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White Jack Rum - Grenada

White Jack Rum - Grenada

White Jack Rum
A clear, colorless light bodied rum that has been filtered through charcoal after the ageing process. Bottled at 70% alc by vol, its clean character and captivating taste is well suited for mixed drinks and sipping when chilled.

About Westerhall Estate Limited
Westerhall Estate Ltd is a private limited liability company, registered in 1966. Its shareholders are all related. Prior to its formal registration it operated as an agricultural estate which consisted of 951 acres planted in Sugar Cane, Bananas, Coconuts Cocoa and Limes. The estate always had a small distillery on its premises and some of the sugar cane crushing equipment dates back to the 1700’s. The property was originally called Grand Bacaye Estate and it is believed that the name was changed to Westerhall after it was purchased by Sir William John Stone of Dumfrieshire, Scotland in the early 1700’s, after the name of his ancestral family home.
Westerhall was then sold on 21st November, 1836 by the heir of Sir William, Sir Frederick George Johnstone to “Mr. John Allan Powell of Lincolns Inn, Middlesex, Lewis Hoyes Esquire of the Island of Grenada, one of His Majesty’s West Indian or Caribe Islands in America, and Thomas Browne of Snell Hall in the said Island”.

In 1862 Sugar cane processing machinery was purchased from the firm of W & A McOnie in Glasgow, and installed at Westerhall, most of which is still in existence, and consists of :
2 Water wheels
2 Cane mills
1 Centrifuge
2 small steam engines
2 Boilers

On 26th April, 1876 Westerhall was sold by the Commissioners for sale of encumbered estates in the West Indies to Mr. Jonas Browne of 36 Mincing Lane, London for GBP 2,500. On the same day Mr. Browne also purchased Morne Delice and Bailies Bacolet Estates.
The next transaction which has been found is in 1900, when the estate was sold by Mrs. Elizabeth Wells of Hampstead Estate in St.Davids to William Alexander Whiteman Ross for GBP 1,000. Mr. Ross made a down payment but never finalized the deal and the Registrar sold the estate for the outstanding balance to Mrs. Ellice Emily Branch in 1912. Mrs. Branch, who lived in the UK in Pinner, put the estate into the hands of Mr. John Arthur Branch of True Blue Estate with a very comprehensive Power of Attorney, and Mr. Branch eventually sold Westerhall to Mr. Arthur Keith Wells in 1944. In 1965 the estate was purchased by Mr. George Williams and Mr. John Otway, and became Westerhall Estate Limited. The shareholding of the Company has remained in the immediate Williams/Wells family.

The waterwheels were decommissioned in the early 1970’s and were replaced by a small diesel powered mill which operated until December 1988, when Westerhall purchased Morne Delice sugar mill, after which all grinding of cane and boiling of cane juice was conducted at Morne Delice, the syrup being transported to Westerhall for fermentation and distilling.
Presently the major operation of the Company is the blending and bottling of rum, applying the special family skill that has been kept a secret since 1944. The company now produces six brands of rum, with its flagship brand being Westerhall Plantation Rum. The company has always put great emphasis on maintaining high standards and quality control and today works to the highest international standards at every stage of the process from blending and bottling to labeling.

Originally all the rum from the company was sold in bulk containers and cask. The first bottled product was Rum Sipper Strong Rum and this was introduced to the local market in 1974. The product grew steadily as the market accepted the convenience of purchasing rum in bottles rather than in bulk containers. Ye Olde Mill Rum was another product that was introduced in the early 1980’s. This product was bottled at a reduced strength of 60% Alc/Vol.
The Jack Iron Rum brand (bottled at 70% Alc/Vol) was launched in 1987. Westerhall Superb Light Rum, a three year old (the first aged dark rum introduced by the company), was launched in 1988 and in 1989 Westerhall Plantation Rum was introduced. This particular brand, with its distinctive labeling, wax-sealed cork and batch numbered bottles, was developed for export to the US market and has been sold there since 1990; it is now available in 38 states, including all the major markets.

In 1999 White Jack strong rum was introduced to the local market and the last product to be introduced to the local market was Westerhall Vintage Rum which was introduced in 2008.

All of the Westerhall Estate brands are blended with natural spring water from the Isle of Spice, which as a result, can claim a unique smooth taste that supports the ambience of character.

Other varieties
Westerhall Plantation Rum
A delightful smooth-sipping rum that owes its unique character to a lengthy time honored process. Bottled at 43% alc by vol, Westerhall Plantation Rum isn’t smooth – It’s silky smooth. First sip offers moderate bite; then turns buttery smooth, honey sweet and mildly spicy. The finish shows great finesse and character.

Westerhall Superb Light Rum
A smooth, mellow and distinctive flavored rum derived from ageing in wooden oak casks. Bottle at 43% alc by vol, the focus is on a smooth, round tasting rum instead of a hot raw alcoholic finish. It has been created particularly for cocktails and enjoyment with mixers, adding a distinctive mellow flavor. It is also well suited on the rocks or straight up.

Westerhall Vintage Rum
Westerhall Vintage Rum is the result of patience, waiting for the right time to release the spirits from their captivity in the wooden oak barrels, ensuring that they are now gentle and smooth to the pallet. Made from rums aged for a minimum of ten years it is rich in flavours and superbly smooth.
It can be best enjoyed on the rocks or diluted with sparkling water or club soda. For even a better mix (if you must) try adding the juice of a green coconut – A little known secret of West Indian people.
This brand is made for the more discerning connoisseur or individual who demands spirits that have been fully matured to perfection.

Jack Iron Rum
A Strong yet smooth dark rum made from a secret recipe and aged in wooden charred oak cask. Bottled at 70% alc by vol, its surprisingly smooth taste is gentle on the palate when enjoyed, straight up or followed with cola, tonic water or coconut water.

Source: Official website

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