Rum

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  • Brugal XV Ron Reserva Exclusiva 38% 70cl
    Brugal XV Reserve Exclusiva rum is distilled from fermented molasses. The blend of rums used are aged up to 8 years in used whisky and bourbon barrels. Lots of dark fruit, roasted cashew, cinnamon with overtones of vanilla on the body give way to the slightly viscous smoky finish.
    £28.50
  • Papagayo Organic White rum 37.5% 70cl
    Fairtrade approved and very tasty organic rum from the remote Arroyos y Esteros province this smooth, mellow white organic rum is made from sugarcane produced by 800 small farmers who have been guaranteed a fairtrade price for their produce.
    £21.45
  • Elements Eight Platinum Rum 40% 70cl
    It is small batch distilled and aged in the unique microclimate of St. Lucia for a smooth, balanced taste. We select the optimum balance of eight key elements necessary for luxury rum production - the St. Lucian terroir, premium grade cane, virgin rainforest water, fermentation, distillation, tro...
    £29.99
  • Atlantico Platino Rum 40% 70cl
    This is an aged white rum which is made from a combination of aged molasses rumas and sugar cane rums which have then been filtered to remove the colour. The result is an incredibly smooth white rum with citrus and vanilla notes. Prefect in a daiquiri or Mojito.
    £28.99
  • Flor de Cana Extra seco 4 years 40% 70cl
    This is a premium white rum that has been aged for 4 years in oak and then filtered to take the colour out.The result is a complex rum with a greater depth of flavour, but still retaing some spirity notes. A really good mixer rum.
    £21.50
  • The Real McCoy White Rum 40% 3 years old
    Named after the 1020 pioneer Captain Bill McCoy who made a name for himself by filling his ship with rum and then sailing to New York and anchoring 3 miles off shore in International waters, where it is was legally allowed to sell the rum to anyone who wanted to buy it. This 3 year old white rum ...
    £25.99
  • Ron Botran Reserva Blanca 40% 70cl
    A full bodied white rum whcih has been aged to give complexity and flavour and then filtered to extract the colour. The result is asuperior white rum perfect on the rocks or in your favourite cocktail.
    £24.99
  • Ron Barcelo Gran Anejo 37.5% 70cl
    Superb rum from the Dominican Republic with aromas of chocolate, vanilla and caramel. The palate is smooth with vanilla, dried fruits and walnut with hints of mocha.
    £23.99
  • J Bally Rhum Ambre 45% 70cl
    J Bally Abre rhum is a Straw/Yellow rhum agricole distilled from fermented fresh sugar cane juice. Aged in large vats for 2 years. Aging in large vats for 2 years gives this rhum agricole a mellow taste and slight golden colour.color
    £29.50
  • Ron Botran 12 Anejo 40% 70cl
    Superb Guatemalan Rum from Ron Botran aged in a solera system fro up to 12 years to produce a consistent stylem with wood notes on the nose with vanilla undertones. The palate is rich with dry apricot combined with cloves and cinnamon and caramel. The life of Botran rums starts in the plan...
    £28.45
  • Angostura White Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    ANGOSTURA LIGHT RUM A blend of light and heavy rums distilled in Angostura's five-column continuous still. The rum is aged in American oak Bourbon barrels between three and eight years. After aging the rum is twice filtered through charcoal to remove impurities and the golden colour it has acqui...
    £20.99
  • Santiago de Cuba Carta Blanca 38% 70cl
    This is an excellent rum from Santiago de Cuba which is one of the oldest distilleries in Cuba dating back to 1862. This Carta Blanca has been aged for 3 years and is the perfect rum for mixing and cocktails with flavours of vanilla and banana it is light soft and mellow.
    £23.50
  • Ron Legendario Ron Dorado 38% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Dorado (Golden rum) has a striking colour which is clean and crystalline. It has an intense aroma which reminds you of fresh sugar canes, smoked apples and Williams pears blended with vanilla and the quinces of fruits that mask the subtle Pennyroyal. All of this cumulates in a stro...
    £24.99
  • Ron Matusalem Anejo 38% vol 70cl
    A blend of aged rums, Ron Matusalem Anejo can be enjoyed on its own or with your favourite mixers. It is smooth and delicate with a lovely vanilla note.  
    £24.99
  • Dead Mans Fingers Coffee Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Dead Man's Fingers Coffee rum is one of two new edition to be added to the range recently. Created in Cornwall at the Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives, the original Dead Man's Fingers has proved to be one of our best selling rums ever. This coffee expressions adds a beautiful hit of espresso f...
    £21.99
  • Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum 40% 70cl
    The second release under the Jamica Cove label, this pineapple rum is a real treat that provides a good base for pina colada cocktails. With pineapple fast becoming a popular flavour in the bar scene, there's no reason why you shouldn't be enjoying this delicious rum at home.  A b...
    £26.99
  • Dead Mans Fingers Coconut Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Dead Man's Fingers Coconut rum is one of two new editions to be added to the range recently. Created in Cornwall at the Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives, the original Dead Man's Fingers has been very popular since its launch. This coconut expressions adds a delicious twist to the r...
    £21.99
  • Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum 45% 70cl
    Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum hails from Puerto Rico and is part of a legacy that stretches back to 1826. This is a serious offering of rums aged at least 3 years blended and matured in American white oak. It's also bottled at a very respectable 45% ABV, much higher than most spiced ru...
    £29.99
  • Don Q Anejo Rum 40% 70cl
    Don Q Anejo is a rich golden rum distilled in Puerto Rico and aged for up to ten years in white American oak. This is a viscous rum that coats the mouth and deserves to be savoured slowly. We wold serve it over a little ice, then sit back and enjoy the ride.
