Skipper Rum

70cl | 40%

Skipper Rum is a small, independently-owned brand with roots going back to 1930. This proud Demerara Rum is sourced from the famous Diamond Distillery in Guyana. Demerara Rums are considered by many to be the kings of dark rums. Originating along the Demerara River in Guyana, they are one of the few rums with Geographic Indication status recognized by the EU. This ensures the rum is produced from local molasses using traditional methods of distilling and aging dating back 300 years.


Some of the rum is still distilled using historic wooden pot stills from the 18th and 19th centuries. The rum is aged for 3-4 years in former whisky barrels, lending a rich, intense and bittersweet flavour profile.

The iconic cheery image of a Skipper on the bottle is a nod to the British Merchant Navy, not the Royal Navy as commonly assumed. Many Merchant Skippers began their careers in the Royal Navy before captaining commercial ships when Britain dominated the seas.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, Skipper Rum offers intense aromas of molasses, vanilla, and oak. You can detect the rum’s time spent maturing in whisky casks, with notes of charred wood, spice, and dried fruit.

When sipped, the first impression is the rich, viscous mouthfeel. Then the robust flavours take over – burnt sugar, treacle, raisins, and buttery toffee. Hints of coffee and bittersweet chocolate linger on the palate.

The finish is long and warming, with a touch of pleasant bitterness from the oak tannins.

The complexity of flavours reflects this rum’s provenance – from the fertile Demerara sugar cane fields to distillation in historic wooden pot stills to ageing in well-worn casks

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Perfect Serve Nailed!

Skipper Rum stands up incredibly well in classic rum cocktails.

For a tropical twist, Skipper Rum makes a flavourful Daiquiri. Simply shake 50ml Skipper Rum with fresh lime juice and sugar syrup over ice and strain into a chilled coupe.


Brand Diamond Distillery
Country Guyana
Region Demerara River
Size 70cl
ABV 40%
Flavour Treacle | Demerara | Chocolate