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Funky Medicinal Jamaican - CDI New Yarmouth 12

Updated: May 3, 2019

There was a lot of excitement around the presentation of this rum. I heard about it when it was at London Rumfest in 2017. I wasn’t there but the news spread quickly. It was my first introduction to New Yarmouth as a distillery. It’s the place where Wray and Nephew Overproof is made. Next to that they produce rum for other brands like Coruba, Edwin Charley, Charly’s JB and Conquering Lion. It’s part of Appleton Estate in Jamaica.

I get excited by most rums I haven’t tried before, but a fairly unfamiliar distillery definitely adds another dimension.


Distillery: New Yarmouth

Bottler: Compagnie Des Indes

Age: 12 Years, with the majority of those years likely in Liverpool

Abv: 55%

Barrel : JNY19

Bottle: 206 out of 327


This is one of those rums I can nose for an hour without taking a sip. It’s epic.

It’s very fruity, very funky and then very fruity again. Somewhat briny with olives, apples, cassis and candle wax. There is a sweet varnish note, as if someone had put varnish on candy cane. A beautiful wood smell is slowly coming through.


Fruit attack, not the “I’ve been rotting for 2 months” type though, it’s a little more mellow and sweet than that. Doesn’t drink like 55%, more like a mid 40’s.

It’s briny and has a hint of smoke. The varnish isn’t as sweet as the nose suggested but more medicinal. Love it! There is quite a lot of wood in the long and somewhat bitter finish.


Lots of information on the label. No additives.

Level: Low to zero


This New Yarmouth is for people who appreciate the more extreme funk in Jamaican rum, although it is a little more modest than Hampden DOK or Long Pond TECA for example. I really hope more rum from this distillery is aging and will be bottled, as I absolutely love it. I want to hug it and never let go!

Score: 86

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