Hey there fellow rummers!

I can’t believe that we are already half way through October! Where has this year gone?? Seriously, I am honestly shocked that it is almost Christmas time again and 2017 begins in only 106 days! Any who, from now on, each month I am going to compile a ‘Wishlist’ of all the top rums I have read, seen or been told about that I would love to try in the near future.

So here goes:bayou_spiced_rum

1. Bayou Spiced Rum

I read about Bayou Spiced Rum on World Rum Awards website. Made with Louisiana grown ingredients, this rum is described as a special gumbo of spices, which creates a unique and satisfying blend that makes it the perfect rum for mixing. Sounds incredible to me!


2. Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva

This is one rum that I keep coming across on my quest. Described as an elegant and complex sipping rum, made from the purest of sugar cane honeys. Distilled in ancient copper and aged in oak for up to twelve years, this rum seems like it means business
in this big ol’ world of rum.

3. Clement XO Rhum

Rhum Clément X.O. is a blend of aged rums from the 1976, 1970 and 1952. Each vintage adds spice, toffee, and tobacco flavours. One mixed, it is placed in possibly one of the most beautiful rum bottles I have ever seen.


4. Reserva De La Familia Serralles18954_bc70af643611b5d597a2ac7b11efcee8

Described as Don Q’s most elite bottles of rum ever and costing an eye watering $ 2156.24, this rum is considered the most innovative of rums around. It also comes in a sweet ass, pimping box! Totally worth all the monies… or not?




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  1. John Crow Batty Rum 160 Proof (80% alcohol) is the strongest rum in the world! Originating in Jamaica, this white rum is Jamaica’s version of moonshine. John Crow Batty Rum was so named due to it being stronger than the stomach acids of the wild “John Crow” vultures, which snack on decaying meat – Yew, can you imagine that after burn!
  1. The most expensive rum in the world is a 1940s bottle of J. Wray & Nephew worth $54,000!!!! Say whaaaaaaat!
  1. Speaking of J. Wray & Nephew , it is also one of Jamaica’s oldest rum producers, and one of the country’s biggest rum exporters.
  1. Mount Gay Rum the oldest existing brand of rum in the world. Started in the 1703, this bad boy just keeps on giving.
  1. To ward off scurvy, The British Navy (less than 50 years ago) still gave rations of rum to its sailors. Little did they know, it was actually the dash of lime added to the rum that kept the scurvy at bay – Any excuse, hey.
  1. Rum contains around 230 calories per 100 grams of its consumption. It contains absolutely no carbohydrates and fat! The energy is provided from its alcohol content – send another my way
  1. Because of the anti-microbial properties of alcohol, rum can be consumed when a person is suffering from common cold. It is known to provide a soothing and warming effect.
  1. Consuming rum can combat peripheral artery diseases. Research shows that it helps in restricting artery blockages. It acts as a blood thinner and also increases HDL cholesterol. Heart attacks can be reduced by it – it just keeps getting better and better!
  1. Rum Reduces Anxiety. Even a single serving can lower one’s anxiety and can lead to a good night’s rest
  1. Rum has a not so humble beginning. It was at the epicenter of the infamous ‘slavery triangle’, which operated from the late 16th to the early 19th centuries


It’s starting to get hot out there in the streets of Sydney… like, really hot! Those who know me know that I am not built for the heat. If I am not ducking and diving to some sort of shade, I am looking for a quick and easy way to cool off. Queue, ‘Freeze + Squeeze, Captain Morgan and Cola’ pouches taste testing.


For those who are not sure what the whole ‘Freeze and Squeeze’ element is, I’ll explain it to ya. These frozen pouches are pre-mixed ice drinks. All you need to do is pop one in your freezer until frozen. When you are ready to drink, give the pouch a squeeze, pour the contents into a glass and get yo sip on- simplicity at it’s best.

I left my Captain Morgan and Cola pouch in the freezer for eight hours- like it recommends on the back of the pouch. When ready, I took it out of the freezer, crushed up the pouch to loosen up the frozen drink and poured the rum based slushy into a glass.


Smell: The initial smell of the rum was pretty overwhelming when I cut the pouch open. Not the usual Captain Morgan smell, but a more metallic smell.

Taste: I wish I knew what kind of Cola was used in this mix as I found it super, super sweet. And not the nice sweet, it was more of a sickly, syrupy, artificial sweet.

Best for: These are awesome for those trips to the beach with an eski, a house party where you don’t have the time to make your guests a drink or even a BBQ/Picnic in the park. They are just so convenient and quick. If I had a party, these would be great to have as a back up in the freezer to serve my guests.


Overview: Not that bad to be honest- considering all of the above. Although pretty sweet, it was a pretty nice to drink and are fuss free. I found them refreshing, packed full of rum and actually pretty moreish. I can see the younger generation really enjoying these, or for time strapped people like myself.


A good friend brought my husband and I a beautiful bottle of Flor de Cana 12 Year Old Rum as our anniversary present recently.


Trying it straight, I found this rum pretty mellow and some what weak in flavour. After a few sips you could start picking up hints of caramel and dark chocolate, which was nice as it didn’t feel heavy and super indulgent- which you find with other dark rums. The downside to this rum was the intense smell of petrol that came from it, I found it off-putting and pretty harsh on the senses. If I did not find the smell too overbearing, I would have happily enjoyed this straight.


Stepping away from trying to enjoy Flor de Cana 12 Year Old Rum straight, I decided to try and make my own version of the classic Dark ’n’ Stormy cocktail. I have heard many horror stories of this cocktail. It is one that seems deceivingly simple, but if you mess up the measurements, can go horribly wrong.

Served in a highball glass
– 60 ml Flor de
Cana 12 Year Old Rum

– 100 ml Bundaberg Ginger Beer
– Squeeze of fresh lime juice
– Lime wedge to garnish
– Ice

I poured the Bundaberg Ginger Beer into a highball glass full of ice. I squeezed half a lime into the glass and allowed the fizz to settle. Once settled, I added the dark rum on top –  I find that when you let the fizz from the ginger beer and lime juice to settle,  the rum simply sits on top of the ginger beer and creates the infamous two tones associated with a Dark ’n’ Stormy.


I must admit, this was so good! Super refreshing and super light. I would recommend you give this a try and allow your socks to be blown cleanly off!


Let me know what you think. Enjoy my loves x