Shop our curated selection of rum tastings in London. From curated rum flights, to expert-led rum tastings, to rum cocktails, to rum paired with food and more.
Chesterfield Mayfair HotelMayfair, London
Sugar Cane BarBattersea, London
Rum's history is as rich and diverse as its flavors. Here's a brief overview:
1. Early Origins: Rum's earliest precursors were likely developed in ancient India and China, where sugarcane was first fermented into alcohol. However, these were quite different from modern rum.
2. Caribbean Birth: Rum as we know it today began in the 17th century in the Caribbean. Sugarcane plantations, run largely on the back of enslaved people, produced molasses as a byproduct. Plantation workers discovered that molasses could be fermented and distilled into a potent spirit - rum.
3. Colonial Expansion: Rum quickly became popular in Colonial America and Europe. It was a major trade item in the infamous Triangular Trade, where it was exchanged for goods and, tragically, enslaved people.
4. Naval Tradition: In the British Royal Navy, rum was an essential part of sailors' lives. The daily rum ration, or "tot," was a tradition until 1970.
5. Variety and Refinement: Over centuries, different styles of rum emerged. Countries like Barbados, Jamaica, and Cuba developed distinct rum-making traditions. Techniques evolved, leading to a variety of rum types from light and smooth to rich and full-bodied.
6. Global Popularity: Today, rum is enjoyed worldwide, with a resurgence in artisan and craft rum production. It's celebrated for its versatility in cocktails and its complex flavor profiles when enjoyed neat.