A 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.
The Ron Cubay brand was established in 1964 and the rums are made by Cuba Ron S.A., producers of world famous Havana Club. This is their 3 year old white rum and works fantastically well in a Daiquiri.
A bottle of Soldiers Bay Silver Rum. This is a molasses-based rum which is distilled in a copper column still at Antigua's only remaining distillery, first built in 1933. Perfect as a base for a mojito.
A balanced blend of pot still and continuous still distillates, the majority of which have been aged around five years. Gosling's Gold is a great easy-drinking Bermudan rum, suitable for mixing in cocktails or drinking straight over ice with a slice of lime.
Westerhall Estate's 12 Degrees is an aged white rum from Grenada. Double distilled, it is then aged in neutral oak casks for two years before being diluted with spring water and charcoal filtered. This is ideal for use in a long drink with a mixer of your choice.
Aged for seven years in Matusalem's Solera system, this is a welcome addition to the popular Matusalem range. The company has an interesting history, having been founded in Cuba in 1872 but then being forced to flee to the Dominican Republic following the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
A half bottle of fabulous Venezuelan dark golden rum, distilled from molasses in a copper potstill before 12 years of ageing. Rich, sweet and fruity, just how we like 'em. Fantastic quality for the money. Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva is one of the most awarded rums with more than 20 awards to its name. 2012 Miami Rum XP - Gold Medal Winner