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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bacardi Carta Oro 37.5% 70cl
    It is a premium golden rum, providing an altogether different flavour proposition from BACARDI Carta Blanca Rum. Over 14 rums aged between three to five years are blended together to make BACARDI Oro Rum. Its mellow and smooth finidh gives it a perfect balance and has made it the ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • Koko Kanu 37.5% 70cl
    A subtle blend of crystal clear rum, blended with natural essence of coconut, this 37.5% ABV rum is the only full strength coconut rum available in the UK. Jamaica finest coconut rum.
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lambs Navy Rum 40% 70cl
    Smooth and mellow quality rum from the Caribbean.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum 70cl
    Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum is an absolute legend in its home country of Jamaica. Jamaicans love a tot of rum and this accounts for 90% of all rum drunk on the island. Pretty impressive considering the other quality rums made there. Outside of Jamaica, it's also the number one bestsel...
  • Matusalem Platino Rum 40% 70cl
    Matusalem Platino is a crisp, clear white rum whose radiant flavour makes it the ideal base not just for the perfect Mojito but for the whole spectrum of rum cocktails. Continuously distilled from molasses, this white rum is aged in American oak for three years then charcoal filt...
  • Don Q Gran Anejo 40% 70cl
    A blend of rums aged between 6 to 12 years made by the Serralles family in Puerto Rico who have been make fine rums since 1865. This was selected from their best aged casks.
  • 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 ...
  • Penny Blue XO Single Estate Rum Mauritius 43.3% 70cl
    A single Estate Mauritian rum made from Molasses aged in ex whisky casks and Bourbon casks, with the oldest rum in the blend being 11 years old. This is batch number 4 which was limited to just 10,000 bottles. Tropical fruits on the nose with spice and vanilla. The palate has a lovely texture, ...
  • Ron de Jeremy XO Solera 15 years 40% 70cl
    Ron de Jeremy XO is the ultimate celebration of Ron Jeremy's life and the most premium rum in his range. Aged in a solera system, the hand picked rum is matured for up to 15 years in ex-bouron barrels. The liquid is a blend of excellent rums hailing from Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana and Barbados ...
  • Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 years old 43% 70cl
    Replacing the Appleton Estate Extra, Rare blend is aged for 12 years in selected American oak barrels. The taste is complex with deep woody flavours, fruity, cocoa notes with hints of molasses. It has citrus fruit with oak vanilla, orange peel and coffee. Long and mellow in the, mouth
  • Angostura No.1 Cask Collection 40% 2nd Edition
    This is the second release of Angostura No.1 cask collection Rum. This one has been aged for 16 years, 10 years in American oak then a further 6 years in once used French oak casks. It has aromas of peach and candied apricot, nuts and a hint of oak. The taste has dried fruits with nuts and floral...
  • Appleton Estate Signature Blend 40% 70cl
    This is their signature blend and replaces the Appleton VX.It is a blend of 15 rums with an average age of 4 years old. Golden in colour it has a nose of complex citrus fruits, subtle orange with sweet notes of molasses and spicy wood. Long and smooth in the mouth.
  • Ron Legendario Elixir de Cuba 34% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Elixir Punch au Rhum has a strong smell at first, with a texture that hints of Pedro Ximnez with the whiff of caramelized raisins, plums and brandy, a sweet drink which is a faithful companion of chocolate desserts as it goes hand in hand with crowns of cream, sugared nuts, ...
  • Red Bonny Dark Rum 40% 70cl
    Named after the famous Pirate flame haired Anne Bonny who was a free spirit and lived for adventure. This Guyanese dark rum is full bodied and smooth and has been aged for over 3 years.
  • The Duppy Share Rum 40% 70cl
    Named after the mythical 'Duppy Spirits' who steal rum from aging barrels in the dark of the night, the Caribbean's equivalent to the 'Angles Share'. Made with rums from Jamaica's Worthy Park Estate and Barbados Foursquare distillery. Smooth and golden in colour it uses a big bold 3 year old Jam...
  • 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.
