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  • 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
  • Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum 45% 70cl
    Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum hails from Puerto Rico and is part of a legacy that stretches back to 1826. This is a serious offering of rums aged at least 3 years blended and matured in American white oak. It's also bottled at a very respectable 45% ABV, much higher than most spiced ru...
    £29.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Dark Spiced Rum 70cl
    Admiral Vernon's Dark Spiced Rum takes their full strength Gold rum and adds aphotic bitters to create a stormy looking liquid. All the much loved flavours associated with this band are present but with more caramel and a tad less vanilla. A brilliant rum for creating dark and stormy cocktails or...
    £29.99
  • Cut to the Spice Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Cut Spiced Rum is a quality offering that bends rum from Jamaica and Trinidad blended with some extra tasty treats to make this one of the best spiced rums we have tried. Those taste enhancing treats include pepper, ginger, coriander, lemon and cinnamon. The resultant rum is smooth and flavoursom...
    £21.99
  • Cut to the Overproof Spice Rum 75.5% 70cl
    Cut Overproof Rum is a spiced rum with a real kick. Bottled at 75.5% ABV, this is a jackd up version of Cut Rum's standard spiced rum. It's surprisingly smooth when drank neat, a quick initial mouth burn is soon followed by warming notes of vanilla, caramel and cardamon. An excellently priced ove...
    £39.99
  • Jah 45 Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Spiced Rum is there classic combination of potstill and column still Jamaican rum macerated with vanilla, cinammon, citrus and dash of pimento post distillation. This rum takes it's inspiration from the classic sound system era in Kingston during the 50's and 60's.
    £22.50
  • Morvenna British Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    The Cornish Distilling Co from North Cornwall have produced this British rum from scratch. Fermentation of molasses, yeast and water which produces a clean, fruity and buttery rum. The Morvenna rum is fermented, distilled and bottled in Bude, Cornwall.
    £31.99
  • Botafogo Spiced Rum 70cl
    Award winning spiced rum. Awarded Master  at the Spirits Business Awards in The Rum and Cachaca Masters category.Spiced and other natural herbal flavors throughout this golden spiced rum. Great for top end cocktails or neat on the rocks.
    £28.30
  • Over Hoof Spiced Rum 66.6% 50cl
    This 66.6%  (666 the devils number) rum is the stronger brother from Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum. Created in the famous wooden pot still at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, this devilish drink is imported into the UK and infused with natural spices, including cloves, star anise and cassi...
    £36.50
  • Dead Mans Fingers Small Batch Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum was released in 2015 by the owners of The Rum & Crab Shack, a delightful rum and seafood restaurant in picturesque St. Ives, Cornwall. The business proved so successful that they have also recently open...
    £21.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Spiced Rum 35%
    Admiral Vernon's Old J Spiced rum has been created in honour of Admiral Edward Vernon who enforced a reduction in strength of the British Navy Rum ration. He also suggested adding lime juice and sugar to make it more enjoyable. This blend of the finest Carribean rum and seven spices including swe...
    £22.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Gold Spiced Rum Batch No. 53 40% 70cl
    Old j spiced rum as you know and love but at a higher alcoholic volume of 40% instead of 35% vol. Made from selected pot still rums from the Britsh Virgin Islands and flavoured with persian lime and smooth vanilla.
    £27.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Cherry Spiced Batch No.66 35% 70cl
    This is Old J Spiced with a twist, adding cherry flavour to the 11 others flavours in this rum based drink.
    £26.99
  • Black Magic Rum
    Black Magic Spiced Rum is a bold blend of light and dark rums infused with a secret blend of spices. It's made by Sazerac, an American distillery more well known for their whiskey production and, in our opinion, is a better quality alternative to Kraken Spice...
    £21.50
  • Papagayo Organic Spiced rum 37.5% 70cl
    Spicy rum with lots of flavour.A light golden organic rum distilled from pure sugar cane and flavoured with organic spices - vanilla, ginger and a hint of chilli.
    £25.99
  • Pink Pigeon Vanilla Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Pink Pigeon vanilla spiced rum is a new premium spiced rum estate-distilled in Mauritius on the plantation where the sugar is grown. It is distilled 5 times to create a light, elegant rum and uses hand picked vanilla from orchids that grow in the rainforest canopy of nearby Madagascar and the vol...
