A Christmas Collection Of Fine Cane Spirts From Across The Globe

From Christmas Eggnog to hot buttered rum, the spirit of the sugarcane is the perfect tipple to embody Christmas. Exuding warming spices and tasting notes such as citrus orange and dark chocolate, a bottle of rum is ideal for cosying up with this Christmas.

Whether giving as a gift, taking to a celebratory meal, or simply getting in the festive spirit at home, each rum mentioned below is bursting with its own complex flavours. With ethical and good-for-the-planet choices, new launches and an entire Rum Discovery Box Advent Calendar there’s a rum tipple for everyone’s Christmas list:

Festive flavours from Compañero: The Spanish word for companion, Compañero offers three fantastic rums in their range, each with their own complex tastes, qualities and characteristics. Our highlight for this Christmas is the Extra Añejo which has a unique ageing processes that involves injecting the rum barrels with cacao paste to give the drink a deep, dark chocolate aroma and flavour. All three of the rums in Compañero’s collection are housed in striking dark glass bottles, making this an impressive collection of yuletide tipples to savour.

So upgrade your coffee cream liqueur this Christmas, discover a Extra Añejo over ice, or try a Pan-amargo, a cocktail that features Extra Añejo, Campari, Sweet Vermouth for a festive twist on the beloved Negroni. (Full recipe in ends.)

Waitrose, RRP £44.99.

The sustainable choice, Montanya: Producing, quite possibly, the most sustainable craft rum in the world at their B-Corp certified rum distillery in the Rocky Mountains, Montanya shows what it is to be a company that lives and breathes sustainability, from the exemplary sourcing of their ingredients, to wind powered production and through to bottling in certified glass.

Their Exclusiva is finished in a Cabernet Sauvignon and Port barrel, resulting in an extremely complex flavoured rum, where cinnamon meets red wine and honey meets vanilla – it’s

perfect for twist on festive Port, served neat or as part of a cocktail. Or alternatively, gift Montanya’s Valentia, distilled by women and bottled by a female-led bottling crew, this vegan-friendly rum is a true celebration of women in distilling.

Harvey Nichols and on Master of Malt. RRP: £44.99.

Non-Profit Rum Clairin Saint Benevolence: Founded by a father-son team, this is Haitian Rum Clairin sends 100% of its profits to its longstanding non-profit partners in Haiti. Dedicated to improving the quality of life with critical medical services, educational programmes and economic developments. Saint Benevolence is a rustic, terroir-driven sugar cane spirit, with hints of hot wasabi, touches of green banana, briny green olive and spicy white pepper.

The Whisky Exchange and Drink Supermarket. RRP: £44.99.

24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar: A collection of fantastic rums hidden behind 24 doorways for the ultimate countdown to Christmas. Featuring 24 x 20ml glass bottles of premium rum, this advent calendar is great for rum lovers or inquisitives who will enjoy experiencing different rums from around the world. To set you up for a month of tantalising tipples, also included in the box is two tasting glasses and notes to guide you through each day of rum! By the time Christmas arrives, you’ll be a connoisseur, especially with the help of the interactive global micro-site with additional background on the producers, where you can also rate each rum and take part in interactive discussions and Q&As. The rums featured in the advent calendar have been carefully hand selected with vast history and variety, including Pasador De Oro from Guatemala, Naga from Indonesia and Arcanne from Mauritius.

Amazon, RRP £79.99

As we cross our fingers and hope for a Christmas with family and friends this year, why not make it extra special by sharing a bottle of fantastic rum with good company or treating a loved one to an extra special advent calendar? With bottles for the purists as well as the cocktail enthusiasts, you can’t beat a bottle of fine rum for showcasing the best ingredients and artisanal distilling processes this festive season.

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Pan-amargo Recipe

Ingredients

40ml Compañero Extra Añejo

20ml Campari

20ml Sweet Vermouth

10ml Falernum

10ml Ancho Reyes

1 dash Chocolate Bitters

Orange Peel

Method

Stir all with ice

Strain in tumbler over fresh cubes

Express and garnish with orange peel

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