Hen nights in Cardiff

Screaming women, raunchy costumes and unadulterated hedonism, it could only be a hen party. Hen nights are a rite of passage for any bride-to-be, the last chance (or so it used to be), to let their hair down and blow off some steam before years of marriage ahead. Cardiff is one of the most exciting places to celebrate a hen night, jam-packed with bars, restaurants, night clubs and experiences that both the bride and her bridalparty will love. Read on for the best way to spend a hen night in Cardiff.

Cardiff Distillery cocktail masterclass

If there’s one thing hens love more than X-rated plastic straws it’s cocktails, and lots of them. A cocktail masterclass is the perfect way to spend a hen night, offering lots of chat with a cheeky bartender, the chance to learn how to make your favourite cocktails and of course, copious amounts of said cocktails. Cardiff Distillery has one of the best masterclasses in the city, taking around two hours and held by the distillery’s top mixologist. Hens can opt for a standard or premium package (£25/35pp), where they’ll make, and drink, a selection of cocktails like the French Martini, Mojito and Daiquiri (standard) and the Espresso Martini, Cosmopolitan and Pornstar Martini (Premium). Towards the end of the session students will be served delicious sharing mezze boards and also have access to the distillery bar’s happy hour, so they cancarry on the party.

Striptease life drawing

Nothing gets a hen night going like a scantily clad male, fact. One of the most sophisticated and wholesome ways to said male on a hen night is by partaking in a striptease life drawing class. One of Cardiff’s most popular hen activities, hen groups will get to settle into a serious life drawing class, but instead of drawing bowls of fruit, they’ll be drawing a hunky male model. All very classy, a professional art tutor leads the session in which all the inc, paper, charcoal and pencils are provided. The bride-to-be will even get her own surprise striptease at the start of the class and a bottle of wine/bubbly included in the price. The class, which lasts an hour and a half, finished with a certificate of participation for all guests.

Cardiff Distillery boozy brunch

Start your day as you mean to do on – by gathering your girls and enjoying a boozy prosecco or gin brunch. The only place to head for such brunch is Cardiff Distillery, the city’s only gin distillery and a mecca for wine and spirits lovers after a good time. From as little as £25 per person, hen parties can enjoy either a gin or prosecco brunch, which consists of plenty of a welcome cocktail, mezze boards (meats, veggie or vegan), access to the distillery bar’s happy hour and plenty of gin or prosecco to get things fired up for the night ahead. Opt for a premium gin package and you’ll even get a garnish jar to create your own Instagrammable drinks and a boozy gin-laced dessert. Prosecco brunches start at £35 pp and gin brunches start at £27.50pp.

Coyote Ugly Saloon

Live out your younger self’s dream by bagging a table at Coyote Ugly Saloon, Cardiff’s legendary good-time bar inspired by the iconic noughties film. A replica of the Coyote Ugly bar, Coyote Ugly Saloon was quite frankly built for hen parties, open seven nights a week and offering seriously attractive drinks packages. For just £125, hens can get queue jump, advance entry, a reserved table and witness service, sharing platterand four pitchers of cocktails or three bottles of Prosecco. Prepare to let your hair down, dance on tables and party into the early hours of the morning.

The Glee Club

Come to Cardiff’s Glee club for a night of light-hearted debauchery, where its legendary stage is frequently graced by world-class drag, cabaret and burlesque acts. The venue regularly hosts stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race (think Baga Chips, Cheryl Hole and The Vivienne) along with headliners in the world of cabaret from around the globe. Its flagship show is the Gilded Merkin, and hens are guaranteed a night of raunchiness, naughtiness and pure entertainment. Groups can pre-order food and drinks online which will be served to them at their table during the show. Cocktails include two-litre pitchers of guilty classics like boozy Long Island Iced Tea, Blue Lagoon and Woo Woo.


Fun things to do in Cardiff for adults

Cardiff is a city where old meets new, where a historical fortress overlooksa shiny modern waterfront and winding Victorian arcades intertwine with atowering mega stadium. Once the world’s largest coal port, and the capital of Wales since 1955, Cardiff is a playground for adults, walkable, friendly and packed with exciting things to do. Visit world-class craft beer pubs, grassroots art galleries and grand Victorian shopping arcades, and of course, pay a visit to Cardiff’s only gin distillery. Her some fun things to do in Cardiff, for adults.

