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My favourite rum brands you should try

Yarr this be my first post and it's a listing of the single best thing in life - rum. 

I'm of the opinion that rum is the best tasting alcoholic beverage out there, and it seems to go well any which way you drink it. Whether you like it with a mixer or straight up on the rocks, it's a great way to chill out and forget lives worries. So grab your glass and fill it with ice or a mixer or both!

1) Dead Head 6-Year-old Rum

This rum has one of the coolest bottle designs I have seen, it looks like a shrunken head with its eyes sewn up! The taste is caramel-like with notes of allspice and cinnamon. It's very smooth and best drunk with ice and without a mixer. This is available full-size size 70cl bottles for £50 or nice sample bottles of 50ml for £9.99, both of which can be found on Amazon.

2) Red leg Spiced Rum

I'm not quite sure why it's named red leg, but I'm sure it's to do with the state of your legs after you have had a few too many of these and fallen out of the crows nest and knackered up your pegs! 

This is a rum perfect for mixing and can be used to create some crafty cocktails. It's sweet but not sickly sweet, and according to the bottle, it is infused with vanilla and ginger which can be tasted when you drink it.  This is an inexpensive rum and a 70cl bottle can be purchased on Amazon for £15.

3) Kraken Black Spiced Rum

The name is taken from the monstrous, gigantic creature that dwells within the depths of the oceans and plagues a great many-a sailors nightmares. The bottle is fashioned with some really cool handles, ensuring that you do not easily drop it when drinking from it! 

This is a sweet, spicy rum that has a pepper aftertaste. It's Dark in colour and gives off a nutty and vanilla aroma. This is especially good mixed with ginger beer and a wedge of lime. Priced at £20 a 70cl bottle, it can be purchased here. Also, keep an eye out from the limited edition ceramic bottle that is usually released yearly.

Have you tried any of these rums? If so, how do you feel about them? I'd love to hear your thoughts below and if you have any rum recommendations, let me know!

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Taste testing expensive rums - are they worth it?

I'm always on the lookout for new brands to try, but who wants to pay £20 upwards to try something you end up not liking?

Well, you may or may not know about the company Master of Malt; an online retailer of whisky and other spirits, who offer you the chance to purchase 30ml bottles of brands that take your fancy.

I only found out about this when Elyse over on Sweetelyseblog, sent me a "Drinks by the Dram" gift set, much to my delight.

What was in my gift set?

Spytail Black Ginger Rum | Rumbullion! | Bombo 40 Rum Caramel & Coconut | Dark Matter Spiced Rum | Black Magic Spiced Rum.

The bottles come nicely sealed with wax, which is soft and nice to the touch and is definitely not edible!

The Breakdown

 Spytail Black Ginger Rum 

I love ginger; I cook with it and I like it as a tea, so naturally, I am drawn to this one. When you taste this, you will be hit instantly by the ginger and it's a very nice warming feeling. This is a French rum, blended and infused with ginger and other spices and tastes great mixed with Cola or on its own. C'est formidable!


This rum is very easy to drink without a mixer, it's smooth, sweet and I find that it doesn't cause a burn in the throat like most alcohol does - weird!.  This is made by a company called Ableforth, and the rum they produce is loved by rum lovers and non-rum lovers alike!

 Bombo 40 Rum Caramel & Coconut

This is an oddball I think, but I love it and it will almost certainly be getting a more permanent place in my rum locker. Straight off the bat, you will taste the syrupy caramel, flavour that lingers and then subtly makes way for the coconut notes that are there at the start but are more prominent at the end.

Bombo also make Caramel & Spices and Caramel & Banana variants of this rum!

 Dark Matter Spiced Rum

This is a very strong rum and tastes of pepper and cloves. It's a hard one to drink straight, but with a mixer, it's really pleasant! This rum is made in my home country (Scotland) and is the first and only distillery here. If you want a rum that will kick your ass then this is the one for you.

 Black Magic Spiced Rum

Dark spiced rum that is mild, almost like a weaker version of the Dark Matter bottle, so it's an easier one to drink on its own. Mixed I find that it's not unlike Captain Morgans, but it does hold its own. Very tasty!

I really enjoyed the Rumbullion! and the Bombo bottles the most, as I have a sweeter tooth. I will be revisiting them all again the future, though.

Have you tried Drinks by the Dram? What did you get? Please let me know in the comments!

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