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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
$38.83

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
4
$42.88

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
$29.18

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

A tremendous 15 year old rum from Jamaica's Appleton Estate, released to celebrate the Black River, which provides limestone-filtered water for the production of the distillery's range of rum. A…  More info

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks
$66.75
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Mezan Jamaica 2010

70cl, 46%
Monymusk

Column distilled in 2010 at Jamaica's Monymusk distillery, this captivating rum was bottled up by Mezan, after spending a dozen years resting in ex-bourbon casks. Those years were divided between the…  More info

Mezan Jamaica 2010
$53.80

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
$37.13

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
$30.66

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
$144

Appleton Estate Signature Rum

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

The Signature rum from Appleton Estate has had quite the makeover! The fabulous Jamaican rum has been aged in small casks before being blended and married in oak, and bottled at 40% ABV. A…  More info

Appleton Estate Signature Rum
6
$22.93

Appleton Estate 18 Year Old 2003 - Hearts Collection

70cl, 63%
Appleton Estate

A fantastic 18 year old rum from Appleton Estate in Jamaica. This 100% pot still rum was distilled in 2003 and enjoyed a tropical maturation in cask numbers 420930 through to 420950. It was bottled…  More info

Appleton Estate 18 Year Old 2003 - Hearts Collection
$214.41

New Yarmouth 27 Year Old 1994 (cask M072) - Jamaica (The Royal Cane Cask Company)

70cl, 60.3%
New Yarmouth

This single cask rum from the New Yarmouth distillery in Jamaica was aged in ex-bourbon casks, first for 24 years at the distillery before it was transported across the Atlantic Ocean for an…  More info

New Yarmouth 27 Year Old 1994 (cask M072) - Jamaica (The Royal Cane Cask Company)
$277.42

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
15
$39.89
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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
$55.85
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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
$45.87
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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
8
$27.38

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
$41.80
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New Yarmouth 26 Year Old 1994 Jamaica Edition No. 1 - The Colours of Rum (Wealth Solutions)

70cl, 68.7%
New Yarmouth

A treat from Jamaica's New Yarmouth Distillery! This rum spent 25 years maturing in an American oak cask between 1994 and 2021, when it was bottled up at a mighty cask strength of 68.7% ABV. A total…  More info

New Yarmouth 26 Year Old 1994 Jamaica Edition No. 1 - The Colours of Rum (Wealth Solutions)
$298.18

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
14
$19.94
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Monymusk Rum - West Indies Rum & Cane Merchants

70cl, 46%
Monymusk

Single cask rum from Monymusk in Jamaica, matured in a refill rum barrel. Hand selected and independently bottled by the folks at West Indies Rum & Cane Merchants, this is a fabulous addition to its…  More info

Monymusk Rum - West Indies Rum & Cane Merchants
$58.84

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
$54.84

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
$79.78

Monymusk 2004 (cask 17) (bottled 2022) - Berry Bros. & Rudd

70cl, 62.4%
Monymusk

Berry Bros. & Rudd don't only independently bottle up brilliant whiskies. The team also gets its hands on exceptional rums from time to time – and that's exactly what's happened here! This is a…  More info

Monymusk 2004 (cask 17) (bottled 2022) - Berry Bros. & Rudd
$139.61

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
$24.78
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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
3
$22.94

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
$25.92

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