Jamaica

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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.


Top rated Jamaica rums

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

9.5/10

7 ratings

Ping No. 9

Juuls Vin & Spritis • Long Pond
1977   36yr   61%   €€€€

Top review from Kevin Sorensen 🇩🇰:

"This is a true masterpiece well worth the 100 score and also the high price tag. Though it has a very high proof, which you of corse can taste, it explodes in your mouth. A very long and complex finish that just keeps going. "

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum 30 Years

9.5/10

6 ratings

30 Years

Appleton Estate
43%   €€€€

Top review from Kevin Sorensen 🇩🇰:

"I bough this bottle two weeks ago and have been looking forward to crack it open. First off the bat. This rum is blended of rums with an age between 30 and 50 years. The master blender is a woman called Joy Spence (the same name as their 25 year blend) and she did a bang of a job. The perfect rum for a Cohiba cigar. Perfectly blended, complex and a perfectly rounded taste that just keeps on going. A typical Jamaican rum and as good as they come. The price tag is at 500+ euro and this bottle is well worth the money. This version is released in a limited 1440 bottles. Just ordered 2nd edt."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Single Cask <>H

9.4/10

27 ratings

Jamaica Single Cask H

Samaroli • Hampden
1993   21yr   65,6%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Extraordinary balance, deeply complex; ester-rich with a superb finish.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Golden Devil (K&L Wines)

9.4/10

6 ratings

Golden Devil (K&L Wines)

Hunter Laing • Hampden
1993   27yr   64,8%   €€€€

Top review from Anton Krioukov:

"What a pleasant and intense experience! This rum is crisp, bold, and surprising with each sip. It is light in both color and wood notes, considering it’s been in the cask for 19 years, but if you’re looking for funky rums, this is it! This rum brings lots of fruit, funk, and there’s everything you would expect from a high ester rum of this caliber."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Sins Avarice by Robert Bauer

9.4/10

8 ratings

The Sins Avarice by Robert Bauer

Distilia • Long Pond
1983   40yr   51,6%

Top review from zabo:

"Tasted together with Chris2302 some time ago. Many thanks to the donor at the time who made this possible for both of us 😀 (a little tip: it was on the 2nd GAF, so it's not difficult to find the donor 😉 ) I thought the smell was bomb. After the first sip, we agreed that this is a drop that will easily break the 9! Anyone who has the opportunity to try it. Do not hesitate! Insane part!!! Drink of the gods!"

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica C<>H

9.3/10

23 ratings

Jamaica CH

The Rum Cask • Hampden
1990   26yr   61,9%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Stunning rum with fruity esters, potent and exquisitely rounded finish.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 05 Treasure Cask Jamaica C<>H

9.3/10

40 ratings

Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 05 Treasure Cask Jamaica...

Spirit of Rum • Hampden
1990   26yr   60,4%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exquisite, complex Jamaican gem; fruity, balanced with a delightful funk.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum HD HGML

9.3/10

60 ratings

Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum HD HGML

Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1989   31yr   67,6%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exceptional, intensely fruity Hampden with perfect alcohol integration; a masterpiece.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum (HD Distillery) C<>H

9.3/10

57 ratings

Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum (HD Distillery) CH

Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1990   30yr   57,8%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Stunningly complex, perfectly balanced with fruity, spicy, and smooth notes.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Rum

9.3/10

16 ratings

Jamaica Rum

Gordon & MacPhail • Long Pond
1941   58yr   50%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exquisite, complex, floral, and balanced. An absolutely unique and elegant experience.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum HPDN (The Book Edition)

9.3/10

12 ratings

HPDN (The Book Edition)

Famille Ricci • Hampden
1983   39yr   57,9%   €€€€

Top review from Kevin Sorensen 🇩🇰:

"Price to quality can be argued but the quality can't. A very fruity, intense and well balanced rum. I like the roasted wood on the profile, nicely balanced without being dominant. ABV is very well integrated."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum R.A.S.C. Royal Army Service Corps (Begnoni)

9.2/10

6 ratings

R.A.S.C. Royal Army Service Corps (Begnoni)

Velier
1954   53%   €€€€

Top review from Oliver:

"Great experience! Demerara on the nose and on the palate. Mega!"

