Rum is a staple ingredient in many tropical cocktails making it the perfect tipple for the summer. If you thought rum was a two-dimensional spirit, we'll happily dispel your doubts with our handpicked selection of the finest traditional and deliciously underrated brands, all poured into 70cl or 50cl bottles. In this blog post, we will share some of our favourite light, gold and dark rums that will make the perfect drink this summer season.
Barbican Botanics Spiced Rum is 100% fermented and distilled in the South West of England. This rum contains figs, oranges, allspice, berries, nutmeg, ginger, cassia and clove, along with a smokiness from the addition of Charred American Oak.
Ninefold Pure Single Rum is made from molasses at Ninefold Distillery on Dormont Home Farm in Dumfries & Galloway. This premium Scottish white rum uses traditional double pot distillation to create a distinctly smooth unaged rum. Notes of vanilla and citrus on the nose give way to smooth caramel and citrus, finished by a lingering spiciness.
Rathlee Rum is column distilled in Latin America before arriving on the shores of Cornwall in charred white oak barrels where it is delicately blended with the purest Cornish water. Smooth on the palate with notes of tropical fruit, honey and vanilla, and a warm peppery-spice finish.
★ Serving Suggestion: We recommend Rathlee’s Rum straight over ice to experience the spirit’s purity of flavour.
Sweetdram Smoked Spiced Rum is a bold and aromatic spirit made in Edinburgh. It uses Caribbean rums, lush green botanicals, grains of paradise, lapsang souchong and warm-smoked organic figs. Think dry caramel, peppered fruit crumble and chunks of tinned pineapple on the barbecue.
★ Serving Suggestion: Mix with ginger beer and a decent lash of lime.
Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold is expertly crafted with a blend of the finest Caribbean Rum as well as a complex blend of spices and natural flavours. Matured in charred American white oak bourbon barrels, this rum contains notes of rich natural vanilla, brown sugar, dried fruit, warming spices and hints of oak.
★ Serving Suggestion: Best served in a tankard over ice with a slice of lime.
Faraday's Proof White Rum is the only rum distilled in Manchester. This rum is carefully distilled from natural unrefined molasses, using a highly scientific and systematic approach to provide unparalleled purity and a smooth yet distinctive rum.
★ Serving Suggestion: Works brilliantly in your favourite cocktails, we recommend a Daiquiri, Mojito or a simple Cuba Libre.
Wester Spiced Rum is distilled in Scotland and uses real, natural ingredients and innovative distilling techniques. Their rum starts as sugarcane molasses. Bittersweet and full of flavour. This is then mixed with Scottish water and specialist yeast to begin the fermentation process.
★ Serving Suggestion: Enjoy served over ice or with the quality ginger beer and a squeeze of lime.
Hattiers Premium Reserve Rum is a sipping rum which has been developed in a family-run distillery in South Devon, UK. This rum begins with an 8 year aged double-retort pot and twin-column coffey still blend, distilled from sugar cane molasses in Barbados. They then blend this with exceptional pot still rums from Guatemala, Panama and the Dominican Republic before adding pure Devon water.
★ Serving Suggestion: To be enjoyed straight, over ice or as a base for your favourite cocktail.
J. Gow Fading Light Rum has been inspired by 'grimleens', an eerie duck which settles across Orkney, which has sparked many tales of ghosts and spirits. This pure single rum has been aged in chestnut casks, with no added sugar or colouring, and contains notes of dried fruits, vanilla, cream and spice.
★ Serving Suggestion: Best served with a good quality cola and a squeeze of lime.
Mooncurser Cornish Spiced Rum has been inspired by the hidden coves and rocky inlets that Cornwall has long been notorious for and every bottle is fermented, distilled and bottled in Cornwall. Notes of vanilla, orange and caramel are followed by warm nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of coffee, ginger and pepper that provide a clean finish.
★ Serving Suggestion: This rum is best enjoyed neat on the rocks or with your favourite mixer.