Rum

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  • Flor de Cana Rum 12 years old Centenario 40% 70cl
    The flor de Cana 12 years old Centenario rum is a reddish amberin colou. It is stately and elegant, semi-sweet. Rated 90-95 and highly recommended by Wine Enthusiast in 2004, the winner of 13 International Awards, the 12 Year Centenario is history in the making. Palate: Stately and semisw...
    £35.75
  • Ron Abuelo 12 years old Gran reserva 40% 70cl
    Ron Abuelo 12 years old, reflects the passion for producing the best aged rum. Sublime distillation, the best selection of white oak barrels and the passing of time under the tropical heat have resulted in this extraordinary product. Its character, softness and complexity will give satisfaction ...
    £34.99
  • La Hechicera Rum 40% 70cl
    Spanish for enchantress, seductive beauty of Colombias natural landscape, the vibrant biodiversity of our Caribbean and the irreverent allure of a nation. Hechicera (etch-ee-seh-rah) is a fine, mature rum from the beating heart of the Colombian Caribbean. A blend of gracefully matured rums...
    £44.99
  • Reserve Rum of Nicaragua 2002 Bristol Classic Rum 40% 70cl
    Sugar cane has been grown for many years in Nicaragua. In 1890 a company was established to develop a plantation on the Pacific Coast at Chichigalpa, an area ideal for growing cane. In 1937 the Compania Licorera de Nicaragua SA was formed dedicated to production of fine rum. From ...
    £43.99
  • Rum Nation Panama 18 years old 40% 70cl
    Rum Nation Panama is dark orange, recalls a vintage Macallan. The nose Alcoholic at first, giving way to exquisite aromas of molasses, liquorice and Spanish chestnuts, with sweet traces of cooked apples peeping through at the end. Highly aromatic, with traces of liquorice and Spanish chest...
    £43.99
  • Bank's 5 Island Rum 43% 70cl
    Banks 5 Island rum is a new premium white rum to the market. A sophiscated blend of Barrel-Aged rums Pot stilled Jamaican and light Trinidadian Amber rums from Guyana and Barbados Enhanced and inspired by the journeys and discoveries of Joseph Banks, a gentleman explorer, botanist and explorer. A...
    £37.50
  • Ron Cubay Anejo Superior 10 years old 40% 70cl
    A superb Cuban rum aged for 10 years, made by the same company that makes Havana club. Ron Cubay was originally only made for the domestic market, but has made its way to our shores. The 10 year old is their best rum and shows the quality and smoothness of the excellent rum.
    £42.99
  • Dictador Rum Amber 100 40% 70cl
    Amber 100 month aged rum is the base of their 100 month series, its colour reflects the finest rum smooth, crisp and highly palatable. After continuous distillation in a steel column still and eventual ageing in ex-bourbon oak barrels, it is then decanted by gravity to preserve its stunning natu...
    £35.50
  • Dictador Rum Claro 100 40% 70cl
    Claro 100 month aged rum is founded upon the highest principles of rum distillation and streamed straight from the heart of our Rum Master. Combining fresh sugar cane juice with our unique family yeast, it is then distilled in a continuous steel column still and carefully aged for 100 months in e...
    £35.50
  • Plantation Panama 2004 Old Reserve 42% 70cl
    The award winning rum from Panama is elegant in style with aromas of mint, banana and pineapple. It has a smooth taste complimented by vanilla and honey sweet notes on the finish. Plantation Rums are a collection of unique Caribbean treasures. Every barrel is individually sampled and only those t...
    £43.99
  • Atlantico Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    Atlantico Reserva rum is made in the Dominican Republic using the finest sugar. All rums are aged in a solera system where barrels are stacked on each other in a tier system. The oldest rums are at the bottom with new rums at the top. Only a small portion is taken from the bottom barrels, this is...
    £33.99
  • The Real McCoy 12 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Named after the 1920 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. A very smooth rum after 12...
    £42.99
  • Doorlys 12 Year Old Rum 40% 70cl
    Made at the legendary Four Square Distillery by people who just don't make bad rums. This 12 year old offering has masses of tropical fruit, chewy caramel, leafy tobacco and fragrant oak notes throughout gorgeous this Barbados rum. Heavier and deeper than the younger offerings and a great sipping...
    £42.99
  • Ron Barcelo Imperial 38% 70cl
    Award winning rum from from Ron Barcelo, which was awarded by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute of Chicago as the best rum in the world, carrying the badge of being the first rum to get the highest score in the history of this institute: 97/100. Bright coppery amber color. Aromas of cre...
    £30.99
  • St Abbs Captains Table XO Rum 40% 70cl
    A handpicked blend of aged Caribbean rums from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica to commemorate the fate crew of the St Abbs which was wrecked on her journey to Indian. Some of the crew members were marooned on and island but so did some of the ...
    £47.99
  • Kirk & Sweeney 12 years old rum 40% 70cl
    A superb Dominican Republic rum which has been aged for 12 years in oak casks. Deep mahogany in colour with complex aromas dried fruit and molasses. the palate is smooth and rich with vanilla dried fruits and toasted oak.
    £35.99
  • Elements Eight Vendome 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...
    £30.99
  • Plantation Jamaica Rum 2002 42% 70cl
    This is a Jamaican vintage rum from 2002 and bottled in 2016. It is first aged in bourbon casks for ten years in the humid, tropical conditions of Jamaica. After that, the rum makes its way over to France where it is further aged for another three years in Chateau de Bonbonnet casks under...
