History of rum in Jamaica
This is the 15th century sugar cane and the art of distillation was introduced to Jamaica. With its ideal climate, fertile soil, its mountain springs that produce water filtered through the limestone, Jamaica was an ideal place for the cultivation of sugar cane. The English and Spanish both have played an important role in the distillation of sugar cane juice throughout the Caribbean and have been quick to harvest sugar cane to make an alcoholic drink stimulating.
Through the centuries, the art of distillation was perfected and Jamaica acquired the reputation of being the best source of rum in the world.
At the time of the British Empire where the rum was imported to England in barrels, it was found that the time spent in the rum barrel being rocked gently by the movement of the ship softened taste. Today, fortunately, you can enjoy any of our great rums feet on solid ground.
History of the Appleton area
The first documented production of rum Appleton area dates back to 1749. However, the origins of the area dates back to 1655, at a time when the English took Jamaica from the Spaniards.
Frances Dickinson participated in the conquest and it is believed that the Appleton area was part of the land that Dickinson received for his services. His little son, were the first known owners of the Appleton area.
In 1845, the Appleton area has changed hands when it was acquired by the family William Hill Dickinson. It changed hands again later when it was bought by one of the most successful merchants of Jamaica, A. Nathan McDowell.
Nathan died in the great earthquake of 1907 and its vast area, including Appleton, eventually was acquired by J. Wray and Nephew Ltd.. J. Wray and Nephew still has field Appleton and maintained its rich tradition of producing rums and premium spirits so far.
The domain has changed hands many times over the years but since 1749, all domain Appleton rums have been produced in a single field of 11,000 acres of the valley of Nassau.
Nassau Valley is part of a region of Jamaica known around the world, the famous Cockpit Country which is a very special limestone formation known as karst Cockpit which was formed over millions of years . The Appleton area is the only area located in a karst formation Cockpit and produced the only rum in the world from a "local" as special as the Nassau Valley.
"Terroir" is a set of very specific characteristics of climate, soil and geography that give a very special quality to all our rum. This is evidence that the origin of a rum is really important.