Visit the only gin school in Cardiff

One of the most fun things an adult can do is drink gin, and no trip to Cardiff would be complete to Cardiff Distillery for its legendary gin masterclass. With the guidance of Cardiff Distillery’s master distiller, gin lovers will learn about gin distillation and embark on a quest to create their own delicious and unique gin.

After picking your botanicals, you’ll put a copper pot still to the test and bring your flavours to life, before cutting and diluting the liquid to create your very own unique gin. The final safe is bottling and labelling your creation ready to be taken home. The entire session costs £100 per person (or £135 for a shared experience), and this includes a bottle of your own gin to take home and the priceless knowledge of how to make gin for yourself. The distiller will even keep your recipe on file, so you can order as many bottles as you like in the future – making for a truly unique and personal gift.

Grab a craft beer

Cardiff loves a pint, so it’s just as well the Welsh capital is home to a booming craft beer scene. The city is packed with innovative and exciting craft beer houses and pubs, and even a day spent meandering between drinking holes is a day well spent. The way to do this is by heading to Westgate Street, the city’s craft beer hub. From here, pay a visit to Tiny Rebel for a Try Cwtch, a red Welsh ale voted Champion Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival of 2015. Other great craft beer spots include Zero Degrees, City Arms and a little further afield, St Canna’s Ale House – serving up the best of Welsh breweries.

Meet Doctor Who

Well, not exactly, but Doctor Who fans will be delighted to know that Cardiff is the home of the iconic BBC cultural phenomenon. A stone’s throw from the BBC studios where the show is recorded you’ll find the Doctor Who Experience, a multi-sensory exhibition dedicated to all things The Doctor. Take an interactive tour through sets, see costumes and models for the show, and even step into the Tardis for yourself...

Go for a boozy brunch

Brunch is the highlight of any weekend, fact. However, it’s a little known fact that brunch can be made even more fun by adding some booze to it. Taking place on weekends, Cardiff Distillery offers one of the best boozy brunches in the city, offering both a prosecco and gin option. From just £27.50pp, guests can dine for two-hours in the distillery’s gorgeous restaurant, receiving buckets of prosecco or gin, a welcome drink, selection of mezze boards and access to the venue’s legendary happy hour. Now that’s a seriously fun thing to do n Cardiff.

Catch a drag show

It’s a little-known fact that Cardiff is host to some of the best international cabaret and burlesque performers in the world – and they can normally befound at a sultry little haunt named the Glee Club. The venue’s pride and glory its Gilded Merkin show (a must watch), one of the UK’s biggest cabaret variety shows with headline performers from around the globe. Stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race have graced this hallowed stage, so expectan evening of raucous debauchery and pure over 18 fun.


Things to do in Cardiff when it’s raining

If you can rely on the British weather for one thing, it’s rain, and lots of it. But never fear, as being the cosmopolitan and well-equipped city it is, rainshouldn’t ruin a grand day out in Cardiff. Here are things to do in the exciting Welsh capital centre when the heavens open.

Take on a cocktail masterclass

To prepare for an evening hiding from the rain in cosy cocktail bars, why not spend the afternoon learning to make these cocktails at a Cardiff Distillery cocktail masterclass? Held by the distillery’s top mixologist, the fun-filled classes take around two hours, Would-be drink-slingers will be shown how to make a series of delicious and impressive cocktails, as well as learning about the unusual and fascinating history behind each serve. Cocktails include a Cathedral Collins (our take on a Tom Collins), a Kiss from Cariad, French Martini, Mojito and Daiquiri. For just £35pp, participants will get a welcome cocktail, two-hour cocktail session, two cocktails from the classics range and happy hour access. To soak up all the booze, a sharing mezze board isalso served towards the end of each session. A premium cocktail masterclass is also available where guests get two extra cocktails along with learning to make Expresso Martinis, Cosmpolitans and Pornstar Martinis. Now that’s a day well spent.

Visit the home of Welsh rugby

The Welsh love their rugby, and no wonder, as they have one of the most famous and awarded teams in the entire world. When it’s drizzling and grey outside, why not take a tour of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, the home of Wales’ national rugby union team. The stadium is seriously impressive, and unlike on TV where you see only the pitch, you’ll be guided into the Dragon’s Lair (team’s dressing room), the tunnel and learnabout what goes into running one of the world’s largest indoor arenas. Finish your tour off with the view from the VIP hospitality suite and lift the trophy for yourself in the President’s Box. A must for rugby fans.

