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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.

Blackwell Rum Limited Edition 007

70cl, 40%
J Wray and Nephew

Chris Blackwell has released a Limited Edition 007 bottling of the Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum! A particularly delicious Jamaican rum, with a rather snazzy bottle, too...  More info

Blackwell Rum Limited Edition 007
7
$35.26

Canerock

70cl, 40%
Canerock

Canerock is a fantastic drink created by the team at Maison Ferrand, using aged Jamaican rums at its core, including a generous helping of high-ester rums. Alongside these rums, the team infuses the…  More info

Canerock
3
$37.32

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
1
$31.01

Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

An excellent 8 year old Jamaican rum from the Appleton Estate, boasting waves of runny honey, toffee, oak spice and hints of caramelised nuts. Terrific value for money, and more than suitable for…  More info

Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve
7
$27.70
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Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

Previously known as Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend, this expression from the extraordinary Jamaican rum range is truly fantastic stuff. Matured for at least a dozen years in oak casks, this…  More info

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Casks
3
$39.29

Worthy Park 109

100cl, 54.5%
Worthy Park

A marvellous Jamaican rum from Worthy Park, copper pot distilled from estate-grown sugar cane molasses. The rum spends a short stay in American oak and ex-bourbon casks, before blending and bottling…  More info

Worthy Park 109
2
$37.56
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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
61
$28.74

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
13
$21.17
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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
13
$141.18

Hampden Estate 8 Year Old

70cl, 46%
Hampden

An impressive Jamaican rum from the Hampden Estate, boasting an age statement of eight years, and a fantastically full-bodied flavour profile. You know those yummy, punchy, estery notes we all love…  More info

Hampden Estate 8 Year Old
2
$56.18
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Runaway Bay

70cl, 42.5%
Runaway Bay

Here we have Runaway Bay, a rum named for a beach on the north coast of Jamaica. The pot still rum brings together rum from four distilleries on the Island, including high ester spirit from Trelawny…  More info

Runaway Bay
17
$55.22

Blackwell Black Gold Fine Jamaican Rum

70cl, 40%
J Wray and Nephew

Blackwell Black Gold Rum was created by Chris Blackwell, who also happens to be the owner of Island Records. The dark rum itself is distilled and blended by J. Wray & Nephew in Jamaica. It was made…  More info

Blackwell Black Gold Fine Jamaican Rum
29
$25.67
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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
3
$42.28
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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
1
$23.94

Monymusk Classic Gold Rum

70cl, 40%
Monymusk

A light but spicy Jamaican rum from the Monymusk estate. Great for enjoying in cocktails, but its vibrant notes of fresh fruit and cooking spices mean it certainly can be sipped over ice.  More info

Monymusk Classic Gold Rum
2
$31.72

Clarendon 14 Year Old 2007 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 67.2%
Clarendon

Pot distilled in 2007 at the Clarendon Estate in Jamaica, this rum joins the Kill Devil range of indie bottlings from Hunter Laing. It was treated to 14 years of maturation in a single cask, which…  More info

Clarendon 14 Year Old 2007 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$116

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

70cl, 45%
Worthy Park

Announced in 2017, Worth Park's Single Estate Reserve is one of the first official releases from the distillers in Jamaica, with other bottlings from Worthy Park released under the Rum-Bar name. This…  More info

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve
4
$45.35
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Long Pond 23 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 42.2%
Long Pond Distillery

A cracking cask strength addition to indie bottler Hunter Laing's Kill Devil rum series. Distilled at Jamaica's Long Pond Distillery in September 1998, this rum was treated to a generous maturation…  More info

Long Pond 23 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$186.61

Jamaica Cove 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 Pineapple Rum
10
$26.68

Kingston 62 Gold Rum

70cl, 40%
Kingston 62

Here we have an aged Jamaican rum, Kingston 62 Gold! Previously known as Appleton Estate Special, the blend of pot and column still rums, aged on the Appleton Estate itself. A top mixer with ginger…  More info

Kingston 62 Gold Rum
6
$19.66

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
4
$80.60

Hampden Estate 5 Year Old 2016 - Darkwood (Heroes & Heretics)

70cl, 51%
Hampden

Independent bottlers Heroes & Heretics has proved itself time and time again with its limited edition, single cask and small batch releases of whisky and rum. This release is a real treat, but it…  More info

Hampden Estate 5 Year Old 2016 - Darkwood (Heroes & Heretics)
1
$55.43
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Jamaica Cove Banana Rum

70cl, 40%
Jamaica Cove

For this fruity expression, Jamaica Cove decided to infuse its blend of pot and column still rums with banana! We reckon a splash of ginger beer would do well to temper the tropical fruity sweetness…  More info

Jamaica Cove Banana Rum
2
$27.22
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Jah45 White Overproof Rum

70cl, 63%
Jah45

From Jah45 comes a punchy Overproof expression, made from a blend of column still rum from Clarendon and pot still rums from the Hampden, Monymusk and New Yarmouth distilleries. The unaged rum is…  More info

Jah45 White Overproof Rum
1
$28.79

Jamaica 2014 Experimental Cask Series - 1423 Single Barrel Selection (4 x 200ml)

80cl, 49%
Worthy Park

This is a set of four 200ml bottles of rum from Jamaica's Worthy Park, independently bottled by 1423. Interestingly, each of these rums were finished in different types of cask, but the rums…  More info

Jamaica 2014 Experimental Cask Series - 1423 Single Barrel Selection (4 x 200ml)
$121

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