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  • Clement Vieux Select Barrel Rhum Argicole 70cl
    Clement select barrel is a marriage of rhums agricoles matured in specially selected barrels by the cellar master for their unique qualities. The characters they are selected for are soft vanilla notes and a remarkable smooth finish. A great Rhum Agricole with balanced sweetness and ch...
    £31.99
  • Pineapple Grenade Overproof Spiced Rum 50cl
    Pineapple Grenade from Rockstar Spirits is made with rum sourced from the infamous Diamond Distillery in Guyana. Distilled and bottled at 65% this pineapple packed flavoured rum is a grenade waiting to go off on your tastebuds. This is a very smooth and rich flavoured rum. Maybe not one for the r...
    £34.75
  • Bumbu XO Rum 70cl
    The long awaited Bumbu XO is a smooth, rich and complex handcrafted rum created from scratch by the master distiller. Aged for up to 18 years in bourbon barrels to achieve a beautifully balanced, endlessly sippable rum. Finished in Spanish sherry casks made from white oak grown in Spain's Anda...
    £45.00
  • Rosemullion Gold Rum 70cl
    Rosemullion Gold Rum is 100% single pot distilled and oak aged for a smooth and high quality profile. They are one of the very few that are distilling their own alcohol where others may flavour or alter industrial alcohol for their product, a true Cornish made product. Rosemullion...
    £35.99
  • Rosemullion Spiced Rum 70cl
    Rosemullion Spiced Rum is 100% single pot distilled and aged with selected spices. They are one of the very few that are distilling their own alcohol where others may flavour or alter industrial alcohol for their product, a true Cornish made product. Rosemullion Rum...
    £33.99
  • Ron Jeremy Spiced Rum
    Ron Jeremy Spiced Rum is created using some of the finest rums from the island of Trinidad and artfully then blended with exotic spices. it is darker and more flavourful than most spiced rums while delivering on its signature long, smooth finish.It is a dark amber brown like cinnamon ba...
    £29.44
  • Bombo Full On Banana Rum 40% 70cl
    Made by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Banana Full On has been long awaited by the Bombo Banana lovers and worshipers. This is a s a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of banana, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very more...
    £26.50
  • Neptune Barbados Gold Rum 70cl
    Neptune Barbados Gold Rum must have a large trophy cabinet for their over 50 prestigious global awards to date! A luscious golden, smooth pot and column stilled rum, lovingly aged in American bourbon oak casks. Made with a blend of up to 8 year old rum from a family...
    £34.00
  • Hoxton Banana Rum 40% 50cl
    Hoxton have broken out from making only gin, now into rum! What a great rum they have made too. This is a premium party spirit that is unique and will certainly liven up your party! Made using fresh and dried bananas macerated with a blend of the finest, hand selected rums for up to 5 wee...
    £32.90
  • Conde De Cuba 11 Year Old Rum 70cl
    Conde De Cuba 11 Year Old Rum has been aged for at least eleven years and highlights the woody aroma, while creating an appropriate balance between the delicacy of fruity flavours and robustness of Aguardiente. The appearance is Amber-colored, darkene...
    £47.35
  • New Dawn Rum La Palma 62% 70cl
    New Dawn Traders 2019 cargo has bought us all some new rum treasure from afar. La Palma is an Agricole rum from the Canaries. Only 540 bottles have been made, aged for 2 years in French oak, spent 151 days at sea and bottled at 62%. This rum was sourced from the respected Aldea Distill...
    £101.75
  • New Dawn Rum Dominican Republic 57% 70cl
    New Dawn Traders 2019 cargo has bought us all some new rum treasure from afar. Dom Rep is an Golden rum from the Canaries. Only 280 bottles have been made, solera aged for 19 years, spent 75 days at sea and bottled at 57%. This new cargo of rum treasure ha...
    £142.50
  • Siren's Call Jamaican Spiced Rum 70cl
    Siren's Call is a delicious ode to the spirited rum runners who rewrote their fate after being lured into the treacherous shallows. On a quest for the finest spiced rum recipe, these heroes of the high waters battled and ambushed through stormy Caribbean seas. Tempted to their peril by...
