Rums of the World
Embark on a Flavourful Journey
Immerse yourself in the enchanting allure of rum, a spirit born from the sugarcane fields and distilled through centuries of craftsmanship. Discover its origins, its connections to seafaring legends, and the vibrant cultures that embraced this tantalising elixir. Join us as we uncork the secrets behind this beloved beverage and set sail on an extraordinary exploration of flavour and heritage.Read more
Robert Louis Stevenson - Rum enthusiast.
"I lived on rum, I tell you. It's been meat and drink, and man and wife, to me."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Our current favourite Rums
Prepare to meet the four distinguished brands that have left an indelible mark on the world of rum. From the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean to the innovative distilleries of Europe and New Zealand, each brand carries it's own unique story waiting to be unveiled...
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Lunatic & Lover
Lunatic & Lover's pursuit of crafting exemplary rum goes beyond simplicity—it is an art requiring meticulous attention to detail. They begin by sourcing the finest molasses, carefully selected from different regions to suit their desired flavour profile. The brand's devotion to fermentation, a mythical step in the rum-making process, involves years of collaboration and experimentation with specific yeast strains to extract precious compounds and enhance the final flavour.
Lunatic & Lover's hand-beaten, copper-pot still and meticulous vapour infusion technique create an intriguingly complex distillate. Their innovative spirit pushes boundaries, introducing a new lexicon of aromas and tastes. Through careful selection and marriage of herbs, spices, and roots, Lunatic & Lover crafts a new categroy of rum: Botanical Rum—an exceptional drinking experience that sets them apart. Experience the artistry, passion, and dedication behind each sip of Lunatic & Lover's extraordinary rums, where tradition intertwines with innovation, yielding a symphony of flavours.
Rum Cocktail Recipe #1
45 ml Lunatic & Lover Fundamental White Rum
150 ml East Imperial Mombasa Ginger Beer
Dash of Bitters
Garnish: Mint Sprig & Lime Wedge
Fill glass with quality ice, rum and a dash of bitters then stir gently. Top with East Imperial Mombasa Ginger Beer and garnish with slapped mint sprig and a wedge of lime.
Looking to try Michter's?
Then look no further than these fine establishments:
- Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington
- Deadshot, Ponsonby
- Lodge Bar & Dining, Auckland & Queenstown
- Wonder Horse, Hamilton
- Tokki, Milford - Auckland
Spirited Union is a botanical rum brand on a mission to restore quality to the rum market. They stand out by infusing single origin rums with responsibly-sourced natural botanicals. With a focus on creativity and genuine flavour innovation, Spirited Union brings a new level of excitement to the category. They leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of excellence, meticulously scrutinizing every detail from ingredient sourcing to production methods. By collaborating with a family of local producers who share their commitment to quality and sustainability, Spirited Union fosters a sense of unity and ensures the highest standards are met.
Based in the heart of Amsterdam, their distillery is where the magic happens. Through a careful process that involves distillation, infusion, and barrel-ageing, they expertly unite rum with botanicals, resulting in a tantalizing and harmonious blend of flavours. With an array of rums in their portfolio, Spirited Union offers a diverse range of taste experiences.
Embracing a green mindset and a "take less - give back" strategy, Spirited Union is dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint and improving the environmental and social impact of sugar cane production. As they continue to expand globally, Spirited Union remains steadfast in their commitment to quality, innovation, and a true passion for botanical-infused rums.
Rum Cocktail Recipe #2
50 ml Spirited Union Organic Coconut Rum
150 ml East Imperial Grapefruit Soda
Dash of Peychaud's Bitters
Garnish: Fresh Lime
Fill a tall glass with quality ice, add the rum and a dash of bitters, then top with East Imperial Grapefruit Soda. Stir gently and garnish with thick slice of lime.
Flor de Caña
Flor de Caña's story dates back to 1875 when Alfredo Francisco Pellas Canessa, an adventurous Italian, embarked on a journey to Nicaragua, leaving behind his family and the comforts of Europe. Initially, he invested in a successful steam boat route that transported passengers and goods during the California Gold Rush. However, with the Panama Canal and U.S. coast-to-coast railroad on the horizon, Alfredo Francisco sought a new adventure.
In 1890, he established the Flor de Caña distillery at the base of Nicaragua's San Cristóbal volcano, known for its fertile lands, enriched water, and hot volcanic climate. These natural elements played a crucial role in shaping the unique and smooth flavour of the rum.
Throughout its 130-year history, Flor de Caña has faced numerous challenges, including a plane crash, civil war, nationalisations, hyperinflation, fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Despite the odds, the company has remained a family business for five generations, a remarkable achievement given that only 3 in 10,000 family businesses reach the fifth generation.
Rum Cocktail Recipe #3
50 ml Flor de Caña 12
150 ml East Imperial Yuzu Lemonade
Dash of Orange Bitters
Garnish: Fresh Orange Slices and Hibiscus Flowers
Build in a chilled highball glass with large cubed ice. Granish with fresh orange slices and dried hibiscus flowers.
Every drop of Mount Gay rum embodies a rich heritage from its founding in 1703 to the visionary leadership of Sir John Gay Alleyne. The enduring well, still in operation after 300 years, and the meticulously tended cane fields reflect the essence of Mount Gay. This is more than a rum; it's a narrative you can taste in every bottle.
Owned by John Sober in 1703, Mount Gay's distillery later experienced a transformative era under Sir John Gay Alleyne, leading to the renaming of the distillery in his honor. The natural elements of Barbados, including water, cane, and airborne yeast, have always been inseparable from Mount Gay Rum's creation.
Mount Gay's heritage lies in the process of refining cane into molasses—a vital ingredient that makes Bajan rum sought after globally. From historical figures to connoisseurs, Mount Gay is adored and savoured at an island pace.
Rum Cocktail Recipe #4
Left Hand Kola
50 ml Mt Gay XO
150 ml East Imperial Kima Kola
10 ml Sweet Vermouth
5 ml Grenadine
Dash of Chocolate Bitters
Garnish: Fresh Pear Slice
Add rum, Grenadine, bitters, vermouth to a chilled lowball glass and top with East Imperial Kima Kola. Pack with cubed ice and garnish with a slice of pear.
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