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.
A handcrafted, small batch rum, distilled three times at low temperatures from molasses in pot stills for an emphasis on fruitiness in the spirit. It's then matured for three months in oak, slowly allowing the flavour to develop while minimising the potentially overpowering influence of the wood. And after all of that, it's also the first rum to be distilled by Zuidam at their distillery in the Netherlands.
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.
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.
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 Anejo, aged for at least 5 years (and almost certainly 7) in oak and is an excellent sipping rum.
Don Q Cristal rum is a multiple distilled white rum produced at Destileria Serrallés in the town of Ponce in southern Puerto Rico. Aged in American white oak barrels to round out the spirit, this works well as a replacement for vodka in a variety of cocktails.
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.