    £21.75
  • Foursquare Empery Exceptional Cask Selection 56% 70cl
    The 9th release in the Exceptional Cask Selection from Foursquare. Pot and column distilled and blended together, after this it has been aged 14 years in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks to produce an outstanding rum for your collection. Oak spice and fruity sherry notes with citrus unde...
    £65.50
  • Grapefruit Grenade Overproof Spiced Rum 65% 50cl
    Grapefruit Grenade from Rockstar Spirits is the new addition following the success of the Pineapple Grenade Overproof Spiced Rum. This rum is made from rum sourced from the infamous Diamond Distillery in Guyana. Distilled and bottled at 65% this grapefruit packed ...
    £34.75
  • Banditti Club Glasgow Spiced Rum 50cl
    The story goes that The Banditti Club were a company of bold rogues who would meet in Glasgow's local public houses to share music, food and a laugh late into the night. Banditti Club Spiced Rum gives a natural sweetness and warm spice on the nose it opens up to a toasted pineapple and...
    £25.50
  • Ryoma Rhum Japonais 7 year old Gold Rum 70cl
    Sake, whisky, gin and now rum! The Japanese are very good at learning, practicing, perfecting and then showcasing. This 7 year old rum is fantastic. Made from the oldest sugarcane possible from japan and after distillation it is matured for 7 years in oak barrels. Both on the nose and the palate ...
    £69.99
  • Foursquare 2007 Cask Strength Rum 59% 70cl
    The 2007 single vintage from the Exceptional Cask Selection range from Foursquare is a fantastic expression. Following in the footsteps of the 2005 which was rated Supreme Champion Spirit 2018 at ISC, this is showing great performance. After distillation in pot and column stills it is b...
    £57.50
  • Dead Mans Fingers Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Originally 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 re...
    £20.99
  • Ron Miel Honey Rum 20% 70cl Cayo Grande Club
    Ron Miel Cayo Grande Honey Rum is a sweet, soft, luscious rum product from Spain. It's a staple of returning holiday makers who often sample it on one of the Canary Islands and want to re-live the experience at home. We find it best to enjoy it poured neat over ice but can also be...
    £14.50
  • 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...
    £24.75
  • Ron Zacapa Centenario XO rum 40% 70cl
    This XO Rum from Ron Zacapa has been aged in their Solera system with an age of between 6 and 25 years old. They age the rum in a combination of Bourbon, sherry and Pedro Ximenez barrels, with the final blend being finished in French oak.The Result is a rum of remarkable complexity with layer upo...
    £109.50
  • Bombo Caramel and Banana Rum 24% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Banana is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of banana, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The recipe is inspired by one of the oldest mixe...
    £19.99
  • Bombo Caramel and Spices Rum 24% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Spices is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of spices, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The recipe is inspired by one of the oldest ...
    £19.99
  • Bombo Caramel and Coconut Rum 24% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Coconut is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of coconut, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink, with coconut on the nose to begin followed by the deeper smell of carame...
    £19.99
  • Stroh 80 rum 80% 50cl
    Stroh 80 is a strong Austrian spiced rum that has been in production since 1832 by Stroh Austria GmbH based in Klagenfurt. It has become something of a cult drink and a much sought after commodity what with the rum being sold in over forty countries worldwide. Stroh rum is a protected...
    £29.99
  • Plantation Barbados 5 years old 40% 70cl
    The flagship rum of the Plantation range. A beautifully balanced rum with coconut, vanilla and caramel, and a seductively sweet finish with notes of Cognac from its secondary ageing. Beautifully balanced rum with coconut, vanilla and caramel, plus a seductively sweet finish with notes of Co...
    £29.45
  • Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum 69% 70cl
    O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned traditional dark rum) created by Plantation’s Rum Master Alexandre Gabriel with Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, Paul McFadyen, Paul McGee, Scotty Schuder and long-time collaborator, David Wondrich.  A blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados&nb...
    £39.99
  • Ron Abuelo 7 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Ron Abuelo Aejo is a blend of selected aged rums, married to perfection by our Master Blender.
    £27.75
  • Chairmans Reserve Rum St Lucian 40% 70cl
    Chairmans Reserve Finest St Lucia Rum is a blend of double distilled pot still and column still rums. These are aged in once-used Bourbon barrels, and, after blending, it undergoes a further 6 to 9 months in barrel to allow the blend to marry. A favourite with leading West End bartenders, its qua...
