Rum

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  • Havana Club 15 years old Gran Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    Havana Club Rum 15 Anos Gran Reserva was created by selecting the best quality reserve rums of Cuba. It is the result of a lengthy and complex aging process, which has produced a rum with a flavour, that will please even the most particular palates.
    £135.00
  • Flor de Cana Rum 18 years old Centenario 40% 70cl
    The flor de Cana 18 years old Centenario Gold is a stunning amber rum and is full-bodied, with a rich complexity of flavors and a smooth finish that stays with you, long after the swallow. The 18 year Centenario Gold rum is almost two decades in the making, and you can taste the craftsmanship and...
    £56.99
  • English Harbour 10 years old 40% 70cl
    This rum is a superior blend of rums many of which have been aged for up to 25 years and has been especially selected, blended and aged in oak casks to give superior character and flavour.
    £82.00
  • Rhum du Pere Labat 8 years old 42% 70cl
    Rhum du Pere Labat 8 years old is made on the Isle de Marie0 Galante off the coast of Guadeloupe. This 8 year old golden rum has good balance between oak and fruit with toffee flavours and black fruits.
    £60.48
  • Mount Gay 1703 Rum 43%
    Here it is, The RUM that invented RUM" is Mount Gay 1703. A premium Rum from a premium Rum maker that can lay claim to starting it all. Blended entirley from treasures of Mount Gay's prized reserves, each aged for 10 to 30 years, It is a master piece of perfect sumptuousness, nectar created ...
    £166.58
  • Angostura 1824 Rum 40% 70cl
    Angostura 1824 Limited Reserve is a blend of the finest mature rums, hand-picked by the master blender from select casks. These rums are aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of 12 years and then skillfully hand-blended and re-casked. Upon the rum's optimum maturity it is han...
    £63.99
  • Diplomatico Ambassador Selection 47% 70cl
    An exceptional 47% ABV rum that has a wonderfully pungent nose, the subtle aromas of dried and candid fruit combining with the rich, powerful aromas of vanilla, spices and cane syrup with a little smokiness in the background. On the palate the characters from the aroma persist but give way to a p...
    £198.00
  • Matusalem Gran Reserva Solersa 23 40% 70cl
    A superb quality rum made in a Cuban style but in the Domican Republic by the Matusalem family who were exiled from Cuba. This 23 Gran Reserva is mahogany in colour with a nose of honey, toffee and exotic woods. The palate is refined and elegant with alamonds liquoice and fresh fruit becoming mor...
    £67.99
  • Ron Abuelo Centuria Reserva de la Familia 40% 70c;
    Centuria, is Ron Abuelo top rum selected from a blend of their oldest rums up to 30 years in age. These rums are usually reserved for the family, but have been released as a special edition in a wooden framed box. A very complex and rich rum which would please any rum aficionado.
    £120.00
  • Appleton 21 years old 43% 70cl
    Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum is a luxurious sipping rum that will delight the palate of the discerning connoisseur. The rums that make up Appleton Estate 21 Year Old have been aged for a minimum of 21 years. They were carefully selected for their unique character, flavou...
    £135.00
  • Compagnie des Indes Guadeloupe 16 years 43% 70cl
    This is a single cask rum from Guadelupe which is a molasses rum rather than a Rhum agricole. Aged for 16 years in ex bourbon casks it is a dark golden colour from its time spent soaking up bourbon wood. The nose is sooty, oaky, briney and deep. This rich mouth is purely distinctive, leaving no...
    £67.99
  • El Dorado 21 years old 43% 70cl
    A Rum of supreme quality. El Dorado 21 year old is an exquisite rum. In this blend of select aged rums, each of the constituent rums is at least 21 years old. Some are much older and can be as old as 25 years. To achieve the superb colour, smooth taste and full fragrant aroma, the rums are matur...
    £78.99
  • El Dorado Rare Port Morant 1999 61.4% 70cl
    Part of the Singel stills collection from El dorado which celebrates the unique wooden stills at its Diamond Distillery in Guyana/Port Morant has been made in a unique wooden double pot still, the only still of this type in the World. Founded in 1732 it is one of the oldest still in production to...
    £169.95
  • 1931 Old St Lucia 4th edition 43% 70cl
    This is the 4th edition in the range of St Lucia 1931 rum which celebrates the distilleries birth. The fourth edition takes a 6 year old rum agricole, which is the first rum of its style to be made in St Lucia since the 1930s. This is then blended with other aged rums from its 3 pot stills and 1 ...
    £64.50
  • Dictador 20 years old Rum Distillery Icon Reserve 40% 70cl
    DICTADOR 20 YEARS SOLERA SYSTEM RUM is elaborate from the fermentation of mixtures of virgin honey of sugar cane, then destilled part in copper pot alembic and part in steel continuous column, then is aged in pre-used oak barrels by the solera method finally is bottled under the hig...
    £54.50
  • Pumpkin Face 23 years old 40% 70cl
    Pumpkin Face 23 Year Old is an ultra-premium Dominican rum distilled in 1980 and aged in oak barrels for 23 years before being allowed to rest for a further decade in stainless steel containers before bottling. The bottle is designed to look like a jack lantern, a very unusual design choice fo...
    £72.25
  • Reserve Rum Of Haiti 2004 43% 70cl Brist
    Distilled in 2004 by Societe du Rhum Barbancourt in their pot stills. This was then shipped to the UK where it was filled to American oak barrels where it has been aged in cool damp cellars. Pale golden in colour, with a soft fruity nose. Well-balanc...
    £56.99
  • Kill Devil Guyana Diamond Distillery 18 years old Rum 46% 70cl
    In the 17th and 18th century Islanders referered to their locally made distallates as kill devil. This single cask rum was produced at the diamond distillery in Guyana in May 1998 in their column still. Bottled at 18 years old it is 1 of 300 bottles.
    £69.99
  • Kill Devil Sancti Spiritus Distillery Cuba 18 years old rum 46% vol 70cl
    One of only 344 bottles, Kill Devil Cuban 18 Year Old was distilled at the Spiritus Sancti distillery in Cuba in January 1999 in a continuous column still. It was then bottled by independent bottlers Hunter Laing, better known for their whisky expresions, at 18 years old and 46% ABV after bein...
