Dark golden rums have spent a relatively longer period ageing in oak casks, often picking up great depth of character. These rums are therefore usually unsuitable for all but the very poshest cocktails and should really be enjoyed neat or with a single ice cube.
A gold medal winning rum from Thailand, picking up awards back in the 1980s before disappearing from the international scene until the 2000s. It's massive back home and is fortunately now getting out into the wider world again, thanks to backing by owners International Beverages.
This is the latest version of Sailor Jerry rum, which was re-formulated in early 2010 to bring it into line with the US recipe. This version contains less vanilla and lime than the previous edition and is more popular with bartenders. Try with cola or ginger beer with a squeeze of fresh lime, or mix with Red Bull for a 'Popeye'.
Brugal is the market-leading rum in the Dominican Republic and is now a familiar sight in bars up and down the UK after being taken on by a major drinks distributor. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.
Released in autumn 2011, Bacardi Oakheart is a spiced rum-based spirit and is so-called because some of the rums are matured in ex-bourbon oak casks. Notes of brown sugar, honey and burnt vanilla custard with a short, lightly cinnamony finish.
Chairman's Reserve is a blend of double distilled pot still and continuous still rums from the beautiful island of St. Lucia. A worthy winner of a Gold Medal and ‘Best in Class’ award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2008.
A spiced rum from the creators of Blavod, named for the red leg hermit crab that's native to the coral reefs of the Caribbean. It's infused with ginger and vanilla before being rested in oak casks to round out and marry the spicy flavours.
The spiced rum scene has ignited following the demise of the old Sailor Jerry recipe. This addition to the fray is from the well-respected St. Lucian brand Chairman's Reserve, and has been described by one of the TWE crew as 'sex in a glass'.