    £43.99
  • Don Q 151 Rum 70cl
    Don Q 151 Rum has characteristics of vanilla and oak with strong notes of smoke and tobacco. It's different from other rums and is perfect when a flaming technique is required. Aged up to 3 years making it well rounded enough to make Tiki style drinks and cocktails.
    £37.50
  • One Love Caribbean Rum 50% 70cl
    One Love Rum is a blend of three Caribbean tots hailing from Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados. The clearly reggae inspired rum has proved to be an overnight success and is achieving something of a cult status. It's popularity may also have something to do with the fact that it's bottled at a h...
    £36.99
  • Plantation Trinidad Rum 2003 42% 70cl
    This complex golden rum is a 2003 vintage release under the Plantation label. It takes rum from Trinidad and ages it for eight years in bourbon casks before shipping it to France where it spends a further four years in Pierre Ferrand barrels at the Chateau de Bonbonnet. The nose yield...
    £43.99
  • Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum 69% 70cl
    O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned traditional dark rum) created by Plantation’s Rum Master Alexandre Gabriel with Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Martin Cate, Paul McFadyen, Paul McGee, Scotty Schuder and long-time collaborator, David Wondrich.  A blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados&nb...
    £39.99
  • Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum 40% 70cl
    Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is an unbelievably smooth golden rum hailing from Venezuela. This is a sweet, exquisite sipping rum that has consistently been one of our highest selling products for many years. Blended by renowned Mast...
    £37.99
  • Brugal 1888 Gran Reserva Familiar Rum 40% 70cl
    Brugal 1888 is a new limited edition rum from the Domican Republic producer. As is the case of the entire Brugal family rum portfolio, Brugal 1888 is a product of skilled craftsmanship. The rums double-distillation and double-ageing, both in American white oak barrels and first fill sherry oak ca...
    £41.99
  • El Dorado 12 year old Rum 40% 70cl
    The Demerara twelve years old is one of the premium rums with a superb colour, smooth taste and full fragrant aroma. The twelve years old rum has been judged the number 1 rum in the premium category from a list of 40 rums from the Caribbean, Central and South America in the annual rum tasting com...
    £40.99
  • Pampero Aniversario Rum 40% 70cl
    A delicious premium, continuous-still golden rum from Venezuela. Double Gold Medal - 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Dark chestnut. Full bodied. Reminiscent of butterscotch, pipe tobacco, coffee, black walnut. Rich, creamy texture. Dark amber color; fragrant and toasty with sweet mo...
    £40.99
  • Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros 45% 70cl
    A unique concept in rum, bottled straight from the barrel at 45% ABV, skilfully combining the lightness and smoothness of a delicate classic sipping rum with the intensity and complexity of carefully aged rums. As with all Havana Club rums, ageing is a vital part of the creation o...
    £48.25
  • Goslings 151 Rum 75.5% 70cl
    Gosling's famous black seal rum, but stronger a whopping 151 proof. It makes the Ultimate dark and stormy.
    £38.50
  • Admiral Rodney Extra old Rum 40% 70cl
    Admiral Rodney Rum Extra Old from St. Lucia.This is the best Rum from the distillery so enjoy straight. Burnished pale amber with a faint grayish hue. Chocolate, brown spice, caramel, and earthy fresh cut flower aromas. A soft, round entry leads to a smooth, dryish medium-bodied palate with caram...
    £49.99
  • 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
  • Pussers 15 Years Old Rum 40% 70cl
    Pusser's 15 year old rum is back by popular demand, made in wooden pot stills a process that is unique to pussers. A fine sipping rum which is rich in flavour with molasses and dried fruits on the palate.
    £49.99
  • Bristol Classic Rum Barbados 2004 Fourquare Distillery 43% 70cl
    Bristol Classic Rums from Barbados Foursquare Distillery bottled in.
    £45.99
  • Plantation Barbados Rum 2001 Old Reserve 42% 70cl
    Distilled in 2001 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..
    £43.99
  • Dictador 12 years old rum Ultra Premium Reserve 40% 70cl
    DICTADOR 12 YEARS SOLERA SYSTEM RUM is elaborate from the fermentation of mixtures of virgin honey of sugar cane, then distilled in steel continuous column, then is aged in pre-used oak barrels by the solera method and finally is bottled under the highest quality control to achieve ...
    £37.99
  • Rumbullion Spiced Rum 42.6% 70cl
    Rumbullion uses the finest Caribbean high proof rum blended with Madagascan vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardomon pods. The colour is dark amber with a nose of nutmeg and cloves and brown sugar. The palate is rich and spiced, again cloves on the backrground intermingled with cinnamo...
    £34.25
  • 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 for...
    £39.99
  • Elements Eight Exotic Spices 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, ...
    £30.99
  • Plantation Guatemala & Belize Gran Anejo Rum 42% 70cl
    Solera aged Guatemalan and Belize  rum. Sweet up front with a honey texture and a pleasingly dry, sherry, tannic finish developed from the Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks used during the ageing process. Guatemala in Central America is famous for producing the Zacapa brand of rum. This...
    £32.75
  • 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
  • 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.
    £42.99
  • 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...
    £38.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    £38.99
  • 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
  • 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 beaut...
    £33.99
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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.