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Jamaican Rum

Jamaican rum as we know it began with the establishment of Appleton Estate in 1749, in a site that dates back to 1665 when Jamaica became a British colony after Spanish rule. The country soon became a hub of rum production to the point that more than 100 working distilleries had been founded by the late 19th century.

Today, Jamaica has the most rum bars per square mile in the world and the reputation and standard of its rum is rightly regarded. The style is known to be heavier, owing to the fact that there are more pot stills in Jamaica than any other Caribbean island. Pot-still rums tend to be heavy and robust with big-flavours and plenty of Caribbean ‘funk’, distinguishing them from rums typically found in Spanish-speaking islands.

Jamaican rum is also interesting because of the strict legislation that surrounds its production, which is not a common trait in the rum industry. This is due to the fact that the government oversees all industry production and ensure that a rum calling itself Jamaican legally has to have been made there. The Jamaican government also certifies every export of its country’s rum and produces the molasses used for Jamaican rums in partnership with a number of privately owned mills before it is sold to distilleries. The Caribbean-wide law that distilleries can add 2.5% of another substance, like sugar, for instance, into their rums does still apply in Jamaica, which is intended to add extra flavoring.

The accuracy of age statements on rum bottles are also strict in Jamaica, which is why younger rums with an expressed age can cost as much or more than older rums from other countries, as they may not be as rigorous with their standards. Accuracy in these matters is maintained because the Jamaican government keeps track of individual barrels aging at distilleries, so the age statement on a bottle reflects the youngest spirit within, rather than the average of the ages.

There are plenty of great distilleries aside from Appleton to sample Jamaican brilliance today, including J Wray and Nephew, Worthy Park and Hampden. If you want to drink any excellent example of Jamaican rum like the locals do, you can pair it with ‘Ting’ (a fruity Lilt-like beverage) for a refreshing and delicious tipple.

Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum

70cl, 40%
Jamaica Cove

A mid-2017 addition to the Jamaica Cove rum range, boasting a bounty of pineapple deliciousness! This sweet tipple is made with a blend of Jamaican rums distilled in both pot stills and column still,…  More info

Jamaica Cove Black Pineapple Rum
$28.49

Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Old

70cl, 45%
Appleton Estate

If you're going to celebrate 20 years as Appleton Estate's Master Blender, you'd be hard pressed to find a better way to do it than making a cracking 25 year old expression like what Joy Spence has…  More info

Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Old
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$235.63
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J Wray and Nephew White Overproof

70cl, 63%
J Wray and Nephew

The best-selling high proof rum in the world. 90% of rum sales in Jamaica are of Wray and Nephew. Overproof is a very potent spirit indeed!  More info

J Wray and Nephew White Overproof
44
$27.31
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Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

Previously known as "12 Year Old Extra", Appleton's Rare Blend is a top rum aged in American oak barrels.  More info

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend
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$38.07
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Monymusk 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rum Company)

50cl, 55.4%
Monymusk

One of the initial releases from That Boutique-y Rum Company - this one a 13 year old Jamaican rum from the Monymusk distillery. The label features dogs dressed up like people on the London…  More info

Monymusk 13 Year Old (That Boutique-y Rum Company)
$64.21
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Myers's Rum

70cl, 40%
Myers's Rum

A dark rum that works well in cocktails, Myer's Rum is a Jamaican rum named after Fred L Myers who created that brand in 1879. It is a blend of 9 different rums.  More info

Myers's Rum
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$22.22
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Appleton Estate 21 Year Old

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

A well-aged 21 year old Jamaican rum from the Appleton Estate. Following maturation this was blended and married in casks for two years.  More info

Appleton Estate 21 Year Old
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$160.34
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Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum

70cl, 40%
Jamaica Cove

Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum is made using a blend of Jamaican rums as well as ginger and other select botanicals.  More info

Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum
$28.49
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Hampden Rum Fire Velvet

70cl, 63%
Hampden

An overproof Jamaican white rum from Hampden Estate, great for using (sparingly!) in cocktails and mixed drinks.  More info

Hampden Rum Fire Velvet
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$31.26
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Appleton Estate Special Gold

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate Gold is a special blend of rums distilled in pot and column stills. These are matured separately before being hand-blended. This is aged in refill Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey…  More info

Appleton Estate Special Gold
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$19.55

