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  • Plantation Jamaica Rum 2002 42% 70cl
    This is a Jamaican vintage rum from 2002 and bottled in 2016. It is first aged in bourbon casks for ten years in the humid, tropical conditions of Jamaica. After that, the rum makes its way over to France where it is further aged for another three years in Chateau de Bonbonnet casks under...
    £43.99
  • Plantation Trinidad Rum 2003 42% 70cl
    This complex golden rum is a 2003 vintage release under the Plantation label. It takes rum from Trinidad and ages it for eight years in bourbon casks before shipping it to France where it spends a further four years in Pierre Ferrand barrels at the Chateau de Bonbonnet. The nose yield...
    £43.99
  • 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
  • Don Q Anejo Rum 40% 70cl
    Don Q Anejo is a rich golden rum distilled in Puerto Rico and aged for up to ten years in white American oak. This is a viscous rum that coats the mouth and deserves to be savoured slowly. We wold serve it over a little ice, then sit back and enjoy the ride.
    £29.99
  • Don Q 151 Rum 70cl
    Don Q 151 Rum has characteristics of vanilla and oak with strong notes of smoke and tobacco. It's different from other rums and is perfect when a flaming technique is required. Aged up to 3 years making it well rounded enough to make Tiki style drinks and cocktails.
    £37.50
  • One Love Caribbean Rum 50% 70cl
    One Love Rum is a blend of three Caribbean tots hailing from Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados. The clearly reggae inspired rum has proved to be an overnight success and is achieving something of a cult status. It's popularity may also have something to do with the fact that it's bottled at a h...
    £36.99
  • One Love Coconut & Pineapple 37.5% 70cl
    One Love Coconut and Pineapple is a Guyanese white rum blended with delicious tropical flavours. This would be great in a cocktail or mixed with pineapple juice. Ting or Lilt would work well too with plenty of ice thrown in for good measure. 
    £26.99
  • Deadhead Dark Chocolate Flavoured Rum 35% 70cl
    Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum is aged for five years before being infused with dark roasted cacao. It's made in Mexico, not far from the Guatemalan border. The nose is very chocolaty but also gives notes of vanilla and caramel. To taste, the chocolate is at first prevalent before receding to allow ...
    £63.99
  • 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
  • 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 18ct Gold Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Gold is a blend of three year old Jamaican pot still rum and unaged column still rum. The brand represents the rich Caribbean culture that sprung up in the 50's and 60's around reggae and rum in Jamaica. JAH is a slang term for Jamaican and the 45 refers to the 45 rpm that the records w...
    £21.50
  • Jah 45 Dark Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Dark Rum is a blend of three year old Jamaican pot still rum and unaged column still rum. Natural caramel is then added to enhance the flavour and richness. JAH is a slang term for Jamaican and the 45 refers to the 45 rpm that the records were played at during the sound s...
    £21.50
  • Jah 45 Silver Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Silver Rum comes from a brand which celebrates the diverse musical culture that originated in Kingston, Jamaica during the sound system era. This has notes of apple, almonds and apricots and is a great base for cocktails and long drinks.
    £21.50
  • 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
  • Foursquare Rum Dominus 56% 70cl
    Foursquare Dominus Rum is a ten year old blend of pot and column still rums from the distillery in Barbados. The rum was aged three years in bourbon barrels and a further seven in cognac casks. No sugar or flavourings were added after distillation. A pure rum the is exceptionally good.
    £57.45
  • Foursquare Rum Premise 46% 70cl
    Foursquare Premise Rum is part of the Exceptional Cask Selection range and is highly limited. The rum is a blend of column and pot still distillates aged for ten years in both bourbon and sherry casks. There is no flavourings or sugar added at all so you know the taste is derived from pure ble...
    £45.99
  • Don Q Double Wood Rum Vermouth Cask Finish 40% 70cl
    Aged in Puerto Rico for 5 to 8 years in American white oak barrels, this rare blend of rums is then finished for 4 to 6 weeks in Vecchio vermouth Italian oak casks from Italy. The cask combination results in tastes of hints of cherry and raisins, honey, dark chocolate and v...
