With all the hype about Wolf of Wall Street, Friday night saw us slick back our hair and head over to Canary Wharf to sample the delights on offer.
We found ourselves stumbling upon Rum and Sugar which we had heard many good things about, but just never got the chance to visit.
The patio heaters and umbrellas was almost an instant tick for us providing the perfect cigar smoking ambiance we required for the evening.
First up we popped to the bar and got ourselves a classic Mojito which was made using Flor De Cana 4 year.
We pulled up a chair outside and smoked our cigars. The choice of ammo was the Partagas D4 which is a CTC favourite to go with a Mojito. The full flavour of the D4 really complements the refreshing taste of the mojito.
We enjoyed the smokes and conversed with the passing patrons of the evening who were popping out for their cigarette. We made new friends and conversed in the world of cigars for over an hour.
Once we were done, it was time to check out the rum selection. We were introduced to Chris, who knows his rums.
He was kind enough to take us through a rum tasting over a selection of rums ranging from Nicholas Abbey, to Pussers, all the way up to his latest delivery; a bottle of St Lucia 1931 rum.
Throughout the tasting Chris explained the history behind each rum as well as the process they take to make the rum.
We heard the origins of the word ‘proof’ and that it came from lighting the rum with gunpowder to show ‘proof’ that it was good. We were also entertained with the stories of Pussers Rum and how the job of a ‘pusser’ was to ration the rum to the sailors.
Chris also told us that he runs Rum master classes and tastings at Rum and Sugar where people can learn all about rum. Ideal for team nights out or corporate bookings it’s a great way to educate yourself on rum, and it’s only from £12.95 upwards! (#Like)
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Rum and Sugar also challenge the staff each month to come up with new cocktails using their ‘Rum of the month’ with the winning cocktail being featured on the menu. We decided to test out one of these cocktails and opted for a warm Rum Crumble.
There was something very strange about drinking a hot drink in a bar on a Friday night, and that it was alcoholic… but god dam it was good! The sprinkles of crumble together with the milk and cocktail made for a perfect winter cocktail.
Following the cocktail it was time to hit the aged rums and first up – Diplomatico Exclusiva which we’ve been showing a lot of love to lately. A fantastic Venezuelan rum aged for 12 years with a sweet & smooth taste.
While we soaked up the atmosphere and danced to Beyoncé (keep that on the down low) we realised it was time to call it a night, but not before sipping on a glass of El Dorado 21 year. We first tried the 21 year at Rumfest last October and fell in love with it.
If you are ever in the area, we would strongly recommend popping in for a cocktail or 3. Their rum collection is probably the best in all of Canary Wharf with a plethora of rums to choose from, as well as an upbeat, relaxed party style atmosphere you expect from a rum bar.
And with the added benefit of a heated outdoor seating area, it makes a great night out for cigar smokers, and even non-cigar smokers.
We will be back to check out one of the rum masterclasses.
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