Delicious when simply mixed with cola, served in cocktails, or taken neat with a squeeze of orange, there’s a rich variety of rums to explore.
Rum has been rising on the back of growing spirit sales, booming in the UK at twice the rate of gin, according to the clever folks at GlobalData.
Rum has been working hard to improve its image, from the pirate’s favourite to premium luxury spirit. While white rum has long been the biggest seller, interest is growing in spiced and flavoured rums. We’re developing a taste for craft spirits.
In 2019 there were some 200 rum brands in the UK market.
Atom Brands, who found fame with That Boutique-y Gin Company, introduced a sister label, That Boutique-y Rum Company in 2018, and we’ve a featured blend here. The company specialises in rare bottles and aged rums from Jamaica to Portugal.
Other notable recent launches include Cornwall’s Dead Man’s Fingers, a CBD-infused hemp rum, which appeared last year!
To celebrate World Rum Day (July 11), we’ve some rum-mendations.
Interest is growing in spiced and flavoured rums. We’re developing a taste for craft spirits…
First up is Ableforth’s Rumbullion! (its name referencing the original boiled sugarcane beverage), here created by blending extracts of Madagascan vanilla, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom into a base of Caribbean rum.
An intriguing mix of sugar and spice, with hints of orange and honey, and a finish that’s sweet and creamy, Rumbullion! is a fine choice to sunshine tipple.
Next up is this intriguing offering from the aforementioned That Boutique-y Rum Company, specifically Signature Blend #2. This variation is made with a combination of rich Guyanese rum and some traditional Jamaican rums, perfect for a tyically tropical Mai Tai.
The Signature Blend #2 is just one of several intriguing offerings from the specialist distiller.
Signature Blend #1 is a combination of unaged rum from Martinique and dark rum from Jamaica. We’re told it makes a truly fantastic Daiquiri!
If you want something a little more exotic, That Boutique-y Rum Company also offers Caroni, a 20-year old rum from the now-closed Caroni distillery in Trinidad. It’s rarity is reflected in the price, £131.
That Boutique-y Rum Company Signature Blend #2 has a different nose to the Rumbullion! There are hints of walnuts and molasses, dark chocolate and tannins. Secret ingredients apparently include pitted Medjool dates, raisins, papaya and banana bread!
The result is more woody on the palate via tropical fruits, with a coconut, pineapple, and maybe roasted apricot after taste, followed by some herbal notes of black tea and eucalyptus.
We’ve also had our heads turned by the folks at Don Papa, who cheekily advocate Papa Pimm’s Cup, a novel Filipino twist on that beloved British classic, Pimms. Don Papa Rum originates from Negros in the Philippines, (known locally as the mystical island of Sugarlandia, we’re told). Sugarcane grown on the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon, is milled to produce the molasses which provide the base for the rum.
OK, who’s ready to rum-ble? Time to get mixing…
Rumbullion! Old Fashioned
The tried and tested cocktail…
- 50ml Rumbullion!
- Angostura bitters
- Brown sugar cube, or tablespoon of brown sugar
- Orange twist
- Place sugar (cube) in a rocks glass, add 3x drops bitters and muddle
- Add your rum and top with ice then stir well
- Twist over orange peel to release oil and place in glass to garnish
Papa Pimm’s Cup
A twist on an old favourite…
- 30ml Don Papa
- 20ml Pimms
- 12ml Ginger Ale
- Squeeze of lemon
- Two cucumber ribbons
- Two strawberries
- Handful of mint
- Two lemon slices
- Gently muddle together the strawberries, mint and lemon a mixing glass or rocks glass
- Add to large wine glass, with Don Papa rum, Pimm’s and cucumber ribbons
- Fill glass with ice, and top with Ginger ale
- Garnish with sliced strawberry and mint sprig
No fuss Daiquiri
Rustle one up in no time…
- 60ml of light white rum
- 22ml of lime juice (fresh is best)
- 22ml of Simple Syrup
- Deposit all the above ingredients in a shaker
- Add ice and shake for 15 seconds
- Strain into chilled cocktail glass
The national drink of Cuba…
- 60ml of light white rum
- 15ml of lime juice
- 120ml of cola
- Add all the ingredients to a highball glass, with ice
- Gently stir
- Garnish with a lime wedge
The easiest rum cocktail of all?
- 50ml rum
- 50ml cola
- Orange peel
- Fill your glass with ice, and pour over equal measures of Rumbullion! and cola
- Stir and garnish with a little orange peel
Rumbullion! sells for £34.90, That Boutique-y Rum Company Signature Blend #2 sells for £30.95, both are available from masterofmalt.com.
Don Papa is available in Sainsburys, for £32.