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Rum

Rum is a spirit made by distilling byproducts of sugar refining, such as Molasses, or straight from pure sugarcane juice.

 

It may be known as Rum, Ron or Rhum, with different styles being produced everywhere from the Caribbean to Australia, South America to Japan. But it is most associated with the West Indies and plays a large role in their culture. It has a rich, if occasionally unsavoury, history.

 

In the era of privateers and pirates, rum was used as currency for trading and buying slaves, and given daily to naval sailors as part of their pay. This has created terms like 'alcohol proof', where gunpowder was soaked in rum and ignited as proof of its strength. It also created 'grog', a drink of water, rum and lime juice, partly to combat scurvy, but mostly to stop the problem of drunken sailors!

 

The general grades of rum are a good starting point to cut through the confusion of so many different sets of guidelines for terms and age statements. White rums are generally cocktail rums, while dark or gold rums are more flavourful and are usually aged longer. Spiced and flavoured rums do exactly what they suggest and can be great for mixing. Almost all commercial rums are blended from different distilleries and island regions for a unique and balanced profile, but we are really enjoy the increased availability of single distillery or even single still rums.

 

Cachaça (from Brazil), and Rhum Agricole (from the French-speaking island producers), are both variants on rum, very similar in style but made exclusively using unrefined sugarcane juice. They carry more flavour from the original sugarcane and Cachaça especially is used in a lot of tropical style cocktails.

 

