Hayman’s moves into rum with Charles Merser & Co

Gin producer Hayman’s has launched what it claims is London’s first rum blending house for more than a century, called Charles Merser & Co. The new firm will release its first rum in the UK in October – Merser’s Double Barrel (43.6% ABV) – which will be available from supermarket Waitrose for an RRP of £38 (US$47). Symposium will distribute the brand in the UK. Charles Merser & Co will source, blend, marry and bottle…

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Flor de Caña debuts its oldest rum to date

Nicaraguan rum brand Flor de Caña has released its oldest expression to date, a limited edition 30-year-old called V Generaciones. The “one-of-a-kind” rum has been aged in a single barrel since 1988 and was released ahead of the brand’s 130th anniversary in 2020.  V Generaciones celebrates the thousands of workers and five generations of family members behind the brand since 1890. The bottle design features the signatures of the five generations behind the brand, along…

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Don Papa Sevillana Cask Finish rum launches

Philippine rum Don Papa has expanded its portfolio with the launch of a new expression made with Seville oranges. Don Papa Sevillana Cask Finish is a limited edition expression that is made in small batches on the island of Negros in the Philippines. Non-chill-filtered and bottled at 40% ABV, the Sevillana cask is made from a blend of rums aged between four and 12 years, distilled from 100% Negros sugarcane, and aged in American oak…

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Diageo enters into deal with Havana Club producer

Diageo’s European subsidiary has formed a joint venture with the state-run Cuban distiller that produces Pernod Ricard’s Havana Club brand for the international distribution of Santiago de Cuba rum. The joint venture, called Ron Santiago, is the result of an agreement between Diageo Europe and Corporación Cuba Ron. The government-run producer has partnered with Diageo’s main rival, Pernod Ricard, on the global distribution of Havana Club rum since 1993. Pernod Ricard controls the brand in…

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Spirit Master: Trois Rivières Cuvée de l’Ocean

Ahead of National Rum Day on Friday (16 August), we celebrate an acclaimed agricole expression from the island of Martinique. Every week, SB celebrates some of the top scoring Master medallists from The Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competitions as part of our Spirit Masters series. Master medallist Trois Rivières Cuvée de l’Ocean stormed to success in The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2019 as one of only eight rums to grab the top accolade. It was also one of four…

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