Admiral Vernon’s Old J Rum is a small-batch rum made in the British Virgin Islands and aged for up to three years. Created from a blend of the finest Caribbean rum infused with a secret blend of seven spices, sugar, vanilla and Persian limes, this award-winning spiced rum is sweet and flavoursome and one of the most popular spiced rums on the market.
Created in honour of Admiral Edward Vernon “Old Grog” who enforced a reduction in strength of the British Navy Rum ration in 1940, many of the sailors were dissatisfied with the dilution of their rum ration and so legend has it that he also suggested adding lime juice and sugar to make it more enjoyable. Old J brings Vernon’s concept into the 21st Century. The result is technically a spirit drink made with rum as the ABV is not high enough to be legally called “rum” in the UK.
However, the story doesn’t quite end there. In the late noughties a craze for Sailor Jerry and coke hit the UK. For a while Spiced Rum and in particularly Sailor Jerry was very trendy. Since this craze Morgan’s Spiced and The Kraken have taken over where Sailor Jerry once ruled. The UK still has an appetite for Spiced Rum but it’s not quite as high as it once was.
One of the reasons for this was the controversial adoption of the US recipe of Sailor Jerry in the UK. The vanilla and sugar heavy Sailor Jerry enjoyed by the UK was very different from the more rounded spicing in the US Sailor Jerry. However, popular opinion was that the original recipe Sailor Jerry needed to be brought back. There is no real further explanation needed as to why the “Old and “J” are so pronounced on the bottle and the Admiral Vernon is virtually non-existent.
Old J Spiced Rum 70cl With Tin Cup
A deep bronzed gold in colour with blasts of sweet vanilla and lime on the nose
In the mouth, fresh, sweet, well rounded spice, with hints of cinnamon and bursts of lime cutting through, finishing with a burst of smooth and sweet vanilla
Enjoy with cola or ginger beer in this branded Old J camping-style tin cup