Jamaica

About rum from Jamaica

There are 1,618 rums from Jamaica in the RumX database.

Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean. Originally home to the Taino people, the island came under Spanish rule in 1464 and was reconquered by England in 1655, becoming an essential source of sugar and rum; part of the region’s plantation economy. The Royal Navy relied on the island’s rum for their daily liquor rations!

And although the country gained independence in 1962, the island’s rum is still the very essence of British-style sugarcane spirits. Rum here is dark, it can’t contain added sugar, and it’s notoriously aromatic.

Jamaican rum has high amounts of esters, fruit aromas fondly known as “funk,” proper of slow fermentations, often relying on native yeast, and extended oak ageing. Adding “dunder” or the leftover deposits precipitated after distillation into the new batches is also typical in Jamaica and is the source of the spirit’s fragrant intensity and complexity. Large copper stills also play a role in the island’s sugarcane spirit.

There are six major distilleries in Jamaica, led by Appleton State and Hampden Estate, and a GI or Geographical Indication protects the rum’s identity since 2016. The country’s rum quality is better than ever, especially for rum distilled and bottled on the island — a long-lasting tradition of blending (and adulterating) Jamaican rum overseas is still prevalent but now frowned upon.

Dark, full-bodied and complex, there’s no doubt Jamaican rum has character. This might very well be the finest example of English-style rum: no added sugar and high ester levels make Jamaican rum crowd-pleasing delicious.

Community author: Oliver

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Flavour profile of Jamaica rums

With RumX you can record your tasting impressions. The RumX community has discovered the following flavor profile:

Nosing associations

Ester Banana Tropical fruit Pineapple Vanilla Glue Woody

Taste associations

Ester Tropical fruit Woody Banana Pineapple Vanilla Spicy

Finish associations

Woody Tropical fruit Ester Dry Spicy Pineapple Roasted

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Top rated Jamaica rums

RX703
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Ping No. 9

95/100

7 reviews
Ping No. 9
Juuls Vin & Spritis • Long Pond
1977   36 years   61%   €€€€
RX7449
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Trelawny Endemic Birds (Black Bird) OWH

94/100

5 reviews
Trelawny Endemic Birds (Black Bird) OWH
Velier • Hampden
2012   8 years   59,9%   €€€€
RX1255
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Single Cask <>H

94/100

17 reviews
Jamaica Single Cask H
Samaroli • Hampden
1993   21 years   65,6%   €€€€
RX1442
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Rum

94/100

11 reviews
Jamaica Rum
Gordon & MacPhail • Long Pond
1941   58 years   50%   €€€€
RX892
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica C<>H

93/100

18 reviews
Jamaica CH
The Rum Cask • Hampden
1990   26 years   61,9%   €€€€
RX271
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 05 Treasure Cask Jamaica C<>H

93/100

29 reviews
Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 05 Treasure Cask Jamaica...
Spirit of Rum • Hampden
1990   26 years   60,4%   €€€€
RX7933
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum No. 2 C<>H

93/100

39 reviews
No. 2 CH
Nobilis Rum • Hampden
1993   27 years   65,8%   €€€€
RX7786
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum HD HGML

93/100

51 reviews
Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum HD HGML
Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1989   31 years 11mo   67,6%   €€€€
RX7787
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum (HD Distillery) C<>H

93/100

45 reviews
Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum (HD Distillery) CH
Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1990   30 years   57,8%   €€€€
RX12843
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Golden Age of Piracy Charles Vane

93/100

14 reviews
The Golden Age of Piracy Charles Vane
Distilia • Long Pond
1983   38 years   52,5%   €€€€
RX432
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Warren Khong Villa Paradisetto EMB

92/100

38 reviews
Warren Khong Villa Paradisetto EMB
Velier • Clarendon
1995   24 years   67%   €€€€
RX8041
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica C<>H

92/100

39 reviews
Jamaica CH
The Rum Cask • Hampden
1990   30 years   55,6%   €€€€
RX13870
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaican Rum

92/100

7 reviews
Jamaican Rum
Precious Liquors • Long Pond
2001   21 years   51%
RX328
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica High Ester Rum HGML

92/100

55 reviews
Rum Artesanal Jamaica High Ester Rum HGML
Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1983   35 years   58,9%   €€€€
RX11189
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal HD (Whiskytempel) C<>H

92/100

18 reviews
Rum Artesanal HD (Whiskytempel) CH
Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1993   28 years 2mo   61,9%   €€€€
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RX8041
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica C<>H

92/100

39 reviews
Jamaica CH
The Rum Cask • Hampden
1990   30 years   55,6%   €€€€
RX11189
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal HD (Whiskytempel) C<>H

92/100

18 reviews
Rum Artesanal HD (Whiskytempel) CH
Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1993   28 years 2mo   61,9%   €€€€
RX88
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Warren Khong <H> <>H

91/100

61 reviews
Warren Khong H
Velier • Hampden
2010   7 years   62%   €€€€
RX14100
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 32 C<>H

91/100

32 reviews
Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 32 CH
Spirit of Rum • Hampden
1990   32 years   54,51%   €€€€
RX2521
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Kill Devil HGML

91/100

14 reviews
Kill Devil HGML
Hunter Laing • Hampden
1983   35 years   58,1%   €€€€
RX1563
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal NYE

91/100

103 reviews
Rum Artesanal NYE
Heinz Eggert GmbH • New Yarmouth
1994   25 years   67,7%   €€€
RX5340
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum C<>H

91/100

90 reviews
CH
Habitation Velier • Hampden
2010   10 years   68,5%   €€€€
RX12838
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Colours of Rum Jamaica Ed. 5

90/100

16 reviews
The Colours of Rum Jamaica Ed. 5
Wealth Solutions • Hampden
1992   29 years   58,1%   €€€€
RX12835
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Colours of Rum Jamaica Ed. 2

90/100

17 reviews
The Colours of Rum Jamaica Ed. 2
Wealth Solutions • Clarendon
1995   26 years   65,7%   €€€€
RX7356
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Sapiens Wedderburn MMW

90/100

18 reviews
Rum Sapiens Wedderburn MMW
Velier • Clarendon
1984   35 years   69%   €€€€
RX10419
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Spirit Of Art

90/100

38 reviews
The Spirit Of Art
Valinch & Mallet • New Yarmouth
1994   26 years   56,9%   €€€€
RX12779
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 27 EMB

90/100

16 reviews
Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 27 EMB
Spirit of Rum • Clarendon
1995   26 years 9mo   67,1%   €€€
RX2460
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaican Rum (Der Gereifte) <>H

90/100

11 reviews
Jamaican Rum (Der Gereifte) H
Secret Cask • Hampden
2001   17 years   61,3%   €€€
RX12183
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Lime House

90/100

8 reviews
Lime House
Precious Liquors • New Yarmouth
1994   27 years   57,1%   €€€€
RX12050
Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Royal Cane Cask Company

90/100

17 reviews
The Royal Cane Cask Company
Infinity Spirits • New Yarmouth
1994   27 years   60,3%   €€€€
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