The Manual - Three of the best new rums

The summer brought a bevy of previously unseen ages and editions of rum to our door. Now, with the cooler days of autumn approaching, we think there is nothing nicer than basking in the warm glow of a tot of the golden, spiced spirit. So sit back and think of, well, the Caribbean.

Mahiki Rum Cognac Cask Aged
Fear not, though it bears the name of the popular London nightspot, this rum hails from Barbados rather than W1. Matured in Bourbon barrels, then finished in Cognac casks, Mahiki Rum has intense apricot, caramel and banana flavours. £40 at Harvey Nichols (www.harveynichols.com)

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Rum Sixty Six 12 Years
Another Barbados rum, this time from Richard Seale's renowned Foursquare Distillery (he is a fourth-generation rum-maker). This excellent drop is both robust and refined. To taste, think coconut, vanilla, treacle and dark sugar - far more complex than 12-year aged implies, though the tropical climate is to thank for that. £31 at Royalmilewhiskies.com

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Elements Eight Barrel Infused Exotic Spices
We were already fans of the E8 platinum rum, and thankfully this latest from the St Lucia producer didn't disappoint. It's distilled using a bourbon pot-still, and tropically aged, though this time with the addition of 10 spices including cinnamon, ginger and clove resulting in an intensely flavourful spirit. £37 at Selfridges (www.selfridges.com)