Rum Fire is a traditionally made, Jamaican rum produced at the historic Hampden Estate in Trelawny, Jamaica. Its exceptional fermentation and distillation result in a high-ester, high-proof artisanal spirit of unparalleled aroma and flavor. The story behind the brand is the stuff of legend; the origin of stolen rum "John Crow Batty" in the parish of Trelawny and a testament to old school bartender quality assurance by lighting the spirit on fire to assure proof and purity. It is Hampden Estate's first rum brand, but it's history is Jamaica in a bottle.

Rum Fire's thoroughbred character makes it a choice rum for enhancing the complexity of modern and classic cocktails.

B.S. (Rum Fire) aka Rum Fire 101

Tastes like Cinnamon Rum right? Good guess, but let's start over. Rum Fire contains no additives because the Jamaican government has a law (Jamaica Excise Act) that reads in short; they only want Rum in their Rum, please and thank you. Ok now, let's begin class shall we? Rum Fire is made by the fermentation of locally sourced, Jamaican molasses. Molasses is the byproduct of sugar refining and contains both fermentable sugars and the other organic / inorganic compounds, a.k.a., the "essence" of the sugar cane plant. Wild yeast in the air, water and surfaces at the distillery convert the sugar to ethanol. At Hampden Estate, fermentation times are very long, and for Rum Fire that is 14-20 days. Don't you mean hours? No, we aren't talking about 99% of other distilleries, we are talking about Hampden Estate. Once this 2-3 week fermentation is complete, it is transferred to the pot stills. Hampden Estate only has pot stills and double retort pot stills to be exact. The fermented wash is batch distilled to allow maximal transfer of aroma and flavor into the distillate made during the long fermentation process.

Here the distillate is contained and slowly reduced by water from an open air reservoir in the foothills of Cockpit Country just outside the Estate. This water slowly lowers the distillate's proof to Jamaican bottling proof, (126 proof). Once proof is reached, the rum is bottled at Hampden Estate with the label Rum Fire.

 

M.Sc (Rum Fire): Course 301

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