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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 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
24
$23.82
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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
8
$24.91
$21.66

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
4
$26.53

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
55
$31.96

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
11
$39.96

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
$43.35

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
12
$22.98

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
6
$28.87

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
10
$151.92

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)
$65.06

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
2
$62.88

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%)
3
$59.63

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
6
$59.63

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
$30.35

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
$30.33

Jah45 Spiced Rum

70cl, 40%
Jah45

This spiced rum from Jah45 combines a blend of three year old pot still Jamaican rum along with unaged column still rums. After distillation, the blend is macerated with vanilla, cinammon, citrus and…  More info

Jah45 Spiced Rum
$23.82

Navy Island XO Reserve Rum

70cl, 40%
Navy Island

A dark rum from the Navy island range, produced in Jamaica. Only specially selected casks of rum become part of this blend - a bit like an exclusive club, except for rum, not people.  More info

Navy Island XO Reserve Rum
4
$43.35

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
$30.88

Long Pond 18 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Mezan)

70cl, 57.2%
Long Pond Distillery

This is an 18 year old rum from Jamaica's Long Pond distillery, left to mature in a single bourbon oak cask. It was distilled in 2000, and when 2018 finally rolled around it was independently bottled…  More info

Long Pond 18 Year Old 2000 - Single Cask (Mezan)
1
$160.55

Rum-Bar Silver

70cl, 40%
Worthy Park

Silver Jamaican rum from Worthy Park's Rum-Bar range. Well-suited for all manner of cocktails and mixed drinks - you ought to rather happy indeed to see Rum-Bar on the back-bar of your favourite…  More info

Rum-Bar Silver
$24.05

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
$22.84

Jamaica Cove Coffee Rum

70cl, 40%
Jamaica Cove

Coffee and rum is a well-established pairing, and for good reason! This Coffee Rum from Jamaica Cove infused a delicious blend of pot and column still rums with coffee from the Blue Mountains of…  More info

Jamaica Cove Coffee Rum
$30.33

Hampden 35 Year Old 1983 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 58.1%
Hampden

Another addition to Hunter Laing's fabulous Kill Devil bottling series, and this is a rather special release of 35 year old Jamaican rum. It began its life in 1983 at the Hampden Estate distillery…  More info

Hampden 35 Year Old 1983 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$752.69

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
1
$103.04

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
$24.91

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