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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.

Hampden 16 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Hampden

Another handsome Kill Devil rum bottled by Hunter Laing, this time from Hampden Estate in Jamaica. 316 bottles were produced.  More info

Hampden 16 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)
$71.78

Coruba Blanca White Rum - 1970s

The Ru

A Jamaican white rum with a highly questionable character on the neck of the bottle. The rum itself should be less questionable though. Please note that the label does not state the volume or ABV…  More info

Coruba Blanca White Rum - 1970s

Mezan Jamaica Worthy Park 2005

70cl, 40%
Worthy Park

A Mezan bottling of Jamaican rum from the Worthy Park Estate, situated in the Vale of Lluidas. Distilled in 2005 and bottled at 40% ABV for the well-loved Mezan selection of independently bottled…  More info

Mezan Jamaica Worthy Park 2005
$39.97

Monymusk 12 Year Old 2003 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Monymusk

A 12 year old Monymusk Jamaican rum, bottled by Hunter Laing for their frankly awesome Kill Devil range of independently bottled rums. 292 bottles were produced.  More info

Monymusk 12 Year Old 2003 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

Hampden 24 Year Old 1992 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 62%
Hampden

24 year old rum from the Hampden distillery, bottled at cask strength by Hunter Laing as part of their Kill Devil range! This was drawn from a single cask (laid down in April 1992) and bottled nearly…  More info

Hampden 24 Year Old 1992 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

Hampden 17 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Hampden

This is a Kill Devil bottling of 17 year old rum from the Hampden Distillery in Jamaica, matured in a single cask which was filled up in December 1998. After its 17 year long slumber, this rum was…  More info

Hampden 17 Year Old 1998 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

Mezan Jamaica Long Pond 2000 Rum

70cl, 40%
Long Pond Distillery

From Mezan's top-class selection of independently bottles rums comes a 2000 vintage Jamaican rum distilled by Long Pond, the distillery where Captain Morgan's rum was established! This is a sweet,…  More info

Mezan Jamaica Long Pond 2000 Rum

Worthy Park 10 Year Old 2005 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Worthy Park

'Kill Devil' was a term used on the Caribbean islands to describe distilled spirits in the 17th and 18th century. Whether that's because it appeared to be dark magic or whether it was supposed to…  More info

Worthy Park 10 Year Old 2005 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

Mezan Jamaica Monymusk 2003 Rum

70cl, 40%
Monymusk

An independently bottled rum, distilled by the Monymusk distillery in Jamaica in 2003, bottled by Mezan. Look out for notes of tropical fruit, banana bread and rich, aromatic oak.  More info

Mezan Jamaica Monymusk 2003 Rum

Hampden 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 34) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.3%
Hampden

Single cask pot-distilled Jamaican rum anybody? Thought so. Another excellent release from Duncan Taylor, 221 bottles of this 13 year old rum from Hampden distillery were filled in February 2014.  More info

Hampden 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 34) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Long Pond 15 Year Old 2000 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 46%
Long Pond Distillery

This single cask Jamaican rum was distilled in June 2000 and bottled over 15 years later by Hunter Laing. It's part of their fantastic looking Kill Devil range!  More info

Long Pond 15 Year Old 2000 Jamaican Rum - Kill Devil (Hunter Laing)

Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve

70cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

A dark rum blended from 20 pot and column still rums from Jamaica. This was aged for a minimum of 8 years and it offers lots of dark sugar, and honey character. Great value for money because whilst…  More info

Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve
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Jamaica Rum 2002 (bottled 2011) - Bristol Spirits

70cl, 43%
Long Pond Distillery

This is a 2002 vintage Jamaican rum from the Long Pond distillery, produced in the Wedderburn style (very rich in esters). Interestingly, this one was matured in used Cognac casks from 2002 to 2011,…  More info

Jamaica Rum 2002 (bottled 2011) - Bristol Spirits

Rum-Bar Overproof 1l

100cl, 65%
Worthy Park

A blend of three unaged pot still Jamaican rums distilled and bottled at Worthy Park Estate.  More info

Rum-Bar Overproof 1l
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Appleton Estate V/X

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

A blend of rums of at least 5 years of age, matured in smaller barrels before marriage in cask. Appleton Estate V/X offers a wonderfully rich nose, lots of buttery sweetness. The Appleton Estate…  More info

Appleton Estate V/X
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Appleton Special Jamaica Rum - 1980s

70cl, 40%
Appleton Estate

A rare old bottle of Appleton rum dating from the 1980s. In excellent condition, although a section of the back label is missing.  More info

Appleton Special Jamaica Rum - 1980s

Smatt's Gold Rum

70cl, 40%
Smatt's

A lovely Gold rum from Jamaica, Smatt's is a gorgeous rum produced at a historic Caribbean distillery.  More info

Smatt's Gold Rum
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Monymusk 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 18) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 51.8%
Monymusk

Single cask rum from the Monymusk distillery, bottled by Duncan Taylor! This was distilled in August 2003 and aged in a cask until February 2016, when it was bottled with an outturn of 157 bottles.  More info

Monymusk 12 Year Old 2003 (cask 18) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Appleton Estate V/X - 1980s

75cl, 43%
Appleton Estate

One of the most famous expressions from the Appleton Estate range of Jamaican rums, their V/X is made with a blend of 15 aged rums, resulting in a wonderful, rich flavour profile of peach, orange…  More info

Appleton Estate V/X - 1980s

Hampden 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 50) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 52.7%
Hampden

A 13 year old rum from the Hampden distillery in Jamaica, matured in a single cask from September 2000 to February 2014. This comes to us via Duncan Taylor's range of independently bottled rums.  More info

Hampden 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 50) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Long Pond Distillery 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 6) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 54.6%
Long Pond Distillery

13 year old single cask rum produced by the Long Pond distillery and bottled by Duncan Taylor. The rums from Long Pond are usually used in blending rather than released by themselves, so this is…  More info

Long Pond Distillery 13 Year Old 2000 (cask 6) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

Hampden Estate 12 Year Old 2002 - W.M. Cadenhead

70cl, 61.6%
Hampden

12 year old pot still rum from the Hampden distillery in Jamaica. This interesting rum was distilled in 2002, bottled in 2014 by one of Scotland's oldest bottlers, W.M. Cadenhead, and has been…  More info

Hampden Estate 12 Year Old 2002 - W.M. Cadenhead

Hampden Distillery 2000 (cask 4) Jamaica Single Barrel Rum - The Rum Swedes (Svenska Eldvatten)

70cl, 58.4%
Hampden

This single barrel rum is quite the globe trotter. It was distilled in Jamaica at the Hampden Distillery in 2000 and matured in a bourbon barrel. In 2013, it was bottled by Svenska Eldvatten in…  More info

Hampden Distillery 2000 (cask 4) Jamaica Single Barrel Rum - The Rum Swedes (Svenska Eldvatten)

Myers’s Planters’ Punch Rum - 1983

100cl, 40%
Myers's Rum

Know a rum fan that was born in 1983? Then this antique bottle of Myers's Planters' Punch Rum, the blend of Jamaican dark rum with the most confusing collection of apostrophes in the name of any…  More info

Myers’s Planters’ Punch Rum - 1983

Monymusk 10 Year Old 2003 (cask 18) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 53.5%
Monymusk

Single cask pot still rum, all the way from the Monymusk distillery in Jamaica. It matured for 10 years before being bottled by Duncan Taylor in 2014 with an outturn of 162 bottles.  More info

Monymusk 10 Year Old 2003 (cask 18) - Single Cask Rum (Duncan Taylor)

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