The worlds of food and drink are currently experiencing a renaissance for smokiness. Whether it’s in intense whiskeys or aged meats, informed consumers are searching more and more for preparations that are infused with notes of wood and smoke. For those looking to sample this quality, it can be hard to know where to start. Not everyone is ready for a drink or meal that brings to mind a campfire; so where to begin.

We suggest Bacardi OakHeart, a new version of the classic rum with a light smoked flavour. Using a unique blending process, the rum is first mellowed in charred, American, white oak barrels to give the base an oaky flavour. Once the perfect base has been created the Bacardi Master Blenders add a range of expertly chosen flavours, including cinnamon, nutmeg and honey before filtering the liquid to ensure that only the highest quality rum makes it into the famous bottles. The resulting concoction is distinctly smooth, working perfectly with Coca-Cola, or even just served straight over ice.

For anyone looking to start their exploration of smoky flavours, this makes for a palatable starting point.

Bacardi OakHeart is £18 for 70cl and £23 for 1ltr.