Top 9 Jamaican Rums to Drink

Although Barbados might be where rum was born, Jamaica took the rum-making process and took that yummy liquor global. The fruity, funky flavors are enhanced with touches of molasses and burnt sugar that take all of my favorite rum-based drinks and make them spectacular.

I’m pretty particular when it comes to certain foods and drinks. More often than not, I find my favorites and tend to stick with them. However, now and then, I can be swayed in new directions.

The Best Rum Bar in Jamaica

For centuries, Jamaica’s finest aged rums have long found immense popularity among connoisseurs around the world.

But for travelers to the island, finding them all in once place hasn’t always been easy.

For the best expressions from storied marques like Appleton to companies like Hampden and Worthy Park, both of which have seen a renaissance in the last decade, it’s often required a distillery journey to secure a bottle.

BEST TOP SHELF SPIRITS BARTENDERS

Once little more than an impractical showcase of luxury spirits typically dispatched neat, the top shelf, like its more hardworking sibling the well, has reinvented itself. Today, that collection of bottles gracing the higher reaches of a backbar is not just a venue’s opportunity to communicate its values and point of view, but also a utilitarian set of spirits used to elevate ordinary blueprints.

Worthy Park rum sales outpace pre-pandemic levels

Rum sales at Worthy Park Estate are above pre-pandemic levels, due to increased distribution locally and overseas.
The producer of Rum-Bar products generated 15 per cent more rum sales than in 2020, the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and about 10 per cent more than 2019, said Managing Director of Worthy Park Gordon Clarke.

The 50 Best Spirits of 2021

The publication of VinePair’s annual 50 Best Spirits list marks a special moment on our calendar. The collection represents the culmination of hundreds of bottles, tasted across dozens of categories. Not just an annual release, it stands as a whole year’s work in the making.

Worthy Park 2012 Special Cask Double Matured “Oloroso” Jamaican Rum – Review

Depending on who you talk to, it’s a toss up whether Hampden or Worthy Park is the best of the New Jamaican distilleries. Appleton / J. Wray is the market leader (in both sales and recognition); Longpond, Monymusk, New Yarmouth and Clarendon have some brand awareness from Jamaican rum cultists and indie bottlers – though of course your average Joe could care less, let alone distinguish among them – but when it comes to artisanal pot still rums, it’s all down to those two.

In Jamaica, History and Identity Convene in Rum

“Jamaican rum, like our food and music, has a personality that shines through,” he says, “The rum is reflective of that persona and goes hand-in-hand with the whole Jamaican vibe.”