A terrific molasses-based Mauritian rum, Green Island is packed with flavour, which is no surprise when you consider that this is actually blended using 3-5yo rums. The golden colour of the aged rum is removed via charcoal filtration, which also gives the rum its creamy texture. Yummy!
A Mauritian rum blended with vanilla, nutmeg and other tropical spices, and named after the rare Pink Pigeon - another native of Mauritius, brought close to extinction in the 90s but now flapping around again in much healthier numbers.
A spiced rum from St Aubin on the island of Mauritius, made using just rum, cane syrup and natural spices. Different to most spiced rums as the base spirit is an agricole, made from sugar cane juice rather than molasses.
Ceylon Arrack is a traditional Sri Lankan spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower, which can only be collected by hand and aged in Sri Lankan oak casks. The revival of lost cocktail ingredients continues apace.
VXO is an excellent 7yo Golden Demerara rum from Guyana, bottled by Banks DIH. We were very impressed with this when we first tasted it at Rumfest, and we still love it - probably the best value rum of its kind.
An award-winning seven year-old gloden rum from Peruvian producer Cartavio, who have been making rum since 1929, celebrating their 80th anniversary in 2009 with the release of Cartavia XO, which promptly won a Gold Medal at the Miami Rum Renaissance festival.
A recent addition to the El Dorado range of splendid golden Demerara rums from Guyana, this brilliantly versatile rum works well in a luxury Mojito or Rum Old-Fashioned, but is also delicious on the rocks or sipped slowly. A terrific all-rounder.
One of the hidden gems of the Havana Club range, Anejo Reserva is weightier than the Anejo Especial without the extra sweetness of the 7yo. Along with the Cuban Barrel Proof, this is the connoisseur's choice for Havana Club (unless you're spending big money for the 15yo).
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.