Olly’s rooting for Rum!—
Forget rocket fuel drenched in cola; rum’s range is as nuanced as any fine spirit. Spiced rum can be good value (my Aldi pick is award-winning) as well as world class and locally made, such as Rosemullion Spiced Rum from Cornwall. Another British rum distiller is Scratch whose Botanical Rum is spot-on for gin fans looking for a change. And when winter fades, rum’s association with sunshine feels right to raise to brighter days.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
OLD HOPKING SEA DOG SPICED RUM (40%), £14.99, Aldi. Smoothly sweet and spicy, a no-brainer bargain fun rum.
HAVANA CLUB 3 YEAR OLD (40%), £18, Sainsbury’s. This reliable classic is absolute magic to mix in mojitos or daiquiris.
THE TIDAL RUM (40%), £34.95, masterofmalt.com. A golden gem from Jersey. Think smoky salted caramel. Lush!
SCRATCH BOTANICAL RUM (42%), £41, scratchspirits.co.uk. Superb with tonic instead of a classic G&T, this bright British rum is a revelation!
RUM OF THE WEEK
DIPLOMATICO RESERVA EXCLUSIVA (40%), £40.95, thewhiskyexchange.com. A favourite: fruitcake meets cocoa in this silky splendour.
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