In terms of national identity, rum is to Jamaica what whisky is to Scotland. For anyone going on a Jamaican holiday, getting into the spirit of this beverage is a sure-fire way to tap into the heart of this island’s culture – and chill out in true Bob Marley style.
Rum is produced from fermented molasses – a sweet by-product of sugarcane – and its story is on show in the fields enclosed by the rolling rain-forested hills of inland Jamaica. As a rum tourist, you can get out into this lush landscape where slaves were first brought to toil in the Jamaican sugarcane plantations in the 17th century. No surprise perhaps given the hardship of their lives that it was these slaves who discovered how to ferment molasses, creating a shortcut to liquid pleasure which has fuelled the island ever since.