Ten best rums
1. 10 Cane
Created by Hennessy master blender Jean Pineau, this bright rum is a riot of tropical flavours and spicy aromas. Think vanilla ice cream with just a hint of spice in the finish.
Price: £33.00, fortnumandmason.com
Awarded a gold medal at the New Orleans rum-tasting competition when it was first released in 2007, this 12-year-old molasses-based brew is exceptionally dark and has a rich treacly flavour.
Price: £46.00, harveynichols.com
3. Appleton Estate VX
One of the most exalted names in rum-making, the Appleton Estate is known for its extra careful production methods which 'don't stress' the rum and so, apparently, produce a more refined flavour.
Price: £16.99, oddbins.com
4. Ronzacapa Centenario
Instead of molasses, this fierce South American tipple is made from sugar cane first press and is aged in a brew house 2,300m above sea level on a Guatemalan mountain. The height of rummy sophistication.
Price: £56.50, houseoffraser.co.uk
5. Angostura Caribbean Rum
Light, sweet and not too heavy on the palate, this golden-hued rum is a blend of white and dark sugar bases which have been aged for five years in sherry barrels.
Price: £15.99, marksandspencer.com
6. The Kraken
Get your tentacles around this spirit, which is named after a colossal squid, which according to legend took down a rum ship in the 18th century. The darkest rum with the strongest kick.
Price: £30.99, selfridges.com
7. Pusser's 15 Yo Rum
The original Royal Navy rum, Pusser's was doled out to sailors from the 17th century until 1970. Mix it with lemonade and ice for a pleasing long drink, or drink it straight-up like an admiral.
Price: £46.50, harrods.com
8. Chairman's Reserve Rum
Hailing from tropical St Lucia, Chairman's Reserve is a spicy, vanilla-infused riot of sunshine and light. Aged for five years in Kentucky bourbon barrels (the best, according to the makers), it is surprisingly sophisticated for a rum costing less than £20.
Price: £18.37, waitrosewine.com
Beautifully packaged, moreish, and with a subtle sweetness, which makes it great as an aperitif, this Dominican rum is a great all-rounder.
Price: £49.99, selfridges.com
10. Mount Gay 1703
Mount Gay's 1703 uses only sugar from its famed reserve in Barbados and is aged for 30 years to ensure you get all the flavour you'd expect from a spirit costing more than £100. Pricey, but tasty.
Price: £102.07, drinksdirect.co.uk
You don’t have to be a sailor to enjoy this spicy spirit – the tropical flavours range from light and sweet to dark, rich and treacly with a hint of the exotic.
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