Indulge on a prosecco brunch

Okay, it’s raining, so what else is there to do but park yourself down for two hours, drink a lot of prosecco and indulge on some delicious mezze boards. Nothing, right? Plugging a gap in the market, Cardiff Distillery offers prosecco brunches in its stylish restaurant right on the edge of leafyBute Park. For just £35 per person, prosecco lovers get a prosecco cocktailon arrival, followed by a bottle of prosecco o the table and a mezze board (meat, veggie or vegan). Guests will get the table for two hours and also access to the distillery’s happy hour. Really chucking it down? Muffle the thunderous splashing by upgrading to a champagne brunch, instead.

Get your culture fix

No trip to Cardiff is complete without a visit to the National Museum of Cardiff, bursting with world-class collections of botany, fine and applied art, geology and zoology. Entry is free, and you can easily spend a day here wandering between exhibitions and taking a journey through the history of Wales. The art exhibition is seriously impressive, and visitors can gaze upon works by Turner, Monet, Rodin and Van Gogh, along with leading Welsh artists like Richard Wilson, Thomas Jones, Augustus John and Gwen John.


Things to do in Cardiff and the surrounding area

Situated on the coast and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, there’s so much more to Cardiff than just its trendy city centre. From Europe’s largest waterfront development to an open-air museum scattered with over 40 re-erected historical buildings, here are some exciting things to do in Cardiff and the surrounding area.

St. Fagans National Museum of History

A visit to St Fagans National Museum of History is like stepping into a time warp. The attraction sits on the outskirts of Cardiff in the village of St Fagans, standing in the grounds of the stunning St Fagans Castle – a 16th-century manor house once owned by the Early of Plymouth. The museum is pretty spectacular, consisting over 40 re-erected buildings chronicling the architectural history of the Welsh people. In 2011 it was named Which? magazine’s favourite UK visitor attraction and underwent a £30 million revamp in 2018 – so expect to be impressed.

Cardiff Bay

Just a 10-minute drive from the city centre, you’ll find Europe’s largest waterfront development. It’s hard to think that just 100 years ago the area was the hub of Cardiff’s coal shipping industry, as it’s now a glistening shopping and dining district packed with attractions, restaurants and bars. The bay is centred around a manmade 500-acre freshwater lake, and visitors shouldn’t miss the 45-minute guided boat tours departing from Mermaid Bay and Penarth Barrage. With renowned restaurants, buzzing bars, a host of entertainment and even a local craft exhibition, Cardiff Bay is a must-see in Cardiff.

Cardiff Distillery

A visit to the only distillery in Cardiff is a must for any visitor, a hub of all things booze with a restaurant, bar, mixology school and of course, a fully working distillery. The distillery hosts a wide and exciting array of events and activities such as gin and prosecco brunches, cocktail masterclasses and gin-making lessons, along with some serious evening discussions on rum, wine, whiskey and gin for discerning drinkers. The best part? The distillery even has a luxurious hotel on-site, so you can spend the night in the distillery bar before literally rolling into bed. 

Castell Coch

With its ornate rooms, rooftop garden and medieval walls, Cardiff Castle usually gets all the attention when it comes to castles in Cardiff, but it’s definitely worth paying a visit to Castle Coch. Reminiscent of a fairy-tale castle, Castell Coch, or ‘Red Castle’, is a gothic revival castle sitting above the village of Tongwynlais on the outskirts of the city. Once a medieval fortress the castle lay in ruins until the uber-rich 3rd Earl of Bute purchased the plot to turn it into a country residence for ‘occasional summer occupation’. With the medieval remains still in place, inside you’ll find domed ceilings, lavish furnishings and magnificent paintings and tapestries – typical of the High Victorian era. 

Cardiff Central Market

Cardiff Central market has been a hub of the city since the 1700s and has stood in its current home in the Castle Quarter for more than a century. Today, a bustling duel-level market is housed in the glass-roofed Victorian structure, where visitors can peruse anything from clothing and homeware to fresh local produce and records. Once you’ve made your way through the 200 plus traders at the market, and only if you haven’t eaten everything in sight, then it’s worth popping into one of the quaint local coffee shops right around the corner, like Celtic Corner, Donnelly’s of Bull Terrier Café.


