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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Cabal No.1513 Aged Dark Rum

An award-winning rum

I cannot remember the last time I had rum, but I rather liked this one; a blend of rums aged in PX casks, it has a bit of sweetness as well as complexity.

Cabal No.1513 is a blended rum made from a number of aged rums sourced from distilleries in Guatemala, Guyana, Trinidad, Panama and the Caribbean.

All the rums are aged at origin, then blended and finished in Pedro Ximénez casks in Speyside and bottled at 43% ABV without colouring or chill filtering.

Cabal No.1513 was awarded gold in the super premium golden rum category at the recent Spirits Business Global Spirits Masters 2021.

The rum is made by Scottish-based drinks business Harpalion Spirits which was founded by two entrepreneurs passionate about the complexity, creativity and integrity that surrounds rum and its taste.

Harpalion Spirits describes itself as "committed to using consumer insight to create its liquid, brand, story and future, with more than 200 people involved in the Cabal journey so far." 

CEO Claire Kinloch says: “People are at the heart of Cabal’s ethos. So, we brought together whisky drinkers, spirit lovers, rum champions, liquid specialists, trade experts, and literally the couple next door, to experiment and sample until we had created our very first expression.

“We make exceptionally high-quality liquids, informed by the consumer. Our rums are distinctive and flexible because they are developed and tested by both real people and industry experts. They have wide appeal and have been developed to offer choice in the way they are enjoyed and consumed.”

Martin Watts, Founder at Cellar Trends, said: “In 40 years working in the Caribbean and UK drinks industry, I’ve been privileged to taste some super sipping rums, but none better than Cabal. Cabal No.1513 is a great example of the spirit blenders’ art, using the best rums from several distilleries coupled with slower cask finishing in Speyside’s gentle climatic conditions.” 

Cabal No.1513 (£40)

initial volatile nail polish that blows off with aeration leaving fruitcake, roasted spices, dark chocolate and toffee; fresh, complex, viscous and savoury with grilled pineapple, roasted figs, cocoa and dark sherry; very long and persistent.


Match with roasted nuts or dark, bitter chocolate; sip at the end of a meal or match with sticky toffee pudding, Christmas pudding or mince pies.


From Cabal's website: a Christmas hamper and a recipe

Cabal No.1513 brand is launching a ‘Naughty & Nice’ hamper for rum and luxury spirits lovers this Christmas, bringing together the stunning first expression of Cabal No.1513 with some tasty accompaniments and branded tumbler glasses.

The Naughty & Nice luxury hamper is priced at £65.00 will be available from 1st November 2021 in the shop on www.cabalrum.com and contains:

- 70cl bottle of Cabal No.1513 award-winning aged rum
- 80g orange milk chocolate bar by artisan chocolate-maker Coco Chocolatier 
- Parmesan toasted pine nuts and basil flavoured drinks biscuits by The Drinks Bakery
- 2 x Cabal premium branded sipping glasses Cabal Christmas

Gift wrapped in bespoke luxury Cabal tissue paper with a gift message of your choice

For those who prefer to keep it simple and gift a bottle on its own, Cabal is offering free Christmas gift wrapping on all Christmas orders. Simply select the option at checkout on www.cabalrum.com/product/shop-cabal-no-1513/ 

Claire Kinloch, CEO at Harpalion Spirits, said: “The luxury taste profile we’ve created with our tropically aged, naturally finished rum, is perfect for enjoying throughout the festive season. Created and tested by both consumers and industry experts, means Cabal No.1513 has a wide appeal and has been designed to offer choice in the way it can be consumed. Neat, mixed, or in a cocktail – delicious either way.” 

Christmas recipe:

Serve Eggnog the Cabal way. Best made in a large batch to share with friends and family, this Eggnog recipe is quintessentially festive.

Serves 2. Multiply ingredients to make a larger batch.

- 2 whole eggs
- 40g caster sugar (or 3 heaped teaspoons)
- 150ml full fat milk (or 3 shots)
- 150ml double cream (or 3 shots)
- 50ml Cabal No.1513 (or 1 shot) 
- 30ml Pedro Ximénez sherry (or ½ shot)

Blend eggs in a blender on slow speed until smooth. Add the sugar and blend until dissolved. Add Cabal No.1513, sherry, milk and cream and keep blending for a few seconds until fully combined. Pour straight into a large glass of your choice (or a bottle and refrigerate if making a larger batch) and garnish with fresh nutmeg. 

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