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  • Appleton Special Rum 40% 70cl
    Appleton Special Jamaica Rum is a medium-bodied golden rum that truly epitomises the tropical energy lifestyle unique to Jamaica. Appleton Special is a perfect blend of fuller-flavoured traditional pot-still rums and lighter column still rums. From the perfect 'rum a...
    £18.99
  • Santa Teresa Claro Rum 40% 70cl
    Santa Teresa Claro is a blend of carefully selected rums aged in white American oak for an average of three years. Claro mixes well in cocktails, its combination of light fruit and depth mixing well with fruit juices like cranberry or pineapple with some light woody notes.
    £17.99
  • Golden Falernum Spiced Rum Liqueur The Bitter Truth 18% 50cl
    The Bitter Truth Golden Falernum Liqueur is a potent liqueur packed with zest and spice. Enjoy this liqueur chilled on ice, with Champagne or soda as an aperitif or use it in many tiki inspired cocktail and long drink recipes. Tasting Notes :This rum based liqueur is rich ...
    £19.99
  • Cayo Grande Club Spiced Spirit Drink 70cl
    Follwing on from the very popular Cayo Grande Club Ron MIel this Carribean spiced rums has wonderful aromas of vanilla nd other spices with woody notes. Smooth with a slight sweet flavour.
    £17.99
  • 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...
    £19.50
  • 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...
    £19.50
  • Ron Miel Guanche Honey Rum Arehucas 20% 70cl
    Honey Rum is a Canary Island speciality. Ron Miel Guanche from the Arehucas Distillery is one of the most famous and widely consumed on the Canary Islands. Made from a blend of quality aged rum and the finest honey, which combine into a drink with a fine body and an exquisite flavour. Honey Rum i...
    £18.99
  • Mahiki Coconut Rum 21% 70cl
    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.
    £12.99
  • Brugal Anejo Rum 38% 70cl
    Brugal Ron Anejo Dominican Rum ia a rich aged rum with toasty aromas of light toffee and hints of chocolate, honey and molasses. Brugal is the name and brand of a variety of rums from the Dominican Republic produced by Brugal & Co., C. por A. Brugal and the other Dominican rums...
    £18.50
  • Brugal Blanco Supremo Rum 40% 70cl
    Brugal Blanco Supremo white rum has been double distilled and matured in white oak casks to give smoothnes and depth of flavour. Ideal for your favourite mixers and as a base in cocktails.
    £18.99
  • 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
  • Trawler Rum (watsons) 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
  • 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.
    £19.99
  • Lambs Navy Rum 40% 70cl
    Smooth and mellow quality rum from the Caribbean.
    £17.75
  • Ron Aguere Coco 20% 70cl
    Aguere Coco rum is a rum based liqueur made from specaillay selected sugar cane. Infused with the great taste of Coconut.
    £18.50
  • Lambs Spiced Spirit Drink 30% 70cl
    Lambs Spiced made with authentic Caribbean rum and a selection of spices to produce a smooth, sweet spirit drink with flavours of vanilla, cinnamon, caramel and a citrus twist.
    £18.99
  • Ron Miel Guanche Honey Rum Arechucas 20% 35cl
    Honey Rum is a Canary Island speciality. Ron Miel Guanche from the Arehucas Distillery is one of the most famous and widely consumed on the Canary Islands. Made from a blend of quality aged rum and the finest honey, which combine into a drink with a fine body and an exquisite flavour. Honey Ru...
    £10.45
  • 19 Spiced Vanilla Rum 35% 70cl
    19 Spiced rum previously known as vat 19 spiced rum, distilled and blended by the world renowned Fernandes Distillers in Trinidad. It is a blend of the finest golden rum from Trinidad, enhanced with spices and a subtle hint of vanilla.
    £15.99

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  • Vat 19 rum 37.5% 70cl
    A premium Golden rum from Trinidad distilled from pure sugar cane, specially selected by the Fernandes family. Smooth and distinctive flavour. Named after the first blend of rum was distilled in 1919. It is aged for 3 years in oak barrels
    £16.75

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  • Ron Aguere Blanc Rum 37.5% 70cl
    This typical Canarian rum is one of the favourite blends in the Canary Islands, as it is made from distilled sugar cane juices which provide it with a neutral silky colour, producing an intense sensation. Ideal to be served in cocktails as `mojitos.
    £19.99

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  • Ron Aguere Gold Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Canary Island rum made from matured distilled sugar canejuice. This is a modern rum made to satisfy the demand of the new generation of Europeans, who prefer harmonious and wellbalanced blends of sugar cane eaux-de-vie. Its smell and flavour are mild and silky. This rum is ideal to ...
    £19.99

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  • Sang Som Rum (Thai) 40% 70cl
    Sang Som rum is produced from the finest molasses and then aged in oak casks before being blended to produce this drink. Itwas first introduced into the Thailand market in 1977. Now, 30 years on it is the most successful beverage in the history of Thailand's liquor industry. Sang S...
    £16.99

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  • Mahiki Coconut (Blue) 21% 70cl
    Mahiki Coconut rum liqueur has been inspired by one of London's hottest night spots, Mahiki. A blend of Caribbean rums and natural coconut flavours to produce a versatile spirit which is great with coke or in your favourite cocktail, such as Pina Colada or a Tiki. There are three different bottle...
    £15.99

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

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  • 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

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  • 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 ...
    £19.50

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  • Bacardi White Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum is a unique premium rum that brings together 143 years of heritage with genuine brand relevance and credibility. Don Facundo Bacardi pioneered new techniques in rum production, introducing continuous column distillation, charcoal filtration and a split process of ...
    £18.95

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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Captain Morgans Rum 40% 70cl
    Captain Henry Morgan (1635-1688), the Welsh-born buccaneer from 17th century was the inspiration for the brand name. He eventually became Lt.Governor of Jamaica and received his knighthood from King Charles 1.
    £19.99

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  • Ron Aguere Caramelo Gift Pack 22% 70cl
    This caramel rum has taken the canaries Islands by storm and is now here in the UK. A fine liqueur made from rum and caramel toffee. This blend is ideal to enjoy a different drink, keeping the flavour of a good Canary Island rum with a slight caramel touch. Presented in a metal bo...
    £19.99

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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.