Things to do in Cardiff for a birthday

Things to do in Cardiff for a birthday

It’s your birthday, and what better way to celebrate than by hitting Wales’ cosmopolitan capital for a day, and night, of unadulterated celebrations. Cardiff is an amazing city to spend a birthday, brimming with trendy late-night bars, boozy brunches and a handful of quirky unique experiences – Escape room anyone? Read our suggestions on things to do in Cardiff on your birthday.

Go for a boozy brunch

Nothing says birthday like a boozy brunch, spending a couple of hours simply eating, drinking and laughing with loved ones - what could be better than that? Cardiff is a city booming with boozy brunch hotspots, and one of the best places to enjoy a boozy brunch in the city of Cardiff is at Cardiff Distillery.

The distillery offers both a gin and prosecco boozy brunch, with gin starting at just £28pp and prosecco at £35pp. All brunch sessions include a welcome drink, vast amounts of their chosen beverage, a delicious mezze board (vegan, meat or veggie) and access to the venue’s incredible happy hour. When your two-hour is up, why not move from the restaurant to the bar, where you can easily spend the day indulging on delicious Welsh gin cocktails.

Escape from reality

How about spending your birthday attempting to escape from a locked-up room? We’re not joking, as visiting one of Cardiff’s top-notch escape rooms is a fantastic way to spend your birthday. Get together a group of friends and go and celebrate your birthday by cracking codes, solving puzzles and unravelling mysteries to help you escape your creepy, cavernous surroundings. Adventure Rooms is a tried and tested birthday venue, offers immersive themed puzzles like ‘The Mad Scientist, ‘Mafia’ or ‘Black widow’, so your birthday group can even go all out and get dressed up. Escape Reality and Escape Rooms Cardiff also offer an incredibly good time.

Take on a cocktail masterclass

Cocktails and birthdays go together like, well gin and tonic, and one of thebest ways to spend a birthday in Cardiff is by attending one of Cardiff Distillery’s epic cocktail masterclasses. Held by the distillery’s top mixologist, the masterclasses take around two hours, in which you’ll be taught how to make a selection of delicious cocktails, drink a lot of cocktails, and learn a lot about the history of cocktails. Prices start from just £25pp and include the chance to make cocktails like the French Martini, Mojito, Daiquiri, Espresso Martini, Cosmopolitan and the UK’s favourite, the Pornstar Martini. To soak up all the fun, ahem booze, you’ll also be served some lovely sharing mezze boards towards the end of the session.

Hit some balls

Combine mini-golf, delicious cocktails, fresh pizzas and an Instagrammable jungle setting and you’ve got Cardiff’s very own Treetop Adventure Golf. Spending your birthday at this tropical-themed mini golf course is a hoot, as not only can you enjoy an 18-hole round of competitive mini golf with your friends, but also indulge on great food, cocktails and wine. Fully set up to accommodate birthday parties, Treetop Adventure Golf even offers guests party packages, which can cater to eight to a staggering 80 guests. Prices range from £10 to £22 per person and include golf, a party host, and the pricier packages include nibbles, a complimentary drink and pizza feast.


Where does rum originate from?

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Want to know where rum originates from? You’re in for a serious history lesson... "A hot, hellish, and terrible liquor,” states a 1651 document from Barbados, describing what was then known as ‘rumbullion’ (or Kill-Devil) and that’s pretty how it started. Rum indeed originates from the sugarcane plantations of 17th century Caribbean, where slaves discovered that molasses, crystallised and boiled down sugarcane juice, could be fermented into alcohol.

These early incarnations of Caribbean rum were not known for their taste of quality, in case ‘hot, hellish and terrible’ enticed you, but rather their ability to get one inebriated and to forget the sorry state of the world. Thanks to its less desirable taste, desperate times called for desperate measures, and people began mixing this rumbullion with sugar, lime and other ingredients to make early punches and cocktails.

With forced slave labour and an abundance of sugarcane, rum became a cheap and easy spirit to produce, cheaper than in-demand spirits like French brandy. The spirit’s popularity spread to colonial North America, with rum distilleries set up in British colonies of Staten Island and Boston, Massachusetts – becoming Colonial New England’s most successful industry. Believe it or not, Rhode Island was even an accepted currency in Europe for a period of time.

From 1850 all the way up to 1970 (yes, 1970!), British Royal Navy sailors received a daily rum ration and were sometimes even paid in rum, and its reported that US president George Washington wanted a barrel of Barbados rum at his 1789 inauguration.

