A half bottle of the dark spiced Caribbean rum introduced to the UK in Spring 2010, Kraken's old-style bottle and superlative packaging seem to earmark it out for greatness, and perhaps it will help some of those many thousands of punters nursing an old-recipe-Sailor-Jerry-sized hole in their hearts.
Vat 19 is a three year-old light golden rum made in Trinidad (where it has a cult following) by Fernandes Distillers (aka Trinidad Distillers) and this imported version is bottled, rather brilliantly, in Chorley, Lancs.
SangSom is a gold medal winning rum from Thailand, picking up awards back in the 1980s before disappearing from the international scene until the 2000s. It's massive back home and is fortunately now getting out into the wider world again.
The 37.5% abv version of Appleton White – a great-value white rum, distilled from molasses in Jamaica. Great for mixing, but with a pleasantly surprising range of flavour for a rum at this price point.
A lower strength edition of Lamb's Spiced, bottled at only 30% and therefore not legally a rum. This is still the same blend of Caribbean rums with cinnamon, vanilla, lime peel and other botanicals though.
From the superb Santa Teresa producer in Venezuela comes this lightly aged rum. Medium-bodied with a delicate sweetness, Claro is an excellent all-purpose mixing rum ideal for parties or summer get-togethers.
A historic rum brand, Skipper is a dense, dark molasses-based rum made in Guyana. This great value Demerara rum picked up a Gold Medal at the 2012 Rum Masters in the Dark Rum Aged Up to 7 Years category.