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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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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
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 Estate is one of the oldest rum producers having been established in Jamaica in 1749. This rum is distilled in entirely in pot stills and has been tropically matured in oaks casks for 12 year...
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Appleton Estate
£39.95
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
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
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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
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
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
An aged rhum from Martinique, and bottled from only the best casks. As with all rhum agricole, this is distilled from fresh sugar cane juice to produce a more vegetal, grippier style tied closely to t...
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Clement
£35.95
Produced by Deeside Distillery. This aged blend comes from the selection of their favourite casks of double pot distilled molasses rum, produced and matured in their distillery in Aberdeenshire. Only ...
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Devils Point
£37.95
A rum from the Philippines, distilled from sugar cane and aged in oak casks for 7 years. We found it to be more liqueur in style, rather than a straight rum.
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Don Papa
Don Papa Rum 40% 70cl
£34.95
We are used to seeing interesting wood finishes in the whisky industry but double maturation in rum is still a novum. Don Q have created this blend of rums which are initially aged 5 to 8 years in Ame...
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Don Q
£34.95
Distilled at the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados, where a proportion of the rum is matured in ex oloroso sherry casks, giving the rum a lovely richness and fruitiness.
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Doorlys
£36.95
This rum is made using fair trade Belize sugar cane. It is aged in American oak casks for 5 years. Sugar cane rums tend to have lighter, more aromatic notes.
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Fair
£36.95
A 12 year old rum from this highly awarded Nicuaraguan distiller. It produced from sugar cane, and matured in American oak casks.
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Flor De Cana
£34.95
Gosling's Black Seal Rum but with an extra kick, bottled at 75.5% abv or 151 proof, this is a perfect addition to cocktails, as the higher strength will carry through more flavours.
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Goslings
£38.95
The name of Kirk and Sweeney originally comes from a schooner boat well known for rum running around the Dominican coast. Originally known as "12 year", a revision to the branding now labels this rum ...
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Kirk and Sweeney
£36.95
Leblon Cachaça is produced at the Destilaria Maison Leblon in Patos de Minas, Brazil. It is made from fresh sugar cane juice, fermented and then distilled in traditional copper pot stills in batches ...
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Leblon
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Xaymaca was the name that the Arawaks, the first inhabitants of Jamaica gave to the Island and so this release of Plantation rum evokes those origins and is made of 100% pot still Jamaican Rum. A blen...
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Plantation
£34.95
Aged in tropical climate, which will give it more oak, due to the temperature, in comparison to a colder climate maturation. This tends to make rums like this richer, in comparison to whiskies of the ...
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Ron Abuelo
£34.95
Seawolf is the very first Scottish white rum to hit the market, and its made by old pals Jason Scott and Mike Aikman from Bramble Bar. It is distilled from slowly fermented high grade molasses and is...
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Sea Wolf
£36.95
This botanical rum has been created by the Spirited Union Distillery in Amsterdam. They have taken an agricole-style rum from Mauritius and distilled it with Spanish lemon along with a curious combina...
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Spirited Union
£35.95
A blend of dark spiced rum from Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago. Blended with fruits and spices to create one of the finest spiced rums we have ever tasted.
Bristol
£38.95
The iconic Australian Rum has been made in the Queensland town of the same name for over a hundred years and has been bottled since the 1960s. The label features the iconic polar bear used as Bundy's ...
Bundaberg
£36.95
This delicious spiced rum is made on the tiny Lamb Holm, which is connected to Orkney by the Churchill Barriers. This spiced rum ins't overwhelmed by the spice but rather complimented by the vast arra...
J. Gow
£34.95
Matugga's Spiced Rum is a blend of their pot still golden rum with an East African blend of black tea along with ginger, cloves, vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon. Made in the U.K. in small batches.
Matugga
£39.95
Matugga Golden Rum is made from East African molasses which are fermented for seven days before being triple-distilled in 200-litre copper pot stills. The rum is then matured in English oak casks. Pro...
Matugga
£39.95
Mezan rums are normally from individual distilleries and are bottled as a vintage, but this is a combination of rums from Monymusk and Hampden distilleries, with ages varying from 4 to 23 years of age...
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Mezan
£38.95
Created by Alejandro Hernandez in 1938, Pampero became one of the most highly though of spirits in Venezula, and set the standard for Venezualan Rum. The Anniversario is their extra special, sipping r...
Pampero
£36.95
A blend of rums from Trinidad; Plantation Original Dark is a perfect for a rum and coke, or for a richer rum cocktail. This is their overproof, which is particularly punchy in mixed drinks.
Plantation
£36.50
This blended rum from Guatemala and Belize from famous Plantation range has been matured initially in Central America and finished in ex-Cognac casks in the French region.
No other rum on the market is so closely tied to the Navy, as this is blended according to the exact rum recipe of which sailors were given their daily 'tot' ration. Pussers' founder Charles Tobias ob...
Pussers
£39.95
Rogue
£36.50
A botanical rum from the folks at Spirited Union in Amsterdam. Here they have infused a Barbados rum, made from copper pot and column stills, with cardamom, vanilla, cacao, cloves and organic Spanish ...
Spirited Union
£38.95
Virgin Gorda rum is a blend of Caribbean rums, produced from sugar cane, distilled in pot stills, and aged in Ex Bourbon casks for 7-8 years. They do not add any colour, or flavour additives. It is a ...
Virgin Gorda
£34.95
The Wester Spirits Co. have taken the name of their company from the Wester Sugar House Company which was based in Glasgow. For over 100 years they refined sugar and distilled rum, and now their legac...
Wester
£34.95

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