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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.

Worthy Park Gold 1l

100cl, 40%
Worthy Park

A golden rum from Worthy Park Estate in St. Catherine, Jamaica.  More info

Worthy Park Gold 1l
$39.75

Hampden 18 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Hampden

18 year old tum from Jamaica's Hampden estate, distilled in their pot stills back in December 1998. It was bottled 18 years later by the chaps from Hunter Laing for their handsome Kill Devil range,…  More info

Hampden 18 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$86.44

Monymusk 14 Year Old 2003 (cask JM2) (Adelphi)

70cl, 58.8%
Monymusk

Adelphi has stepped away from whisky for just a moment to independently bottle some excellent Jamaican rum! This is a 14 year old rum from the Monymusk distillery, which was distilled in 2003 and…  More info

Monymusk 14 Year Old 2003 (cask JM2) (Adelphi)
$90.14

Monymusk Special Reserve Rum

70cl, 40%
Monymusk

A blend of rums from the Monymusk distillery in Jamaica, which were aged individually in charred oak casks before being blended together. Great over ice on warm evenings.  More info

Monymusk Special Reserve Rum
$42.92

Monymusk 10 Year Old Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Monymusk

A single cask Jamaican rum produced by the Monymusk distillery and independently bottled by Hunter Laing as part of their impressive Kill Devil range. It was distilled in March 2007 (using Monymusk's…  More info

Monymusk 10 Year Old Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$51.93

Coruba Carta Blanca Rum

70cl, 37.5%
The Rum Company

A simple white Jamaican rum from the Coruba range - good for cocktails and mixed drinks.  More info

Coruba Carta Blanca Rum
$25.04

Rum-Bar Gold (46%)

70cl, 46%
Worthy Park

4 year old Jamaican rum from the Rum-Bar range, which is produced at the renowned Worthy Park Estate. The particular bottling has been presented at 46% ABV, which does help to bring out an additional…  More info

Rum-Bar Gold (46%)
$29.51

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
$23.81

Burke’s Fine Old Original Jamaica Rum - 1990s

70cl, 75%
Burke's

White Jamaican rum, made by Burke's in the 1990s. In great condition, it still even has the straw tied around it - a collectible piece.  More info

Burke’s Fine Old Original Jamaica Rum - 1990s

Worthy Park 2012 - Marsala Cask Finish

70cl, 60%
Worthy Park

An excellent release from Jamaica's Worthy Park Estate, with its name proudly emblazoned across the label (most rums from Worthy Park (that aren't independently bottled) are released under the…  More info

Worthy Park 2012 - Marsala Cask Finish
$78.37

Forsyths White 2017 - Habitation Velier

70cl, 57%
Worthy Park

This aromatic white rum from the independently bottled Habitation Velier range has been fermented Jamaican-style for three whole months, resulting in a spirit that has unprecedented levels of funk.…  More info

Forsyths White 2017 - Habitation Velier
$56.95

Long Pond 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 17) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.1%
Long Pond Distillery

Duncan Taylor are well-known for their whisky bottlings, but they also have their very own range of independently bottled rums, too! This is a 16 year old rum from Jamaica's Long Pond distillery,…  More info

Long Pond 16 Year Old 2000 (cask 17) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum

75cl, 45%
Appleton Estate

Released in 2012 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's Independence, this is a 50 year old Appleton Estate Jamaican rum. That's right, 50 year old rum. As you can imagine, there's…  More info

Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum
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$3,755.90

Appleton Dark Jamaican Rum - 1970s

75cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

This is a particularly dark antique rum from the Appleton Estate in Jamaica, produced all the way back in the 1970s. Ought to make a fantastic addition to any antique spirits collection... This…  More info

Appleton Dark Jamaican Rum - 1970s

Hampden 1998 (cask WP98645) - The Wild Parrot (Hidden Spirits)

70cl, 64.5%
Hampden

Independently bottled Jamaican rum from the Hampden distillery, released by Italian bottler Hidden Spirits as part of the Wild Parrot series. This well-aged expression was distilled in 1998 and…  More info

Hampden 1998 (cask WP98645) - The Wild Parrot (Hidden Spirits)
$241.06

Hampden 16 Year Old 2000 - Rum is Nature (Silver Seal)

70cl, 51%
Hampden

A pair of macaws grace the label of this 16 year old Jamaican rum from the Hampden distillery. It was distilled in September 2000 and bottled in June 2017 by Silver Seal as part of their Rum is…  More info

Hampden 16 Year Old 2000 - Rum is Nature (Silver Seal)
$182.26

Hampden 17 Year Old 2000 - Sansibar

70cl, 47.4%
Hampden

A 17 year old dark rum from the fantastic Hampden Estate in Jamaica, distilled back in 2000 and independently bottled by Sansibar. Really very impressive stuff, with just 120 bottles produced.  More info

Hampden 17 Year Old 2000 - Sansibar
$156.41

Worthy Park 10 Year Old 2006 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Worthy Park

An independently bottled rum produced by the Worthy Park estate in the heart of Jamaica, aged in a single cask for 10 years. This was bottled for the Kill Devil range by Hunter Laing, producing 338…  More info

Worthy Park 10 Year Old 2006 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$50.50

Monymusk 9 Year Old 2007 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Monymusk

Jamaican rum from the Monymusk distillery, independently bottled by Hunter Laing for their very handsome Kill Devil range. This was distilled in March 2007 and set aside to mature in a single cask…  More info

Monymusk 9 Year Old 2007 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$50.06

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Extra

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate 12 is a blend of rums aged for between 12 and 18 years. Dave Broom describes this as "the finest aged rum from Jamaica"!  More info

Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Extra
10
$38.20

Worthy Park 11 Year Old 2005 - Cask Strength (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 57.9%
Worthy Park

11 year old Jamaican rum from Worthy Park, distilled in 2005 and independently botttled by WM Cadenhead in December 2016. Intense and impressive sipping rum.  More info

Worthy Park 11 Year Old 2005 - Cask Strength (WM Cadenhead)
$58.61

Myers's Planters Punch Rum - 1984

100cl, 40%
Myers's Rum

A classic brand of blended rum, made using Jamaican rum aged in bourbon barrels. This bottle comes from the year 1984, so there's probably some sort of security camera watching it at all times, or…  More info

Myers's Planters Punch Rum - 1984

Monymusk 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 2) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.1%
Monymusk

A single cask bottling of 12 year old rum from the Monymusk distillery in Jamaica, distilled in August 2003 and bottled in February 2016 by Duncan Taylor with an outturn of 194 bottles.  More info

Monymusk 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 2) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Long Pond Distillery 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.9%
Long Pond Distillery

A single cask independent bottling of rum from the Long Pond distillery in Jamaica, famous for being where the much-loved Captain Morgan brand was established. This was distilled in 2000 and matured…  More info

Long Pond Distillery 15 Year Old 2000 (cask 65) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Smatt's Silver Rum

70cl, 40%
Smatt's

Perhaps the first 'super-premium' white rum from Jamaican producer Smatt. Think Grey Goose Vodka, Junipero Gin - that kind of super-premium. Jolly nice.  More info

Smatt's Silver Rum
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