    £70.99
  • Kill Devil South Pacfic Distillery Fiji 14 years old Rum 46% 70cl
    Distilled at the South Pacific distillery in Fiji in a pot still in Februrary 2002. Bottled at 14 years old from a single cask at 46% vol 1 of only 349 bottles. The Name Kill devil was a named used by Islanders fro the distillates made on their local Islands.
    £63.99
  • Caroni 100% Trinidad 21 Year Old Rum 57.2% 70cl
    A very rare 21 year old golden rum from Trinidad that's bottled at a strong 57.2% ABV. One per customer only.
    £204.50
  • Diplomatico Single Vintage 2002 43% 70cl
    This is the new 2002 release of single vintage from Diplomatico. Presented in a lovely decanter style bottle and gift boxes. Hand selected casks from the 2002 vintage were selected for this superb rum. The growing conditions for the sugar cane was said to be one of the best in Venezuelan history...
    £86.99
  • Pirates Grog No13 Single Batch 70cl
    Pirates Grog No 13 is a single cask golden rum which has been bottled at 13 years old. Rich and full bodied it smooth and sweet with notes of Chocolate and butterscotch. It is a limited release of just 777 bottles in a handsome ceramic flask complete with cork stopper.
    £66.99
  • Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum 40% 70cl
    155 years seems long enough. So the deep, dark secret rum that Goslings has enjoyed for generations is now going public. Appropriately called Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum, it is crafted from the same incomparable Bermuda blend that they use for their renowned Black Seal Rum. But, they leave i...
    £58.50
  • Dictador XO Perpetual Rum Perpetual 40% 70cl
    DICTADOR XO SOLERA SYSTEM RUM is elaborated from the fermentation of unique virgin honey of sugar cane, then distilled modern stainless steel pot alembic, then is aged in very high end pre-used oak barrels from Xrex. Finally we use our new secret Solera system where new blend masters conce...
    £88.99
  • Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Extra Old 40%
    This multi-award winning XO sipping rum reveals exotic sugarcane and a big hit of toasted coconut and banana, enhanced by more complex aromas of cocoa, candied orange and cigar box A luxury spirit in the true sense of the word, 'XO is a term used in Cognac to denote Extra Old spirit. Alth...
    £51.99
  • Flor de Cana 25 Year Old Rum 40% 70cl
    An impressive, well aged Flor de Caa single estate rum, made with spirits which have been aged for at least 25 years. A stunning, radiant hue makes it a wonder to look at, and it tastes as good as it looks. Top shelf rum from the Nicaraguan producer.
    £120.99
  • Deadhead 6 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Deadhead is presented in a shrunken head bottle. The rum has been aged for 6 years in oak casks to produce golden rum with aromas of coffee, chocolate and rounded with spices. The palate is smooth with spice and caramel notes finish with more spice on the finish. Striking a lovely balance between...
    £59.99
  • Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 40% 70cl
    Hard to imagine a smoother aged rum 98/100 (beverage Tasting Institute, Chicargo, USA). Its a sweet rum. Sweetness is typical of Guatemalan rums. Sodt on the palate, full-bodied, very long in the final it reveals wood, chocolate, tabacco, vanilla, liquorice. A very good marriage with a cigar (mon...
    £58.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Tiki Fire 151 Batch No.21 75.5% 70cl
    Tiki Fire 151 takes the much loved recipe of Admiral Vernons spiced rum with Persian lime and vanilla but, upping the strength to a whopping 151 proof or 75.5% vol in metric measures. This is very strong please drink carefully.
    £50.99
  • El Dorado Rum 15 years old 43% 70cl
    The 15 year old is also highly decorated, International Wine & Spirit Competition awarded it a Gold Medal and the IWSC Trophy for Worlds Best Rum in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2008. Imbibe Magazine ICE Awards also awarded it Best Rum in the UK in 2009. El Dorado 15 Year Old
    £51.99
  • 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.
    £52.99
  • 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...
    £94.95
  • 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.
    £150.00
  • 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.
    £138.99
  • Mount Gay Origin Series The Copper Stills Volume 2 43% 2 x 35cl
    Created by master blender Allen Smith, the small-batch release of tasting rums Copper Pot Rum and Copper Column Rum tell the story of two methods of distillation: copper pot and copper column. The pairing rums are identical in ingredients, fermentation and maturity, but different...
    £64.00
  • 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.
    £55.99
  • 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.
    £65.99
  • 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
    £110.00
  • Angostura 1787 15 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    This is a new edition from Angostura which has been aged for 15 years in oak casks. It is rich mahogany in colour with a sweet nose of ripe banana and dried fruits. The palate is well-balanced with dried prunes, sweet oak and touches of toffee with a l...
    £69.99
  • Diplomatico No.1 Batch Kettle Rum 47% 70cl
    Diplomatico has released a new range of limited edition rums showcasing Diplomatico's differing distillation processes. Kettle No.1 is a batch distillation, which means that a a volume of fermented liquid is introduced for distillation, as this is gradually depleted, it leaves a residue of wat...
    £72.99
  • Ron Barcelo Imperial Premium 30 years Blend 43% 70cl
    A special limited Edition bottling of Ron Barcelo Imperial, created to celebrate 30 years of production of rum. Miguel Barcelo has been setting aside some rum every year since 1980 aging it for a further 2 years to create this premium blend. Presented in a beautiful decanter sty;e bottle with gif...
    £86.99
  • English Harbour 1981 Rum 40% 75cl
    English Harbour 1981 Vintage Rum has smoky oak flavours which are well balanced with citrus and burnt sugar notes. The lingering smoky finish carries notes of tobacco, caramel and ripe balckberries. Distilled 1981 Blended September 2006. 1 of 5712 bottles only.
    £156.00

