English producer Nelson’s Distillery has expanded its portfolio with the launch of two rums, each made with spirits from Barbados, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.To create Nelson’s Signature Blend Rum and Nelson’s Roasted Pineapple Rum, three rums sourced from distilleries in Barbados, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are blended together and aged in oak barrels for three years. To make its Roasted Pineapple Rum, Nelson's then adds "natural" flavourings to the blend. Neil Harrison, founder and master distiller, said: “We know that rum is the next big trend here in the UK, especially flavoured rum. As a forward-thinking, proactive business, we wanted to ensure that our expansion not only includes the development of our signature gin range, but also places us firmly at the forefront of this exciting new marketplace”. Bottled at 42.5% abv, Nelson’s Signature Blend Rum and Nelson’s Roasted Pineapple Rum are priced at £40 (US$52) per 700ml bottle. The launch follows the news that Nelson's has expanded its sales team as it looks to grow its presence in the UK. Rosie Peters and Lara Marshall have both been appointed as account managers for the business. Last year, the Staffordshire-based spirits producer launched the “first gin of its kind” to use timur pepper from Nepal as a key botanical.