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Trelawny Endemic Birds (Black Bird) OWH

9.2/10

6 ratings

Trelawny Endemic Birds (Black Bird) OWH

Velier • Hampden
2012   8yr   59,9%   €€€€

Top review from Niko:

"Great Hampden. All the markers are there with a subtle balance. Powerful finish on the... coffee... rather original and especially very pleasant!"

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Rum C<>H

9.2/10

12 ratings

Jamaica Rum CH

The Whisky Jury • Hampden
1993   28yr   58,9%   €€€€

Top review from Gunnar Böhme "Bauerngaumen" 🤓:

"Brine, old cooking fat, nail polish remover, fermented fruit. What doesn't sound very tempting is a finely balanced, highly complex wealth of aromas that make up a high-quality rum. Astringency just tolerable, but too much acidity in the finish for me. Therefore not top of the league for me."

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica C<>H

9.3/10

23 ratings

Jamaica CH

The Rum Cask • Hampden
1990   26yr   61,9%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Stunning rum with fruity esters, potent and exquisitely rounded finish.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum HD HGML

9.3/10

60 ratings

Rum Artesanal Jamaica Rum HD HGML

Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1989   31yr   67,6%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exceptional, intensely fruity Hampden with perfect alcohol integration; a masterpiece.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Rum

9.3/10

16 ratings

Jamaica Rum

Gordon & MacPhail • Long Pond
1941   58yr   50%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exquisite, complex, floral, and balanced. An absolutely unique and elegant experience.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica C<>H

9.2/10

60 ratings

Jamaica CH

The Rum Cask • Hampden
1990   30yr   55,6%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Delightfully complex, perfectly balanced with a rich, tropical fruit profile.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal Jamaica High Ester Rum HGML

9.2/10

79 ratings

Rum Artesanal Jamaica High Ester Rum HGML

Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1983   35yr   58,9%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Sublime aged Hampden with harmonious fruits, esters, and complexity. A gem!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Artesanal HD (Whiskytempel) C<>H

9.2/10

23 ratings

Rum Artesanal HD (Whiskytempel) CH

Heinz Eggert GmbH • Hampden
1993   28yr   61,9%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Incredible Hampden rum: funky, fruity, smooth finish, expertly aged.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum The Golden Age of Piracy Charles Vane

9.2/10

33 ratings

The Golden Age of Piracy Charles Vane

Distilia • Long Pond
1983   38yr   52,5%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Sublime Jamaican gem with harmonious fruits and elegant complexity. Unforgettable.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Warren Khong <H> <>H

9.1/10

75 ratings

Warren Khong H

Velier • Hampden
2010   7yr   62%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Astonishing complexity, funky tropical bliss with a perfect ester balance.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rum Sapiens Wedderburn MMW

9.1/10

28 ratings

Rum Sapiens Wedderburn MMW

Velier • Clarendon
1984   35yr   69%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Bold, tropical, with an endlessly complex and oaky finish. Exquisite!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 32 C<>H

9.1/10

52 ratings

Rumclub Private Selection Ed. 32 CH

Spirit of Rum • Hampden
1990   32yr   54,51%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“A perfect balance of fruity esters and well-integrated wood.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum C<>H

9.1/10

117 ratings

CH

Habitation Velier • Hampden
2010   10yr   68,5%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“A rum lover's dream: powerfully fruity, endlessly complex, divinely smooth.”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Mden C<>H

9.0/10

25 ratings

Mden CH

The Whisky Jury • Hampden
1997   23yr   55,6%   €€€€

Community opinion:

“Exquisite Hampden with vibrant tropical, pastry, and wood notes. Delightful!”

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum Jamaica Single Cask HLCF

9.0/10

5 ratings

Jamaica Single Cask HLCF

Samaroli • Hampden
1992   24yr   54%   €€€€

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Image of the front of the bottle of the rum R1.4 Gets the juices flowing

9.0/10

5 ratings

R1.4 Gets the juices flowing

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society • Clarendon
1991   21yr   66,2%   €€€

Top review from Oliver:

"Wow, excellent monymusk! Fresh, creamy and intense."

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8.3/1030210 ratings
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Flavour profile of Jamaica

Most frequently mentioned flavors

Aroma

Banana Ester Tropical fruit Pineapple Vanilla Woody

Taste

Tropical fruit Woody Ester Banana Pineapple Vanilla

Finish

Woody Tropical fruit Ester Pineapple Dry Fruity

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