    £24.50
  • Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar Rum 40% 70cl
    Brugal 1888 is a new limited edition rum from the Domican Republic producer. As is the case of the entire Brugal family rum portfolio, Brugal 1888 is a product of skilled craftsmanship. The rums double-distillation and double-ageing, both in American white oak barrels and first fill sherry oak ca...
    £41.99
  • Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum 57% vol Navy Strength 70cl
    This rum represents the distinctively flavourful and aromatic style that made Jamaican rum famous. Containing only heavier bodied Wedderburn and medium bodied Plummer pot still distillates, famous for their notes of exotic fruits and spice and fermented using a local strain of yeast indigenous to...
    £36.50
  • Bombo Full On Caramel & Coconut Rum 40% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Coconut Full On is a flavoured rum combining the exotic flavours of coconut, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The Full On version is the same flavour profile as the regu...
    £26.50
  • Plantation 3 Stars White Rum 41.2% 70cl
    Named 3 stars after the three Islands that produce the rum that goes into this bottle, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. Each rum adds its own flavour to this silver rum usinga combination of Pot Still and Colum still rums.
    £23.65
  • Havana Club 3 years old 40% 70cl
    One of Cubas most popular rums and certainly the biggest seller in the UK. Soft with tropical fruits and vanilla. The finish is crisp with a little nuttiness.
    £20.25
  • Doorlys 5 years old Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Rum has been produced on the island of Barbados for more than 300 years, but it was not until the 1906 Rum Duty Act was passed that the industry began to develop as we know it today. Prior to this, distillation took place on many of the plantations, but the new law meant the distilleries had to o...
    £27.75
  • 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.
    £28.00
  • El Dorado 12 year old Rum 40% 70cl
    The Demerara twelve years old is one of the premium rums with a superb colour, smooth taste and full fragrant aroma. The twelve years old rum has been judged the number 1 rum in the premium category from a list of 40 rums from the Caribbean, Central and South America in the annual rum tasting com...
    £40.99
  • 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 spiced rum based drink. This spiced rum is well rounded with fruitiness also works brilliantly in cocktails adding a cherry bakewell like twist.
    £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
  • Pirates Grog No13 Single Batch 70cl
    Pirates Grog No 13 is a single cask golden rum which has been bottled at 13 years old. Rich and full bodied it smooth and sweet with notes of Chocolate and butterscotch. It is a limited release of just 777 bottles in a handsome ceramic flask complete with cork stopper.
    £66.99
  • Aluna Coconut Rum 35% vol 70cl
    Aluna Coconut Rum has been made using high altitude white rum from Guatemala and Carribeans rums which have been blended with organic coconut water and toasted coconut. The result is a coconut flavoured rum without added sugar and sweeteners which gives and authentic flavour of coconut an high...
    £22.50
  • 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 and the label ...
    £22.99
  • Bacardi Carta Negra 40%
    Bacardi Carta Negra is a dark intense rum with oak flavours, orange peel and sweet molasses. Great with Cola or ginger beer, lime and a few drops of bitters to make Tormenta Negra.
    £23.99
  • J Bally Rhum Blanc 50% 70cl
    J Bally Rhum is a unique white rum. It is produced from sugar cane, rather than molasses derived from sugar beet.This gives it a unique flavour.
    £32.99
  • Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum 40% 70cl
    155 years seems long enough. So the deep, dark secret rum that Goslings has enjoyed for generations is now going public. Appropriately called Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum, it is crafted from the same incomparable Bermuda blend that they use for their renowned Black Seal Rum. But, they leav...
    £61.36
  • Skipper Rum 40% 70cl
    A traditional Guyanian dark rum with the unique stamp of quality DemeraraDistilled from sugar-cane and molasses, aged in oak casks before blending.Packed full of caramel, treacle, vanilla and toffee flavours.A bartenders secret, probably makes the best rum & coke...
    £22.99
  • Flor de Cana Rum 7 years old Grand Reserve 40% 70cl
    Flor de Cana 7 years old Grande Reserve rum is deep mahogany hued, extra-smooth and full-bodied rum is best served on-the-rocks, with a splash of cola, soda or water. The Grand Reserve also makes a truly Grand Mojito. Palate: A round entry leads to medium-bodied palate of dark caramel...
    £24.25
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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.