Rum is growing in popularity across the world, and while we all love a classic Spiced Gold and Coke, discerning drinkers are also starting to seek out craft rums with a story. Luckily for Capetonian rum lovers there’s a new home-grown option ready to offer something a little extra special. Introducing Suncamino Rum: The world’s first floral-infused rum. Conceived in Cape Town, South Africa, with origins in Barbados, this exciting craft spirit is sure to become a firm favourite in your liquor cabinet this summer.
A smooth-blended rum, Suncamino is distilled in Barbados for up to 8 years using ex-bourbon oak-barrels before it embarks on a journey headed for Cape Town. On arrival in the Mother City, it is further matured and infused with Hibiscus, Honeybush and Orange Blossom natural extracts. An adventurous option for the new and old rum drinker looking for something new and exciting to try, Suncamino is a revelation on the local run scene.
According to Suncamino Rum creator, Stewy van der Berg, unlike other rums on the market this spiced and dark rum transcends gender and naturally appeals to both men and women. “By infusing the rum with floral extracts from the Cape, we have added another layer without compromising on its classic, smooth, underbelly – honouring its Barbados origin at the same time, says van der Berg.”
Stewy van der Berg – a self-proclaimed rum connoisseur – and two friends from Cape Town set out to create a floral-infused alternative for the person who is not a fan of mother’s ruin (gin), but still looking for the same craft credentials in another spirit. Rum was the obvious choice.
“It’s the most diverse spirit and unlike other spirits that are best enjoyed with a mixer, rum can be enjoyed straight up, on the rocks, in most cocktails and with fruit juices,” explains van der Berg.
“Unfortunately, over time, rum has received a bad rap and that’s due to the cheap blends and bad trends out there. I do believe the rum revelation has arrived and is being rediscovered in the form of quality blends. Combine this with the growing obsession with botany and floral trends, and you get Suncamino.”
Suncamino rum has a 40% ABV and retails at a recommended retail price of R299 for a 500ml bottle. It’s available from all good liquor stores, as well as Yuppiechef, Takealot and Uber Eats – Cape Town.