The Duppy Share is blended from two premium rums from the Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica and the Foursquare distillery in Barbados
Caribbean rum is big in my neck of the woods. Pre-gentrification Brixton was awash with eateries and bars where you could order a dark rum to wash down your jerk chicken and rice. Neither was particularly good – the food was often overcooked and over spiced. The rum was arguably the same with alcohol content taking priority over flavour and enjoyment.
Brixton and rum have come a long way since then, with both on the cusp of outright middle class acceptance. The latest independent Caribbean rum to cross my path is the Duppy Share, which promises the gift of Caribbean sunshine.
Duppy is Jamaican patois word of Northwest African origin meaning ghost or spirit. They are generally regarded as malevolent spirits with a penchant for haunting people at night. Apparently the duppies also like to swoop between islands stealing the best share of the rum as it is left ageing in old oak barrels. Thus, the Duppy Share.
The Duppy Share itself is blended from two premium rums from the Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica and the Foursquare distillery in Barbados. Neither of us are big rum drinkers, and neither of us typically drink our spirits straight. However we decided to go ‘neat’ rather than dilute it with a mixer and have it as an aperitif for our Sunday roast. It was smooth with a lovely caramel flavour and buttery finish.
The brainchild of self proclaimed Rum Adventurer George Frost and entrepreneur Jessica Swinfen, this newly launched spirit is marketing itself as being at the forefront of the premium rum revolution. Whether you agree with that or not, those Duppies might be onto something. Although I can’t condone actually stealing it.
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