Jamaican Rums We Love

All highly rated, all delicious, all affordable, easy to find, and hailing from Jamaica. Look no further for your next pour!
Feb 08, 2017
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    10 Mezan Jamaica XO
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    Fruity & Hogo
    Highly regarded U.K. independent rum bottler Mezan now exports some of their gems to the U.S. The first wave of releases includes the Jamaica XO, a blend of rums from several distilleries, and with no age statement other than an XO designation. It’s created in batches of 5000, and batches may vary in their source rum ratios. After blending, the Jamaica XO undergoes additional aging in used American oak barrels. There’s no sugar or coloring added to this rum, a hallmark of the Mezan lineup.
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    9 Monymusk Plantation Special Reserve Rum
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    Sweet & Rich
    Monymusk Plantation is part of the National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ) Group and now an official member of Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) authority. Special Reserve is a blend of rums produced at the Monymusk plantation in Jamaica. Before selection, they are individually aged in charred oak barrels.
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    8 Plantation Rum Jamaica 2001
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The Jamaica 2001 is part of Plantation’s Historical Vintages line, which also includes the Trinidad 1999 and the Barbados 2001. As with other releases in the Plantation Rum Collection, the Jamaica 2001 is produced using traditional methods. The rum is then finished with Plantation’s signature aging process - rums are shipped from their country of origin and brought to the Ferrand estate in France, where they rest for several months in small French oak barrels.
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    7 Tiki Lovers Dark Rum
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    Rich & Fruity
    Launched in 2011 by the team behind The Bitter Truth bitters and liqueurs, this overproof dark rum is made from a blend of various rums from the Caribbean. These include unaged pot still rums from Jamaica's Hampden Estate and aged rum from Barbados' Foursquare Distillery. In addition, aged Trinidadian rum is included as well as unaged column still rums from Trinidad and Guyana. It's bottled at 57% ABV.
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    6 J. Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum
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    Hogo & Rich
    J Wray and Nephew is a renowned overproof rum produced in Kingston, Jamaica weighing in at 126 proof. Wray and Nephew, as it's known behind bars, is not only a very popular spirit in its home country, but is also the top-selling high-strength rum in the world. It is produced from a combination of both pot and column distillations of a 30 hour fermentation of sugarcane molasses wash and proprietary house yeast.
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    5 Bristol Classic Rum Vale Royal Wedderburn Jamaica 2002
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    Hogo & Fruity
    Bristol Spirits, a U.K. independent rum bottler, purchases casks from rum distilleries and sells them unadulterated (except for a bit of dilution) and clearly labels their source. The Vale Royale Wedderburn is from Jamaica’s Long Pond distillery. This particular style of pot-still Jamaican rum has a high ester count, making for an especially intense flavor. Normally intended for blending with more neutral rums, the Vale Royal is targeted squarely at Jamaican funk aficionados.
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    4 Revelation Rum
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    Woody & Roast
    Smooth Ambler spirits does distill and bottle some of its spirits in West Virginia, they also buy products on the open market. Revelation Rum is sourced from Jamaica and was distilled in 1990.
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    3 Two James Doctor Bird Jamaican Rum
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    Fruity & Hogo
    Two James Doctor Bird Jamaican Rum is a pot-still rum created and aged for 6+ years at the Worthy Park Distillery. It is then transported to the Two James Distillery in Detroit, Michigan. There, it finishes its maturation in Moscatel sherry casks before being blended and bottled at 50% ABV.
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    2 Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
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    Hogo & Fruity
    One of the most beloved rums in the mixology and Tiki communities, Smith & Cross is revered for bringing back the funky, high-hogo style of rum that had been sadly absent for many years. Distilled at the Hampden distillery in Jamaica, it’s a blend of two styles of pot-stilled rum, Plummer and Wedderburn, which fall at different points on the funkiness scale. Its gold color implies more aging than you might expect – the oldest rum here is three years, and most is far younger.
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    1 Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Rum
    92
    Sweet & Rich
    Appleton Estate is one of the oldest brands of rums on the market having been established in 1779. The estate where the sugarcane is harvested, processed, distilled, and aged encompasses over 11,000 acres in Nassau Valley, Jamaica. American ex-bourbon barrels are used for aging, which in this case, is for a minimum of 12 years. Note: This was formerly known as Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year. The name was changed in mid 2015.