Light golden rums have generally been aged for a relatively short period of time in oak casks, adding colour and character. They are therefore perfect for good quality cocktails, although the better quality examples are also very enjoyable sipped neat over ice.
Vat 19 is a three year-old light golden rum made in Trinidad (where it has a cult following) by Fernandes Distillers (aka Trinidad Distillers) and this imported version is bottled, rather brilliantly, in Chorley, Lancs.
From the superb Santa Teresa producer in Venezuela comes this lightly aged rum. Medium-bodied with a delicate sweetness, Claro is an excellent all-purpose mixing rum ideal for parties or summer get-togethers.
A lower strength edition of Lamb's Spiced, bottled at only 30% and therefore not legally a rum. This is still the same blend of Caribbean rums with cinnamon, vanilla, lime peel and other botanicals though.
This marvellous aged Paraguayan rum has got a very shiny halo - not only is it organic, but it's also Fairtrade! Its carbon footprint's probably not great, but that kind of goes with the territory for rum.
Bundaberg can only be called Cane Spirit in the UK as it is less than 40%. It is a famous spirit with a cult following from Northern Queensland in Australia. 'Bundy', as it is affectionately known, is an institution in Oz and continues to win new fans abroad.