Old Salt Rum
42% ABV, 50cl.
The first rum ever distilled and distributed in the UK. Old Salt Rum is the original English golden rum that was voted World's Best Rum in 2014: nothing imported here.
We start by fermenting 100% pure sugar cane molasses, as opposed to sugar cane syrup, which is used to make most commercial rums. Using pure molasses is very tricky and less profitable, but absolutely worth the effort for the richness and depth.
We distil three times to grab the quintessential flavour of rum. No salt here: look for raisins, cracked caramel, Christmas cake, vanilla and a touch of banoffee pie. Rich flavours from the molasses, leaving the harsh bits in the still, making it smooth enough for sipping. Matured in English oak casks.
We recommend serving it; or try it with ginger beer, ice and a chunk of lime.
First and foremost, it was the first rum to be distilled and marketed here in the UK (back in 2012) as opposed to an imported base rum. It remained England’s only golden rum for a very long time after that. It also picked up World’s Best Rum at the Hong Kong RumFest in 2014.
Not content to rest on those lofty accolades alone: it’s also extremely tasty. The fact that Old Salt Rum is distilled from 100% molasses is worthy of note, as this is very rare outside of the most premium Caribbean rums. Only aged for a few months, yet its smoothness and rich flavours are on par with rums aged for 10 years or more.
It’s also worth remembering that not only was Old Salt Rum the first to be distilled in the UK, released in 2012, but Dr John has been making rum ever since: for our English Spirit collection and for a variety of contract partners. He’s had a lot of practice, and a lot of still runs in which to refine the tricky art of making premium rums: which means that without a doubt, he is the most experienced rum distiller in the UK by quite a lengthy margin.
In short: you won’t find a rum like this anywhere else.