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  • Golden Falernum Spiced Rum Liqueur The Bitter Truth 18% 50cl
    The Bitter Truth Golden Falernum Liqueur is a potent liqueur packed with zest and spice. Enjoy this liqueur chilled on ice, with Champagne or soda as an aperitif or use it in many tiki inspired cocktail and long drink recipes. Tasting Notes :This rum based liqueur is rich ...
    £19.99
  • Ron Legendario Ron Dorado 38% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Dorado (Golden rum) has a striking colour which is clean and crystalline. It has an intense aroma which reminds you of fresh sugar canes, smoked apples and Williams pears blended with vanilla and the quinces of fruits that mask the subtle Pennyroyal. All of this cumulates in a stro...
    £24.99
  • Legendario Ron Anejo 40% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Aejo (Aged rum) is an aged amber distilled with a touch of orange. It appears bright and crystalline with an attractive aroma of mature tropical pineapple, marmalade oranges and a hint of nutmeg, soft butter and fruit. Toasted to temper its sweetness it is caramelized and curiously...
    £28.99
  • Dead Mans Fingers Coffee Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Dead Man's Fingers Coffee rum is one of two new edition to be added to the range recently. Created in Cornwall at the Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives, the original Dead Man's Fingers has proved to be one of our best selling rums ever. This coffee expressions adds a beautiful hit of espresso f...
    £21.99
  • Dead Mans Fingers Coconut Rum 37.5% 70cl
    Dead Man's Fingers Coconut rum is one of two new editions to be added to the range recently. Created in Cornwall at the Rum & Crab Shack in St. Ives, the original Dead Man's Fingers has been very popular since its launch. This coconut expressions adds a delicious twist to the r...
    £21.99
  • Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum 40% 70cl
    The second release under the Jamica Cove label, this pineapple rum is a real treat that provides a good base for pina colada cocktails. With pineapple fast becoming a popular flavour in the bar scene, there's no reason why you shouldn't be enjoying this delicious rum at home.  A b...
    £26.99
  • Deadhead Dark Chocolate Flavoured Rum 35% 70cl
    Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum is aged for five years before being infused with dark roasted cacao. It's made in Mexico, not far from the Guatemalan border. The nose is very chocolaty but also gives notes of vanilla and caramel. To taste, the chocolate is at first prevalent before receding to allow ...
    £63.99
  • One Love Coconut & Pineapple 37.5% 70cl
    One Love Coconut and Pineapple is a Guyanese white rum blended with delicious tropical flavours. This would be great in a cocktail or mixed with pineapple juice. Ting or Lilt would work well too with plenty of ice thrown in for good measure. 
    £26.99
  • 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
  • Ron Miel Guanche Honey Rum Arehucas 20% 70cl
    Honey Rum is a Canary Island speciality. Ron Miel Guanche from the Arehucas Distillery is one of the most famous and widely consumed on the Canary Islands. Made from a blend of quality aged rum and the finest honey, which combine into a drink with a fine body and an exquisite flavour. Honey Rum i...
    £18.99
  • 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
  • Aluna Coconut Rum 35% vol 70cl
    Aluna Coconut Rum has been made using high altitude white rum from Guatemala and Carribeans rums which have been blended with organic coconut water and toasted coconut. The result is a coconut flavoured rum without added sugar and sweeteners which gives and authentic flavour of coconut an high...
    £22.50
  • Ron Aguere Caramelo Rum (Tin bottle) 24% 70cl
    This caramel rum has taken the canaries Islands by storm and is now here in the UK. A fine liqueur made from rum and caramel toffee. This blend is ideal to enjoy a different drink, keeping the flavour of a good Canary Island rum with a slight caramel touch. Presented in a metal bo...
    £21.45
  • Koko Kanu 37.5% 70cl
    A subtle blend of crystal clear rum, blended with natural essence of coconut, this 37.5% ABV rum is the only full strength coconut rum available in the UK. Jamaica finest coconut rum.
    £19.99
  • Ron Aguere Coco 20% 70cl
    Aguere Coco rum is a rum based liqueur made from specaillay selected sugar cane. Infused with the great taste of Coconut.
    £18.50
  • Ron Legendario Elixir de Cuba 34% 70cl
    Ron Legendario Elixir Punch au Rhum has a strong smell at first, with a texture that hints of Pedro Ximnez with the whiff of caramelized raisins, plums and brandy, a sweet drink which is a faithful companion of chocolate desserts as it goes hand in hand with crowns of cream, sugared nuts, ...
    £24.99
  • 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
  • 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...

