Dark Matter was the first dedicated rum distillery in Scotland. It came about after a holiday to the Carribean when the founders wanted to visit a rum distillery but could not find one that would accept visitors. They casually remarked that it would be easier to build a distillery themselves at which point Dark Matter Distillers sprang to life. "Our curiosity drives us while science inspires us. Combining knowledge and imagination we obsessively pursue flavour through systematic study, observation and experiment."
It took four years for Dark Matter Spiced Rum to evolve from an idea to reality but it has proved a successful venture and this Scottish rum now has fans all over the world.
Dark Matter Spiced Rum is a molasses-based rum with flavours of bell pepper, fresh ginger, green peppercorns and allspice. It is, according to the distillers, the taste equivalent of warping into a liquid black hole but without every atom in your body being crushed to an infinitely small point. We have no idea either - perhaps more tasting is required!
Diplomático's journey begins as only the greatest stories do: with an outstanding man. His name is Don Juancho, a man with an adventurous spirit and a passion for rum. Legend has it that this Venezuelan Mantuano (a local nobleman) explored the world tirelessly, searching for the finest and most exotic spirits. His portrait features on all their product labels.
The history of Diplomático began in Venezuela in 1959, with the establishment of the distillery where all of its rums are produced. Diplomático rums are carefully crafted from premium sugar cane and use a rich variety of distillation methods. This is combined with the Maestro Ronero’s expertise and excellence in the art of blending, to produce the finest rums.
The distillery lies at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Venezuela. Its location was carefully selected to be in close proximity to the main sugar processing plants in the area and the nearby Terepaima National Park, which provides the purest of waters for the rums’ production. Weather was also a determining element in the selection of the distillery’s location. It plays a key role in sugar cane production, fermentation and rum ageing. Thanks to the ideal conditions mentioned above, premium ingredients, and the utmost care put into the production process, Diplomático rums have received multiple awards.
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva is an elegant and complex sipping rum, carefully crafted from the purest of sugar cane honeys. It is delicately distilled in ancient copper pot stills and aged in small oak casks for up to twelve years. Marrying a unique body with excellent balance has made it a reference for rum lovers and connoisseurs throughout the world. This rum has a warm amber colour. The aromas are complex and characterful, with notes of maple syrup, orange peel, brown sugar and liquorice. Meanwhile the flavours include sweet toffee fudge and a seductive and elegant finish. Enjoy it neat. on the rocks or in a cocktail.
Back in 1938, two friends with a passion for making rum decided to go their own way. Using oak barrels to pioneer a new ageing process, their rums took on such depth and smooth complexity, that even the government were convinced and changed the very laws of rum-making to enhance its quality. The benchmark for future generations was set, and Venezuelan rum was redefined forever.
Locally grown sugar cane reaches the distillery within 24 hours, ensuring the flavour and sugar content of their molasses remain of the highest quality. Their Amazonian location gives them an excellent source of natural mineral water, which is critical to the final quality of the rum. Unlike many distilleries, Pampero continues to use three different distillation processes for a purer, higher quality rum. After its initial distillation, the alcohol can be made 'lighter' or 'heavier' by undergoing its second and third distillations in a column, kettle, or pot still. Venezuela's high humidity, high temperatures, and nightly temperature drops provide intensive ageing conditions all year round, leading to a maturation rate approximately three times greater than that of scotch or cognac.
There’s more to Pampero Blanco than meets the eye. A good white rum should be fresh, clean, easy to mix and easy to drink. Blanco is all of these, but it’s also an aged rum, made from a blend of traditional white rum aged for up to 4 years.
Unlike most white rums which are distilled in column stills, the heavier rums of the Blanco blend are distilled in traditional copper pot stills, like those used for Scotch Whisky. Ex-whisky white oak casks lend Blanco its fruity notes and originally a golden colour, which is later removed through charcoal filtering. It is a Light, creamy and simple rum with flavours of blackcurrant, candy floss, green apple, banana, toffee and vanilla.
Around 185 years ago the Stroh Spirits Manufactory was founded in Carinthia. It has become a piece of Austrian culinary culture and lifestyle. This local rum is an indispensable ingredient not only for food recipes but also for cocktails. Some of the most creative patissiers, kitchen chefs and bartenders in Austria have created recipes with Stroh Inländer Rum.
According to the EU regulation 110/2008, it is legally required that 100% of the rum must be made from sugar cane molasses in Austria, making it a protected Austrian specialty. Stroh Inländer Rum is distinguished by its fine fragrance and delicate rum note as well as its harmonious, flowery taste. This rum which has an alcohol content of 80% is driven by an incredible cult worldwide. Not only because of its taste and its primal power, but also because of a small crossed-out aircraft symbol on the bottle label. The transport of Stroh Inländer 80 is not compatible with the current security rules of air traffic so this cannot be taken on board an aircraft. Thanks to its unmistakable flavour, Stroh Inländer Rum owes its reputation not only to its unmistakable aroma, but also to the historic form of its bottle. The typically curved Flachmann style bottle originates from the American prohibition period, at a time when it was important to be able to hide the bottle easily on the body and transport it without being spotted.
At the heart of this spirit are Austrian pastry kitchens, coffee houses and confectioners. It would be unthinkable to many to produce sweet Austrian classics such as Applestrudel, Kaiserschmarren or biscuits without using Stroh Inländer rum. This makes it unique in culinary terms as nowhere else in the world is such a high percentage spirit (which to them is a staple store cupboard essential) on the shopping list for so many households and kitchen professionals! There are several recipes on Stroh's own website that you might like to try - click the following link for details. http://www.stroh.at/en/recipes.html
We would suggest trying Stroh Hot Chocolate which comprises of a measure of Stroh, added to a delicious cup of hot chocolate. The combination is amazing – offering a warm, slightly spiced hot chocolate with the distinctive flavour and aroma of Stroh. Our only advice is please use it sparingly.