Wray & Nephew Private Stock


Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Appleton
Origin Jamaica
Bottler Undefined
Type Single Blended Rum (Pot + Column from the same distillery)
Alcohol By Volume 43%
Sugar Measured
Description "a real old matured jamaican rum of great age" , bottled in the 70's and imported in Italia from P. Soffiantino it exists 3 different versions : one from 1967, 1969 ans 1970
Review 3


Review by "Serge" Score: 89

Wray & Nephew are an old distilling and blending company based in Kingston, Jamaica. Their White Overproof Rum is very famous, but this is much older rum. A rare bottle!

Nose: its not a heavy Jamaican, or perhaps not anymore. Rather a complex old spirit that could as well be an old cognac or an old malt whisky. Say a 1950s Laphroaig ex-first fill sherry after 40 years in a bottle. Some mud, concrete, menthol, old oloroso, pipe tobacco, prunes, tar, turpentine, chocolate… Yes, all that. Really very curious about the nose…

Palate: slow, then fast; light, then thick. What’s striking is all this liquorice, this is almost liquorice spirit. Some tar as well, then a feeling of peat, touches of lavender sweets, grandma’s secret old cordial (make what you want out of this), cinnamon, and more and more liquorice. Liquorice really is the keyword here. Amazing – but you have to like liquorice.

Finish: long, a tad drier and more tannic, with dried mushrooms on top of all this liquorice

Thoughts: I had never thought mushrooms and liquorice would go so well together. Ha! A moving old bottle

Review by "Lance" Score: 85

A rum like this makes me want to rend my robes and gnash my teeth with frustration because there's no information available about it aside from what's on the label, and that's hardly very much. Still, it's Jamaican, it's a J. Wray (Appleton) and it's from the 1970s and that alone makes it interesting. Imported by another one of those enterprising Italian concerns, age unknown. From the colour I can only hope it was a real oldie.

Nose: "Dirty" might be the est way to describe the nose. I've mentioned "rotting bananas and veggies" before in a review once or twice, and here it's real. Quite intense for a standard proof drink - wine, bitter chocolate and black rye bread. Then molasses and bananas and a lot of compost (wet leaves in a pile) and a lot of fruit way past their sell-by date. Oh, and anise, strong black tea and some smoky, leathery aromas backing things up. Fantastic nose, really.

Palate: Smoothens out and is less aggressively crazy as the nose, though still quite assertive, luscious and rich. Molasses, caramel and dark fruits (prunes, plums, stewed apples, raisins) with the off notes held much more in check. Then chocolate, black tea and some citrus oil, a flirt of sugar cane juice and the bitterness of some oak. Some spices noticeable here or there, but nothing as definitive as the nose had suggested.

Finish: Short and easy, mostly caramel, wood chips, more tea, plums, a little brine and a last hint of veggies in teriyaki, odd as that might sound.

Thoughts: I really liked this rum, which didn't present itself as an Appleton, but more like a unique Jamaican carving out its own flavour map. I seriously doubt it'll ever be available outside a collector's shelves, or perhaps on an auction site somewhere, but if it can be found I think it's worth picking up, both for its history and its taste.

Review by "Marco" Score: 88

Chestnut Brown.

Nose: Molasses, iodine, caramel and leather. The molasses and caramel aromas are dominating the glass after 2 hours. Tobacco and herbs. Smoke. Very old wood. Blueberries? Cane sugar. Anise and black tea. The nose is compact and expressive. The odor profile "looks" familiar. Eucalyptus in background. The nose is very complex for 43%abv. However, the flavours come mainly from the barrel itself. And it smells like a colored rum. I know that smell. The nose smells slightly of wood varnish. This also was noticeable in the Cadenhead Enmore Distillery "KFM" rum. Plums?

Palate: Intense aromas of molasses. Then spices, cinnamon, smoke and old wood. The rum burns gently on the palate. The flavour suggests a coloring. Like the KFM bottled by Cadenhead. Plums, iodine, cane sugar and cloves. Black tea. Then herbs and minerals. Salt. A slight bitterness after a minute in the mouth. The second sip has even more molasses, stewed plums, old wood and smoke. Spices, blueberries, raspberries and cane sugar. Very expressive.

Finish: Molasses, plums and oak. Slightly bitter. Herbs and smoke. Very old wood. Eucalyptus. After the second sip again molasses, plums and iodine. Salt, smoke and herbs at the end. Dry on the palate.

Thoughts: I do like this rum. It does more taste like an old coloured Demerara rum.

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