No spirit program is complete without Jamaican rum. And bars with only one bottle aren’t fully representing what makes the category so special.
Because while all Jamaican rum features fruity notes and a balanced, robust flavor, there are subtle differences between vintages. This is a good thing. It means each bottle is perfect for a specific cocktail or serving style.
The only challenge is knowing which Jamaican rum to use when. That doesn’t need to be a mystery any longer. Check out four different ways to serve Jamaican rum, along with the perfect bottle for each occasion.
Blended Jamaican rum is well-suited for shaken cocktails, ranging from Daiquiris to Mai Tais. But not just any bottle will do. You want rum smooth and bold enough to complement the fruit and citrus in the cocktail.
There’s no better example of this than Appleton Estate Reserve Blend. It’s made with 20 rums, including two from a rare reserve stock, that provide a deeper, more robust way to elevate classic rum cocktails.
Punch isn’t just for house parties anymore. Top-tier bartenders have been experimenting with ways to elevate shareable cocktails. And it didn’t take long to find out that Jamaican overproof rum features the robust flavor to stand out in any punch bowl.
Wray & Nephew White Overproof, in particular, has the complex taste and aroma that every classic Jamaican rum punch needs. The fruit and molasses notes make this exceptional bottle versatile enough for your favorite punch, along with other classic Tiki drinks.
Lately, bartenders have been reinventing classic stirred cocktails with rum. It’s not uncommon to find a Rum Old Fashioned or Rum Manhattan in top-tier cocktail bars. The trick is using rum that features the same flavor and complexity as the premium whiskey typically associated with these spirit-forward recipes.
Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old more than meets that description. The blend of rare golden rums, each aged at least 12 years, will give classic recipes a bold and constantly evolving flavor. You’ll enjoy deep oak, cocoa notes, subtle molasses and the signature Jamaican funk you can’t get anywhere else.
Some Jamaican rums have a richness and complexity that should only be appreciated neat. Appleton Estate 21 Year Old is one of them. The flavor is powerful but balanced with delicate citrus, spice and woody notes, all rounded out by a long dry finish.
With rums like this, it’s obvious why more and more drinkers are treating Jamaican rum with the seriousness it deserves. And it’s on bars to carry enough Jamaican rum to give customers a full picture of this wide-ranging and one-of-a-kind spirit.
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