Golden rums have been aged in oak casks, adding colour and character. Lighter examples are therefore perfect for good quality cocktails, while darker expressions should really be enjoyed neat or with a single ice cube. Read More »
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.
SangSom is 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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.