Famous Newfoundland Screech Rum
Screech // Jamaica
Among the oddest of spirit names, Screech is Jamaican rum imported and bottled in Newfoundland, of all unexpected places. The northern Canadian province has a long tradition of sending boats loaded with salted cod to the Caribbean, returning full of bulk rum to be bottled and sold throughout Canada. The Screech name has a murky backstory involving the yelp an unsuspecting sailor made after consuming rum of very dubious quality. Thankfully, Screech is much less of a gamble these days.
Dark RumAKA Black Rum. Usually aged (but not always) and has additional caramel-coloring added to provide the dark/black color. Some are distilled from blackstrap molasses. No specific type or size barrel required for aging nor is there a set time required for aging in most countries with a few exceptions.
"In the glass, Screech is a pleasing dark amber, aged for around two years with caramel-coloring added. The nose is somewhat subdued, with leather and tobacco notes, and relatively little of the funky banana esters you’d expect from a young Jamaican rum. The initial entry is caramelized sugar, which gives way to smoke. As with the nose, the Jamaican funk is subdued in comparison to high-ester Jamaicans. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but also points to no added sugar. The obvious side-by-side comparison is to Coruba Dark-- the Screech is far less funky. Despite its relatively low 80 proof, Screech is a bit rough, making it a better mixer than a fireside sipper."