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Master of Malt announces the launch of Rumbullion! Navy-Strength from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth.


Rumbullion! is a high quality Caribbean Rum infused with warming spices such as Cardamom, Cloves and Madagascan Vanilla. This release has been bottled at Navy-Strength (57% abv) to give it more impact on the palate and makes for a very warming drink.

The story goes that spirits carried aboard ships were bottled at “Navy-Strength“—a higher abv than normal—so that if they accidentally came into contact with gunpowder, the wet powder would still explode. However, as this test carried out by the Professor himself shows, while the powder may burn, it certainly wouldn’t explode. It is more likely that spirits were bottled at such a high abv to reduce the number of barrels needed on long voyages, and over-proof rum would last longer with a thirsty crew on board.

Rumbullion! Navy-Strength is handsomely packaged in crinkled brown paper with a black wax seal and is adorned with a hand-illustrated label which depicts a Naval grog tub and a Naval ‘White Ensign’ Flag.  It lends punch to cocktails and can be used in place of any spiced rum to add depth and character.

Nose: Incredibly intense. Buckets of vanilla combine with flamed orange zest. The cardamom makes itself known by offering up an evocative suggestion of old-fashioned cola, and to this the cloves bring out a deep, dark complexity. Yet more sweetness comes from the juicy, fresh cinnamon, which melds beautifully with a core of the essential oils of Seville orange peel.

Palate: An absolutely huge whack of high-proof spicy vanilla-laden complexity. Hints of Manuka honey and mouth-watering cinnamon form its heart, with molasses, candy floss, toffee apples, crème brûlée and clove-studded oranges.

Finish: An incredibly long finish, with a stunning degree of freshness as the cinnamon, orange and creamy, sweet vanilla coat the palate for minutes.

Overall: If there was ever going to be anything that could top the standard Rumbullion! this is it. The additional ABV will be a welcome boon to those used to cask-strength whiskies, and those who appreciate deep and intense flavours.

Rumbullion! Navy-Strength is 57%abv – £45.95. Now available from Master of Malt.