A big demerera rum from Guyana's historic brand Lemon Hart, clocking in at a dangerously flammable 151-proof - 75.5%. Proceed with caution, this should only be used as a float for cocktails - please don't drink it neat.
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.
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!
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 transported to the Charente (home of the bottlers, Cognac producer Ferrand) and undergoing a second maturation in small French oak casks. 94 points from the Beverage Tasting Institue in Chicago.
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.
Originally aged in ex-cognac casks, this 2002 vintage rum from the Reunion Island's Savanna distillery has been finished for six months in sherry casks for extra smoothness and a layer of fruity sweetness.
Named after the Spanish term for the sugar cane harvest, Zafra Master Reserve is a premium Panamanian rum matured for at least 21 years in casks that formerly held bourbon. Blended by a former maestro ronero for Havana Club, Zafra is a pleasingly rich but interestingly dry rum with a perfectly silky mouthfeel and superb balance. Marvellous stuff.
A truly superb dark golden rum made in Bermuda by Gosling's, who are of course much more famous for their Black Seal rum of Dark 'N' Stormy fame. To overlook this complex sipper would be a mistake, however - we think it's a hidden gem.