Elements Eight rum has expanded its portfolio with a new bottling – a blend of two column still rums sourced from unnamed distilleries in Cuba and Panama.The rum, called Elements Eight Republica, is said to “debunk the myth that quality rums can only be made by blending pot and column still distillations” with its use of 100% column still liquid. Aged for a minimum of five years in Bourbon casks and bottled at 40% abv, Elements Eight Republica is described as having a “naturally sweet character”. It joins three other expressions in Elements Eight rum’s range: Elements Eight Vendôme Limited Edition; Element Eight Platinum; and Elements Eight Exotic Spices. “Elements Eight is a framework, a step by step process to apply a handcrafted, balanced approach to creating rums with artisan producers,” said Carl Stephenson, founder of Elements Eight rum. “I hold product integrity dear and consult heavily on the liquid with distilleries, bartenders and rum writers. Cuba and Panama have always fascinated me and I feel Republica respects the spiritual home of rum, with its rich, romantic and unorthodox roots.” Last year, Elements Eight embarked on a global relaunch with new packaging and a streamlined range. Elements Eight rums are available through Mangrove in the UK at an RRP of £25-£27.