South Africa’s Best Craft Rums

Words: Katrina Rose Wind

South African Rum has gained some serious popularity among craft spirit drinkers over the last few years. Craft distilleries have now seen the potential of rum and have been adding some high-quality rum options to their list of already produced spirits. Finally, a spirit that can take over the gin craze and make a comeback in its own right.

Copeland Rum

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This traditional white rum is infused with tropical aromas and has different spicy notes based on the flavour notes of fynbos. Bold and full-Flavoured with no additives. fermented and small-batch distilled in Kommetjie.

Gertie’s Rum

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Gertie’s Rum is brand new to the South African market, having only launched in the beginning of March 2020. producing 100% Gold and White Wash Rum, using a unique wine yeast, the rum is triple distilled using a still and then placed in ex-Bourbon American Oak barrels to mature and extract colour, for a minimum of six months.


Die Warm Rasta Rum

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Proudly South African, Die Warm Rasta Rum is aged in the De Vry distillery maturation cellar. A combination of the Free State climate and specifically charred barrels used for culturing, create this magnificently flavoured rum.

African Blackstrap Rum- Inverroche

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Inverroche Distillery have been pioneers of South African craft gin but have produced a wide range of spirits, one of them being rum. Their rum is made from African blackstrap molasses and is aged for seven years. It has a citrusy-vanilla taste and a dry smoky character, making it great not only for cocktails but also to sip on. They only release three limited editions of 1,000 bottles each annually, making this South African rum in high demand.

Tapanga Rum

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South Africa’s first Premium Rhum Agricole, for those who don’t know that means it’s a style of rum that uses fresh sugar cane juice. This single estate rum ensures that they are in control of everything that goes into itfrom the source. Their two varieties, Tapanga White Rum and Tapanga Gold Rum, are bottled in limited batches to create an exclusive product for those who seek a distinctive and high-quality South African rum.


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Their brand tagline is ‘From farm to bottle and proudly South African’ and their rum truly embodies that. Farmed in Mpumalanga, their rum is unlike most traditional rum, which is made from molasses, MHOBA rum is made from pure sugarcane juice. MHOBA  rum is a pure single rum, it contains no additives, colourants or flavour modifiers. The rum equivalent to a Single Malt Whiskey.

Rhino Rum, Brickmaker’s Distilling Co.

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This family-run business operates from a historic warehouse on Brickmakers Road in Port Elizabeth and produces two hand-crafted rums from locally-sourced molasses. Their most popular rum is the spiced rum, it has a unique taste which is due to the the spice blend of vanilla, cinnamon, liquorice, orange, clove, and a hint of ginger that makes this rum sweet, spicy and delicate.

Durbanville Distillery Rum

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This distillery uses a cold distillation vacuum process, which saves electricity while creating amazing flavours. They want to stay true to the heritage of rum but at the same time want to give it a modern twist, by applying modern methods they are able to ensure their rum is soft, subtle, and smooth. The white rum has been aged in barrels at the wine estate to form dark, spicy rums, whereas their dark rum is twice distilled and then meticulously aged in American Oak barrels.

Agua Zulu Cachaça, Distillery 031

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A true game changer, Distillery 031Agua Zulu Cachaça rum is made in the Brazilian-style cachaça, which means their rum is made from fermented sugar cane juice. Outside of Brazil, cachaça is used almost exclusively as an ingredient in tropical drinks, so their Agua Zulu is perfect for any rum cocktail.

Time Anchor Rum

This trendy, Maboneng based distillery is known for their gin but also produces a unique range of rums. Their rum is double distilled and bottled with Madagascan vanilla pods, giving it coconut and vanilla aromas, combined with macadamia and caramel flavours.

Zulu Rum

They claim to be the first local rum produced from the sugar cane in KwaZulu-Natal The Rum is available in three varieties: Zulu Rum: a clear rum, light in flavour. Zulu Gold Rum: gold in colour with a raisin flavour and Zulu Impi Rum: a Dark Rum with a woody flavour.


Whistler Rum

Produced in the Free State, this proudly African rum comes from one of the biggest rum distilleries in South Africa. They have three distinctive types of rum under their belt, dark, silver and spiced. All jam packed with incredible flavours and perfect for that rum cocktail you’re craving.

25 Degrees South

This Pretoria based micro-distillery is truly passionate about their craft. Their gunpowder rum and pathfinder rum has been aged in French Oak, which gives it incredibly rich vanilla and caramel notes. Let’s not forget to mention that each bottle has 57% alcohol content.


Innocent Spirits Cold Brew Rum

Started in a Cape Town basement by two lifelong friends, who wanted to bring pure crafted spirits to coffee lovers and intertwine these worlds. They source their rum spirit from all corners of the world, making sure the foundation of their rum is  highest quality. Their rum is aged using the american process and french oak, akin to blending a whisky, to produce an elegant and rich flavour.

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