The Best Rums For Summer 2018 and Beyond

Featuring Appleton Estate and Koko Kanu...

With annual sales of rum topping £1 billion for the first time, there’s never been a better time to enjoy one of the UK’s best-loved spirits.

The perfect tipple for nights both big and small. when it comes to taste and sheer versatility, rum really can’t be matched.

Vodka was the spirit of your late teens and early 20s, while the likes of whiskey and gin are for the older, more refined among.

Rum is a cut above the rest though and the perfect pick whether you’re soaking up the sun or keen to cosy-up indoors away from the cold.

With that in mind, loaded has put come up with a few premium rums that come recommended and are ready to be enjoyed come rain or shine.


Koko Kanu

Let Koko Kanu – the finest premium Jamaican white rum with coconut flavour on offer– transport you overseas. With a subtle blend of the finest white aged Jamaican rums and refreshing tropical coconut flavour, Koko Kanu is the original spirit of exotic adventure and a rare treat whatever the weather.

The rum is aged for a minimum of one year and then charcoal filtered to achieve the crystal-clear colour. Just try in the Koko Kolada, a light contemporary twist on the traditional Pina Colada, for a real taste of escapism.  

Koko Kanu Stockist & RRP: £19.65, available at The Whisky Exchange.

Where to enjoy

You’ll find a tropical Pina Colada with Koko Kanu on the menu at Mortimer House

How to drink

Koko Kolada


50ml Koko Kanu, Jamaican rum with coconut flavour

50ml Pineapple Juice

Pinch of nutmeg


Add all ingredients to a Boston shaker on ice.

Shake and double strain then pour into the chilled coupe glass.

garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.



Appleton Estate

Sip on the Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year-Old rum from Appleton Estate in Jamaica, an oasis nestled in the heart of Jamaica in the lush Nassau Valley.

Taste the craft passed down at Appleton Estate from generation to generation at the estate in this premium Jamaican aged rum, with notes of deep oak, fruit, cocoa , nd orange. Or for those with a penchant for cocktails, add a touch of luxury to your classic Mai Tai with Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year-Old, or why not sample an Estate Old Fashioned.

Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old is £35.55 a bottle and available at The Whisky Exchange.

Where to enjoy

Visit Rudies in London where an ‘Ole Fashioned’ comes highly recommended.

A simple twist on the classic it boasts Appleton Estate Reserve Blend and Pimento. Perfection.

How to drink

Appleton Estate Mai Tai


50ml Appleton Estate Rare Blend

25ml fresh lime juice

12ml Orange Curacao

12ml Orgeat

12ml sugar syrup

A sprig of mint

Lime wedge


Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake over ice.

Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.


Wray & Nephew

A legend in Jamaica and known as Uncle Wray to many, Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum is as much a part of Jamaica as the black, green and gold of the country’s flag. 

It has been distilled in Jamaica for over 190 years and represents the proud and bold spirit of the island. Wray & Nephew is flavourful, full-strength and full of character, making it the perfect ingredient for a truly authentic rum punch or a fruity Wray & Ting.

Wray & Nephew Stockist & RRP: £28.95, available at The Whisky Exchange

WHERE TO ENJOY: Head down to Caribbean eatery Rum Kitchen and sample the Rattle Skull punch.

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