United Rum Merchants Limited

United Kingdom

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Rum labels

Santigo - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_33)
Santigo

Santigo

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Light Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_34)
Light Rum

Light Rum

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Lemon Hart - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_30)
Lemon Hart

Lemon Hart

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Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk101)
Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum

Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum

66 x 103 mm (2.6" x 4")
Santigo Dry White Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk290)
Santigo Dry White Rum

Santigo Dry White Rum

104 x 144 mm (4.1" x 5.7")
Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_229)
Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum

Lamb’s Demerara Navy Rum

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Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk383)
Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum

Lamb’s Demerara Navy Rum

59 x 82 mm (2.3" x 3.2")
Lamb's Navy Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk55)
Lamb's Navy Rum

Lamb’s Navy Rum

100 x 124 mm (3.9" x 4.9")
Alfred Lamb's Pale Gold - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk124)
Alfred Lamb's Pale Gold

Alfred Lamb’s Pale Gold

78 x 108 mm (3.1" x 4.2")
Red Heart - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk289)
Red Heart

Red Heart

102 x 121 mm (4" x 4.8")
Red Heart - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_19)
Red Heart

Red Heart

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Red Heart - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk118)
Red Heart

Red Heart

88 x 130 mm (3.5" x 5.1")
Black Heart Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_35)
Black Heart Rum

Black Heart Rum

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Alfred Lamb's Special Reserve Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_8)
Alfred Lamb's Special Reserve Rum

Alfred Lamb’s Special Reserve Rum

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Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_28)
Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum

Lamb’s Demerara Navy Rum

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Lemon Hart Superior Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_29)
Lemon Hart Superior Rum

Lemon Hart Superior Rum

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Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_87)
Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum

Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum

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Daiquiri Rum - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk_32)
Daiquiri Rum

Daiquiri Rum

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Tia Maria - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk331)
Tia Maria

Tia Maria

181 x 75 mm (7.1" x 3")

Rum bottles

Red Heart - United Rum Merchants Limited (uk~14)
Red Heart

Red Heart


History

United Rum Merchants traces its history back to Mr. Lemon Hart who opened his wine and spirit business from cellars in Penzance, Cornwall in 1804. Lemon Hart was appointed the first victualler of rum to the Royal Navy. The brand bearing his name has been popular for the better part of two centuries and is still a market leader for URM today.

The rums Harts supplied to the Navy were from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and Demerara (Guyana); the same sources we rely on in the 1980’s.

In 1830, two Scottish brothers, Charles and Joseph Dingwall, started a wine and spirit business in London. That progressed directly to become URM. In 1840 Richard and Bernard Portal joined the Dingwall brothers to form the expanded Portal, Dingwall & Co. In 1849 young Alfred Lamb opened a wine spirit business in London, ageing casks in cool cellars beneath the Thames and producing traditional dark rum. His name figured prominently in making URM a major force in the spirits industry a century later.

Henry White is another name that eventually figured in the founding of URM. In 1888, he registered the brand red Heart rum and in 1981 was honoured by becoming Master of the Vintners Company.

About the same time, the Lemon Hart was being handled by Norris & Gilbey, but in 1892, Arthur Norris left the company, bringing the Lemon Hart brand with him to join Portal and Dingwall – hence Portal, Dingwall & Norris.

The Depression brought many changes in industry. In 1932 Portal, Dingwall & Norris bought out Thomas Lowndes Rum Merchants. Then in 1939 they acquired C W Eves Rum Merchants.

World War II was a severe test for the British rum market and other spirits as well. For the first time in history, British gin producers were forced to rely on sugar spirit rather than grain spirit.

In 1941, Portal, Dingwall & Norris made an important policy decision in selling off their whisky interests. Then the violence of the war made an impact and created an opportunity, though it probably did not seem that way at the time.

On the 10th and 11th May 1941, Alfred Lamb & Son were bombed out of their London permission on Great Tower Street, White, Keeling Rum Merchants were also bombed out of theirs during the Blitz that summer. Portal, Dingwall & Norris took them both into their premises at 40 Eastcheap, London.

[Source: Company's information, cited 2000]

URM was founded in 1946, when three old blending and broking firms - Alfred Lamb, (whose eponymous blend was created in 1865), Whyte Keeling, and Portal Dingwall & Norris - merged. A year later, it became part of sugar gigant Booker and was amalgamated into Allied-Domecq in the early 1990s.

[Source: Dave Broom, Jason Lowe: Rum, 2003, p. 119]

Allied Breweries acquired numerous other companies including Wm Teacher and Sons Limited in 1976, United Rum Merchants Limited in 1984, and the Canadian group Hiram Walker-Gooderham and Worts Limited in 1984, which made Allied Breweries the leading international wines and spirits producer and distributor. This position was reinforced by the acquisition of James Burroughs Distillers in 1989 and the buy-out of Whitbread's 50 per cent holding in the companies joint venture company, European Cellars (Holdings) Limited.

[Source: London Metropolitan Archives, cited 2004]


Here are full texts from the labels

uk_33: Santigo Light Rum; 70° Proof; Produce of Guyana; United Rum Merchants Ltd., 97 Tooley Street, London SE1

uk_34: Light Rum; 70° Proof; Blended by United Rum Merchants Ltd., London SE1

uk_30: Lemon Hart; Golden Jamaica Rum; 70° Proof; United Rum Merchants Ltd., 97 Tooley Street, London SE1

uk101: 70° Proof; Lemon Hart; Produce of Jamaica British West Indies; United Rum Merchants Ltd., London E.C.3; Golden Jamaica Rum

uk290: Imported; Santigo; Dry White Rum; Produce of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad; 750 ml e; 40% vol; United Rum Merchants LTD, 97 Tooley Street, London, England

uk_229: Produce of British Guyana; Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum; 70° Proof; Blended and bottled by United Rum Merchants LTD, London;; URM

uk383: Produce of Guyana; Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum; 70° Proof; 6 2/3 fl.ozs; United Rum Merchants Limited, Tooley St, London SE1; URM; AL/HT/QA

uk55: Lamb's Navy Rum; 1.5 litres e; 40% vol; Produce of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad; United Rum Merchants Limited, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1ST

uk124: Fine Jamaican Rum; A Product of Jamaica; Alfred Lamb's Pale Gold; Imported;Smooth Mellow Rum; A Classic Rum selected from the finest Jamaicans distillates and matured in white oak casks; Est 1849; 40% vol; 50 ml e; United Rum Merchants Limited, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1ST

uk289: United Rum Merchants Ltd, Tooley St, London SE1; Red Heart; Imported Blended Jamaica Rum; Produce of Jamaica

uk_19: United Rum Merchants Ltd, Tooley St, London; Red Heart; B125; Contents 50 ml; Strench 43% by vol; Imported blended rum; Produce of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad

uk118: Red Heart; Imported Blended Rum; 750 ml; 43% vol; Produce of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad; Bottled in the Republic of South AfricaLamb's Navy Rum; 1.5 litres e; 40% vol; Produce of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad; United Rum Merchants Limited, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1ST

uk_35: Blended by United Rum Merchants Ltd., Tooley st, London SE1; Black Heart Rum; Produce of Guyana and Trinidad; 70° Proof; Bottled in Scotland

uk_8: United Rum Merchants; Special Consignment; Puncheon; Alfred Lamb's Special Reserve Rum; Limited Edition; Dumbarton; Date of Distillation: 22/6/39; Country of origin: Jamaica; 40% alc/vol; 75 cl

uk_28: Lamb's Demerara Navy Rum; 70° Proof

uk_29: Lemon Hart; Superior Rum; Produce of Barbados, Caymans, Jamaica and Trinidad; 50 ml; 37.5% alc/vol; United Rum Merchants Ltd., Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1ST

uk_87: Lemon Hart Golden Jamaica Rum; 70 Proof, 40% alc/vol; United Rum Merchants Ltd, 97 Tooley St, London SE1

uk_32: Produce of British Guiana; Daiquiri Rum; 70° Proof; Produced, Blended and Bottled by United Rum Merchants Ltd.

uk331: Tia Maria; The Jamaican liqueur made from the spirit of sugar cane and various essences, notably that of the Blue Mountain coffe, specially blended after a formula closely guaranted for over two hundred years; Imported and Marketed in the U.K. by United Rum Merchants LTD, Battlebridge House, 97 Tooley street, London, SE1; 55° Proof; Contents not less than 13 fl. ozs.

uk~14: Imported; Established 1849; Superior quality; Red Heart; Special Reserve Blended Rum; A Blend of Fine Aged Rum from Jamaica; Produce of Jamaica, bottled in the United Kingdom; 750 ml; 43% vol


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