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Rum

The golden liquid

When one thinks of rum, images of pristine tropical beaches, drunken pirates and tall drinks in kitschy ceramic mugs often come to mind. None of these images are necessarily wrong, but there is much more to rum than meets the eye.

For a drink as storied as rum, a dark and stormy history is only appropriate. And such a story it does deliver. The slave trade was, unfortunately, the engine behind much of sugar cane production. Slave traders were often happy to accept payment in the form of alcohol, but as beer and wine did not mature well on ships, a new spirit was needed. And that's where Barbados came in, a small Caribbean island that gave the world rum in the 1600s. The sugar cane barons of Barbados were among the richest in the world, and rum soon became a thriving export industry. The drink was originally called "Kill Devil" because of its strong taste and effect.

While undoubtedly delicious, rum can be one of the most confusing spirits in the world, if only because it is made in so many different places and in so many different ways. There is an insane variety of different rums, from white rum to dark rum and everything in between.

Did you know?

If you think you had a lot of nicknames growing up, take a look at this impressive list of nicknames rum has received over the years. Just a few of them are: Kill-Devil, Demon Water, Navy Neaters, Nelson's Blood, Barbados Water, Grog, Pirates Drink and Rumbullion.

SASHA SAYS:

"Of all the spirits in your house, rum is the most romantic" wrote bon vivant James Beard in 1956. He was right, of course. A single sip can bring to mind tall palm trees and tiny umbrellas, tropical holidays and a colourful, complicated history. But romance is the opposite of facts, and so rum has proved a fertile breeding ground for myths that have taken root and spread like bougainvillaea. Have a glass of rum and see what you become.

So, grab a few of these bottles from our amazing selection and see for yourself why rum is poised to become the next liquor to appeal to sippers worldwide.
Kraken Rum
Kraken Rum

Kraken Rum

£26.00
Sailor Jerry Rum
Sailor Jerry Rum

Sailor Jerry Rum

£21.25
FAIR BELIZE RUM ACACIA FINISH
FAIR BELIZE RUM ACACIA FINISH

FAIR BELIZE RUM ACACIA FINISH

£37.46
Eminente Reserva 7 Year Old
Eminente Reserva 7 Year Old

Eminente Reserva 7 Year Old

£45.45
Koko Kanu Coconut Rum
Koko Kanu Coconut Rum

Koko Kanu Coconut Rum

£21.25
Appleton Estate Signature
Appleton Estate Signature

Appleton Estate Signature

£23.45
Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve
Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve

Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve

£28.95
Trois Rivières Rhum Blanc Agricole
Trois Rivières Rhum Blanc Agricole

Trois Rivières Rhum Blanc Agricole

£32.45
Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum
Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum

Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum

£29.45
Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks
Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks

£38.75
Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks
Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks

£65.95
Plantation Rum Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple
Plantation Rum Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple

Plantation Rum Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple

£35.95