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  • Dictador XO Perpetual Rum Perpetual 40% 70cl
    DICTADOR XO SOLERA SYSTEM RUM is elaborated from the fermentation of unique virgin honey of sugar cane, then distilled modern stainless steel pot alembic, then is aged in very high end pre-used oak barrels from Xrex. Finally we use our new secret Solera system where new blend masters conce...
    £88.99
  • 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
  • Chairmans Reserve White Label Rum 40% 70cl
    Chairman's Reserve White Label is a flavourful white rum, aged, like the other rums in the range, in bourbon barrels. It is then charcoal filtered at very low pressure to remove the colour while preserving the flavour, making it the ideal foundation for the classic Daiquiri and other ...
    £24.50
  • Plantation Guyana 2005 Old Reserve 45% 70cl
    This classic Golden rum under the Plantation rum label is from Guyana. Made from 100% molasses, this is robust and full flavoured rum with smoky notes and baked banana. A great after dinner sipping rum.
    £49.99
  • Chairmans Reserve The Forgotten Casks 40% 70cl
    On May 2 2007 St Lucia Distillers was struck by a major fire. Mercifully most of the distillery was spared but there were great problems with storage, forcing them to find space for ageing casks in the most unusual places. Having done so, the cellar team had a memory lapse and forgot ...
    £39.99
  • Doorly's 3 year old White Rum 40% 70cl
    This is the most refreshing, fruity, aromatic white rum - blends well to make some of the worlds finest cocktails. 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....
    £26.99
  • Ron Cubay Carta Blanca 38% 70cl
    Ron Cubay has been aged for 3 years and is the perfect Cuban rum for mixing with your favourite cocktails. Originally only made for the home market of Cuba it is now being exported to the uk for the First time.
    £21.99
  • Ron Cubay Anejo 7 years old 38% 70cl
    Although this says 5 years old on the back label it is in fact a 7 year old cuban rum. A very elegant sipping rum, with a deep assertive flavour, herbal notes with a smooth complex finish.
    £26.75
  • Virgin Gorda Rum 40% 70cl
    Inspired by this island; Virgin Gorda is a British Caribbean Rum blended from three British Caribbean Rums (Barbados, Trinidad & Jamaica) obtained from the distillation of fermented sugar cane molasses. After distillation in pot-stills, the individual rums start their natural a...
    £34.25
  • Bristol Classic Rum Barbados 2004 Fourquare Distillery 43% 70cl
    Bristol Classic Rums from Barbados Foursquare Distillery bottled in.
    £67.25
  • Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Extra Old 40%
    This multi-award winning XO sipping rum reveals exotic sugarcane and a big hit of toasted coconut and banana, enhanced by more complex aromas of cocoa, candied orange and cigar box A luxury spirit in the true sense of the word, 'XO is a term used in Cognac to denote Extra Old spirit. Alth...
    £51.99
  • Ron de Jeremy Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    Ron de Jeremy Rum is an exceptionally well-balanced 7-year old rum from Panama. It has an inviting light amber color with very attractive copper hues. The aroma is that of carefully aged rum, with a harmoniously balanced orchestra of oak, fruit and spices. In the palate it opens up smoothly, s...
    £29.95
  • Dos Maderas Rum 5+3 years old 37.5% 70cl
    Dos Maderas 5+3 years rum has spent 5 years ageing in American casks in the Carribean before being shipped to the Williams and Humbert Bodega in Jerez, Spain. It then under goes a further ageing period of 3 years in casks which previously held Dos Cotados Palo Cortado sherry. The result ...
    £35.75
  • Dos Maderas Rum PX 5+5 years 40% 70cl
    Dos Maderas PX 5+5 years rum is very unique in the fact that it has been triple aged. Firstly it is aged for 5 years in the Carribean in American oak cask then shipped over to Spain to be aged for a further 5 years in two different styles of sherry cask. When it arrives it is transfered to cas...
    £42.99
  • Plantation Barbados Rum 2002 Old Reserve 42% 70cl
    Distilled in 2002 this rich and supple Rum from Barbados, has been hand selected from various cask for its unique flavour. Dark amber in colour with and aromatic nose of vanilla, coconut and banana. The palate is perfectly balanced between ripe exotic fruits and oak flavours..
