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By Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
One thing that remains an undisputed truth is how much as Jamaicans we love rum. We put it in everything, from food to drinks to pastries, we even use it for it's medicinal properties too. It should come at no surprise that we have several Jamaican rum brands, and among them is the Jamaican Moneymusk Planation rum. This distinctively Jamaican rum is renowned for its unique flavours and centuries-old tradition.
Located in Lionel Town, Clarendon, on six acres, the Monymusk Estate is one of the oldest sugar cane farms here in Jamaica and is home to Clarendon Distillers Limited (CDL). The Monymusk Sugar Factory originally owned the distillery, which was constructed in 1949.
The ownership of the distillery has changed hands several times over the years, however it was taken over by the our government in 1976 when the Sugar Corporation of Jamaica was established. Subsequently, in 1980, National Rums of Jamaica Limited (NRJ), which presently possessed 100% of the distillery, took over its operations.
They produce two types of rum: pot still and column still rums, with column stills producing a light rum and pot stills producing a heavier style. The Light-style rum is fermented in open-air metal tubs for one or two days, while the heavy-style rum takes up to one month. After distillation, the rums are blended, diluted to 70% ABV, and stored in oak barrels. 90% of their production is sold as bulk rum. Many other brands are combined with the bulk rum. Captain Morgan Black, Myers, Port Royal, Royal Jamaican, Smatt's, etc. are a few examples. The remaining portion are used to create their premium brand of rum, called Monymusk, which is bottled and distributed to the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
One of the secrets behind Monymusk Rum’s exceptional taste lies in the meticulous blending of different rum styles. From the funky notes to the fruity esters, each sip tells a story of expertise and passion. The distillery’s commitment to quality and innovation has made Monymusk Rum a favourite among enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. This rum boasts a complex flavour profile that will entice your taste buds. With hints of tropical fruits, spices, and a touch of sweetness, it captures the essence of Jamaica in every drop. Whether enjoyed neat or in a tantalizing cocktail, Monymusk Rum offers an unforgettable experience for rum enthusiasts
Not sure how to drink your moneymusk rum? Well locally, we add cranberry juice as tracer, or add it to any of our favourite mixed drinks. This goes well with our renown Jamaican rum punch.
But do you know what would be even better? If you came here to enjoy it for yourself. Check out our ebook Jamaica On A Budget, written by our founder for Wellesley, for a comprehensive guide on how you can get here and experience it all on a budget.
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