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No need for rum runners anymore, at Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire UK we have a classic selection of fine rum and we can do all the running for you. We list a good series of styles and flavours of pleasurable rums that will suit most people’s tastes. Our range of rums include many from all the main Caribbean Islands and a commendable selection of rums from many other countries such as Australia, Panama and Venezuela.
Many folks view rum in four different styles or categories….white and overproof rum, aged rum, rhum agricole and navy and dark rum. Although the production processes and uses of The sugar cane fruit are different, and as a slight contridiction many of use will see similarities between the four different styles in a blind tasting. Just food for thought.
Aged rum can cover a variety of options in the world of rum. Most are a bright and attractive golden amber colour, giving off fruity spices and caramel tastes to the tongue. Aged rums are usually from different vintages or batches that are incorporated together to ensure continuity of style and taste from year to year. Not to dissimilar of the winemaker who has the task of maintaining the vineyards reputation for continuity of style and taste, irrespective of any variation in a particular vintage. Many of these styles of rum highlight on their labels their age sometimes even the various ages that make up the final batch of rum.Although some rums like Mount Gay exhibit the XO mark similar to cognac on their label.Another highly recommended classic is Doorly's 12 year old Barbados aged rum.
Rhum agricole is different from most other rums in that it is produced from processed sugar cane juice. On the Caribbean Island of Martinique (famous for its rhum agricole) sugar cane is grown specifically for making this style of rhum. The process is first to ferment the fresh sugar cane juice and then to distill into a strong flavoured spirit. Probably the best style of rhum/rum to influence most rum Cocktails----just try it in a classic daiquiri.
Navy and dark rum are available in the main under two categories, some rums whose styles and origins go way back to the eighteenth and nineteenth century when basic rums were coloured to create the perception of old age, rich and tasty. Then we have quality traditional rums with no artificial flavourings or colour added and these full bodied dark rums have a nose of molasses, treacle and toffee with a smooth mellow finish combined with a lingering and memorable sweet flavour. Some notable navy and dark rums would be Goslings Black Seal, Myer's Original Dark and the Pusser's range of navy rums.
White and overproof rums----the statement is a little self explanatory and usually refers to overproof white rums with an alcohol content of greater than 57.5%, which is very high indeed. J Wray and Nephew's White rum is probably the best selling rum of its type in the world----it comes in at 63% a very potent white rum and not for the faint hearted. Another excellent white rum which is not over proof would be Matusalem Platino from the Dominican Republic at 40% abv.
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Rhum Clement VSOP has warm caramel, exotic spice and dried fruit aromas that lead into a soft, silky entry with a moderately off-dry body full of coconut and banana crème brulee, nut and mango fruit flavours. This delicious rum finishes with a long fade of charred sugarcane, warm sweet spices and more coconut flavours.
Mezan Trinidad Caroni 1999 Rum This Trinidad rum was column distilled at the now closed Caroni Distillery, in September of 1991. It has been aged in small oak casks for 19 years prior to being bottled one cask at a time. Golden syrup colour, treacly legs.Rich but indistinct nose, woody and sweet.
Chairman\'s Reserve Rum Forgotten Casks, St Lucia, A limited release from casks laid down in unusual places following a fire at the distillery and only found recently Rich dark gold mahogany colour. Wonderfully intense nose of sweet raison, sultana and hints of tobacco and vanilla from the oak. On the palate intense with sweet honeyed fruit and spices giving a wonderfully balanced and complex rum.
Rhum Clement VSOP 125th Anniversary Edition by JonOne has a nose full of caramal mixed with coconut and brown sugar. The palate is equally and powerful with sweet molasses, dried mango, hazelnuts and hints of dark chocolate. The finish is long and lingering with nuances of more fruit and baked apples.
Brugal 1888 Rum, Ron Gran Reserva Familiar, Dominican Republic, Brugal 1888 is complex, hints of spices, aromas of dried fruits, roasted coffee beans, double distilled, matured in white oak casks and sherry oak casks
La Mauny VSOP Rhum Vieux Agricole is a very radiant golden brown colour with a strong fruity spicy nose. The palate picks up lots brown sugar, raisins and dried apricots. The finish is full of toffee and lingering hints of dark chocolate.
Opthimus Premium Rum 15 Year Old, Dominican Republic Aromatic rum with complex aromas of honey, toffee, vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate with subtle oak notes
Rhum JM Agricole XO (Reserve Speciale) Martinique has been aged in re-charred bourbon barrels which provides a generous bouquet of toasted nut, lemon and sage on the nose. The palate picks-up fruit cake, brown sugar, dried mango and hints of vanilla, The finish is very long with lots of sweet warm spice.
Clarke\'s Court #37 Blend, 8 Years Old Rum, Grenada Distillers A very special blend originally aged in oak barrels for 8 years, then blended and returned to the barrel for a second maturation. Exceptionally smooth and a rich exotic fruity flavour,
Chairmans Reserve 1931 Rum, St Lucia 4th Edition, A blend of Coffey and copper pot distillates from 1999 and 2004. Seven American white oak casks – Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Buffalo Trace and two Port casks were used in the maturation process. The rums were then blended and left to marry in American oak for a further three months. A blend of rums ranging from seven to twelve years in age. Deep mahogany core with vibrant brown rim. Full nose of sweet honeyed fruit with hints of chocolate and tobacco. Good oak integration with vanilla tones. On the palate dry at first then opens up to display great depth and complexity. Concentrated with steeped raisin fruit, vanilla and a hint of roasted nuts. Balanced and an incredibly long finish 1931 is the pinnacle of fine rum making.
Rare Ron Viejo Rum Valdespino is a premium rum first imported back to Spain in 1940 from Cuba. Over decades the Solera in Jerez has been topped-up with selected Panama (70%) and Dominican Republic (30%) rums. The use of oloroso sherry casks in the aging process has given the rum rich deep gold and amber colour. On the nose it has mature oak notes, honey, orange peel and warm spices, with sherry aromas in the background. Complex citrus notes on the palate mix with spices and oak, combined with a delicate sherry and caramel aftertaste.
Zafra Rum Master Reserve 21 Years Old, Panama, A premium Panamanian rum produced using a small columm still and matured for at least 21 years in casks that formerly held bourbon. A pleasingly rich but interestingly dry rum with a perfectly silky mouthfeel and superb balance.