There are more Rums available now than ever before, and more/better offerings available in on-trade outlets. 2017 was the year Rum was finally meant to take off and come into its own, but it didn’t quite happen… again.
Why? Well, Rum has somewhat of an image problem, which boils down to…
The trick to Rum’s future success is getting consumers to truly appreciate and understand what is in their glass.
Fun with Rum and Mixers
When drinking Rum, it’s fair to say most people reach straight for the default cola, but there are other options, some which may surprise you. And just like the gin ethos, if you spend the money on a premium bottle of rum put a good quality/premium mixer with it.
Ideally when adding a mixer to a Rum, you want to stick to a 2:1 ratio (2 parts mixer to 1 part rum), so you can at least taste the rum.
Coconut Water: - Adds complexity. Ideal with Rums that have seen oak ageing.
Clementine juice: - Acidity (of the juice) is the key here, whilst the flavour of the juice links with the fruitiness of the rum. Works best with aged rums.
Ginger Beer: - Ginger adds zing and increases the spiciness. Works best with spiced rums.
Premium Cola: - Very hit and miss as to which rums it works with, as the cola can overpower the Rum. Try Fevertree Madagascan Cola or Fentimans Curiosity Cola.
Other Mixers: Clementine and Cinnamon Tonic water, Ginger Beer with Muddled Lime, Ginger Ale.
January Rum Tasting
Back in January we held a Rum tasting and here’s what we had on show and what you should pair them with…
El Dorado Rum 3 y o White 40%
Mixer: Coconut Water
A great mixing and award winning rum. Filtered through natural charcoal for greater clarity and purity. It is then aged for at least 3 years in 45 gallon ex-bourbon oak casks. Crisp and fresh.
Skipper Rum 40%
Mixer: Old Fashioned, Premium Cola
First launch in 1930 and still with the same label. A dense, dark molasses-based rum made in Guyana. Gold Medal winning at the 2012 Rum Masters in the category of ‘Dark Rum Aged Up to 7 Years’.
Duppy Share Rum 40%
Mixer: Coconut Water, Ginger Beer, Cola
A blend of unique premium rums, a 3 year old, 100% pot still rum from Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica, and a 5 year old Barbadian rum from the prestigious Foursquare Distillery in Barbados. These are very contrasting island styles, a fiery Jamaican rum and a smooth Barbadian rum.
Rumbullion! Spiced Rum 42.6%
Mixer: Ginger Beer
Multi award winning rum, made by the same people behind Bathtub Gin. A blend of Caribbean rum, Madagascan vanilla, orange peel, clove, cinnamon and cardamom.
Dark Matter Spiced Rum 40%
Mixer: Cola, Ginger Beer
The first and only rum distillery in Scotland. First conceived by brothers Jim & John Ewen, on a scrap of paper whilst on holiday in April 2014.
Foursquare Zinfandel Cask 11 Year Old 43%
Mixer: N/A or Old Fashioned
An intriguing rum from Barbados'. This is a combination of two rums (pot and column still): one aged for five years in ex-bourbon casks and then six years in ex-Zinfandel wine casks, and an 11-year-old matured full term in bourbon casks. These were then blended together and bottled in September 2015. Produced as a series by Foursquare distillery.
Whisper it, at long last the Connolly's Wine Sale has returned.... We now have distinctly too much wine and can't actually find space for all the new shiny things we've found to fit in either the Shops or the Warehouse, so it's time to change things around.
It all kicks on Thursday 2nd May with the full list of sale wines attached and we're offering 15% off on Thursday, 20% on Friday, and 25% on Saturday...
More updates from Chris- now into the 5th day of the trip, but actually only the third in South America- having lost the 2 days in Chile, it's time to head to Argentina and finally a chance to acquire more socks...
Whilst his fear of flying was causing Michael, the young Armagh medic sat next to me on the plane over the Andes to come out in a cold sweat, I couldn’t help but drink in the most astonishing views during one of the shortest but most spectacular flights in the world