Flavoured or spiced rums are usually flavoured with spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla, traditionally done to mask the inferior quality of the spirit today they have become a popular drink in their own right.
Another string to the Bacardi bow is Oakheart and sweetly spiced spirit drink. It doesn’t have quite the ABV to be classed as a regular rum but it has many of the characteristics a depth of flavour you’d expect. Liquorice fudge, cinnamon and baked pastry all come through in the nose and many of the same notes are present in the flavour with additional vanilla, pepper and spiced elements. Oak and Coke is a class combination you’ll definitely want to try.
A spicy offering from Chairman’s Reserve, this rum is an award winner and one which is held in high esteem by rum fans worldwide. Deep mahogany notes are the home to a complex bitter nose where bitter and sweet raisin are peppered with hits of nutmeg and cinnamon. On the palate you’ll enjoy a surprisingly smoothness which has an exotic characteristic that the combination of orange and spices offers. Heady, and one you’ll definitely remember.
Clement Creole Shrubb is one of those drinks that you may not have heard of but once you try it, you won’t want to stop. A strong and rich rhum agricole, Creole Shrubb is a sweet flavoured almost herbal offering which brings together old and young rums. The sweet sugar cane base blends beautifully with fresh orange peel and notes of oak which come through in the maturation process. Simple in its flavours but wonderfully sweet and perfectly drank neat, add Clement Shrubb to your drinks cabinet.
Don Papa Rum was first created in 2012 and made it to the UK two years later. Distilled in small batches from sugar cane grown on the Philippines island of Negros and aged in American oak for 7 years. This is packed with vanilla flavours and a hint of spice.
A high quality spiced rum from the Barbadian Foursquare distillery, Four Square delivers a warm and welcoming spicy touch to your favourite rum flavours. Honey and clove are the prominent flavour when you smell and the combination is inviting and not remotely cloying. Surprisingly fresh on the palate, the spiciness in this rum is measured and well-balance with a subtle elegance coming through in warm honeyed vanilla. Despite its sweetness, the spices ensure it doesn’t become sickly.
Spiced Green Island rum is a wonderful addition to your rum collection. The fact that Mauritius lies on the original spice route ensures that some of the finest spices are available to Green Island in preparing their rums. Opening with welcoming vanilla notes, mild lime and clove freshness, Green Island Spiced then leads into a burst of hot ginger which builds on the palate and remains until the final hit. It is tempered by that mild lime flavour, ensuring it doesn’t overwhelm.
Lamb’s Navy Rum is already well known and its spiced variation is certainly enjoyable too. Mixing together Guyana, Jamaican, Trinidadian and Barbadian rums alongside natural botanicals and spices, Lamb’s Spiced Rum is hot, bright and has a zesty tang. Your traditional vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg flavours are all there standing proud and are enhanced by toasted fruit notes and hints of lavender. Rounded and creamy, the intense spice ensures this Lamb’s offering is memorable.
Blended to perfection, Captain Morgan’s is a golden rum which has been enhanced by sweet and mellow spices. A drink that just cries out to be mixed with cola, Captain Morgan’s uses only premium Caribbean rums to create its distinct flavour. The natural hues of the rum blend with specially selected spices to create the amber hues the drink is known for and a hint of oak smokiness can be tasted due to the rum’s maturation process.
Exotic flavours are brought together in delicate harmony within each bottle of Old J. Old J is vibrant and notes of zesty Persian lime are blended beautifully with your traditional rum notes of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s a smooth and sweet rum-flavoured drink with a lower than average ABV which makes it perfect for splashing over ice with a wedge of lime. Alternatively you pop it in a cocktail and it’s those deep vanilla notes which linger.
A rare spiced rum with a memorable name, Pink Pigeon is not a drink you’ll forget in a hurry. One of Mauritius’ finer offerings, a bird native to isle is where it gets its name. Warming custard notes are released on opening the bottle and they’re soon followed by sweet icing sugar, buttery croissant and even strawberries. On drinking the sweetness remains and vanilla and nutmeg spice also come through, with a fieriness developing as you sip.
