A new premium rum which draws its inspiration from the long history of smuggling and wrecking along Cornwall’s rugged coastline, has launched. Jamaica Cove Rum conjures up tales of smugglers landing on Cornwall’s beaches in the dead of night in small skiffs. The Cornish connection with Rum goes back to the 16thCentury, reaching its peak in the early 1800s when most coastal communities were involved in smuggling and the plundering of shipwrecks – an all too common occurrence thanks to the strong prevailing winds and rocky outcrops.
The coves around Falmouth became a favourite smuggler’s haunt. Legend has it that gangs of wreckers lured ships to the rocks with lights, where their cargo was then looted. Many of the ships had set off from Jamaica, with barrels of rums and botanicals on board, and it was this cargo that was amongst the most treasured, creating a culture of rum drinking in South West England and beyond.
Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum is a blend of Jamaican Pot and Column Stills, infused with ginger – which was often looted alongside the rums – to give a bold flavour profile, with subtle hints of lemongrass and citrus. Ginger is an increasingly popular ingredient amongst bartenders and this single botanical infusion with an aged Jamaican rum, offers greater depths of flavour for classic long drinks, such as the Classic Jamaica Mule.
Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum is available from: Amazon; Masters of Malt: £26.60. RRP: £26.99.