Music entrepreneur Chris Blackwell is best known for Island Records (Bob Marley, U2) but Chris’ family, the Lindos, have been in Jamaica since 1625 and owned Jamaica’s largest rum maker, J. Wray & Nephew, for over 40 years. In fact there was a time when Chris thought he would be employed there, but thankfully for both him and us that’s not the way it turned out.

The brainchild of Blackwell and advertising industry guru Richard Kirshenbaum, Blackwell Rum is a rich, fragrant spirit that has been barrel aged for one year and infused with tropical flavors and is created from a traditional family recipe. A bold molasses note on both the nose and palate is complemented by hints of coffee, clove and spice which lead to toasted coconut on the finish and is excellent, for example, blended with pineapple juice and crushed ice to form a Goldeneye.

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