10 Gifts for Rum Lovers: You don’t have to be a pirate

If you are looking for the best gifts for rum lovers, you have come to the right place. Whether it is to be mixed in to a cocktail or to be glugged straight pirate style, we have something for you. Check out the tabs below to learn about the different types of rum available.

This is clear with a mild flavour in comparison to other types of rum. It is often used to make cocktails such as Cuba Libre or Mojitos. A common example of a white rum, is Bacardi.

More flavourful than white rum, gold rum takes its characteristics from mellowing in a barrel over time. They are often aged over several years and have subtle flavors of vanilla, almond, citrus, caramel or coconut. This depends on the type of barrel used. 

Many aged rums are referred to as dark, only to distinguish them from white rum. Many dark rums range from light golden amber to black in colour. Dark types of rum are often aged in oak barrels for extended periods.

This type of rum is the darkest, heaviest and richest of all the rums.Black types of rum are popular ingredients used to balance the flavors of drinks against gold, white and spiced rums. Most black rum is made from molasses, a thick, dark sweet liquid left over in the process of manufacturing sugar. The black rums retain much of this rich molasses and caramel flavoring and are sometimes coloured with burnt caramel to achieve consistently dark hues.

The British Royal Navy was famed for its custom of providing a daily ration of rum to sailors, as far back as 1655 when the British fleet captured the island of Jamaica. The rum traveled on ships far better than French brandy. It actually improved as it aged in the barrels aboard ship. Navy rum is dark and full bodied.

This is a Brazilian sugar cane spirit and is one of the most popular categories of cane spirit in the world. Made from fresh sugar cane juice, cachaça is often bottled with little or no aging in barrels. This gives it  a full-flavoured profile, mainly enjoyed in cocktails, such as the caipirinha.

Aquardiente is made from fruit and most often, sugar cane. The name can be translated to “fire water.” It is very commonly used in cocktails.

Spiced rums offer unique flavours to cocktails and many other uses, bringing tropical flavours to the palate. Roots of ginger, seeds of vanilla and allspice, bark of cinnamon or cassia and buds of clove are commonly used to flavour spiced rum. Fruit extracts of citrus, cherry, mint, black currant, coconut, mango, pineapple, banana and other tropical plants and trees bring unique characteristics to the drink.

Many fine rums are aged in oak barrels for years to achieve their superior flavour. The raging process in the barrel makes the rum smooth, rich and adds the subtle flavours to the rum.Aged rums generally take on darker and richer colors due to the time spent in barrels. Charred oak barrels can impart dark tones. Cognac and sherry barrels can produce a reddish tint.

Vintage rums mainly come from the French islands, where the growing and processing season is short. In some cases, private label rum brands purchase a large bulk of rum from a single production year, age the product and bottle it when it has matured

Overproof rums are popular in the Caribbean Islands where locals prefer a stronger drink. They are also used in cooking recipes that call for rum to be ignited in flame (flambé) or drinks that blend a very strong rum into their recipe. They are used in classic rum punches mixed with tropical juices.

Rhum Agricole is made principally in the French territories of the Caribbean, especially Martinique, but similar styles are also produced in Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante and St. Barths, Reunion Island and Maritius in the southwest Indian Ocean Rhums made in Haiti from cane juice may also be considered agricole. This type of rum is fermented and distilled from pure, fresh cane juice and distilled to about 70 percent alcohol. This is less than most molasses-based rums, allowing it to retain more of the original flavour of the full cane juice

1. Brugal

We have had some interesting nights with Brugal Rum. This Gran Reserva 1888 version has a seriously smooth taste and a slight sweetness. It has hints of charred oak, sultanas, dates and honey with a touch of gentle smoke. Drink it neat or with a mixer, we love it with ginger beer.

2. The Rum Manual

Learn everything there is to know about rum. The Rum Manual lets you know the best ways to drink every kind of rum. It has a description and graded tasting notes for each brand. This allows you to create the perfect mix every time. It also has a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails recipes, to let you get the most out of this versatile spirit.

3. Personalised Rum Flask

Never be without your favourite tipple, with this personalised rum hip flask. It comes in a silk lined gift box and you can have the recipient’s name and a message laser engraved o to it. This is definitely one of the best gifts for rum lovers.

4. Make your own Strawberry Daiquiri Rum

This kit has everything you need to infuse a strawberry daiquiri to your choice of intensity. Just add all the ingredients and allow it to infuse.

5.Ron Mocambo 10 Year Old Rum in Glass Buccaneer Pistol

The 10 year old Ron Mocambo rum has sweet notes with a molasses, caramel and oaky flavour. But it comes in a bottle shaped like an old flintlock pistol. Which is the main reason you are going to buy this.

6. Skull Decanter and Glasses

These are really cool gifts for rum lovers, who are a bit morbid. This set includes a quality skull shaped decanter, to store any spirit in and four double walled glasses. The double walls insulate your drink, stopping the heat from your hand warming up your drink.

7. Drinks by the Dram Rum Tasting Set

To make sure you can pick your favourite thing, it is best to do a back to back test. With this rum tasting set, you can do just that. Sample five rums including Plantation XO Barbados 20th Anniversary, El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve, Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, Pusser’s 15 Year Old. This is a great selection that gives you the opportunity to sample a few before buying a big bottle of your favourite rum.

8. Personalised Rum Glass with Kraken Miniature

This is a nice little gift for rum lovers. A shot glass engraved with your rum lover’s name and a personal message. It also comes with a Kraken miniature to fill it with.

9. Cooling Cubes

Never let your drink be watered down by ice again. These cooling cubes keep your drink nice and cold without melting. Put the stainless steel cubes in the freezer for two to three hours, then pop two in your glass.

10. Kraken Rum

Release the Kraken! Kraken is one of our favourite rums. It is dark and rich flavour is a real treat. It is blended with 11 different spices and is 40 proof. It is smooth enough to drink on its own or mix it in to cocktails, Dark and Stormy anyone?

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