23 different rums, from 7 different countries (Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Java, Panama and Guatemala), have been blended together under the watchful eye of Masterblender Arnaud de Trabuc. Banks 7 is named in tribute to the 7 unique styles of rum used to create this stunning drink.
A stellar range of Mexican (yes, Mexican) rums named after the fighters in the Mexican Revolution. Uniquely, as far as we can tell, Los Valientes is a blend of 70% pot-distilled rum from sugar cane juice (ie rhum agricole) and 30% colum-distilled molasses rum, which is then rested in used white oak barrels, prolonging the ageing process by using less active wood.
A superb luxury Guatemalan rum. Botran's rums are aged in a solera system high up in the mountains, and the solera is fed with a proportion of rums aged in sherry and port casks as well as ex-bourbon. The rums used for Solera 1893 are made with virgin sugar cane honey and are matured for between 5 and 18 years before going into the solera.
A very handsomely presented decanter-style bottle of Plantation Extra Old rum from Barbados. Unusually, the rums are initially aged in the Caribbean in ex-bourbon casks, before being trasported to Charente (home of the bottlers, cognac producer C. Ferrand) and undergoing a second maturation in small French oak casks. 94 points from the Beverage Tasting Institue in Chicago.
Rhum Rhum PMG is a rum agricole from the island of Marie Galante, south of Guadeloupe. A collaboration between an Italian importer, an Italian distiller and the Bielle distillery. They use the best sugar cane known, the almost now disappeared B47.259 (if that's your thing) and five days of fermentation. A real wow rum!
An awesome rum - winner of a Platinum medal and ranked in First Place by the prestigious Beverage Tasting Institue in Chicago, with a whopping 97 points. Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim - the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera.
A handsomely-presented gift set with two glasses accompanying a bottle of Venezuela's greatest export (apart from all those Miss Worlds) - the equally stunning and lipsmackingly tasty Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva.