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  • Papagayo Organic White rum 37.5% 70cl
    Fairtrade approved and very tasty organic rum from the remote Arroyos y Esteros province this smooth, mellow white organic rum is made from sugarcane produced by 800 small farmers who have been guaranteed a fairtrade price for their produce.
    £21.45
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Spiced Rum 35%
    Admiral Vernon's Old J Spiced rum has been created in honour of Admiral Edward Vernon who enforced a reduction in strength of the British Navy Rum ration. He also suggested adding lime juice and sugar to make it more enjoyable. This blend of the finest Carribean rum and seven spices including swe...
    £22.99
  • Bombo Caramel and Banana Rum 24% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Banana is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of banana, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The recipe is inspired by one of the oldest mixe...
    £19.50
  • Bombo Caramel and Spices Rum 24% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Spices is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of spices, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The recipe is inspired by one of the oldest ...
    £19.50
  • Bombo Caramel and Coconut Rum 24% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Coconut is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of coconut, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink, with coconut on the nose to begin followed by the deeper smell of carame...
    £19.50
  • Mahiki Coconut Rum 21% 70cl
    Named after the famous Mahiki Bars this is made with rum and coconut liqueur and can by drank as a shot, with coke, pineapplejuice or coconut water.
    £12.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Gold Spiced Rum Batch No. 53 40% 70cl
    Old j spiced rum as you know and love but at a higher alcoholic volume of 40% instead of 35% vol. Made from selected pot still rums from the Britsh Virgin Islands and flavoured with persian lime and smooth vanilla.
    £27.99
  • Admiral Vernon's Old J Cherry Spiced Batch No.66 35% 70cl
    This is Old J Spiced with a twist, adding cherry flavour to the 11 others flavours in this rum based drink.
    £26.99
  • Black Magic Rum
    Black Magic Spiced Rum is a bold blend of light and dark rums infused with a secret blend of spices. It's made by Sazerac, an American distillery more well known for their whiskey production and, in our opinion, is a better quality alternative to Kraken Spice...
    £21.50
  • Spytail Black Ginger Rum 40% 70cl
    Spytail is a new Black spiced rum using a 19th century tradition of ageing French Carribean rum in barrels filled with fresh ginger and spices. The distillery is near to the river Charente where submarines were tested and the inspiration for Jules Vernes "20,000 league under the sea". T...
    £26.50
  • Papagayo Organic Golden Rum 37.5% 70cl
    This fairtrade certified Organic rum is made from organic sugar cane from Paraguay, providing social programmes and higher income for over 800 small cane growers and their families. Aged in oak, Papagayo captures the warmth of the tropics. Rounded and smooth.
    £25.99
  • Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum 35% 70cl
    Bacardi Oakheart is a smooth, spiced rum matured in charred oak casks to give a slight smokiness.
    £21.50
  • Rebellion White Rum 37.5% 70cl
    A full-bodied white rum that is silky smooth, ideal as used in cocktails or paired with your favourite mixe. Rebellion Ron Blanco won a Silver medal at IWSC in 2012 and a serious "Praiseworthy" recommendation by the independent Difford's guide proving positively that, if it's good, it's...
    £18.49
  • Rumbullion Navy Strength 57%
    The same great flavour of Madagascan vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon and cloves, but with a big kick of finest Caribbean over proof rum at 57% vol. Known as Navy strength this is the proof level that gunpowder could still be fired if it had been soaked in booze. So 'splice the main brace' and keep...
    £46.35
  • Rumbullion XO 15 years old 46.2% 50cl
    This Rumbullion takes on a whole new taste sensation whilst retaining the same character that it has become renowned for. Using premium 15 years old Caribbean rum adds depth and complexity to the spicy palate, smooth but robust this is a first for spiced rum.
    £57.99
  • Pussers Rum 40% vol 70cl
    The Lower Strength Pussers is back, but now labeled with a blue label similar to the Navy Stregth which will be changing its label to Gun Powder Strength later in the year. A blend of rums from Trinidad, Guyana and Barbados, rich and full bodied flavour with plenty of molasses.
    £23.99
  • Lambs Navy Rum 40% 70cl
    Smooth and mellow quality rum from the Caribbean.
    £17.75
  • 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.
    £47.99
  • Heejoy Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Heejoy is a premium spiced rum made with aged rums from Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad which are then shipped to France fro blending and further aging ion oak to marry the flavours. Delicate brown and gold in colour with notes of ginger, honey and candied fruits on the nose. Supple and delicate on ...
    £27.95
  • The Duppy Share Rum 40% 70cl
    Named after the mythical 'Duppy Spirits' who steal rum from aging barrels in the dark of the night, the Caribbean's equivalent to the 'Angles Share'. Made with rums from Jamaica's Worthy Park Estate and Barbados Foursquare distillery. Smooth and golden in colour it uses a big bold 3 year old Jam...
    £30.75
  • Lambs Spiced Spirit Drink 30% 70cl
    Lambs Spiced made with authentic Caribbean rum and a selection of spices to produce a smooth, sweet spirit drink with flavours of vanilla, cinnamon, caramel and a citrus twist.
    £18.99
  • 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
  • Banks Golden 7 aged Rum 43% 70cl
    Bank's Golden 7 rum is made from 23 different molasses rumswhich further include spanish style rums into the blend. Aged between1 to 3 years in ex bourbon barrels it achieve its complex finish. Complex and sweeter than the Banks 5 Island rum with a spciy finish.
    £39.99

