Unique Rum Tasting London

Start a fascinating exploration of the world of rum with our exclusive rum tasting experiences in London. Whether you're a seasoned aficionado or a newcomer, our tailored experiences delve into the art of rum making. Explore the world of aged rums, uncovering each spirit's unique story and craftsmanship.

Browse our selection, featuring samples that range from vibrant to richly complex. Experience our rum pairings, designed to enhance the spirit's flavours and aromas. Whether it's a cosy gathering or a grand masterclass, each event aims to elevate your appreciation of rum.

Join us in sophisticated venues across London for an educational and enjoyable exploration of rum. Learn about traditional Caribbean distilleries and modern blending techniques.

Explore our range of rum tastings below.

A Brief History of Rum (in 6 points)

Rum's history is as rich and diverse as its flavours. 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.

Other Frequently Asked Questions About Rum Tasting in London

1.What distinguishes aged rum from other types?

Aged rum is matured in oak barrels, gaining complex flavours such as vanilla, tobacco, and toasted nuts. This ageing process enriches the rum, offering a smoother and richer taste compared to younger rums.

2.Can you explain the difference between rum blends and single distillery rums?

Rum blends combine rums from different barrels or distilleries to achieve a balanced flavour profile, showcasing the blender’s skill. Single distillery rums are produced within one facility and are appreciated for their unique, unblended characteristics.

3.What should I look for during a rum tasting to better understand its quality?

Focus on the rum's aroma, body, and finish. A quality rum will have a harmonious aroma, a balanced and smooth body, and a complex, lingering finish that evolves over time.

4.Is there a particular season or time of year best for rum tasting?

Rum is enjoyable all year. Lighter rums are popular in warmer months, while aged or spiced rums are often favoured in colder months due to their warming qualities.