    £25.99
  • Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum 35% 70cl
    Bacardi Oakheart is a smooth, spiced rum matured in charred oak casks to give a slight smokiness.
    £21.50
  • Red Leg Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Red Leg Spiced rum is a firm favourite and one of our most popular rums. It has a lovely vanilla sweetness on the nose which is soft and smooth with vanilla finishing with a hint of ginger spice in the mouth. A good replacement for a well known vanilla spiced rum which is no longer made!
    £20.99
  • Rumbullion Spiced Rum 42.6% 70cl
    Rumbullion uses the finest Caribbean high proof rum blended with Madagascan vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardomon pods. The colour is dark amber with a nose of nutmeg and cloves and brown sugar. The palate is rich and spiced, again cloves on the backrground intermingled with cinnamo...
    £34.25
  • Rumbullion XO 15 years old 46.2% 50cl
    This Rumbullion takes on a whole new taste sensation whilst retaining the same character that it has become renowned for. Using premium 15 years old Caribbean rum adds depth and complexity to the spicy palate, smooth but robust this is a first for spiced rum.
    £57.99
  • Foursquare Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Intense, perfumed and quite dry. A great balance between spices and herbs. With a lovely gingery finish. In our opinion one of the best spiced rums. There is an immediate fragrance of star anise , vanilla, cloves and cinnamon, with some orange following along. On the palate fresh a...
    £27.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Tiki Fire 151 Batch No.21 75.5% 70cl
    Tiki Fire 151 takes the much loved recipe of Admiral Vernons spiced rum with Persian lime and vanilla but, upping the strength to a whopping 151 proof or 75.5% vol in metric measures. This is very strong please drink carefully.
    £47.99
  • Heejoy Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Heejoy is a premium spiced rum made with aged rums from Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad which are then shipped to France fro blending and further aging ion oak to marry the flavours. Delicate brown and gold in colour with notes of ginger, honey and candied fruits on the nose. Supple and delicate on ...
    £27.95
  • Lambs Spiced Spirit Drink 30% 70cl
    Lambs Spiced made with authentic Caribbean rum and a selection of spices to produce a smooth, sweet spirit drink with flavours of vanilla, cinnamon, caramel and a citrus twist.
    £18.99
  • Cargo Cult Spiced Rum 38.5% 70cl
    A new spiced rum from the South Pacific Islands made in small batches with natural spices and sugar cane grown on Volcanic soils and the most unpolluted rain water.
    £29.99
  • Bayou Spiced Spirit Drink 40% 70cl
    Spiced Bayou Rum is infused with classic traditional spices with a Louisiana twist. Featuring Louisiana grown ingredients, this special gumbo of spices creates a unique and satisfying blend that makes it the perfect rum for mixing. Spiced Bayou Rum l...
    £21.99
  • Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum 40% 70cl
    Takings its name from the infamous smuggling of rum onto the rocky coastline of Cornwall. This Black ginger rum uses 3 year old pot still and Dark Column rum from Hampden, Claredon and Worth Park distilleries on Jamaica. The result is a silky smooth full strength rum with hints of lemongrass a...
    £26.99
  • Butterfly Cane Spiced 35% 70cl
    Made with rum distilled by the Fernandes Family in Trinidad, Butterfly Spiced infuses rum with vanilla and a mix of spices to produce a smooth spirit showing vanilla, toffee, long and rich in the mouth with a spicy finish.
    £22.45
  • Naud Hidden Loot Amber Spiced rum 40% 70cl
    Hidden Loot Amber Spiced rum has been made using Panamian rum and a selection of spices from around the Caribbean.
    £28.99
  • Jamaica Inn Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Jamaica Inn Spiced rum takes its inspiration form the days of smuggling when the Inn was used for shady deals of illicit contraband brought in from the Cornish coast evading the excise men. This blend of Caribbean aged rums is mixed with carefully selected spices to produce a spiced rum with ...
    £23.99
  • Peaky Blinder Black Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    In England's famous 'Black Country', the Sadler family have been purveyors of the finest beers and spirits since 1900. Over a century's worth of knowledge and passion has led the family to create this bold rum, blended with selected spices delivering notes of orange, nutmeg, vanilla and raisin. I...
    £22.99
  • 19 Spiced Vanilla Rum 35% 70cl
    19 Spiced rum previously known as vat 19 spiced rum, distilled and blended by the world renowned Fernandes Distillers in Trinidad. It is a blend of the finest golden rum from Trinidad, enhanced with spices and a subtle hint of vanilla.
    £15.99

