Familia 40% 70c;
    Centuria, is Ron Abuelo top rum selected from a blend of their oldest rums up to 30 years in age. These rums are usually reserved for the family, but have been released as a special edition in a wooden framed box. A very complex and rich rum which would please any rum aficionado.
    £120.00
  • Atlantico Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    Atlantico Reserva rum is made in the Dominican Republic using the finest sugar. All rums are aged in a solera system where barrels are stacked on each other in a tier system. The oldest rums are at the bottom with new rums at the top. Only a small portion is taken from the bottom barrels, this is...
    £32.55
  • Cayo Grande Club Spiced Spirit Drink 70cl
    Follwing on from the very popular Cayo Grande Club Ron MIel this Carribean spiced rums has wonderful aromas of vanilla nd other spices with woody notes. Smooth with a slight sweet flavour.
    £17.99
  • The Real McCoy White Rum 40% 3 years old
    Named after the 1020 pioneer Captain Bill McCoy who made a name for himself by filling his ship with rum and then sailing to New York and anchoring 3 miles off shore in International waters, where it is was legally allowed to sell the rum to anyone who wanted to buy it. This 3 year old white rum ...
    £25.99
  • The Real McCoy 12 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Named after the 1920 pioneer Captain Bill McCoy who made a name for himself by filling his ship with rum and then sailing to New York and anchoring 3 miles off shore in International waters, where it is was legally allowed to sell the rum to anyone who wanted to buy it. A very smooth rum after 12...
    £42.99
  • Atlantico Platino Rum 40% 70cl
    This is an aged white rum which is made from a combination of aged molasses rumas and sugar cane rums which have then been filtered to remove the colour. The result is an incredibly smooth white rum with citrus and vanilla notes. Prefect in a daiquiri or Mojito.
    £28.99
  • Flor de Cana Extra seco 4 years 40% 70cl
    This is a premium white rum that has been aged for 4 years in oak and then filtered to take the colour out.The result is a complex rum with a greater depth of flavour, but still retaing some spirity notes. A really good mixer rum.
    £21.50
  • Ron Botran Reserva Blanca 40% 70cl
    A full bodied white rum whcih has been aged to give complexity and flavour and then filtered to extract the colour. The result is asuperior white rum perfect on the rocks or in your favourite cocktail.
    £24.99
  • Ron Botran 12 Anejo 40% 70cl
    Superb Guatemalan Rum from Ron Botran aged in a solera system fro up to 12 years to produce a consistent stylem with wood notes on the nose with vanilla undertones. The palate is rich with dry apricot combined with cloves and cinnamon and caramel. The life of Botran rums starts in the plan...
    £28.45
  • Dictador Rum Amber 100 40% 70cl
    Amber 100 month aged rum is the base of their 100 month series, its colour reflects the finest rum smooth, crisp and highly palatable. After continuous distillation in a steel column still and eventual ageing in ex-bourbon oak barrels, it is then decanted by gravity to preserve its stunning natu...
    £35.50
  • Dictador Rum Claro 100 40% 70cl
    Claro 100 month aged rum is founded upon the highest principles of rum distillation and streamed straight from the heart of our Rum Master. Combining fresh sugar cane juice with our unique family yeast, it is then distilled in a continuous steel column still and carefully aged for 100 months in e...
    £35.50
  • Ron Barcelo Gran Anejo 37.5% 70cl
    Superb rum from the Dominican Republic with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. The palate is smooth with vanilla, dried fruits and walnut with hints of mocha.
    £23.99
  • El Dorado 21 years old 43% 70cl
    A Rum of supreme quality. El Dorado 21 year old is an exquisite rum. In this blend of select aged rums, each of the constituent rums is at least 21 years old. Some are much older and can be as old as 25 years. To achieve the superb colour, smooth taste and full fragrant aroma, the rums are matur...
    £78.99
  • Appleton 21 years old 43% 70cl
    Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum is a luxurious sipping rum that will delight the palate of the discerning connoisseur. The rums that make up Appleton Estate 21 Year Old have been aged for a minimum of 21 years. They were carefully selected for their unique character, flavou...
    £160.00
  • Angostura White Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    ANGOSTURA LIGHT RUM A blend of light and heavy rums distilled in Angostura's five-column continuous still. The rum is aged in American oak Bourbon barrels between three and eight years. After aging the rum is twice filtered through charcoal to remove impurities and the golden colour it has acqui...
    £20.99
  • Ron Barcelo Imperial 38% 70cl
    Award winning rum from from Ron Barcelo, which was awarded by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago as the best rum in the world, carrying the badge of being the first rum to get the highest score in the history of this institute: 97/100. Bright coppery amber color. Aromas of cre...
    £30.99
  • Ron Santiago de Cuba Anejo 38% 70cl
    This is an excellent rum from Santiago de Cuba which is one of the oldest distilleries in Cuba dating back to 1862. Aged in their cellars for 7 years this rum can be drunk neat or with your favourite mixers or in cocktails.
    £26.50
  • Santiago de Cuba Carta Blanca 38% 70cl
    This is an excellent rum from Santiago de Cuba which is one of the oldest distilleries in Cuba dating back to 1862. This Carta Blanca has been aged for 3 years and is the perfect rum for mixing and cocktails with flavours of vanilla and banana it is light soft and mellow.
    £23.50
  • Santiago de Cuba 12 years old Extra Age 40% 70cl
    This 12 year old rum from Santiago de Cuba is exceptionally smooth and flavoursome. Dark, amber in colour it is beautifully balanced with toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and spices. Long finish that is sweet to the end.
    £63.99
  • Mezan Guyana 2005 Diamond Distillery 70cl
    This was made at the Diamond Distillery Guyana and was distilled in the double wooden still from the original Port Morant distillery which was founded in 1732.
    £46.00
  • Ron Legendario Ron Dorado 38% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Dorado (Golden rum) has a striking colour which is clean and crystalline. It has an intense aroma which reminds you of fresh sugar canes, smoked apples and Williams pears blended with vanilla and the quinces of fruits that mask the subtle Pennyroyal. All of this cumulates in a stro...
    £24.99
  • Legendario Ron Anejo 40% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Aejo (Aged rum) is an aged amber distilled with a touch of orange. It appears bright and crystalline with an attractive aroma of mature tropical pineapple, marmalade oranges and a hint of nutmeg, soft butter and fruit. Toasted to temper its sweetness it is caramelized and curiously...
    £28.99
  • 1931 Old St Lucia 4th edition 43% 70cl
    This is the 4th edition in the range of St Lucia 1931 rum which celebrates the distilleries birth. The fourth edition takes a 6 year old rum agricole, which is the first rum of its style to be made in St Lucia since the 1930s. This is then blended with other aged rums from its 3 pot stills and 1 ...
    £64.50
  • Doorlys 12 Year Old Rum 40% 70cl
    Made at the legendary Four Square Distillery by people who just don't make bad rums. This 12 year old offering has masses of tropical fruit, chewy caramel, leafy tobacco and fragrant oak notes throughout gorgeous this Barbados rum. Heavier and deeper than the younger offerings and a great sipping...
    £43.99
  • Dictador 20 years old Rum Distillery Icon Reserve 40% 70cl
    DICTADOR 20 YEARS SOLERA SYSTEM RUM is elaborate from the fermentation of mixtures of virgin honey of sugar cane, then destilled part in copper pot alembic and part in steel continuous column, then is aged in pre-used oak barrels by the solera method finally is bottled under the hig...
    £54.50
  • Reserve Rum Of Haiti 2004 43% 70cl Brist
    Distilled in 2004 by Societe du Rhum Barbancourt in their pot stills. This was then shipped to the UK where it was filled to American oak barrels where it has been aged in cool damp cellars. Pale golden in colour, with a soft fruity nose. Well-balanc...
    £56.99
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Rum Facts

