History of Rum

The origin of the name "rum" is still under debate. One term, "rumbullion" means "stem stew" in Creole, and "an uproar" in British slang. Some believe the Latin name for sugar, "saccharum", may have been shortened to rum. Still, another account says it may be French in origin ("arome", meaning "aroma"), relating to the pungent smell of early dark rum.

Rum is distilled from fermented molasses, sugar cane, or cane syrup. Sugar cane is not native to the Caribbean, where most of it is now produced. Spanish explorers brought it with them on their journeys. Columbus is even said to have planted it on his second voyage to Hispaniola and Cuba.

Triangular Trade began taking place between Europeans, Africans, and the Colonies in the 1500's. Europeans traded goods to Africans for slaves, and the slaves to the sugar plantations in Brazil and the West Indies in exchange for tobacco, coffee, sugar, and molasses. By the 1700's France and Britain had established a major influence in the West Indies. Molasses and rum were important imports to North America and Europe. British Admiral, Edward Vernon, nicknamed "Old Grog", ordered rations of rum diluted with water for his crew. Lime was added to prevent scurvy and the daily ration of grog became a British Naval tradition until 1970. This is where the term "Limey" came into being.

Rum was the drink of choice in the American colonies to soothe the hardship of the times. An American article describing Barbados in 1651 states, "the chief fudling they make in this island is Rumbullion alias Kill Divil - a hot hellish and terrible liquor." It became a profitable import and soon made it's way into Colonial life. It was traded for many commodities. Common Indian names for rum were, "ockuby" and "achobee". It wasn't long before the early New England colonies started their own Triangular Trade. Colonial rum was inexpensive and was traded in Africa for slaves. The slaves were then sold to the sugar plantations in exchange for money and more molasses, which was then sold back to the distilleries.

American history doesn't stop with rum distillation. George Washington campaigned with seventy-five gallons of free rum. This was distributed to the voters of Virginia, who in 1758, elected him to the House of Burgess. The Boston Tea Party was not just about tea. In 1733 and 1765, the British imposed a tax upon molasses that was not of British import, resulting in a new spirit, Rye, that was easily made from local rye grain. Medford was the common name for rum by New Englanders at that time. Paul Revere was said to have had two glasses of Medford before his famous ride in order to shout, "the English are coming!".

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Admiral Nelson's Cherry Spiced Rum 1.75 liter $9.99
Appleton Estate V/X Rum 750ml $17.99
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Bacardi Dark Rum 200ml $4.99
Bacardi Dark Rum 375ml $8.99
Bacardi Dark Rum 750ml $10.99
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Bacardi Light Rum 200ml $4.99
Bacardi Light Rum 375ml $8.99
Bacardi Light Rum 750ml $9.99
Bacardi Limon Rum 750ml $11.99
Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum 375ml $4.99
Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum 750ml $9.99
Bacardi Torched Cherry Rum 750ml $11.99
Bacoo Rum 5 Years Old Dominican Republic 750ml $17.99
Bacoo Rum 7 Years Old Dominican Republic 750ml $19.99
Bacoo Rum 12 Years Old Dominican Republic 750ml $24.99
Black Beard Spiced Rum 1.75 liter $19.99
Black Magic Black Spiced Rum 50ml $0.99
Black Magic Black Spiced Rum 750ml $17.99
Black Mask Black Premo Rum 750ml $7.99
Black Mask Black Premo Rum 1.75 liter $11.99
Black Mask Spiced Rum 750ml $7.99
Calico Jack Black Spiced Rum 750ml $7.99
Captain Morgan Black Rum 375ml $9.99
Captain Morgan Loco Nut 750ml $14.99
Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum 750ml $9.99
Captain Morgan Private Stock 50ml $1.99
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 1.75 liter $19.99
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 200ml $6.99
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 375ml $10.99
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 50ml $1.83
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 750ml $15.99
Clement 10 Years Old Martinique Rum 750ml $74.99
Clement Cuvee Homere Clement Martinique Rum 750ml $99.99
Coconut Jack Rum 750ml $7.99
Cruzan Aged 151 Proof Rum750ml $19.99
Don Q Anejo Puerto Rican Rum 1.75 liter $19.99
Gosling's Gold Rum 750ml $17.99
Gunpowder Spiced Rum 750ml $16.99
Kraken Black Spiced Rum 70 Proof 750ml $15.99
Kraken Black Spiced Rum 94 proof 375ml $9.99
Kraken Black Spiced Rum 94 Proof 750ml $24.99
Malibu Coconut Rum 750ml $12.99
Malibu Sparkling Coconut Rum 750ml $16.99
Malibu Peach Sparkler 750ml $9.99
Malibu Coconut Black Rum 750ml $12.99
Mount Gay Eclipse Rum 750ml $14.99
Myer's Original Dark Rum 200ml $6.99
Myer's Original Dark Rum 750ml $22.99
Pink Pigeon Rum 750ml $29.99
Plantation Rum 20th Anniversar 750ml $39.99
Plantation Barbados 5 Years Old Rum 750ml $19.99
Plantation Panama Rum 750ml $29.99
Plantation Original Dark Rum Trinidad & Tobago 750ml $16.99
Plantation Pineapple Infused Dark Run 750ml $29.99
Porfidio Plata Rum 750ml $39.99
Pumpkin Face 23 Years Old Rum 750ml $59.99
Pumpkin Face Reserve Rum 750ml $39.99
Pumpkin Face Silver Rum 750ml $29.99
Pyrat XO Reserve Rum 750ml $29.99
Rhum J.M X.O Martinique Rum 750ml $74.99
Ron Abuelo 12 Years Old Anejo Rum 750ml $39.99
Ron Abuelo 7 Years Old Anejo Rum 750ml $24.99
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Ron Abuelo Centuria Rum 750ml $139.99
Ron Zacapa Edicion Negra Rum 750ml $69.99
Ron Zacapa Solera Grand Reserva 23 Anos 750ml $49.99
Ron Zacapa XO 750ml $109.99
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum 1 liter $14.99
Seagram's Raspberry Rum 1 liter $9.99
Tommy Bahama White Sand Barbados Rum 375ml $9.99
Whaler's Reserve Dark Rum 1 liter $9.99
Whaler's Pineapple Rum 1 liter $9.99
Wray & Nephew Jamaica Rum 126 proof 200ml $2.99
Wray & Nephew Jamaica Rum 126 proof 50ml $1.99
Wray & Nephew Jamaica Rum 126 proof 750ml $24.99
Zafra 30 Years Old Master Reserve Panama Rum 750ml $199.99
Zafra 21 Years Old Master Reserve Panama Rum 750ml $39.99
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Zaya 12 Years Gran Reserva Rum 750ml $29.99