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An independently bottled single distillery rum from Belize which has been distilled on a triple column continuous still and then tropically aged in heavy char American bourbon barrels for 6 years befo...
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This rum from Thailand has been distilled in column stills at the Sangsom distillery and then matured in warehouses overlooking river mouth lagoons. The cool water of the lagoon helps reduce the tempe...
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Phraya
£44.95
The spirit sensation of the year. Plantation have looked to the past for inspiration for their latest release which takes its name from Charles Dickens character 'Reverend Stiggins'. This won best spi...
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Plantation
£36.95
Freshly cut organic sugar cane, grown by a collective of small farms in Northern Brazil. Fermented using natural yeast, distilled and then aged in 250 litre Brazilian garapeira (a type of Ash wood) ca...
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Abelha
£29.95
Organic Cachacha, made from sugar cane grown in Northern Brazil. Once this Sugar Cane has been fermented using natural forming yeast, it is distilled in their copper pot stills, before being rested in...
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Abelha
£23.95
The HMS Formidable was Admiral Rodney's flagship in the legendary Battle of the Saints. It was the ship he commanded to break the French line after a sudden change of wind and secure the Caribbean for...
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Admiral Rodney Rum
£74.95
Admiral George B. Rodney is credited as the man with the naval strategy to break te french line at the Battle of the Saints and thus ensuring British domination of the Caribbean. The rums from Saint L...
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Admiral Rodney Rum
£47.95
Aluna is a great combination of coconut water and finest Guatemala and Caribbean rums, with less added sugar than the average rum liqueur.
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Aluna
£22.95
Angostura have over 200 years of history making alcoholic beverages, and their yeast used to make this rum dates back to 1947, so they certainly have the heritage, knowledge and experience to make a g...
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Angostura
£22.95
Famed for their aromatic cocktail bitters which were first formulated in 1824 and were prescribed as a sort of health tonic in the early 1900's to Royals and Nobles, Angostura began distilling rum in ...
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Angostura
£35.95
Appleton is one of the most well known and respected rum producers in the World. The Special was produced in World War 2, to cover for a shortage of whisky.
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Appleton
£18.95
A blend of pot and column still rums barrel aged for 2 years before the colour is filtered out. It is a crisp, medium bodied rum designed to be drunk with fruit juice, cola and other mixers.
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Appleton
£18.95
Appleton have spent over 200 years perfecting their rum, and the current team have many years experience between them, producing rich, flavoursome Jamaican rum.
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Appleton Estate
£26.50
Appleton Estate is one of the oldest rum producers having been established in Jamaica in 1749. This rum is distilled in pot still and matured in oaks casks for 12 years.
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Appleton Estate
£39.95
Appleton estate is one of the oldest rum producers having been established in Jamaica in 1749. This rum is distilled in pot still and matured in oaks casks. It is a blend of 15 different Appleton Rums...
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Appleton Estate
£22.50
Endorsed by Enrique Iglesias. Do we need to say anymore? Ok, we will; it is a vatting of molasses and sugar cane rum aged for up to 15 years.
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Atlantico
£32.95
This unaged cachaça has been distilled in a pot still on the local family-own farm just 4 hours away from Rio de Janeiro. Unlike rum, which uses molasses, Cachaça is made purely from fresh sugar can...
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Avua
£33.95
This cachaça has been matured for up to 2 years in Amburana wood casks - a type of tree indigenous to South America.
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Avua
£45.95
Bacardi is a popular spirit brand known all over the world. Their white rum, was first made in 1862 and previously known as 'Superior'. The Carta Blanca is blended from heavier and lighter bodied rums...
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Bacardi
£19.95
Ocho Anos is a premium 8 year old rum from Bacardi with rich and complex flavour.
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Bacardi
£32.95
There may be no better known name in the world of rum than Bacardi. This release has been matured in oak casks for 4 full years, adding a spicy depth to their fruity, light rum.
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Bacardi
£22.95
A fairly modern rum brand this, which targets the new fangled cocktail fan who wants complexity and depth to a white rum. The clever chaps take rum from Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana and a li...
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Banks
£37.95
An amazing 23 different rums have been combined by Master Blender Arnaud de Trabuc in this premium golden rum. The number seven refers to the different styles of spirit he used from Jamaica, Guyana, J...
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Banks
£46.95
Bayou Select Rum is decribed as the rum for bourbon drinkers. It is matured in bourbon barrels for up to 3 years using the Solera aging method, helping to emphasise the vanilla character of the rum.
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Bayou
£25.95
A single cask rum bottled by the Leith Stillroom branch of Gleann Mor Spirits. This rum is from Guadelope, and speculation suggests it is specifically from the Damoiseau distillery located on the Bell...
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Bellevue
£124.95
A rum from Nicaragua bottled in Berry Brothers Classic Rum range. This has notes of cocoa, tobacco and limes. We recommend sipped or in a delicious tropical drink.
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Berry Brothers and Rudd
£31.95
This rum from Guatemala has a smooth, tropical character begging to be used in a daiquiri or mojito. Bottled by Berry Brothers in their new Classic rum range.
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Berry Brothers and Rudd
£31.95
We're delighted to see a classic range of rums from Berry Brothers. This Barbados rum shows delicate notes along with typical molasses and fruits. A great introduction to this historic rum region.
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Berry Brothers and Rudd
£31.95
Berry Brothers have been bottling rum for decades, so it's only fit to see a new classic range of rums which celebrate the variety of rum regions. This is a Jamaican rum which has fruits and esters at...
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Berry Brothers and Rudd
£31.95
Black Magic is a blend of light and dark rums with a secret recipe of spices. Made by Sazerac, American distillery well known for their whiskey production.
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Black Magic
£22.95
The Black Tot rum was originally bottled to commemorate the 300 year old Naval tradition of a rum ration in the British Navy. This is a new bottling, where they have revamped the recipe blending elega...
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Black Tot Rum
£34.95
Chris Blackwell's family are one of the oldest merchant families in Jamaica, having come to the island in the 1600's. Chris' Grandfather owned the Wray and Nephew distillery, hence the rum's origins. ...
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Blackwell
£22.95
The second new permanent Rum release from That Boutique-y Rum Company which is named 'Elegant- Dried Fruits'. This blend of Jamaican and Guyanan molasses rum is a balance of heavy and funkier flavours...
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Boutiquey
£28.95
A new permanent release from That Boutique-y Rum Company, this is a blend of funky Jamaican molasses based rums along with Martinique sugarcane rums. A delicious light and fruity rum perfect suited fo...
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Boutiquey
£24.95
Bumbu Rum is based on the original recipe created by 16th and 17th century sailors of the West Indies, who blended native Caribbean spices into the rum and called 'Bumbu'.
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Bumbu
Bumbu Rum 35% 70cl
£35.95
Cana Brava Rum is produced at Las Cabras distillery in Herrera, Panama by Master Distiller Francisco "Don Pancho" J. Fernandez who mastered the art of distilling in Cuba before moving to Panama in the...
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Cana Brava
£27.95
This Panamian rum has been matured for 7 years in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 45% abv.
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Cana Brava
£43.95
A blend of rum from Papa New Guinea and Fiji spiced with natural spices and then infused with Australian bananas. No additional sugar means this is perfect for an extra tropical Dairquari or Old Fashi...
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Cargo Cult
£32.95
Since its closure in 2002, Caroni has been highly sought after in the rum-loving community. This addition to the Berry Brothers & Rudd Exception Casks series is a 231 bottle run of 21 year old Trinida...
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A special bottling of the Trinidad rum Caroni, bottled by Italian legends Velier. Twenty three Caroni experts gathered in Cognac on 12th April 2019 to sample the final barrels of stock imported from T...
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Caroni
£361.95
Bristol Spirits select small batches of excellent rums, and this Caroni fits that profile. One of the more sought after rums, for its complexity and fruity notes.
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This single cask rum is from the legendary Caroni Distillery in Trinidad and Tobago which closed in 2002. Expect big, oily, heavy character with plenty of spice and fruit notes. Bottled by Scottish in...
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Caroni
£204.95
A new blended dark rum honouring a history of two industries, specifically the shipbuilding on the river Clyde in Glasgow and the Rum trade of the West Indies. Penned as a Scottish Creation, this rum ...
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Caulkers
£41.95
An exclusive single cask bottling of Chairman's Reserve Rum. We assisted in the selection of this cask along with our pals at Lucky Liquor, a brilliant bar in Edinburgh. We decided that this 50:50 ble...
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Chairmans Reserve
£44.95
This Chairman's Reserve rum from St. Lucia is a blend of rum distilled in both copper pot stills and coffey stills and matured in American white oak barrels for between three and four years. It has th...
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Chairmans Reserve
£26.50
A high quality St Lucia rum infused with spices and fruits including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut, all spice, lemon and orange. We think it is very good quality particularly for the price...
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Chairmans Reserve
£26.50
This famous Chairman's Reserve bottling has now been crafted to mimic the rum found in forgotten casks which were preserved from a catastrophic fire that destroyed the St Lucia Distillers warehouse in...
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Chairmans Reserve
£40.95
Oak Aged rum, specifically chosen by the Chairman of the St Lucia Distillery company; Laurie Barnard. Matured in Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Buffalo Trace casks.
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Chairmans Reserve
£25.95
Clairin is known as the spirit of Haiti, it has similarities to agricole rum and is made from sugarcane. The Communal combines traditional sugar cane spirits from Sajous, Vaval, Casimir and Le Rocher...
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Clairin
£35.95
Although largely unknown on these shores, the Ti Punch is the classic serve for French island rhums such as this, made using the strict AOC rules (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée). The Ti Punch is a...
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Clement
£25.95
A single varietal white rhum agricole from Martinique, which is pretty cool in our eyes. The canne bleue species of sugar cane is praised for its aromatic intensity, and this spirit is aged for 6 mont...
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Clement
£35.95

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