While rum as close to how we know it today was first produced in the Caribbean, the foundations of the spirit actually date back to the antiquity. Fermented alcoholic drinks made from sugarcane juice are reported to have been drunk in ancient India and Imperial China. Malay people also made their own version of rum, named ‘Brum’, thousands of years ago, while Marco Polo recorded an account of sampling ‘very good sugar wine’ back in the 14th century Persian Empire (now Iran).

So, now you know just where rum originates from, and its tumultuous journey from a hot, hellish and terrible liquid to a damn fine, delicious and well-respected spirit.


What’s an alternative to rum and coke?

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It’s hard to beat a classic rum and coke, that sweet caramelly, herbaceous, ice-cold concoction you can pick up, hassle-free at any bar in any country around the world. Hell, the drink dates back to 1900 after the Spanish-American war, when Coca Cola was first imported to Cuba from the US. With centuries-old history and being the perfect combination between, refreshing, flavourful and easy to make, what’s an alternative to rum and coke?

The good news is, with its complex flavour profile and natural sweetness, rum pairs perfectly with a whole lot of other soft drinks besides Coca Cola,but there are a handful of other yin and yang-like combinations that are leading the race. And no, we’re not talking rum and red bull (here’s looking at you Beenie Man and Fambo).

A close contender for the top spot is rum and ginger beer, a fiery, spicy, zingy concoction that will transport you to the tropics. Add a squeeze of lime to bring a whole other zesty dimension to the drink and turn it into a classic cocktail aptly named the ‘Dark ‘N’ Stormy’.

Bringing more flavours of tropical climes, ginger ale is also a solid alternative to the classic rum and coke. While ginger beer is like a big, zingy, gingery smack in the face, ginger ale has more subtle, subdued ginger flavour, perfect for enhancing, not dominating, a delicate and delicious aged or dark rum.

Finally, those watching their weight will appreciate the fact that rum is delicious paired with nothing else than plain soda water. The least calorific of serves (except those using diet mixers), soda lets the delicate, spicy and fruity flavours of the rum take centre stage. Mix an aged golden or dark rum for the most complex soda water you’ve ever tasted.

So, next time you’re at the bar and feel the predictable phrase, ‘rum and coke please’ slipping out of your mouth, why not swallow it back and try one of these delicious, approachable alternatives instead?


What cocktails can I make with rum?

What cocktails can I make with rum

Rum is just one of those spirits that was made for cocktails – as perfect as peanut butter and jelly, salt and vinegar – you get the picture. With its naturally sweet base and abundance of flavours, rum serves as the backbone for many of the most famous and classic cocktails in the world. So, what cocktails can I make with rum?

Rum is probably most famous for its fruity, juicy, fun cocktails, and there are a handful of these that are iconic. The Piña Colada is one of these, a delicious, creamy coconutty drink made with rich coconut cream or milk, tangy pineapple juice and rum, blended or shaken with ice and served with a glistening Maraschino cherry.  

But the Piña Colada is just the tip of the (blended) iceberg, and other iconic cocktails you can make with rum include the Zombie (rum, pineapple juice, lime and a splash of grenadine) and Mai Thai – a tropical tiki taste extravaganza of rum, orange liqueur, orgeat syrup and lime juice. Don’t have such a sweet tooth or a bucket of cherries on hand? Well three of the most famous rum cocktails are super simple to make. The Cubra Libre is a mix of just rum, coke and fresh lime, while the brooding Dark and Stormy uses zingy ginger beer, fresh lime.

For a truly sensational Dark ‘N’ Stormy, have a crack at our very own Cardiff Distillery recipe: Simply stir lime juice in with Welsh Barti rum, fill the class with ice, top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

The Mojito, perhaps the most iconic rum cocktail of all time, is also surprisingly simple to make. Simply take rum, muddle in some fresh mint leaves and sugar, fill your glass with ice and top with soda water. Until 2018 the Mojito was the best-selling cocktail in the UK, knocked off its perennial top spot by the Porn Star Martini…. Mmm, just imagine that with rum instead of vodka…

While sweet, fruity rum cocktails are the most popular, rum is the base of some serious-drinking cocktails as well – thanks to its complex and strong flavour. The classic Daiquiri, for example, is a simple mix of just rum, sugar and lime. In recent years the Rum Old Fashioned has also got a seat at the serious-cocktail table, replacing bourbon and made from stirring down good quality dark rum with sugar and Angostura bitters. 


What mixers can I use with rum?

