5 Homegrown Rum Brands To Get Your Spirits Up

The sugarcane-based drink has been a favourite among Indians, but rum is evolving with several brands in India making craft and artisanal creations
Cuba Libre or rum and coke is a popular cocktail
Cuba Libre or rum and coke is a popular cocktail

Rum has always been a drink of choice for Indians, but it is only in the past few years that the tipple has taken off, with many new brands in the market experimenting with notes and tones, much like fine wine. From light and floral to smoked with tobacco overtones, here are five you should add to your home bar

Makazai

Goa has become a hub for small, local, and artisanal spirits brands. Makazai, which translates to "I Want" in Konkani, is one such example. Their Bartender's Edition is white, and the Tribute Edition is India's first gold rum. The Bartender's Edition is a homage to bartenders' and their (sometimes) unappreciated talents this edition is a crystal-clear, medium-bodied white rum with creamy and elegant aromas. The rum's floral, sweet, spicy, and herbaceous characteristics lend it a distinctly tropical flavour. The Tribute Edition is a two-and-a-half-year-old matured gold rum with praline, dried dates, figs, caramel, cinnamon, honey, and a well-rounded vanilla accent. Read more about the rum here.

 
 
 
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Rock Paper Rum

This distinctive rum traces its roots to a family that ran a rum company popular in Army, Navy, and Air Force canteens across the country in the 1980s. The brand makes two small-batch variants the Indian Spiced Rum, a triple-distilled golden rum made from sugarcane, and a variety of botanicals and spices. The medium-bodied spirit is best served neat or in a cocktail. In contrast, the Coastal White Rum is woody and sweet, with a hint of vanilla. Find more information here

 
 
 
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Amrut Two Indies Rum 

This brand, also known for its whisky, produces a medium-bodied rum mixed with Caribbean rums from Jamaica, Barbados, and Guyana. It is great for people looking for a fruity dry-finish rum with notes of banana, almonds, sugarcane, and tropical fruits. Their Old Port Deluxe is spicy with pistachio, ginger, nutmeg, and bubblegum tones on the palate. Find more information here.

Segredo Aldeia 

Segredo Aldeia, well known for its Woodburns whisky and Pumori gin, is also a Goan rum brand that produces two excellent rums. There are hints of vanilla, fragrant oak, and peaches and cream in the white rum. Visit their website for an intriguing origin story involving a hidden town, French pirates, and buried treasure. The Café rum has a coffee flavour and is laced with the taste of toffee tobacco with dark chocolate overtones. Find more information here

Old Monk

A made-in-India rum list would not be complete without Old Monk. For nearly 60 years, this iconic brand has been the gold standard of Indian rum. The Legend version is made from the best sugarcane molasses and matured to perfection using traditional processes. Each sip is a sensory journey with aromas of vanilla, toffee, and oak. 

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