    £44.35
  • Don Papa Rum 40% 70cl
    Don Papa Rum takes its name from Papa Is a hero from the Philippine revolution who helped drive out the conquerors of his land. Aged for over 7 years in American oak barrels before being blended to perfection by their head distiller. Light and fruity on the nose whilst smooth and delicate on the ...
    £33.50
  • Bombo Full On Caramel & Spices 40% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel &Spices Full On is a flavoured rum combining the exotic flavours of spices, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The Full On version is the same flavour profile as the regular Bomb...
    £26.25
  • Rebellion White Rum 37.5% 70cl
    A full-bodied white rum that is silky smooth, ideal as used in cocktails or paired with your favourite mixe. Rebellion Ron Blanco won a Silver medal at IWSC in 2012 and a serious "Praiseworthy" recommendation by the independent Difford's guide proving positively that, if it's good, it's...
    £18.49
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dark Matter Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    The first rum to be made in Scotland and the only Rum distillery in Scotland is a spiced rum from Dark Matters made with molasses it is a dark style with aromatic spices.
    £34.50
  • Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum 54.5% 70cl
    Pussers Gunpowder Proof rum is the rebranded version of the original Pussers Blue Label. It is the same smooth, complex rum just in a new presentation bottle.The nose and palate convey delicious treacle, toffee and vanilla along with the richness of ginger and nutmeg. This is a full bodied rum...
    £34.99
  • Ron Botran Anejo 18 Solera 1893 40% 70cl
    The Botrn family has devoted its passion to perfect the productive process of their rums; secrets are passed from generation to generation to continually enhance the entire production chain: This solera 1893 has been made from rums aged between 5-18 years. Rich with caramelised aromas, wood note...
    £41.99
  • Mount Gay Black Barrel 43% 70cl
    Mount Gay Black barrel is a small batch rum which has been made from double distilled pot and column still rums and then aged in heavily charred bourbon barrles. The result is a rum with deep vanilla spice, almonds and wood notes, smooth and refined.
    £31.50
  • Pirates Grog Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Pirates Grog is a boutique rum company hailing from the Caribbean island of Roatan, just off the coast of Honduras. The rum is aged in bourbon barrels for up to 5 years giving Pirates Grog a rich golden colour, smooth finish and flavours of raisin, butterscotch and vanilla.Pirates Grog is t...
    £26.95
  • Flor de Cana 25 Year Old Rum 40% 70cl
    An impressive, well aged Flor de Caa single estate rum, made with spirits which have been aged for at least 25 years. A stunning, radiant hue makes it a wonder to look at, and it tastes as good as it looks. Top shelf rum from the Nicaraguan producer.
    £120.99
  • Pyrat XO Rum 40% 70cl
    Pyrat XO Reserve is a blend of nine unique Caribbean rums aged upto 15 years in limousin oak and American sweet oak barrels. It has a toasted apricot amber colour and smooth but gentle palate which is soft to taste.
    £42.99
  • Clement Creole Shrub 40% 70cl
    A traditional liqueur from Martinique, Creole Shrubb is a superb blend of the finest white and aged rums married with macerated Creole spices and sun bleached bitter orange peels. Try it on the rocks or in your favourite cocktails.
    £30.75
  • R L Seales 10 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Rl Seales 10 years old Barbados rum is an excellent sipping rum ffrom David seale, the famous Bajan rum producer. A very smooth, rich rum.
    £43.99
  • Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 40% 70cl
    Hard to imagine a smoother aged rum 98/100 (beverage Tasting Institute, Chicargo, USA). Its a sweet rum. Sweetness is typical of Guatemalan rums. Sodt on the palate, full-bodied, very long in the final it reveals wood, chocolate, tabacco, vanilla, liquorice. A very good marriage with a cigar (mon...
    £60.99
  • Mount Gay XO Reserve Cask Rum 43% 70cl
    EXTRA OLD, in its category, is the reference of the rum world. It is a masterful blend of the finest, aged spirits, selected attentively amongst the oldest reserves with a resulting maturity of 17 years. The force of its oak aromas is softened by its sweet, fruity notes, reminiscent of pastry and...
    £42.50
  • Bacardi 8 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Description : Dark amber with a dark copper cast. Moderately full-bodied. Reminiscent of walnuts, cinnamon, pecan pie, maple. Soft, rich texture. A fascinating style: like drinking pie topped with cream. A hedonic delight packed with chewy brown spices. The sweet baked sensation keeps intensifyin...