Smith and Cross Jamaica Rum

70cl, 57%
Smith and Cross

A Navy Strength edition of the classic Smith and Cross Jamaica rum, this stuff is beautiful for sipping neat, and works tremendously well with a couple of ice cubes and a squeeze of lime juice.  More info

Smith and Cross Jamaica Rum
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$38.60
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Appleton Estate Classic White 40%

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

Made in Kingston, Jamaica, Appleton Estate Classic White rum is exactly that; a classic white rum. Perfect for mixing, it wouldn't go amiss in a Yellow Submarine or a traditional mojito.  More info

Appleton Estate Classic White 40%
$18.88

Appleton Estate Signature Blend

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

Formerly known as V/X and no longer carrying an age statement, Appleton's signature blend has been aptly renamed Signature Blend. A blend of rums matured in smaller barrels before being married in…  More info

Appleton Estate Signature Blend
$21.36
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Hampden 6 Year Old 2010 - Habitation Velier

70cl, 67%
Hampden

6 year old Jamaican rum from the Hampden Estate, independently bottled by Italian bottler, Velier. After being distilled in 2010, it was aged for 6 years before being bottled at cask strength - an…  More info

Hampden 6 Year Old 2010 - Habitation Velier
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$101.70
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Rum-Bar Overproof

70cl, 63%
Worthy Park

A blend of three unaged pot still Jamaican rums, this release from Worthy Park Estate is made is 100% Pot Still distilled rum and, unlike other Jamaican rums, it was not created using Dunder pits.…  More info

Rum-Bar Overproof
$35.29

Hampden Estate Rum (46%)

70cl, 46%
Hampden

The Hamden Estate in Jamaica has long produced excellent aged rum, much of which goes into blends, making it a bit hard to come by (indie bottlers do sometimes get their hands on a few casks, mind).…  More info

Hampden Estate Rum (46%)
$64.21

Rum-Bar Gold

70cl, 40%
Worthy Park

Great value-for-money 4 year old rum from Jamaica's excellent Worthy Park Estate. Great for sipping over ice, and adds oodles of character to cocktails.  More info

Rum-Bar Gold
$29.96

Mezan Jamaica Worthy Park 2005 (bottled 2017)

70cl, 46%
Worthy Park

2005 vintage rum from Jamaica's Worthy Park distillery, bottled in 2017 for the Mezan range at 46% ABV. Great sipping rum.  More info

Mezan Jamaica Worthy Park 2005 (bottled 2017)
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$48.47

Hampden Gold Rum

70cl, 40%
Hampden

Golden Jamaican rum from Hampden Estate released in 2012 for the UK and European market, no doubt with tasty cocktails and mixed drinks in mind.  More info

Hampden Gold Rum
$23.92

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate Reserve no longer carries an 8 year old age statement, but is still an excellent dark rum that offers great value.  More info

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
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$26.18
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Forsyths 11 Year Old 2006 - Habitation Velier

70cl, 57.5%
Worthy Park

An 11 year old rum from Worthy Park in Jamaica, produced in their Forsyths pot still in 2006 and bottled in 2017 for the Habitation Velier range. A handsome and generally delicious expression.  More info

Forsyths 11 Year Old 2006 - Habitation Velier
$128.53

Jah45 Gold Rum

70cl, 40%
Jah45

A funky Jamaican rum inspired by the Kingston’s notorious sound system era, which shaped the sound of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and dancehall.  More info

Jah45 Gold Rum
$22.54

Jah45 Silver Rum

70cl, 40%
Jah45

A white rum from the Jah45 range, made using a blend of rums from various Jamaican distilleries. Inspiration for this one comes from the eclectic music scene of Kingston, Jamaica.  More info

Jah45 Silver Rum
$22.54

Hampden Estate Overproof Rum

70cl, 60%
Hampden

One of two aged Jamaican rums from the Hampden Estate released in 2018 - a release that rum enthusiasts have been waiting on for a very long time! This particular expression is an overproof rum,…  More info

Hampden Estate Overproof Rum
$85.64
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Navy Island Navy Strength Rum

70cl, 57%
Navy Island

From the Navy Island Rum Company comes a blend of hand-selected Jamaican rums that were distilled entirely in traditional pot-stills before it was aged in ex-bourbon oak casks then bottled at Navy…  More info

Navy Island Navy Strength Rum
$62.07

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