What mixers can I use with rum

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum,” sang the pirates in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Well, you don’t have to be a cutlass wielding pirate to enjoy rum anymore, and certainly not in the way they used to – swigging straight from the bottle before fisticuffs.

No disrespect to swigging, but, one of the best ways to enjoys rum is with a mixer, most famously Coca Cola. We all know the refreshing Cuba Libra –rum, cola and fresh lime - but what other mixers can you use with rum? The truth is anything can be a great mixer, as long as it complements the flavour of the rum and adds another dimension, without overpowering the taste of the rum itself.

Hailing back to times when rum tasted less than pleasing, fruit juice is the oldest, and still one of the most popular, mixers to use with rum. The mostdelicious of these juices is pineapple, creating a tropical taste extravaganza of sweetness, fruitiness and rum-ness. Not sold? Only three of the world’s most famous rum cocktails are made with pineapple juice – the Pina Colada, Painkiller and Jungle Bird. Even rum on its own with pineapple juice is a total gamechanger.

Delivering that fruity fix, but without all that added sugar, coconut water (bottled is fine) is an equally delicious, and doubly refreshing, mixer to be used with rum. Hair of the dog? A hot summer’s day? Coconut water is your man, packed with potassium and hydrating at a faster rate than water. The result is a smooth, light, refreshing coconut-flavoured beverage– does this count as a health drink?

Contrary to popular belief, rum isn’t just for lazy beach libations and tiki cocktails, and rum can even be mixed with hot chocolate for a delicious winter warmer. Using a rich, dark hot chocolate as a mixer, you can createa warming, boozy and super simple wintery serve – add flavoured syrups or orange and you’ve got yourself a cocktail.

While pineapple juice, coconut water and hot chocolate are all fantastic mixers to use with rum, it’s true that some of the best mixers are actually found in your local corner shop or pub fridge. You can’t go wrong with mixers like a fiery ginger beer, sweet ginger ale and refreshing soda water, not to mention the classic, caramelly and herbaceous Coca Cola.

So, whatever the weather or wherever you find yourself, you’ll never wonder what to mix with rum again. You’re welcome.


What main flavours are found in rum?

What main flavours are found in rum

What are the main flavours found in rum? Well, it’s a difficult question, kind of like asking what flavours are found in ice cream. Sure, common notes are caramel, raisins and vanilla, but depending on style, colour and where sugarcane is from, each style of rum comes with its own plethora of delicious flavours. From earthy white rums to dried fruit-like aged rums akin to whisky or brandy, here are the main flavours you’ll find in rum.

White rum

Whether the label says white, blanco, platino or dry – it means one thing, that the rums have had little or no ageing at all. In some ways white rum can be compared to vodka, it’s subtle, inoffensive and isn’t packed with obvious flavours. However, it still blows vodka, out of the water, and the main flavours that can be found, albeit subtle, are of almond, vanilla, grass and subtle oak.

Aged rum

With years to develop in charred, smoky oak barrels, the aged rums of theworld are the most flavourful, and the main flavours found in these rums can be anything from chocolate and vanilla to pineapple and tobacco. The reason aged rums have such intense flavours is that they benefit from the use of oak casks, casks that have previously held flavourful liquids like bourbon (the most common), but also cognac, sherry, port or even wine. These barrels impart their flavour into the ageing rum, adding not complexity and a host of flavours but a golden colour as well. Expect flavours like oak, caramel, prune, raisin and cognac.

Dark rum

Many people would tell you the darker a rum is, the richer the flavour, andin some ways, this is true. The main flavours found in dark rum are totally dependent on the way the dark rum was produced, whether it was aged for a long period in barrels or simply blended with flavourings and dark colourings after distillation. Regardless, dark rums usually have a strongerflavour than white rums. Dark rums that are coloured with caramel will have sweet, caramel flavours, while rums aged in charred barrels can taste of smoke, oak, tobacco and dried fruits.

Flavoured and spiced rums

For reasons it says on the tin, it won’t shock you that spiced and flavouredrums are the most flavourful rums, and the main flavours can be anything from cinnamon and vanilla to raspberry and cherry.

The main flavours of spiced rum are, you guessed it, spices and citrus fruits, usually flavoured with the likes of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla and orange peel or fresh ginger. Living in the world we do,one can pretty much get hold of any flavoured rum you desire, from tropical fruit to coffee. Pineapple, coconut, lemon, coffee and cherry are just some of the flavoured rums available on the market today.