J. Wray & Nephew is a producer of rum and owner of rum estates in Jamaica. Founded in 1860 as a tavern and liquor business by John Wray, he quickly brough in his nephew Charles James Ward to run the business side of the company. After Wray's death in 1870, Charles won a string of awards for his aged rums and became very successful.
In 1916, The Lindo Brothers & Co. bought Wray & Nephew, then bought Appleton Estate, a large sugarcane producer. Among the brands that J. Wray and Nephew make are Wray & Nephew White Overproof rum, Captain Morgan, and Appleton Estate.
In 1997, Joy Spence became master blender for Wray & Nephew, the first woman in the world to hold that position.
White Overproof Rum is the most popular brand of rum in Jamaica. Is it distilled from molasses, unaged, and bottled at 125.6 proof. It has the typical heavy estery aroma and flavor (think tropical fruits and bananas) of Jamaican rum.
Some popular cocktails containing Wray & Nephew
- The Express — Virgin Islands Rum, Jamaican rum, Nicaraguan Rum, Thai Bitters, Lime juice, Orgeat, Lemon juice
- Port Royal — Jamaican rum, Falernum, Allspice Dram, Amaro Abano, Crushed ice, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Orange juice, Grapefruit juice, Ginger juice, Honey syrup
- Trade Secret — Maraschino Liqueur, Jamaican rum, Kirschwasser, Lime juice
- Missing Link — Rhum Agricole, Maraschino Liqueur, Jamaican rum, Club soda, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint