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Wray & Nephew - OP
I am not the biggest rum drinker it has to be said (unless it is mixed with coconut and called Malibu!) but when I visit home for Christmas myself and my friends always celebrate with a bottle of this Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum.
Wray & Nephew
J. Wray & Nephew Ltd originated in Jamaica in 1825 forming their business The Shakespeare Tavern in Kingston. They now produce a number of famous and popular rums such as the Overproof Rum, Captain Morgan and Appleton Estate varieties. The Wray & Nephew OP is the world's best selling high strength white rum (63 %).
The rum comes in a clear, tall and thin glass bottle. The top of the bottle has a screw on and off cap. The Wray & Nephew label is bright yellow and green with gold bands on it, with the branding and description white overproof rum. Overproof rum (OP) has been triple distilled and are much stronger rums than your average bottle, generally over 40 % ABV.
The white rum looks exactly as you would expect a spirit of this calibre to look like. It is a transparent liquid and very thin. The smell of the rum is quite indistinct, it certainly smells strong that's for sure, with a slight sweetness twinge coming through.
This rum is not meant to be drunk as a shot (unless you have the desire to pass out relatively quickly). It is definitely too strong a taste for me to drink on its own. The power and intensity of the rum flavour going down your throat is quite harsh and I really couldn't manage it as a short. It scorches the taste buds with its strong flavour.
I have had this drink generally mixed with Coke and a 35 ml measure is very overpowering of the Coke flavour. It has a richness and warming sensation when consumed, you can taste the strength of the drink and feel yourself getting more and more drunk with every sip on the 63 % proof. So I only ever have the one or two or these to get me into the Christmas spirit and then I am onto something a lot more lightweight.
Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum is often used as a cocktail base, of which I have probably had many containing this without even knowing it. Some examples of popular cocktails that this rum compliment include Daiquiris (rum, lime juice and sugar), Mai Tai's (rum, curacao liqueur and lime juice) and of course Jamaican rum punches (rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and lime).
A bottle of Wray & Nephew OP rum will set you back round £28 for a 70 cl bottle. It is well worth it if you like to keep a fully stocked and exhaustive alcohol cupboard in your home. For myself I will stick to the odd cocktail and Christmas tipple rather than buying it for home consumption, it is just too strong for me!
Wray & Nephew is the world's top selling, award winning high strength white rum (according to their website!). It is very popular in the Caribbean as it started in Kingston, Jamaica in 1825 and even today Wray & Nephew is an intrinsic part of the culture, drank at weddings, funerals and the drink most commonly found in one of the island's bar or pub! It is so popular it actually accounts for 90% of all rum consumed on the island. Over time the brand has moved forward and been bought and sold and nowadays the J Wray & Nephew brand is now based in London, owned by the UK .
It comes in a glass white bottle, with a yellow, black and green label (significant of the colours on the jamaican flag) and has a yellowish/creamish screw top lid. The rum itself is a clear, liquid, which looks like water but be warned this is not to be underestimated and that's about all the similarities there are between water! The rum itself is a cracker of intensity with 63% ABV. So with this I would definitely not recommend it to anyone who gets tipsy on lambrini as you surely will either regret or forget anything that happens subsequently lol.
Taste wise, it is the main rum I tend to consume (albeit very rarely due to my inability to handle something of such ferocity!) and I used to have it more frequently when I was younger with workmates, doing shots of this at spoons (wetherspoons for those who don't know what I meant lol) on a friday night....not good. It tastes like liquid fire, and I always have to psyche myself up before downing it. It is extremely harsh and you can smell the strength of the rum from the second the bottle is opened and the aroma wafts from the shot glass which always makes me not really want to consume it! It leaves a very warm bubbling feeling inside, and the second it's down believe me you are instantly drunk and there is no going back.
I have to confess that the first time I had this, I had been mixing drinks that night (baileys, wine, cocktails, you name it) so within half an hour I was in the bog and this was all making a nice comeback up my throat. Not cool/sexy/attractive. But being newly 18 and pushing boundaries I tried it a second time on a second occasion and had it much more responsibly and although I got pretty much off my face I didn't puke everywhere which I guess was progress lol. It can be drunk with a mixer, and I have tried it with coke but I still found the taste of the rum overpowers the mixer and didn't make much difference in my ability to disguise the taste, but I suppose for want of not having to drink this rum neat or as a shot it is a good alternative which may make the after potent effect of this drink less viable lol. It's not a particularly nice tasting drink, but for me most alcohol's aren't so we all know we are drinking it to get tipsy and have a good time, and not for the brilliant taste I suppose.
Without sounding too much of an alcoholic but in our house, Wray & Nephew has been a staple item of the alcohol cupboard for as long as I can remember! When I was younger, a quick dab of this on a cut or graze was my mum's solution and now if I am unwell it is usually my mum's first recommendation! Some honey, hot water, lemon and a splash of this Wray & Nephew overproof rum to "burn the cold out of my system" always seems to work a treat!
These days, I have to say I pretty much only drink this as a cure for my colds as I am much more cautious and have a lot more responsibility (being a mum and all). So, not being one to advocate alcoholism and violent vomiting I would recommend this drink in moderation as it does work extremely well for me curing a common cold, but unless you can really handle your drink this is just a no-no!
A bottle is a bit more expensive with 70cl costing between £25-£30. You can of course get the teeny miniature bottle which is the kind I tend to keep as I don't get ill too often so it does take me ages to even work through the small bottle. I don't tend to see this rum in the bigger supermarkets (unless I'm blind) but small corner shops and off licences always stock this where I live so it's relatively accessible.
To the uninitiated, Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum is merely the top-selling high strength rum in the world. In its native Jamaica, however, this crystal-clear rum is legendary. In the country known for its rum, it is the rum of choice. In fact, it currently accounts for more than 90% of all rum sold in Jamaica. It is equally enjoyable in an authentic Jamaican rum punch, a Mai Tai, a daiquiri, or in any popular mixer. It is also the 'secret ingredient' in many proprietary and signature drinks found all over the world.