Taste testing expensive rums - are they worth it?

I'm always on the look out for new brands to try, but who wants to pay £20 upwards to try something you end up not liking?

Well, you may or may not know about the company Master of Malt; an online retailer of whisky and other spirits, who offer you the chance to purchase 30ml bottles of brands that take your fancy.

I only found out about this when Elyse over on Sweetelyseblog, sent me a "Drinks by the Dram" gift set, much to my delight.

What was in my gift set?

Spytail Black Ginger Rum | Rumbullion! | Bombo 40 Rum Caramel & Coconut | Dark Matter Spiced Rum | Black Magic Spiced Rum.

The bottles come nicely sealed with wax, which is soft and nice to the touch and is definitely not edible!

The Breakdown

 Spytail Black Ginger Rum 

I love ginger; I cook with it and I like it as a tea, so naturally, I am drawn to this one. When you taste this, you will be hit instantly by the ginger and it's a very nice warming feeling. This is a French rum, blended and infused with ginger and other spices and tastes great mixed with Cola or on its own. C'est formidable!


This rum is very easy to drink without a mixer, it's smooth, sweet and I find that it doesn't cause a burn in the throat like most alcohol does - weird!.  This is made by a company called Ableforth, and the rum they produce is loved by rum lovers and non-rum lovers alike!

 Bombo 40 Rum Caramel & Coconut

This is an odd ball I think, but I love it and it will almost certainly be getting a more permanent place in my rum locker. Straight off the bat, you will taste the syrupy caramel, flavour that lingers and then subtly makes way for the coconut notes that are there at the start but are more prominent at the end.

Bombo also make Caramel & Spices and Caramel & Banana variants of this rum!

 Dark Matter Spiced Rum

This is a very strong rum and tastes of pepper and cloves. It's a hard one to drink straight, but with a mixer, it's really pleasant! This rum is made in my home country (Scotland) and is the first and only distillery here. If you want a rum that will kick your ass then this is the one for you.

 Black Magic Spiced Rum

Dark spiced rum that is mild, almost like a weaker version of the Dark Matter bottle, so it's an easier one to drink on its own. Mixed I find that it's not unlike Captain Morgans, but it does hold its own. Very tasty!

I really enjoyed the Rumbullion! and the Bombo bottles the most, as I have a sweeter tooth. I will be revisiting them all again the future, though.

Have you tried Drinks by the Dram? What did you get? Please let me know in the comments!

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  1. I'm not a massive fan of rum, however I may sample a few mentioned after reading this post!


  2. First off... I'm sorry but I have to ask.... Where's the rum gone?

    Secondly, by the sound of it, I'd like the Dark Matter one the most! It sounds exquisite!

  3. I've never tried a rum based taster box but I have tried Rumbullion and I love it, there's a cocktail bar near me which use it and I love the cocktail x

  4. I don't drink rum but I think if you're a fab a taster box is a great idea so you can discover the ones you love!

  5. What a lovely gift! I've never tried it but may have to give this taster box a try!

  6. I have a friend that exclusively drinks rum so this would be a great gift for them! You've literally helped me out with this post!

  7. I really enjoy rum as a spirit, and have my favourites for drinks so this would be great to get to know other brands too

  8. I like the sound of this taster box. Great idea!

  9. My other half is run obsessed! He would love this!

  10. oh wow i love taster boxes as it gives you a little bit of something you might not normally go for!

  11. Ooh I love taster boxes. I like the sound of the spiced rum and ginger rum best! x

  12. I love the idea of this. What a fab way to try something new without breaking the bank x

  13. How interesting! I love little taster sets like this, I knew you could get them for gin, but not rum! xxxx

  14. These drinks all have really interesting names. That's for sure.

  15. I'm not a rum girl myself but I love the idea of this as a gift for a rum lover, especially as me and my friend are so tight when it comes to alcohol looking for the cheapest deal. This way they can as you say taste the brands without spending a ton of money to potentially not even like it

  16. Ooooh wow, I'd love to try a rum tasting set like this! Completely agree you don't want to buy a massive bottle of something new, to find that you don't like it! x

  17. I rarely drink, but if I do it's usually rum. Bombo sounds absolutely delicious. I'll have to look out for it!

  18. I love Master of Malt (I've had their ginvent advent calendar which is great!) Hubby got a rum advent calendar one year which was great.


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