Medium bodied, fruity and with a honeyed edge, golden rum gets its colour and complexity thanks to its time spent in barrels. This is one of the fastest-growing styles of rum. Great in cocktails but smooth enough to be sipped on its own, on the rocks
Bacardí Carta Oro
Bacardí Carta Oro is blended from rum aged in oak barrels, then a secret mix of charcoals is used to create its wonderfully smooth character. Ageing in barrels allows the infusion of subtle nut, vanilla-spice and dried- fruit notes, drawn from the charred wood. This rum is complex and deep, and delicious over ice with cola or ginger ale and a wedge of lime
Try it in a Cuba Libre:Fill a highball glass with ice. Squeeze over 2 lime wedges and drop into the glass. Pour in 50ml Bacardí Carta Oro rum and 100ml cola. Stir.
Santa Teresa Añejo Gran Reserva Rum
This Venezuelan rum is a blend of quality rums aged in oak barrels for up to 5 years. Expect an aromatic nose and a soft, warming palate with notes of wood and ripe citrus fruits. Good for sipping, or in cocktails
Try it in a Venezuelan Pineapple Fix:Fill a tall glass with ice. Add 50ml Santa Teresa Añejo Gran Reserva Rum, 20ml lemon juice, 20ml pineapple juice, 15ml sugar syrup and 4 chunks pineapple. Top up with soda and garnish with a slice of pineapple and a sprig of sage.
Cockspur Fine Rum
Imported from Barbados – widely regarded as the birthplace of Caribbean rum more than 300 years ago – this blend of rums is aged in barrels that have previously been used for bourbon, giving a lovely depth of flavour. Smooth and rounded, Cockspur makes an ideal base for cocktails and long drinks
Try it in a Sparkling Rooster:Add 40ml Cockspur Fine Rum to a Champagne flute. Top up with chilled red grape sparkling
Fact file: Mount Gay
In 1703, local Barbados businessman Sir John Gay was asked to help a friend manage a distillery he’d inherited. Gay refined the distilling process and started to gain a reputation for his rums. The water used in the rum-making process at Mount Gay plays a key role (it’s naturally filtered through the island’s coral limestone), while sugar is all important – Barbados sugar makes exceptional molasses, known locally as ‘black gold’. Add to that double copper pot stills and brilliant master blenders and you have a rum that’s hard to beat
Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
A small-batch, handcrafted rum finished in charred bourbon oak barrels – hence the name. Bold-tasting
Black Barrel has notes of pepper, spice and wood that give body and fullness. It’s fruity and oaky with vanilla
and caramel notes.
Mount Gay Eclipse
Mount Gay uses Barbadian sugar cane, and has a beautiful amber colour and aromas of vanilla and apricot. Light in body yet complex on the palate, it’s lovely sipped over ice.