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.
This limited-release Zacapa XO Solera Gran Reserva Especial (in a stylish flat decanter) won Gold in the Super-Premium category at the International Rum Festival for several years after its release in 2000, and was given the Platinum award for the Super-Premium category in 2002.
A 1996 vintage rum bottled at an eye watering full-proof of 64.6%. It's a vatting of 5 barrels distilled in a Coffey still, matured for 15 years (in Tropical Weather, as the label says) and bottled in February 2011.
A 1991 vintage agricole rum produced by Damoiseau on Guadeloupe. Bottled in 2010, this is a big and powerful rum. Their Bellevue distillery was founded in 1942 and continues to make delicious rums to this day.
A column distilled rum from the Don Jose Distillery (aka Destileria Varela Hermanos) in Panama, named for Don Jose Varela who started distilling back in 1936 and better known for producing Ron Abuelo. This was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2012 as a collaboration between The Whisky Agency and The Nectar. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.
A prestige blend of long-aged rhums agricoles (ie distilled directly from sugar came juice rather than molasses or other sugar by-products), distilled in Martinique and matured in a mix of French and American oak. A delicious, complex slow-sipper.
Coruba is a Jamaican rum made for the Swiss-based Rum Company Ltd - this is their flagship rum, aged a full twenty-five years in old oak casks. A remarkable rum, winning Gold at the German ISW in 2008.
A recently-released special edition of Mount Gay, 1703 was the year the distillery was started, making it arguably the world's oldest surviving distillery. Blended by master distiller Allen Smith using rums aged between ten and thiry years old.
A special limited release from Abuelo, mining the depths of the family stocks to find a rum suitable for a big celebration - their 100th anniversary of production, with sugar cane being grown on their estate since 1908 and still grown there today.
A limited edition from this famed South American rum maker in celebration of their 200th anniversary in 1996. The bottle is made of dark frosted glass, looking somewhat like a hand grenade, and contains their Ron Anejo.
An interesting limited edition rum from the folks at Dos Maderas. A blend of rums from Barbados and Guyana, matured for 10 years in the Caribbean before shipping to Spain for futher maturation of five years in sherry casks that previously contained Don Guido, an incredible 20 year old sherry. A deep and intense rum.
A truly fantastic long-aged rum from Jamaica's most respected producer, Appleton 21yo has everything you could ask for in a top-end rum - real richness and depth of flavour and a fabulously smooth texture and mouthfeel. Just brilliant.