Old oak barrels ensure genuine depth to each bottle of RedLeg Spiced. The brooding dark rum is blended with hand selected spices, principally Jamaican ginger and vanilla. The combination creates the perfect winter warmer and unlike some other spiced rums, it’s those spicy notes that really stand out. Gingerbread flavours are perfectly balanced against spicy black pepper ensuring a strength of flavour that can be appreciated time and again. No need to add ginger beer at RedLeg is spicy enough.
The hardest working man in showbiz is back again with a spicy edition to his rum range. Ron de Jeremy spice once again benefits from the profile of the face on the bottle as well as the hard work of master rum maker Don Pancho Fernandez. Hints of bourbon char are married with caramelised banana, nutmeg and vanilla to create a route and warm flavour. Nutmeg offers welcome spice and lingers on until the end.
Norman Collins’ nickname has far outlived him in spicy, mellow Sailor Jerry’s rum. The godfather of old school tattooing Sailor Jerry rum reflects this tradition with its Hula Girl bottle design and a flavour which is both traditional but perfect for a range of modern drinks. Light in flavour, mellow vanilla notes and spices come through, making it the perfect accompaniment to your favourite brand of cola or fiery ginger beer.
An enticing orange liqueur with a tantalising rum base, Orange Rhum uses Valencia oranges and combines them with quality Venezuelan Santa Theresa rum. A two year maturation process ensures the sweetness of the orange infiltrates the powerful rum and delivers and sweet and syrupy flavour which is exceptionally moreish. Complex and warming, without being cloying, Santa Theresa Orange Rhum has spicy clove and pepper notes to enhance its flavour but it’s the sweet oranges that take centre stage.
St. Aubin has an exceptional range of Rhum Agricoles and this classic vanilla flavour is devilishly moreish. Mauritius’ finest flavours are brought into a single place and give you this silky smooth palate. Light yet creamy, this vanilla-infused rum has a surprisingly zesty character which ensures the vanilla doesn’t become overwhelming. The sweet vanilla is well balanced against the deep rummy tones and is an absolutely sensational addition to your vanilla Daiquiri.
From its old-style bottling to its unusual name, The Kraken Rum is an exciting addition to the drinks cabinet. With flavours more in keeping with a peppered spicy rum than sea monsters from the deep, the pure black huesare different to your usual drink and certainly make for a long drink with a difference. Marries perfectly with a sweet ginger beer, The Kraken rum’s flavour is as deep as its hues, with heavy spicing balanced against honeyed vanilla.
Plantation Pineapple Rum
A tribute to Reverend Stiggin s, a character in Charles Dicken's Pickwick Paper s, this rich complex rum carries smoky notes and aromas of tropical frui t, pineapple, citrus peel , and a touch of clove. Stunning balance of sweet and spice .
Perfect for summer evening tipples, Mahiki is a tasty rum and coconut based liqueur made using a combination of Polynesian and Jamaican rums. Enjoy over ice, with you favourite mixer or as an accompaniment to a bowl of chocolate ice cream.
Bacadi Carta Fuego is bold yet smooth red rum, capturing tropical flavours and spices with a hint of smokiness.
Aged in torched oak barrels for up to a year then blended and shaped through charcoals and finally mixed with a secret blend of natural flavours and spices for a bold yet smooth flavour.
Koko Kanu is named to pay homage to the Jamaican Arawak Indians and its flavour is light, fragrant and heavily inspired by the ever-popular coconut. This rich coconut flavoured rum has a sweetshop aroma and the baked flavour of the coconut macaroon comes through on tasting. Hints of icing sugar and cocoa build as the flavour’s complexity develops and it’s as the lingering finish ends that you get an enjoyable spicy hit.