  • Appleton Estate Reserve Blend 40% 70cl
    Appleton Estate Reserve Blend is a blend of 20 rums with two of these from rare stocks. The average age is around 6 years old. Full bodied and smooth with balanced spice and nutty elements with honeyed oak. Dried orange peel and spicy with balanced wood of the finish
  • Bumbu The Original Rum 35% 70cl
    Bumbu is an exquisite all-natural craft rum made with native Caribbean ingredients and aged for up to 15 years to create an effortlessly smooth and balanced rum with complexity and depth. The heritage of the production of Bumbu rum dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, when sailors and merch...
  • Diplomatico Mantuano Extra Anejo 70cl
    Mantuano is the new expression from Ron Diplomatico and has been aged for up to 8 years. It is a dryer style than, others in the range with dry fruits and nuts, wood spice and vanilla.
  • Rum Sixty Six Family Reserve Foursquare Distillery 40% 70cl
    RUM SIXTY SIX Family Reserve comes from one of the last independent family-owned distilleries in the Caribbean. It is distilled, aged and bottled at the Foursquare Rum Distillery, Barbados. Small batch distilled (usually 112 barrels) and tropically aged for a minimum of 12 years in small ...
  • Port Morant 1990 25 years old Demerara Rum 46% 70cl
    Distilled in guyana in 1990 and aged for 25 years with a finishing period in Oloroso sherry casks. The additional cask aging has given the rum a deeper fruit palate with touches of aniseed and a touch of sweetness.
  • Caroni 1997 Bristol Classic Rum 61.5% 70cl
    This Caroni rum is distilled in Trinidad in their column still and is a classic example of a heavy rum. This has been bottled at cask strength to show the full flavour and style of this sadly departed distillery. Buy it before it is all gone.
  • Liverpool Rum small Batch Single Cask 43% 70cl
    This small batch single barrel rum has made in Trinidad and aged for 16 years in ex bourbon casks before bottling in Liverpool. It is rich and smooth with elegant spice notes. The finish is long and velvety and very expressive.
  • Pumpkin Face Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    The Pumkin Face Reserva rum is a blend of old Dominican rums that have been aged for decades. It is rich and smooth with complex flavours.
  • Ron Zacapa Edicion Negra Gran Reserva 100cl
    A limited Edicion Ron Zacapa which ahs been aged ina  double charred American oak cask, which creates a richer more intense flavours with a distinctive smoky intensity and wood notes
  • 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.
  • Penny Blue VSOP Mauritian Rum 40% 70cl
    Penny Blue VSOP is a rum from the beautiful Mauritis Island. It has notes of marmalade, melon skin and cloves. Soft and smooth in the mouth it is perfectly balanced. Named after the Worlds rarest stamp The Penny Blue printed in Mauritus.
  • Bayou Spiced Rum 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 livens up everything from a rum and coke to u...
  • Rum Sixty Six 6 years old 40% 70cl
    Distilled at the Foursquare distillery on Barbados, Rum Sixty Six 6 years old has been aged in ex-bourbon casks and aged in the tropical heat. It is made from both column still rum for delicate nuances and pot still rum which gives more robust character. Rich dried fruits with treacle and vanilla...
  • Rum Sixty Six 12 years old Cask Strength 59% 70cl
    Cask strength rum from Bajan distillery Foursquare. This edition has been aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels which imparts a lovely vanilla spice to the rum. Bottled at 59% vol it has a rich and robust flavour with chocolate and roasted nuts leading to a long vanilla finish.
  • Admirals Old J Silver Batch 47 70cl
    Admirals Old J Silver eschews the use of golden rum utilised in their other expressions and instead combines their trademark Persian lime, toffee and vanilla flavours with white rum. The spices are still present but in much smaller quantities so as not to overpower the more subtle flavour...
  • Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins Fancy 40% 70cl
    This is a really different rum and all the better for it. Created by cellar master Alexandre Gabriel and drinks historian David Wondrich in 2015. It is made by infusing Queen Victoria pineapple rinds in white rum for a week and then distill it. The flesh is then macerated in dark rum for 3 mon...
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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.