“Located in Trelawny, Hampden Estate dates to the 1700s and is one of only seven Jamaican distilleries still operating, down from 600 in the mid-19th century. Until recently, most of their product was shipped in bulk to European rum blenders while the highest-ester juice went to industrial food flavoring labs. All that remained were illicit jugs of John Crow Batty, a crude high-octane distillate siphoned by distillery workers for their own consumption (its name comes from its unsavory aroma: “John Crow” is a local term for turkey vulture, and “batty” is slang for backside). In 2011, Hampden Estate capitalized on the explosive hooch with Rum Fire, a refined 116-proof version of the bootleg bottlings and the distillery’s first direct-to-market release.”
-Excerpted from Meredith Heil in Punch
No doubt Rum Fire will take your cocktails to beast mode, but you’ll be shocked how approachable it is (considering its abv and off the charts ester levels) to sip on its own.