    £29.99
  • One Love Coconut & Pineapple 37.5% 70cl
    One Love Coconut and Pineapple is a Guyanese white rum blended with delicious tropical flavours. This would be great in a cocktail or mixed with pineapple juice. Ting or Lilt would work well too with plenty of ice thrown in for good measure. 
    £26.99
  • Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum 70cl
    Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum is a devilish drink that is unique in a crowded market. The liquid is a blend of dark rum from Guyana and light rum from Trinidad where they use delicious local caramel to add flavour. Cloves and spices are then added to produce a rum that has a taste profile like n...
    £25.95
  • Cut to the Spice Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Cut Spiced Rum is a quality offering that bends rum from Jamaica and Trinidad blended with some extra tasty treats to make this one of the best spiced rums we have tried. Those taste enhancing treats include pepper, ginger, coriander, lemon and cinnamon. The resultant rum is smooth and flavoursom...
    £24.50
  • Cut To the Smoke Rum 40% 70cl
    Cut Smoked Rum is an unusual offering consisting of 3 year old Jamaican rum smoked with oak chips. The taste is one of smoky, caramel, coffee goodness and will certainly delight the palate in ways rum normally doesn't. We can see it appealing to those of you who enjoy a glass of lightly peat...
    £26.50
  • Jah 45 Dark Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Dark Rum is a blend of three year old Jamaican pot still rum and unaged column still rum. Natural caramel is then added to enhance the flavour and richness. JAH is a slang term for Jamaican and the 45 refers to the 45 rpm that the records were played at during the sound s...
    £21.50
  • Jah 45 18ct Gold Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Gold is a blend of three year old Jamaican pot still rum and unaged column still rum. The brand represents the rich Caribbean culture that sprung up in the 50's and 60's around reggae and rum in Jamaica. JAH is a slang term for Jamaican and the 45 refers to the 45 rpm that the records w...
    £21.50
  • Jah 45 Silver Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Silver Rum comes from a brand which celebrates the diverse musical culture that originated in Kingston, Jamaica during the sound system era. This has notes of apple, almonds and apricots and is a great base for cocktails and long drinks.
    £21.50
  • Jah 45 Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Jah 45 Spiced Rum is there classic combination of potstill and column still Jamaican rum macerated with vanilla, cinammon, citrus and dash of pimento post distillation. This rum takes it's inspiration from the classic sound system era in Kingston during the 50's and 60's.
    £22.50
  • Dead Mans Fingers Small Batch Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    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 recently open...
    £21.99
  • 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...
    £22.99
  • 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...
    £29.35
  • 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 qu...
    £24.50
  • 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.
    £27.99
  • 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 rum based drink.
    £26.99
  • Spytail Black Ginger Rum 40% 70cl
    Spytail is a new Black spiced rum using a 19th century tradition of ageing French Carribean rum in barrels filled with fresh ginger and spices. The distillery is near to the river Charente where submarines were tested and the inspiration for Jules Vernes "20,000 league under the sea". T...
    £26.50
  • 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
  • Skipper Rum 40% 70cl
    A traditional Guyanian dark rum with the unique stamp of quality Demerara Distilled 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...
    £20.99
  • 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
  • Ron Abuelo Anejo Rum 40% 70cl
    Ron Abuelo Anejo is a blend of rums with and average age of 5 years, it is mellow, rich and smooth in flavour.
    £20.50
  • El Dorado 3 years old Blanco Rum 40% 70cl
    The world famous El Dorado Rums are produced from the diamond distillery on a large expanse of land, once a sugar plantation, on the East Bank of the county of Demerara, Guyana. The story of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) begins in 1670 with the amalgamation of local sugar cane producers under...
    £22.99
  • El Dorado 5 years old 40% 70cl
    A rum of supreme quality. El Dorado Special Reserve is the finest 15 years old on the market. In this blend of select aged rums, each of the constituent rums is at least 15 years old. Some are much older. To achieve the superb colour, smooth taste and full fragant aroma, the rums are matured in ...
    £25.50
  • Pampero Anejo Especial rum 40% 70cl
    Pampero is a premium rum from Venezuela. Ccomplex spicy and rich aroma with a robust, sweet, smooth and warming taste. Apparently this is often drunk "El Ritual": rum with lime, sugar and coffee.
    £21.99
  • Papagayo Organic Spiced rum 37.5% 70cl
    Spicy rum with lots of flavour.A light golden organic rum distilled from pure sugar cane and flavoured with organic spices - vanilla, ginger and a hint of chilli.
    £23.50
  • Papagayo Organic Golden Rum 37.5% 70cl
    This fairtrade certified Organic rum is made from organic sugar cane from Paraguay, providing social programmes and higher income for over 800 small cane growers and their families. Aged in oak, Papagayo captures the warmth of the tropics. Rounded and smooth.
    £25.99
  • El Dorado 8 year old Rum 40% 70cl
    El Dorado 8 years old rum is an exceptional medium bodied Cask Aged premium amber Rum. This superb recent addition to the El Dorado portfolio is the result of the skillful marriage by our Master Blenders of aged rums from no fewer than four of the traditional Stills preserved by Demerara Distille...
    £29.50
  • Chairmans Reserve Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Chairmans Reserve Spiced rum is the latest addition to the St.Lucia distillery range of rums. Based on the same high quality blended of aged pot and colum still rums used in the making of Chairmans Reserve Rum, it is infused with several authentic Caribbena spices including cinnamon, clove, nutme...
    £24.99
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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.