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  • Barbancourt 5 Star 8 years old Reserve Especiale 43% 70cl
    Barbancourt Rhum is made on the Island of Haiti from distilled sugar cane juice. This 8 years old has a nose of vanilla with a little spice. The palate is powerful, yet smooth, well balanced with roasted coffee, prunes and citrus marmalade finish.
    £37.99

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  • Cayo Grande Club Spiced Spirit Drink 70cl
    Follwing on from the very popular Cayo Grande Club Ron MIel this Carribean spiced rums has wonderful aromas of vanilla nd other spices with woody notes. Smooth with a slight sweet flavour.
    £17.99

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  • Compagnie des Indies Rum
    This is a blend of Rums from three Carribean provences; Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and Guyana. The rums are aged between 3-5 years in their countries of origin in second use bourbon casks before bleneding and further aging in France.Golden colour belies a strong nose that muses between each ...
    £34.55

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  • 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

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  • Dos Maderas Luxus Rum Limited Edition 40% 70cl
    This is quite a unique rum in that it spends 10 years aging in the Caribbean before being shipped to the Williams & Humbert Facility in Spain. It then goes into Sherry casks which previously held Don Guido 20 year old Pedro Ximenez. Unique with the flavour's of two continents combining to cra...
    £112.00

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  • Bacardi Carta Fuego Red Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Carta Fuego is a bold, smooth rum with tropical flavours, spices and a hint of smokiness. It is made with aged rum that has been matured in torch oak barrels and secret recipe of natural spices.
    £25.99

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  • The Kraken Mason Glass Gift Pack 40% 35cl
    A lovely little glass pack containing a 35cl bottle of Kraken rum and a branded masons glass jar to drink it out of. Add ginger beer and freshly squeezed limes for the perfect serve.  
    £16.99

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  • Plantation 3 Stars White Rum 41.2% 70cl
    Named 3 stars after the three Islands that produce the rum that goes into this bottle, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. Each rum adds its own flavour to this silver rum usinga combination of Pot Still and Colum still rums.
    £23.65

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  • Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, the father of old school tattooing, constantly sought to reinvent himself and we're no different. After talking to their customers they have made some changes. The taste is less sweet, allowing the vanilla and natural spices to come through ...
    £19.99

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  • Papagayo Organic Spiced rum 37.5% 70cl
    Spicy rum with lots of flavour.A light golden organic rum distilled from pure sugar cane and flavoured with organic spices - vanilla, ginger and a hint of chilli.
    £25.99

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  • The Kraken black Spiced Rum 40% 70cl
    A dark spiced rum which has a cult following. The old style bottle and label gives a very authentic appeal to this new rum in the Uk market. Blended with spices,caramel and other natural flavours. Release the Kraken!
    £24.99

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  • Virgin Gorda Rum 40% 70cl
    Inspired by this island; Virgin Gorda is a British Caribbean Rum blended from three British Caribbean Rums (Barbados, Trinidad & Jamaica) obtained from the distillation of fermented sugar cane molasses. After distillation in pot-stills, the individual rums start their natural a...
    £34.25

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  • Dos Maderas Rum 5+3 years old 37.5% 70cl
    Dos Maderas 5+3 years rum has spent 5 years ageing in American casks in the Carribean before being shipped to the Williams and Humbert Bodega in Jerez, Spain. It then under goes a further ageing period of 3 years in casks which previously held Dos Cotados Palo Cortado sherry. The result ...
    £34.99

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  • Dos Maderas Rum PX 5+5 years 40% 70cl
    Dos Maderas PX 5+5 years rum is very unique in the fact that it has been triple aged. Firstly it is aged for 5 years in the Carribean in American oak cask then shipped over to Spain to be aged for a further 5 years in two different styles of sherry cask. When it arrives it is transfered to casks ...
    £41.25

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  • Captain Morgans Spiced Rum 35% 70cl
    Captain Morgans is a smooth and mellow spiced rum, made from blends across the Caribbean it gets its rich amber colour form aging in charred oak barrels.
    £19.99

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  • Bacardi Elixir 70cl
    Bacardi Elixir is a rum liqueur made with toasted sugar cane to produce a sweet rum liqueur with caramel flavours. The originial recipe for this drink was made in 1862 by Don Facundo of Barcardi and was a family favourite, It remained a close secret for 50 years until its recent revival. Enjoy it...
    £21.75

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  • Bacardi 151 Rum 75.5% 100cl
    The famous Bacardi 151 golden rum is probably one of the most well known of the 'Over proof Rums'. Made in Puerto Rico to the authentic recipe this is a rum not to be taken lightly, ideally used with your favourite mixer.
    £89.99

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  • Captain Morgans Rum 40% 70cl
    Captain Henry Morgan (1635-1688), the Welsh-born buccaneer from 17th century was the inspiration for the brand name. He eventually became Lt.Governor of Jamaica and received his knighthood from King Charles 1.
    £19.99

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  • Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggins Fancy 40% 70cl
    This is a really different rum and all the better for it. Created by cellar master Alexandre Gabriel and drinks historian David Wondrich in 2015. It is made by infusing Queen Victoria pineapple rinds in white rum for a week and then distill it. The flesh is then macerated in dark rum for 3 mon...
    £34.99

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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.