Rum is a very popular spirit and has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years. Once viewed as the preserve of old salty sailors, a new generation has embraced this ancient spirit. As provenance and flavour have become more important to millennial's, rum has been allowed to show its varied styles to the masses once more. This was facilitated by the heightened interest in the cocktail scene and by some pretty aggressive marketing by brands like Captain Morgan's and Kraken. Here are some fun facts about rum;

  • Rum was discovered by slaves in Barbados sugar plantations during the 1620's. This makes it the oldest spirit and it is also the oldest branded spirit to be sold commercially.
  • It was the first spirit to be distilled purely for having fun and not for medicinal purposes.
  • Sailors during the 18th century were often paid in rum the lucky devils!
  • Ratings in the British Navy were allowed rations of rum each day until 31st of July 1970. This was known as 'Black Tot Day'. After this, beer was issued instead.
  • It was believed that rum helped prevent scurvy whereas, in fact, it was the lime juice that was drunk with it that helped stop it.
  • To test whether the rum had been watered down, sailors doused gunpowder in it. If it ignited, then it was of the correct strength. Hence the name Gunpowder Proof Rum.
  • Mount Gay Distillery on Barbados is the oldest rum brand in the world and has been going since 1703.
  • It has been known by many names including Kill-Devil, Nelson's Blood, Pirate's Grog, Rumbullion and Demon Water.
  • 80% of the world's rum is produced in Puerto Rico due to Bacardi having the world's largest distillery there and the vast amounts of sugar cane the country produces.
  • There are many distinctive styles of rum including dark, black, spiced, golden, white and Agricole. The colour comes from how long it spends in wooden casks.

Rum History

Unfortunately, rum has a dark history that is closely linked to colonialism and the slave trade. The all-important sugar cane grew naturally throughout Asia and China and it's believed that it was harvested and used for human consumption as early as 4000 BC. The first recorded mention of its use was in 1129 AD in an Indian text detailing its use in a fermented cane drink. In 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbean Bahamas and it's here that the story of modern rum begins. Soon after this, South America was discovered and the gates to the New World had been opened. What followed over the next century was several ground-breaking voyages that made it possible for Europeans to travel the globe with relative ease.

By the beginning of the 1600's, trade was swiftly becoming the key to be a global superpower. The old Islamic cultures of the world were waning in strength whilst Christian Europe was in ascendancy. The main European players, namely Holland, England, Portugal, Spain and France, formed huge merchant companies that plied their trade on the new frontiers of the West Indies and East Indies. The Spanish initially had a foot hold the Bahamas thanks to Columbus, but it wasn't long until they were muscled out by the might of the English and Dutch.

The first sugar cane plantations were constructed in Brazil in 1520 and they spread to Jamaica and Cuba by 1595. The Portuguese used slaves from Africa to work the plantations as they were used to the heat and less likely to escape than indigenous slaves. Soon the British, French and Spanish were also purchasing slaves from Arab and African traders and a truly despicable trade was established. This abhorrent practice spawned a market that was hugely profitable and countless individuals were traded like cattle. It was however, the slave population that was responsible for the creation of rum as we know it today.

The earliest recording of sugarcane distillate was in 1552. It was reported that the slaves were more co-operative if they could imbibe cachaca, a spirit made from unprocessed cane juice. This was in a report from a Brazilian Governor and cachaca is still Brazil's national drink. Nowadays it's commonly used to make a cocktail called a Caipirinha. Back then it was popular among the slaves as it was easy to make and there was an abundance of sugar cane to work with. We suppose that being constantly intoxicated was certainly preferable to the harsh reality of life as a slave. Whilst cachaca is technically a type of rum, today the classification states that rum is made using molasses, the by-product of crystal sugar production.

The First Molasses Rum

There's sound historical evidence that the first molasses-based rum was produced by Pietr Blower on Barbados in 1637. He was a Dutchman who had come from the plantations of Brazil to settle in a new British colony on the island. He came prepared with seeds to grow sugar cane and a pot still required for distillation. With previous attempts to grow plants for valuable dye a failure, the residents of Barbados turned to producing sugar for export. Pieter encouraged the slaves to save the molasses and distil them into rum. By 1651 rum was being widely consumed on Barbados.

