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Jamaican Rum

Jamaican Rum

The origins of rum are somewhat unknown, as beverages matching the description have been littered amongst history, as far back as ancient India and China. However the modern foundations for the spirit were built in the Caribbean around the 17th century. The word itself has several meanings it could have stemmed from; The Latin for sugar which is saccharum, the Romani word rum meaning strong or potent or even the Old English words rumbullion or rumbustion, which translate to uproar, which is plausible considering the aftereffect on those who had consumed the beverage.

Rum was known for a time as Kill-Devil and it was used to trade with young American colonies in exchange for food. The first Jamaican distillery was founded in 1749 by Appletons, who still distil on the island today. At its peak there were around 150 Rum distilleries on the island, nowadays there are only a handful but they still manage to produce upwards of 50 million litres of rum every year to be shipped to over 70 countries worldwide.

There are many different rum styles available across our range and Jamaica showcases some of the best.

White Rum

White rum can also be called clear rum or blanco rum and is often lighter than alternative rum types and it has a milder or tamer flavour. These types of rum are perfect for use in cocktails as they provide a great rum taste without the added colour or harshness. They are often slightly cheaper than their darker counterparts as they are only normally matured for a year before the colour is filtered out, meaning they are cheaper to produce and are usually only 40% of 80 proof.

Gold Rum

Gold rum or amber rum takes it colour from the barrels that they are matured in, adopting an amber hue during this process. The flavour profile of a gold rum is that of vanilla, citrus, coconut, caramel and almonds, which makes it a versatile spirit that can be consumed neat or over the rocks, as well as in a cocktail where a fuller rum flavour is required. It can also be used in desserts. Gold rums tend to be aged longer than lighter rums to bring out the colour and flavours and they are great value compared to older rums that have been extensively aged.

Dark Rums

Dark rums are called as such to separate them from light coloured rums and can refer to rum that is amber to black in colour as well as rums that have been aged. This type of rum is often aged for longer periods in oak barrels in order to develop the darker colour and a more prolific range of flavours. They are usually consumed neat but can be used in cocktails to offer contrast to lighter ingredients. These types of rums are usually more expensive due to either age, rarity or because they are harder to produce.

There are other types of rums, such as spiced, navy, black, overproof and vintage, which are all available on our website, as long as pirates don’t get there first.

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