    £34.99
  • Jah 45 Overproof Rum 63% 70cl
    Blend of blend of column still rum from Clarendon and pot still rums from distilleries such as Hampden, Monymusk and New Yarmouth. All rums are unaged. The proportions of pot vs column make this a medium bodied rum blend. Cut at 63% bottling strength
    £31.99
  • Mezan Trinidad 2007 46% 70cl
    Distilled in 2007 in Trinidad and bottled in 2017 part of the Mezan collection of rum. The Mezan collection is unsweetened, uncolored, lightly filtered and aged in casks until they reach optimal maturity and quality.
    £49.99
  • Mezan Belize 2008 Rum 46% 70cl
    Distilled in 2008 in Belize and bottled in 2018 part of the Mezan collection of rum. The Mezan collection is unsweetened, uncolored, lightly filtered and aged in casks until they reach optimal maturity and quality.
    £47.99
  • Morvenna British White Rum 40% 70cl
    The Cornish Distilling Co from North Cornwall have produced this British rum from scratch. The bottle begins its journey with the fermentation of molasses, yeast and water which produces a clean, fruity and buttery rum.
    £31.99
  • 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
  • Rum Cartavio Solera 12 years 70cl
    Dark and light coloured amber; lightly scented with a hint of toffee, nut, banana, spices; excellently smooth texture. An end with a sign of Slovenian, American and French oak influence.
    £46.99
  • Mahiki Coconut Rum 100cl
    1 Litre bottle of Mahiki Coconut Rum, keeps the party going for longer! Named after the famous Mahiki Bars this is made with rum and coconut liqueur and can by drank as a shot, with coke, pineapplejuice or coconut water.
    £18.75
  • Stroh 40 Rum 70cl
    From the producsers of Stroh this is a 40% version of the famous 80% Austrian spiced rum that has been in production since 1832 by Stroh, Austria. It has become something of a cult drink and a much sought after commodity what with the rum being sold in over forty countries ...
    £23.50
  • 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
  • Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum 70cl
    Plantations Xaymaca Special Dry, revives the quintessential Jamaican style, 100% pot still rums of the 19th century with an expression of intense flavors that reveal the traditional, legendary 'rum funk'. Aromas and flavors of black banana and flambéed pineapple, locally called 'Hogo'.
    £33.25
  • One Love Five Island Spiced Rum 43% 70cl
    One Love Five Island Spiced Rum is made with 100% Caribbean rum from the islands of Hispaniola (The Dominican Republic), Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba and Barbados: the rums are barrel aged up to three years. Whilst each brings their own uniqueness and characteristics they all blend perfectly. Selec...
    £34.99
  • El Dorado Rare Versailles 2002 70cl
    Demerara Distillers operate 9 different rum stills. With these 9 unique heritage stills, the distillery can produce a range of different historic rum Marques, all with unique characteristics. The Diamond Distillery is known for its three wooden stills; Enmore - Wooden Continuous Coffey Still, ...
    £137.99
  • Diplomatico Planas Rum 47% 70cl
    Diplomatico Planas is the replacement for their Diplomatico Blanco white rum in their range. It is made exactly the same way but is now 47% ABV. Due to Venezuelan law, rum cannot be bottled until it has aged a minimum of two years. However in this case some of the rums are aged for up to six y...
    £33.60
  • Union 55 Salted & Spiced Rum 41% 70cl
    The Netherlands are not really known for their Rum production but they are now! Inspired by the way gin distillers use botanicals to infuse flavours into their creation Union 55 has had 5 of the finest botanicals added. Cardamom and cloves with a high level of fragrance adding complexity to ci...
