Review: Duppy White

Duppy Share is an English rum brand that has been growing steadily over the past years and can be seen pretty much everywhere, from supermarkets to your favourite rum bars or even Greene King pubs. The name is inspired by the Caribbean lore of the duppy stealing the rum from the barrels, basically their mean version of “angels share”. I have reviewed their initial release before and I, spoiler alert, actually enjoyed it!

The Duppy White is their latest release (although there is a potential Duppy XO in the works as well) made in collaboration with the British actor and musician Kano. According to their website, the rum was inspired from the artist’s Jamaican roots, being a fully Jamaican distillate – unlike the original Duppy Share which is a blend of Jamaican and Barbadian juices. They also mention the rum is designed to work both neat and in cocktails, but that remains to be seen – after all my opinion is absolute!

The packaging is eye catching with a stubby bottle and a label that projects the musical and Jamaican inspiration nicely with bright and vibrant colours. Another nice touch is that on the inside of the back label can be seen a quote from one of Kano’s songs called SYM:

“Every entrance to a door
Has a footprint left by the ones that came before.
Let’s talk about the day the wind was rushed up on the shore.”

Kano – SYM

Duppy White is molasses based, a blend of pot and column still distillates from undisclosed Jamaican distilleries* (or distillery) and bottled at 40% ABV free of any additives.

On the nose there’s some nice funky aroma. Grapefruit and lemon zests, basil, overripe bananas, pineapple juice and freshly leaked pen ink. Candied raspberries, nail varnish and furniture polish. Quite a bit of flavour coming out. A touch of white chocolate and white pepper.

On the palate it feels very fruity. Strawberries, bananas, mango and some ginger. Hibiscus tea, white pepper and a faint cinnamon note. Ripe pears, melon, vanilla and anise. Seems quite bright in flavour. The finish is medium with strawberries, tropical fruits and a touch of bitterness.

Yep, as I thought, it works! The Jamaican funk is there, nothing too intense, but enough to set it apart from most white rums you see on the market and at the £20 (supermarkets, Amazon, Master of Malt) price-point – it’s one of the best value on the market along with the likes of Rum-Bar Silver. I would definitely tend to mix this rather than have it simply neat, but I wouldn’t mind a shot or three.

*After asking online, I’ve been told this is a blend of rums from Hampden, Clarendon and Worthy Park.

Duppy White score:
Flavour/taste: 50/70
Value for money: 15/15
Transparency/purity: 14/15
Overall: 79/100


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