    £31.99
  • Goslings Black Seal Rum 40% 70cl
    Rich, smooth and full-bodied, Black Seal Rum is a unique blend by Gosling Brothers of Bermuda, the Original recipe being closely guarded family secret that has been handed down for over four generations. Rated 96 and Best Buy World Spirits Championship. Mixed with ginger beer to create the...
    £24.50
  • El Dorado Rum 15 years old 43% 70cl
    The 15 year old is also highly decorated, International Wine & Spirit Competition awarded it a Gold Medal and the IWSC Trophy for Worlds Best Rum in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2008. Imbibe Magazine ICE Awards also awarded it Best Rum in the UK in 2009. El Dorado 15 Year Old
    £51.99
  • Matusalem 15 years old 40% 70cl
    Today Matusalem Rum is produced in the Dominican Republic. The highest quality sugar cane is processed according to the family's secret formula and blended in the solera process which the Camps established: aged casks at the bottom and younger casks at the top. It is distilled to the highest stan...
    £33.50
  • Woods 100 Navy Rum 57% 70cl
    Wood's 100 is made from the finest Demerara Sugar, produced from the finest sugarcane, the sweetest in the Carribean, grown on the banks of the famous Demerara River in Guyana. The rums from this region are renown for being dark, aromatic and for their richness of flavour. Wood's ...
    £29.50
  • Appleton White Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Appleton White Jamaica Rum is a truly versatile rum and was awarded the Greenall's Trophy for the Best White Spirit Overall, and a Gold Medal in the 1998 International Wine and Spirits Competition.Appleton White Jamaica Rum is a blend of rich pot still rums and light column still rums and, ...
    £17.50
  • 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 anise...
    £27.99
  • Watson's Trawlers Rum 40% 70cl
    Fine dark rum of particular smoothness and quality. Before blending, each rum is fully matured in oak casks in its country of origin to bring out its full character and flavour
    £19.25
  • Watsons Demera Rum 40% 70cl
    Watsons Demerara rum is a dark rum produced by Ian Macleod distillers. Smooth and mellow with a lovley burnt fruit finish.
    £19.25
  • Doorlys XO Rum 40% 70cl
    Somewhere in the hidden depths of the lush tropical forests, for those who seek the extraordinary, there lives a rare bird. It is the beautiful Blue Hyacinth Macaw. You can find the Blue Hyacinth Macaw on the label of DOORLYS XO Fine Old Barbados Rum. Equally rare. Equally beautiful. ...
    £33.99
  • Havana Club Anejo Especial Rum 40% 70cl
    Havana Club Anejo Especial Rum is a premium golden rum, a blend of rums aged for up to 5 years in the ageing cellars of Havana Club, under the watchful eye of Don Jose Navarro, Havana Club's Maestro Ronero.As the name suggests, it is something special, a blend of old and young rums that res...
    £20.99
  • Mount Gay Eclipse Rum 37.5% 70cl
    ECLIPSE illustrates the art of Barbadian and Caribbean rum. Created in 1910, its luminous, golden amber glow and distinct floral and spicy notes have pleased, ever since, the palates of connoisseurs the world over. Its subtle, balanced blend perfectly harmonizes taste and aroma. Ideal in long dri...
    £25.99
  • Lambs Navy Rum 40% 70cl
    Smooth and mellow quality rum from the Caribbean.
    £17.75
  • Havana Club 7 years old 40% 70cl
    Tasting Notes - Havana Club 7 years has a lovely, dazzling transparent amber colour. The 7 year old gives off an outstanding bouquet. Round to the nose, it reveals rising woody and vanilla-smelling notes. A very clean taste as well as soft in the mouth. Havana Club 7 years offers an exquisite, fi...
    £27.99
  • Matusalem Solera 10 Rum 40% 70cl
    Today Matusalem Rum is produced in the Dominican Republic. The highest quality sugar cane is processed according to the family's secret formula and blended in the solera process which the Camps established: aged casks at the bottom and younger casks at the top. It is distilled to the highest stan...
    £27.50
  • Cockspur 5 Star Rum 37.5% 70cl
    This fine golden rum is matured slowly in American white oak barrels before being expertly blended to create the final product. Significantly smoother on the palate than many other brown spirits, the quality stands out whether it's straight or mixed. The agreeable distinctive flavour is great on ...
    £17.99
  • 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.
    £39.99
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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.