Cornish smugglers inspire new ginger-flavoured premium rum

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A premium dark rum infused with ginger has been launched in the UK by spirits company Mangrove, drawing inspiration from Cornwall’s smuggling past.

Jamaica Cove Black Ginger Rum (1750) is a blend of pot still and column still rums from Jamaica, aged for three years, which is finished with a ginger infusion to give it a bold flavour profile alongside subtle hints of lemongrass and citrus.

Its name is partly inspired by Jamaica Inn, the coaching inn built in 1750 on Bodmin Moor and made famous in Daphne du Maurier’s best-selling novel of the same name. It was once a destination for smugglers to hide the Jamaican rum and botanicals, including ginger, which they had plundered.

Bottled at 40% ABV, it offers bartenders an ingredient for creating gingery twists on rum classics such as a Jamaica Mule. Aimed at on- and off-trade, it has a recommended price in retail of £22 per 70cl bottle.

Nick Gillett, managing director of Mangrove, said: “More than anything else, this is an authentic Jamaican flavoured rum of quality and commercial viability that fits with Mangrove’s ethos.

“Jamaica Inn is a brand which we are focusing on building at the forefront of our Mangrove rum portfolio that we will drive into the growing premium rum market.

“It has that unique Jamaican ‘funk’ flavour with the presence of a well-balanced quality, ginger flavour throughout.

“The name Jamaica Cove conjures up all the right images of dark rums and the historical richness with the crossover between Cornwall and Jamaica’s rumbustious past. Put simply this is ‘Luscious Rumbustion’.”

Updated September 14, 2017, to reflect brand name change from “Jamaica Inn” to “Jamaica Cove”.

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