Rum

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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
  • Ron Aguere Blanc Rum 37.5% 70cl
    This typical Canarian rum is one of the favourite blends in the Canary Islands, as it is made from distilled sugar cane juices which provide it with a neutral silky colour, producing an intense sensation. Ideal to be served in cocktails as `mojitos.
    £19.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • Flor de Cana Extra seco 4 years 40% 70cl
    This is a premium white rum that has been aged for 4 years in oak and then filtered to take the colour out.The result is a complex rum with a greater depth of flavour, but still retaing some spirity notes. A really good mixer rum.
    £21.50
  • Elements Eight Platinum 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...
    £29.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ron Botran Reserva Blanca 40% 70cl
    A full bodied white rum whcih has been aged to give complexity and flavour and then filtered to extract the colour. The result is asuperior white rum perfect on the rocks or in your favourite cocktail.
    £24.99
  • Angostura White Reserva Rum 40% 70cl
    ANGOSTURA LIGHT RUM A blend of light and heavy rums distilled in Angostura's five-column continuous still. The rum is aged in American oak Bourbon barrels between three and eight years. After aging the rum is twice filtered through charcoal to remove impurities and the golden colour it has acqui...
    £20.99
  • 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
  • El Dorado 3 years old Blanco Rum 40% 70cl
    The world famous El Dorado Rums are produced from the diamond distillery on a large expanse of land, once a sugar plantation, on the East Bank of the county of Demerara, Guyana. The story of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) begins in 1670 with the amalgamation of local sugar cane producers under...
    £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
  • Chairmans Reserve White Label Rum 40% 70cl
    Chairman's Reserve White Label is a flavourful white rum, aged, like the other rums in the range, in bourbon barrels. It is then charcoal filtered at very low pressure to remove the colour while preserving the flavour, making it the ideal foundation for the classic Daiquiri and ot...
    £24.50
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Diplomatico Blanco Reserva Rum 40% 75cl
    Diplomatico aged rums are produced in Venezuela by Destilerias Unidas and are ranked consistently among the finest South American rums. With a total of seven stills (three potstills and four column stills) the distillery has been producing top-quality spirits for over 45 years by distilling sugar...
    £29.99

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  • Bacardi White Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum is a unique premium rum that brings together 143 years of heritage with genuine brand relevance and credibility. Don Facundo Bacardi pioneered new techniques in rum production, introducing continuous column distillation, charcoal filtration and a split process of ...
    £18.95

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  • J Bally Rhum Blanc 50% 70cl
    J Bally Rhum is a unique white rum. It is produced from sugar cane, rather than molasses derived from sugar beet. This gives it a unique flavour.
    £27.99

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  • Toz White Rum 40% 70cl
    ToZ White rum is a blend of aged, premium rums. Distilled in copper alembic pot and continuous stills, the rum is aged in American white oak barrels before a final polish in vintage Port casks. The rum is then gently filtered to remove colour and to give a fresh citrus character with hints of swe...
    £33.35

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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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  • Appleton White Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Appleton White Jamaica Rum is a truly versatile rum and was awarded the Greenall's Trophy for the Best White Spirit Overall, and a Gold Medal in the 1998 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Appleton White Jamaica Rum is a blend of rich pot still rums and light column still rums and...
    £17.50

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  • Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum 64% 70cl
    Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum is an absolute legend in its home country of Jamaica. Jamaicans love a tot of rum and this accounts for 90% of all rum drunk on the island. Pretty impressive considering the other quality rums made there. Outside of Jamaica, it's also the number one bestsel...
    £29.99

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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.