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Devon Rum, Totnes

Areeeba! There's a brand new way to support local when you knock back that mojito, ladies. Get ready to rum-ba with a hand-crafted rum made in Totnes.

If you’re a mojito fan – and frankly who isn’t? – then listen up, there’s a new premium rum in town, ladies, and you need to get it in your highball, pronto.

The lockdown baby of founder David Seear, Devon Rum is crafted in Totnes from a cleverly curated blend of Caribbean rum, Devon spring water and a top-secret blend of spices.

Muddy has a bottle of their Premium Spiced Rum in our hot little hands and it’s a corker – a sumptuous amber colour, with ocean waves rippling across the bottle and when we pop off the cork stopper (very eco) smelling of foreign holidays.

We tried it straight up, no mixer, for the true rum experience (and not because we’re hardcore) just like you would a fine whiskey, and it’s far cry from the bad old Bacardi days, having a rich spicy kick, with the fire softened not by the usual vanilla flavouring, but maple syrup which gives it a unique edge. (I’d have another except it’s a school day and the mums might start gossiping.)

If you prefer something smoother, try their new Honey Spiced Rum, slightly lower 37.5% abv – a silky rum,  delicately spiced and sweetened with local honey made by the busy bees at South Molton’s Quince Honey Farm.

David and the Devon Rum team are no slackers when it comes to the environment, as the bottles are screen-printed directly onto the glass, so no need for labels, no plastic and all their packaging is 100% recyclable. Plus, they’re working towards being carbon negative in a tree planting offset with local not-for-profit organisation, Moor Trees.

But don’t take my word for it – they’ve just been awarded Gold for both their Honey Spiced and Premium Spiced rums, in the 2021 Taste of the West awards – and they’re stocked by loads of ace Devon companies, including Darts Farm and the Salcombe Harbour Hotel. Time for a snifter, methinks.

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