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  • Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial Rum 40% 70cl
    Ron Millonario XO Reserva Especial is a super premium rum form Peru. Intensive bouquet, fine tropical fruit notes, dried fruits, caramel, toffee with a breath seasoning after cinnamon and cloves. The taste is soft, full-bodied and round, with a fine sweetness, flavors of dried fruits, toffee and...
    £84.99

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  • Coruba 18 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    Coruba 18 years old is produced in Jamaica by J Wray & Nephew who also produce Appletons rum. It is a very soft, elegant and full flavoured rum with notes of Vanilla, Toffee and fine Oak .
    £68.99

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  • Rum Nation Panama 21 years old 40% 70cl
    Rum Nation Panama 21 years old is presented in a superb decanter style bottle with gift carton. An aged rum that manages to stay fresh and not too heavy. The soft and fresh style is quite unusual for such and old rum, which remains stimulating and livey, and devoid of excessive wood influence.
    £74.50

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  • Rockley Still Barbados Rum 1986 Bristol Classic Rum 46% 70cl
    This rum has been bottled at different ages, with a Fino sherry finish, and now with the benefit of some time in Madeira wood. Nothing can overshadow the spirits unique style, that medicinal quality, a salty brine like flavour and long deep taste reminisant of Islay Malt Whisky all combine to sh...
    £128.95

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  • Port Morant Demerara Rum 1999 Bristol Classic Rum 46% 70cl
    The Port Morant Estate in Guyana was established in 1732 and was one of the earliest to produce the unique Demerara style of rum for which the country became so famous. The Demerara Vat Stills used at the estate were moved to Georgetown as part of the reorganization of the industry some years ago...
    £58.50

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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.