It was a comparable situation on the French island of Martinique and Cuba, with records of molasses distillation being recorded around the same time. With the sugar plantations being in operation since the previous century, it wouldn't be surprising if someone had already distilled a rum before this. This spirit, still regarded as the tipple of slaves and brigands, was never actually called rum. Instead, it was given monikers such as Kill-Devil, Barbados Liquor and Devil Water. The first printed example of the name wasn't until 1751 in a French Encyclopaedia of Sciences and Art.

Rum, Sailors and Trade

Rum and sailors have a long and well documented relationship and the first rum rations were given to British mariners in 1655. This was under the orders of Vice Admiral William Penn after he captured Jamaica from the Spanish. Sugar cane spirit was being produced there and, with the beer rations already well depleted, he started a tradition that would remain with the British Navy until 1970. Rum was the go to drink for both privateers and pirates that plied their trade around the Caribbean and this didn't help its reputation as a drink for rogues. There wasn't really any difference between a pirate and privateer back then, just the flag that you sailed under.

By the beginning of the 18th century, Britain was getting rich from rum. That and molasses were the biggest source of trade income for the UK and the most profitable commodities to come from the West Indies. The molasses from the Caribbean was traded to the American colonies for rum. More rum was then distilled and exported to Africa in exchange for more slaves to work the Caribbean plantations. This was known as the Trade Triangle and it made merchants very rich indeed.

Due to the vast amounts of money being made trading slaves and rum, the British were ashamedly the last of the European powers to abolish slavery in 1833, some thirty five years after the French. Despite this, Britain still retained a monopoly on rum production and trade. Eventually, dedicated rum distilleries started being developed and the spirit was no longer just something that was a by-product of the sugar trade.

How Rum Is Made

As you have probably gathered by now, rum is made by distilling the molasses that come from making sugar crystals. It might surprise you to know that sugar cane is still harvested by hand in many parts of the world. This is extremely physical work that requires a sharp machete and a strong back. Once the cane has been cut, it's transported to the plant where it's crushed in a large machine. The precious juice is collected and the waste pulp is either discarded or burnt as a fuel for heating the stills.

Once the juice has been collected, it's then made into sugar crystals which leaves the molasses behind. The sugar will be sold and the molasses taken on to the next stage of distillation. This is when the molasses is fermented and is by far and away the most common method of making rum today. Other methods include fermenting and distilling the pure sugar cane juice; this is how Brazilian cachaca is made.

The fermentation process can be undertaken in a variety of ways. The simplest and most natural method is leaving the molasses in an open vat and letting natural yeasts react naturally with them. On the other end of the spectrum, some distilleries use state of the art equipment and scientific apparatus to complete the process. Most modern distilleries fall somewhere between these extremes and often add the yeast that they want whilst ensuring environmental issues are kept optimal. The fermentation process can be as short as half a day or take weeks to complete.

With the fermenting done, it's now time for the exciting stage of distillation, where the fermented molasses are placed into a still. The still is then heated, releasing the alcohol from the liquid in vapour form which is then re-condensed and collected. What's left over is the pure spirit. Sounds simple right? Unfortunately, there are a multitude of factors that can affect this process and it takes time, dedication and skill to become a master distiller. Another crucial factor is the stills themselves which are either copper pot stills or continuous stills. Every still is handmade and unique, with some being extremely simple whilst others have complex features that allow various parts of the rum to be separated. Each still has its own quirks and secrets that only practice and patience will reveal. Between the Master Distiller and the still used, each rum is unique and its character is determined by the aforementioned factors.

After the distillation process is complete, the rum is run off and collected. It's usual for this to be blended with other rum from the distillery and watered down to around 40% ABV. Some rums are bottled straight after distillation and sold as are, especially for the Caribbean market. Others are aged in wood casks, dramatically altering their flavour profile. Some have various spices, fruits or other juices added either before or after maturation. As you can imagine, this leads to a huge possible range of flavour profiles in the finished product.