Wood’s Navy Rum Tasting Night

Wood’s Navy Rum Tasting Event

I have not really been a rum drinker, I have only ever had white rum in Mojitos (which do taste amazing! :)) I am usually not very good with spirits like rum, brandy and whisky but I was invited to a Rum tasting event hosted by Wood’s and was really keen to try some rum and cocktails.

The event was held in The Rum House in Nottingham, which I think was the perfect place! I had not been there before, it’s a really good bar with a great decor and atmosphere. The Woods Rum Tasting night was hosted by Stephen a brand ambassador for Wood’s, he did a really great job.

We started the evening next door by having a double Gin and Tonic, which in hindsight may not have been the best move when doing a tasting 🙂

There was a total of 6 of us at the tasting, which I liked as think it helped make it a little more relaxed as I am not the most confident in groups. We started off by Stephen making us a cocktail with Woods Rum and apple, which I actually think was my favourite.

Wood's Navy Rum Apple Cocktail - This has to be one of my favourite Rum cocktails, very fresh tasting! - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Stephen told us of the history of Rum and and advised us of the 3 places it had got its name from. To me I’d agree with those that believe it comes from the Latin word for sugar, Saccharum. He then went into detail about Rum and the navy, which was very interesting as I had never really considered the history of many drinks. Navy Rum began in 1655 and interestingly the crew on all the ships were given a daily allowance of 1 pint of rum per day, I could only imagine what that was like! I know i’m not very productive if I have had a few drinks and a pint of rum…I think i’d be lining the floor with my face 🙂

Admiral Edward Vernon watered the Rum down and added lime to help reduce the amount of Rum his crew would drink, making them more effective at their job. This drink soon became known as Grog, which was named after the Admirals jacket. Interestingly his crew became the healthiest, thanks to all the additional vitamins from the limes that his crew were drinking no doubt 🙂

Stephen also told us an interesting story about Naval Rum and Lord Nelson. There is a well known term of “Nelson’s Blood”, the story says that when he died his body was preserved in Rum and the crew had drilled a hole in the cask and drank the rum. Although many historians believe that this is not true and that the cask didn’t contain Rum but Brandy and the phrase comes from people toasting Nelson…which to me also makes more sense and would be slightly disturbing if it was the other!!

Wood's Navy Rum Neat - Nice Dark Rum!

We were then told about the history of Wood’s Rum, which has been around since 1887 and is currently the only rum that is still distilled in a wooden distil. It was really interesting hearing about the brand and you could tell that Stephen really had a passion and an interest in Wood’s Rum.
The bottle has actually recently changed as well as the name as it is currently known as Wood’s 100. It was changed due to the misunderstanding as to the proof of the rum in the bottle. I personally think the change is for the better, the older bottle reminds me more of a vodka bottles whereas the newer one looks more like what I’d think a navy rum bottle would look like (if that makes sense).

Interestingly we were talking about popularity phases of types of drinks and that back in the 90’s Vodka was popular with different flavours and now Gin is currently very popular with new flavours and types coming out often. Stephen did say that he could really see Rum going through one of these phases and i’d have to agree, there are so many different types and think it’s something to keep an eye on.

Wood’s Navy Rum Tasting Time!!

Now was the time to get into the tasting of Wood’s Rum, as I had not had rum in the past I was looking forward to finding out what it tastes like(on its own!). We had a little of the rum put into a glass and we all gave it a smell and discussed what aromas we could get, this was after it burned my nose a little 🙂

It actually smelt very nice with hints of caramel and spices, nutmeg and cinnamon. It is obviously all down to personal taste and people will naturally smell different things. Now was the time for the taste and I have to say like whisky and brandy it really gave my throat a hit but it was actually very tasty.

We put a little water into it and gave it another taste, this time I found it much easier to drink as the Rum had been watered down a little. To me it tasted really nice and I think had a real oaky taste, which is probably due to the wooden distil. Stephen made us our second Rum cocktail which was also very nice, it included honey and ginger beer. This cocktail went down very well and I could drink it again and again.

Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail #2


Greenheart Grog – Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail

  • Author: Martyn
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins


  • 50ml Wood’s Navy Rum
  • 20ml Ruby Grapefruit Juice
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 20ml Honey
  • Ginger Beer


  1. Place all ingredients except the Ginger Beer into a blender
  2. Add ice into the blender and give it a good blend
  3. Pour into a glass and top this with Ginger Beer
  4. Add a mint leaf to garnish

Our third cocktail involved us being able to go around the bar and actually make it ourselves, thanks alot to the Rum House for allowing us to do just that. It was a great experience, I had done it before but always find it good fun. We went around in two groups of 3 and made an interesting cocktail with Baileys, vanilla, Woods Rum and a raw egg….I know what you are thinking….a raw egg?!?!

Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail #3


Black Strap Flip – Wood’s Navy Rum Cocktail

  • Author: Martyn
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1


  • 35ml Wood’s Navy Rum
  • 35ml Sweet Sherry (Pedro Ximenez or a Moscatel)
  • 15ml Baileys
  • 10ml Vanilla infused Demerara syrup
  • Whole Egg


  1. Add all of the ingredients into a mixing tin
  2. Dry shake, which is done without adding any ice
  3. Open the mixer and fill with ice and continue to shake
  4. Double strain with a Hawthorne cocktail straining and small tea strainer into a glass
  5. Garnish with a little cinnamon

It actually tasted very nice and I thought it tasted just like a melted chocolate bar! We had a little competition to win a free bottle of Wood’s Rum, I didn’t win unfortunately but was more than happy with the way my cocktail looked 🙂

The tasting had ended and Rach and I had to leave to get ready for work the next day, it was a very enjoyable night. It has opened my eyes to Rum and will certainly be looking at getting myself a bottle of Wood’s Navy Rum and trying a few cocktails.

I would just like to thank Stephen for his great work on introducing me to Rum and educating me a lot more to the history of it and Wood’s rum. I would also like to thank Wood’s themselves for putting on the tasting evening and The Rum House for having such a perfect venue 🙂

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Let me know if you try any Rum Cocktails!

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