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  • West Rock Spiced Rum Drink 35% 70cl
    West Rock spiced is a unique drink with hints of cinnamon and vanilla blended with 8 years old rum vanilla, lime and cassia.
    £22.50

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  • Elements Eight Cacao Rum 40% 70cl
    Elements Eight Cacao is a new rum from St Lucia using the finest aged rums from the Island and a barrel infusion of St Lucian Criollo Cacao beans. The rum spends 3-4 weeks infusing with the Cacao beans to impart a velvety lacing of dark chocolate notes to the rum. The infusion stre...
    £27.99

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  • St Abbs Six Spice Rum 40% 70cl
    This is a blend of aged rums up to 5 years old from Trinidad and filtered through charcoal. It is then blended with a secret mix of six spices and a some dark caramel. The result is a dark treacle coloured rum with a nose of West Indies spices and dark fruit cake. The palate has ginger, vanill...
    £30.99

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  • The Kraken Mason Glass Gift Pack 40% 35cl
    A lovely little glass pack containing a 35cl bottle of Kraken rum and a branded masons glass jar to drink it out of. Add ginger beer and freshly squeezed limes for the perfect serve.  
    £16.99

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  • Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum 70cl
    Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum is a devilish drink that is unique in a crowded market. The liquid is a blend of dark rum from Guyana and light rum from Trinidad where they use delicious local caramel to add flavour. Cloves and spices are then added to produce a rum that has a taste profile like n...
    £25.95

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  • Spytail Black Ginger Rum 40% 70cl
    Spytail is a new Black spiced rum using a 19th century tradition of ageing French Carribean rum in barrels filled with fresh ginger and spices. The distillery is near to the river Charente where submarines were tested and the inspiration for Jules Vernes "20,000 league under the sea". T...
    £26.50

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  • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, the father of old school tattooing, constantly sought to reinvent himself and we're no different. After talking to their customers they have made some changes. The taste is less sweet, allowing the vanilla and natural spices to come through ...
    £19.99

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  • Chairmans Reserve Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Chairmans Reserve Spiced rum is the latest addition to the St.Lucia distillery range of rums. Based on the same high quality blended of aged pot and colum still rums used in the making of Chairmans Reserve Rum, it is infused with several authentic Caribbena spices including cinnamon, clove, nutme...
    £24.99

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  • The Kraken black Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    A dark spiced rum which has a cult following. The old style bottle and label gives a very authentic appeal to this new rum in the Uk market. Blended with spices,caramel and other natural flavours. Release the Kraken!
    £24.99

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  • Bristol Black Spiced Rum 42% 70cl
    This is not your usual sweeten spiced rum, this is full on classic dark rum, with a lovely mixture of heady spices just like alcoholic christmas cake. At the recent rum fest this was given rave reviews from every one who tasted it. This is surley one of the hotest rums to hit the market success t...
    £41.99

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  • Elements Eight Exotic Spices 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, ...
    £30.99

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  • Ron de Jeremy Spiced Rum Hardcore Edition 47% 70cl
    Named after the 'hardest working man in showbiz', Ron de Jeremy Spiced Rum Hardcore Edition is a mahogany coloured spiced rum from Trinidad blended with tropical spices. So what's so hardcore about it, its namesake aside? It's the fact that it's bottled at a warming 47% ABV, a good deal higher...
    £37.99

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  • Captain Morgans Spiced Rum 35% 70cl
    Captain Morgans is a smooth and mellow spiced rum, made from blends across the Caribbean it gets its rich amber colour form aging in charred oak barrels.
    £19.99

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  • Rumbullion Navy Strength 57%
    The same great flavour of Madagascan vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves, but with a big kick of finest Caribbean over proof rum at 57% vol. Known as Navy strength this is the proof level that gunpowder could still be fired if it had been soaked in booze. So 'splice the main brace' and keep...
    £46.35

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  • Pussers Spiced Rum 35% 70cl
    Breaking with Tradition Pusser's has launched a new Spiced rum to the market for the first time. Well known for their British Navy rum with an alcohol by volume of 57%, this spiced rum is a milder 35% vol using natural spices from around the Caribbean. The taste is not as sweet, as more commercia...
    £21.35

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  • Brugal Dry Spiced Rum 38% 70cl
    With so many sweet spiced rums on the market it is refreshing to see a drier style. Brugal Dry spiced rum has been created to mix perfectly with ginger beer, apple juice or in your favourite cocktail with gently warming spice but not overly sweet. Also great neat on ice.
    £21.95

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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.