Resolute is a deeply warming tot for hardy rum fans. Bottled at the traditional British Navy Strength of 54.5% ABV (the proof at which gunpowder soaked in the liquor will still light), it’s a blend of 8-year-old rum from Foursquare in Barbados, a 5-year-old offering from Australia, two Guyanese rums and a high-ester Jamaican 4 year old.
Brimming with smoky chargrilled pineapple, barbequed banana, crumpets toasted over coals then generously buttered, caramelised Demerara sugar, almond croissants, liquorice and apple strudel drizzled with cream flavours, this is just the kind of rum you want to pour when you’ve been soaked to the bone or have spent a long day out in the cold.
Sip it neat or mix it in classic rum cocktails to give them a little more oomph.
Out of all the spirits, rum probably has the most problematic history, intrinsically tied to colonialism and the exploitation of people and the environment. However, in world that’s becoming far more conscious of the damage we do, a new breed of rum producers has emerged. Hattiers is one of the brands at the vanguard of that movement. Plastic-free from day one, they support their local community, they’re planting a broadleaf native woodland to offset their environmental impact, they’ve made a commitment to Net Zero Carbon by the end of 2021, and they’re the world’s second certified B Corp rum. B Corps are a growing and inspirational community of companies that use business as a force for good, putting people and the planet before profit, thus making them the savvy choice for conscious consumers.
Hattiers is an independent business that imports premium tropically aged rums from around the world. In Devon, those rums are expertly blended at a punchy 60-70% ABV to create something even greater than the sum of its parts, before reducing the alcohol level down using soft water filtered through the granite of Dartmoor. This water is one of the key elements that makes Hattiers Rum so damned drinkable. The company experimented with 13 different water sources before settling on a well near the village of Beesands. Their world-class rums contain no added colourants and are non-chill filtered, but what swung it for us was finding out that the entire range is built on a base of 8-year-old rum distilled by the legendary Richard Seale at Barbados’ Foursquare – the five-time consecutive winner of the International Spirits Challenge’s “Rum Producer of the Year”.