    £35.50
  • Hampden Estate Rum 46% 70cl
    This rum is fully matured for 8 years in a tropical climate and produces an angel's share equivalent to a 25 year old rum in Europe! 100% artisanal distillation in copper double retort pot stills. with the use of solely water flowing from a natural source into an uncontaminated reservoir. ...
    £57.99
  • Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Oak 70cl
    HMS Royal Oak contains our original blend of Coffey Still rums aged in American white oak Bourbon casks between 7 to 12 years. On the nose you get notes of prunes, raisin fruit, toasty oak and tropical spices. On the palate it is an intense mouth-feel of sweet sultana fruit, ...
    £51.50
  • Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa 70cl
     The HMS Princessa contains rums aged exclusively in American white oak Bourbon casks with all the rums having been aged between 5 - 9 years in our cellars before blended together by our master blender. On the nose it is honeyed raisins on the nose and a hint of vanilla and tobacc...
    £46.20
  • Admiral Rodney HMS Formidable 70cl
    HMS Formidable contains rums aged in American white oak Bourbon casks with the base distillates being aged for a minimum of 9 - 12 years in tropical heat which significantly speeds up the maturation. On the nose this rum is wonderful honeyed raisin fruit, spices and vanilla. On the pal...
    £71.90
  • Atlantico Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    This Solera style rum uses different aged rums that were carefully selected and blended together by our third generation Master Blender. The result is a vibrant rum with intense flavor and depth that can be best enjoyed neat or with a cube of ice.
    £32.00
  • Atlantico Gran Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    The ultimate expression of Atlantico, this rare rum was carefully created to reflect the heritage and craftsmanship of centuries of rum masters.Winner of countless awards and widely considered one of the finest rums in the world, it is a blend of small batched rums aged up to 25 years. Simply ...
    £38.00
  • Pussers Rum 15 Year Old New Presentation 70cl
    Pusser’s True-Aged 15 Year Rum is crafted in small batches.  It is a superb, coveted and limited 15 year aged rum that continues to win awards and accolades amongst peers.The Royal Navy Admiralty approved blend of Pusser's Aged 15 Years is heavily influsenced by rum from the double ...
    £66.99
  • Cargo Cult Banana Spiced Rum 38% 70cl
    From rich volcanic soil and naturally pure South Pacific cane, Cargo Cult Spiced Banana Rum is aged under the intense tropical sun, blended, spiced and infused with North Queensland bananas and then bottled in small batches. On the nose this is ripe banana, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg...
    £29.99
  • Billy's Revenge Banana Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    A flavoured rum that gets you thinking of banoffe pie, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins. Drink with your favourite mixer, crushed lime, hot or cold. The legend goes that in 1801 it was hard to know who was friend and who was foe. One day you are an agent of the Cro...
    £25.00
  • Billy's Revenge Charred Pineapple Rum 37.5% 70cl
    A flavoured rum that gets you thinking of Think Caribbean nights, BBQ Pineapple, vanilla, caramel, drink with your favourite mixer, crushed lime, hot or cold. The legend goes that in 1801 it was hard to know who was friend and who was foe. One day you are an agent of the Crown chasing ...
    £25.00
  • Morvenna British Spiced Rum 40% 20cl
    Now available in 20cl, the perfect little gift - true Cornish made rum! 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 ...
    £12.99
  • Morvenna British White Rum 40% 20cl
    Now available in 20cl bottles, a lovely little gift, true Cornish Rum! The Cornish Distilling Co from North Cornwall have produced this British rum from scratch. The bottle begins its journey with the fermentation of molasses, yeast and water which produces a clean, fruity and buttery rum....
    £12.99
  • Spytail Ginger Rum 40% 70cl
    Spytail Ginger Rum is made 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". The unique bott...
    £26.50
  • Pirates Grog Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Pirate's Grog Spiced joins their line up of rums. This is a salty caramel infusion with allspice and their secret ingredient, found along the enchanting shores of Roatan, Honduras. This is the fourth bottling in the award winning Pirate's Grog collection. This spiced rum is a result of...
    £31.99
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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.