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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
22
$23.86

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
54
$32.01

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
10
$23.02

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
7
$24.94

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
9
$40.03
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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)
$65.17
$43.42

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
$28.92

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
$53.17

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
$28.92

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
$62.99

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
$43.42

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
$30.40

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
2
$86.91

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
$59.73

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
$23.86

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
$35.82

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
$22.88

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
$24.09

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
$160.81

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
$34.73

Monymusk 9 Year Old 2010 - Habitation Velier

70cl, 62%
Monymusk

Another fabulous rum bottled by Velier, this particular bottling was pot distilled in 2010 at Monymusk over in Jamaica. It then aged for nine years in the tropics before it was bottled at a generous…  More info

Monymusk 9 Year Old 2010 - Habitation Velier
$119.52

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)
$753.93

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
1
$33.10
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Worthy Park 8 Year Old - Bristol Spirits

70cl, 43%
Worthy Park

Delicious 8 year old Jamaican rum bottled by Bristol Spirits!  More info

Worthy Park 8 Year Old - Bristol Spirits
$70.79
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Monymusk 2007 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection

70cl, 59%
Monymusk

A single cask rum from Monymusk distillery in Jamaica, which was treated to a finishing period in a Pedro Ximénez cask. It was bottled in 2018 for the Single Barrel Selection by Danish bottlers 1423,…  More info

Monymusk 2007 - 1423 Single Barrel Selection
$120.65

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