    Regular Price: £34.99

    Special Price £32.65

  • Ron Miel Guanche Honey Rum Arechucas 20% 35cl
    Honey Rum is a Canary Island speciality. Ron Miel Guanche from the Arehucas Distillery is one of the most famous and widely consumed on the Canary Islands. Made from a blend of quality aged rum and the finest honey, which combine into a drink with a fine body and an exquisite flavour. Honey Ru...
    £10.45
  • Mahiki Coconut (Blue) 21% 70cl
    Mahiki Coconut rum liqueur has been inspired by one of London's hottest night spots, Mahiki. A blend of Caribbean rums and natural coconut flavours to produce a versatile spirit which is great with coke or in your favourite cocktail, such as Pina Colada or a Tiki. There are three different bottle...
    £15.99

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  • Santa Teresa Rhum Orange 40% 50cl
    Made using the finest Rums from Santa Teresa in Venezula and then macerated orange peal. The result is a refined orange liqueur with the robust rum flavour, but then sublime velvety orange zest..
    £26.25

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  • Ron Caramelo Arehucas 24% 70cl
    Ron Caramelo or Caramel rum has been produced in the Canary Islands from a blend of sugar cane spirit and distillates from their own plantations. It is then blended with caramelized sugar can juice to produce a rich, full bodied drink with balanced rum and caramel sweetness. Best served chilled, ...
    £21.00

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  • Santa Teresa Rhum Orange 40% 75cl
    Made using the finest Rums from Santa Teresa in Venezula and then macerated orange peal. The result is a refined orange liqueur with the robust rum flavour, but then sublime velvety orange zest..
    £35.00

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  • Ron Miel Honey Rum 20% 70cl Cayo Grande Club
    Ron Miel Cayo Grande Honey Rum is a sweet, soft, luscious rum product from Spain. It's a staple of returning holiday makers who often sample it on one of the Canary Islands and want to re-live the experience at home. We find it best to enjoy it poured neat over ice but can also be...
    £14.50

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  • Ron Miel Guanche Honey Rum Arehucas 20% 100cl
    Honey Rum is a Canary Island speciality. Ron Miel Guanche from the Arehucas Distillery is one of the most famous and widely consumed on the Canary Islands. Made from a blend of quality aged rum and the finest honey, which combine into a drink with a fine body and an exquisite flavour. Honey Rum i...
    £25.99

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  • Bombo Full On Caramel & Coconut Rum 40% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Coconut Full On is a flavoured rum combining the exotic flavours of coconut, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The Full On version is the same flavour profile as the regu...
    £26.25

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  • Ron Aguere Miel Vintage Honey Rum 30% 70cl
    Super premium Ron Miel Honey Rum made using spirit aged for over 7 years and bottled at full strength of 30% vol. Rich and luxurious on the palate to start, with sweet honey notes. The finish is smooth and warming. The ultimate ron miel.
    £24.50

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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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  • Bombo Full On Caramel & Spices 40% 70cl
    Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel &Spices Full On is a flavoured rum combining the exotic flavours of spices, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. The Full On version is the same flavour profile as the regular Bomb...
    £26.25

    Out of stock

  • Diplomatico Liqueur de Rhum 35% 70cl
    Diplomatico Liqueur di rum is a smooth rum based liqueur using aged Diplomatico rums with sugar cane syrup. Luscious and sweet with cane sugar notes and some spice.
    £27.50

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  • Ron Aguere Caramelo Gift Pack 22% 70cl
    This caramel rum has taken the canaries Islands by storm and is now here in the UK. A fine liqueur made from rum and caramel toffee. This blend is ideal to enjoy a different drink, keeping the flavour of a good Canary Island rum with a slight caramel touch. Presented in a metal bo...
    £19.99

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  • Ron Aguere Ron Miel Vintage Gift Pack 30% 70cl
    Gift pack containing 2 branded shot glasses and 1 bottle on Ron Miel Vintage.Mmade using spirit aged for over 14 years and bottled at full strength of 30% vol. Rich and luxurious on the palate to start, with sweet honey notes. The finish is smooth and warming. The ultimate ron miel
    £22.50

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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.