Rum

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Pussers Spiced Rum 35% 70cl
    Breaking with Tradition Pusser's has launched a new Spiced rum to the market for the first time. Well known for their British Navy rum with an alcohol by volume of 57%, this spiced rum is a milder 35% vol using natural spices from around the Caribbean. The taste is not as sweet, as more commercia...
    £21.35
  • Doorly's 3 year old White Rum 40% 70cl
    This is the most refreshing, fruity, aromatic white rum - blends well to make some of the worlds finest cocktails. 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....
    £26.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rum Sixty Six 6 years old 40% 70cl
    Distilled at the Foursquare distillery on Barbados, Rum Sixty Six 6 years old has been aged in ex-bourbon casks and aged in the tropical heat. It is made from both column still rum for delicate nuances and pot still rum which gives more robust character. Rich dried fruits with treacle and vanilla...
    £28.99
  • 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
  • Foursquare Spiced Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Intense, perfumed and quite dry. A great balance between spices and herbs. With a lovely gingery finish. In our opinion one of the best spiced rums. There is an immediate fragrance of star anise , vanilla, cloves and cinnamon, with some orange following along. On the palate fresh a...
    £27.50
  • 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
  • Rum Sixty Six 12 years old Cask Strength 59% 70cl
    Cask strength rum from Bajan distillery Foursquare. This edition has been aged for 12 years in ex-bourbon barrels which imparts a lovely vanilla spice to the rum. Bottled at 59% vol it has a rich and robust flavour with chocolate and roasted nuts leading to a long vanilla finish.
    £46.99
  • Mount Gay Eclipse Rum 37.5% 70cl
    ECLIPSE illustrates the art of Barbadian and Caribbean rum. Created in 1910, its luminous, golden amber glow and distinct floral and spicy notes have pleased, ever since, the palates of connoisseurs the world over. Its subtle, balanced blend perfectly harmonizes taste and aroma. Ideal in long dri...
    £25.99
  • 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
  • Bumbu The Original Rum 35% 70cl
    Bumbu is an exquisite all-natural craft rum made with native Caribbean ingredients and aged for up to 15 years to create an effortlessly smooth and balanced rum with complexity and depth. The heritage of the production of Bumbu rum dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries, when sailors and merch...
    £35.50
  • Rum Sixty Six Family Reserve Foursquare Distillery 40% 70cl
    RUM SIXTY SIX Family Reserve comes from one of the last independent family-owned distilleries in the Caribbean. It is distilled, aged and bottled at the Foursquare Rum Distillery, Barbados. Small batch distilled (usually 112 barrels) and tropically aged for a minimum of 12 years in small ...
    £39.50
  • 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
  • Mount Gilboa Pot Still Rum 40% 70cl
    Mount Gilboa is a gold rum distilled from molasses. Aged in used whisky and bourbon barrels. Distillation of Mount Gilboa Rum is a three step process that takes 2-3 days in the 5,000 liter copper stills. First, the 6% abv fermented molasses is distilled to 68% abv. This condensate is diluted with...
    £30.74

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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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  • Rum Nation Barbados Rum 43% 8 years old
    Rum Nation Barbados 8 years old distilled 2002 and bottled in 2010. Appearance: Warm amber with orange nuances. Nose: Very estery, with intense notes of cola, chinotto, coffee and bitter chocolate. A fresh and very delicate mint fragrance can be found. Palate: Sweet, fresh, s...
    £36.65

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  • Green Label Barbados Rum 11 years old 46% 70cl
    An 11 year old rum from Barbados bottled by Cadenhead reduced in strength to 46%, but with chill filtering or colouring added.
    £36.40

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  • Foursquare 11 Year Old Zinfandel Cask Single Blended Rum 43% 70cl
    An intriguing rum from Barbados' Foursquare distillery. This is a combination of two rums: one aged for five years in ex bourbon casks and then six years in ex-Zinfandel wine casks. The other is an 11 year-old matured full term in bourbon casks. These were then blended together and bottled in Sep...
    £43.50

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  • Foursquare 9 Year Old Port Cask Finish 40% 70cl
    The overall profile of this rum is that of oak and fruit. There is a little vanilla but the Port Cask really gives this rum a fruity/wine like kick. The rum is sweet but please take into account that this rum does not suffer from any funny business. No added sugar, no glycerin or flavourings, no ...
    £33.99

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  • Plantation Barbados 5 years old 40% 70cl
    The flagship rum of the Plantation range. A beautifully balanced rum with coconut, vanilla and caramel, and a seductively sweet finish with notes of Cognac from its secondary ageing. Beautifully balanced rum with coconut, vanilla and caramel, plus a seductively sweet finish with notes of Co...
    £28.50

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  • Bristol Classic Rum Barbados 2004 Fourquare Distillery 43% 70cl
    Bristol Classic Rums from Barbados Foursquare Distillery bottled in.
    £45.99

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  • 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

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  • The Real McCoy 5 year 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. This 5 year old rum has be...
    £24.00

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  • Rum Nation Barbados 10 years old 40% 70cl
    Producer tasting notes: Appearance: Bright orange. Nose: Light and fresh. Mint, camphor, medicinal herbs, hay and a delicate sweetness. Palate: Similar to the nose, with a great balance between sweetness and herbal notes, green leaves and mint. Like refreshing mint t...
    £47.99

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  • Foursquare 2004 Vintage Cask Strength Single Blended Rum 59% 70cl
    Foursquare 2004 Vintage Cask Strength Single Blended Rum is a limited release Bajan Rum. It is bottled at a whopping cask strength of 59% ABV and is Mark III in Foursquare Exceptional Cask Selection bottlings. Foursquare Rum is produced by R L Seale, one of Barbados' oldest trading houses, a fami...
    £50.99

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  • Mount Gay XO Cask Strength Rum Limited Edition 63% 70cl
    Bottled at 63%ABV, Mount Gay XO Cask Strength has been created to symbolise the rich culture and strong personality of both Mount Gay and Barbados who are celebrating 50 years of independence. Featuring a blend of spirits matured for eight to 15 years, the new offering is describe...
    £140.00

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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.