Method: Combine all ingredients in a pan, put on a low heat, gently stirring till ice cream has dissolved.
As steam begins to rise off the mix ladle into cups and serve while piping hot. Garnish with an orange twist studded with 3 cloves.
Wray’s Spiced Cyder
Easy to mix at home, this cocktail will bring a little Jamaican heat to your winter with subtle spice and warm apple Cyder
Ingredients (serves 5x)
125ml Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum
75ml Grand Marnier
100ml Lemon Juice
10 level Teaspoons caster sugar or 100ml Sugar syrup
300ml Cloudy Apple Juice
300ml Good quality sparkling Cyder (E.G. Wyld Wood)
100ml Still mineral water
0.5g Cinnamon powder
1 Star Anise
10 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters (contains herbs/spices to give a slightly bitter taste to the cocktail.
Method: Combine all ingredients in a pan, put on a low heat, gently stirring. As steam begins to rise off the mix ladle into cups and serve while piping hot.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick & lemon twist. Instead of heating in a pan, larger batches can be kept in a Tea Urn.
If you’re like me, back when you were a teenager you’d be having ‘shots’ of overproof rum on a night out for cheap thrills and many a spill. But growing up, have you ever had it since, or indeed, actually enjoyed it? I have, to the point of I actually enjoy having a tot when I come across a overproof brand. One of the most recognisable of the category is Wray and Nephew, so it makes sense to take a look at the product that counts for 90% of all rum consumed in Jamaica.
The history of J. Wray and Nephew began in 1825 when company founder John Wray opened ‘The Shakespeare Tavern’ in Kingston, Jamaica. Kingston grew steadily and eventually became Jamaica’s capital in 1877, with The Shakespeare Tavern became highly successful. In 1860, Wray brought in Charles James Ward, the son of his brother, to run the business side of the company. Bringing with him qualities that made him a dynamic and gifted entrepreneur, and under the leadership of John Wray, J. Wray and Nephew began a period of growth and prosperity. Wray retired in 1862 and died in 1870 leaving Ward as the sole proprietor of the business.
Ward developed his heritage – a tavern and liquor-dealing concern, into one of Jamaica’s largest commercial enterprises and a company that enjoyed international success. At the International Exhibition held in London in 1862, J. Wray and Nephew won three gold medals for its 10, 15 and 25yr rums. The Company’s rums also won several awards and prizes at international exhibitions in Paris in 1878, Amsterdam in 1883, New Orleans in 1885 and Jamaica in 1891.
In 1916, the Lindo Brothers & Co purchased J. Wray & Nephew and almost immediately thereafter, the new company, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd., purchased the Appleton Estate – the oldest and most famous of all Jamaica’s sugarcane estates. In 1997, Joy Spence was made the master blender at J. Wray and Nephew – the first ever woman to occupy this position in the industry.
So how does this overproof fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –
Wray and Nephew Overproof– 63%
Sweet fruity aromas on the nose with a kick of corn coming through. Sharp on the palate, but develops a warm bouquet of fruit aromas that lingers for a long finish.
I picked up a bottle of this over in St Lucia too;
Wray and Nephew Rum Cream – 15%
Born from the inspiration of the mix of Supligen and White Overproof Rum. Rich cream notes on the nose, with the strike of overproof rum coming through slightly. A developing flavour of the rum as it sits on the base of the palate. The cream blends well and gives a good balance for a long, fresh cane finish.
Rum legend Ian Burrell created something a bit more palatable if having it straight is not your cup-of-tea *-
Reggae Rum Punch
50 ml Wray & Nephew Overproof
50 ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
50 ml Fresh Orange Juice
25 ml Fresh Lime Juice
12.5 ml Monin Grenadine
Shake with plenty of ice and serve in a Hurricane glass. Garnish with a pineapple slice.
It’s always good to hear of a new product to hit the market and with a story of one person wanting to make a dream come true. Tom Hurst had a dream to make a sweet and lime spiced rum for a couple of years, but never thought that LWC, an independent drinks wholesaler in the UK, would offer the chance to be able to create and manage a brand. With this chance, Admiral Vernon’s Old J was born.
But who is Admiral Vernon?
Well in 1740, Admiral Edward Vernonenforced a reduction in the strength of the British Navy’s rum ration. When his men complained, Vernon suggested the addition of limes and sugar to make the drink more enjoyable. “Old J” has been created in honour of Admiral Vernon, who was known as “Old Grog”. “Old J” however brings Vernon’s concept into the 21st Century by using the finest Caribbean rum combined with a blend of spices, sugar, vanilla and Persian lime.
Starting in April 2012, Tom worked with a flavour lab to create over sixty variants before finally choosing a liquid. He also made sure that it was reworked with coke added to make sure that it would match perfectly with one of the key mixers of rums.
So how does it fare? Well below I give to you my tasting notes –
Admiral Vernon’s Old J Spiced – 35%
Soft hint of lime surrounds a good hit of sweet vanilla on the nose and carries onto the palate. Nice warming with a good dose of vanilla and a growing spice as it develops during a very long offering. A little dry near the end.
A surprisingly smooth offering with only a delicate spice and not too overpowering. Easy to drink and I can see why attention has also been taken to work it well with mixers. Old J describe their perfect serve as ‘served over ice with coke or ginger beer and a couple of fresh lime wedges’ with a top tip of dragging a lime wedge around the top of the glass before serving.
Lately though, Tom has created a new expression, upping the abv to the class of overproof –
Admiral Vernon’s Old J Spiced Tiki Fire– 75.5%
Released in 2014. Vanilla aromas on the nose with a slight lime coming through the heavy sweetness. Light on the palate, with the vanilla ever present, and lime flavours cutting through, making this tot rather palatable. Lingers too.
Refreshing, all year round rum with serves to please all crowds, and that’s the overproof! One man and his dream makes everyone a winner!
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