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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brugal Anejo Rum 38% 70cl
    Brugal Ron Anejo Dominican Rum ia a rich aged rum with toasty aromas of light toffee and hints of chocolate, honey and molasses. Brugal is the name and brand of a variety of rums from the Dominican Republic produced by Brugal & Co., C. por A. Brugal and the other Dominican rums...
    £18.50
  • Ron Barcelo Gran Platinum Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Ron Barcelo Gran Platinum rum is a blend of average 6 years old rums aged in bourbon barrels distilled from sugar cane juice, with a filtration process to complete the final stages of its production The aged rum is carefully filtered through charcoal which removes the colour that naturally brings...
    £22.99
  • Brugal Blanco Especial Rum Extra Dry 40% 70cl
    Brugal Blanco Especial white rum has been double distilled and matured in white oak casks to give smoothnes and depth of flavour.Ideal for your favourite mixers and as a base in cocktails.
    £19.99
  • 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
  • Matusalem Solera 10 Rum 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...
    £27.50
  • Matusalem Platino Rum 40% 70cl
    Matusalem Platino: a crisp, clear white rum whose radiant flavour makes it the ideal base not just for the perfect Mojito but for the whole spectrum of rum cocktails. Continuously distilled from molasses, this white rum is aged in American oak for three years then charcoal filtered to remo...
    £23.50
  • 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
  • Kirk & Sweeney 18 years old Rum 40% 70cl
    A beautifully presented Dominican rum in a decanter style bottles which has been aged for 18 years in oak casks. Named after the rum running scooner " Kirk & Sweeney"it is a full flavoured rum with sherried fruit and molasses with vanilla, caramel and dried fruits.
    £40.99
  • 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
  • Matusalem Rum Blender 7 years old 40% 70cl
    Gold rum with a rich amber cast. This 7 year Solera aged premium rum is true to its Cuban rum heritage. Rich aromatics with a whiff of sweet molasses and caramel. A bouquet of creamy aromas of vanilla enhances the flavours. Enters the palate very softly, with a lush finish, S...
    £23.99

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  • Matusalem 15 Year Old Gift Pack 40% 70cl
    Matusalem Rum is produced in the Dominican Republic only the highest quality sugar cane being processed according to the family's secret formula and blended in the solera process. The older casks are at the bottom and younger casks at the top. It is distilled to the highest standards following mo...
    £30.99

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  • Atlantico Private Cask 40% 70cl
    Multi award winning rum from Atlantico. The Private cask is aged in bourbon wood using a solera system and a stack of 5 barrels lying in the coolest part of the cellar. The rum is aged to between 15 to 25 years resulting in one of the finest rums in the world. Hints of toffee, caramel and oak wit...
    £38.99

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  • Brugal Dry Spiced Rum 38% 70cl
    With so many sweet spiced rums on the market it is refreshing to see a drier style. Brugal Dry spiced rum has been created to mix perfectly with ginger beer, apple juice or in your favourite cocktail with gently warming spice but not overly sweet. Also great neat on ice.
    £21.95

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  • New Dawn Rum aged 18 years 42% 70cl
    New Dawn 18 Year Old rum started life in the hills of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where it was specially distilled for New Dawn Traders by master blenders Oliver and Oliver. This solera rum has been matured in American Oak barrels before crossing the Atlantic on the Tres Hombr...
    £69.00

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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.