Rum Fest

A bottle of rum worth over $53,000! The distiller is Wray and Nephew of Jamaica and the unopened bottle, one of only four that exist, dates back to the 1940s. According to the owner of Europe’s first rum festival – Rum Fest – the supplies of Wray & Nephew ran out following the invention of the Mai Tai cocktail. The distillery then changed the production method and so this is a rare opportunity, for someone with more money than sense, to enjoy a “real Mai Tai”

According to Wikipedia – not necessarily a reliable source as we know – the Mai Tai was invented by Don the Beachcomber and here is his recipe:

The Original Trader Vic Formula – 1944

* 2 oz of 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice
* Add juice from one fresh lime
* 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao
* 1/4 oz Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup
* 1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat Syrup
* Shake vigorously.
* Add a sprig of fresh mint


The Rum Fest website is at

8 responses to “Rum Fest

  1. What would be the cost per glass vs glass of old absinthe?

  2. Welcome on board the Charenton Omnibus 🙂

    Not sure how much a bottle of pre-ban costs. The Mai Tai will be much more expensive though

  3. Pre-ban typically runs between $4000-$10,000 depending on age, brand and quality of the label.

  4. What about old bottles of Wermut? I am guessing it’s 20s or 30s. It’s in an old junk shop & the crafty – or perhaps not so crafty – owner wants Kc 1,000 for it. That’s about $50, Shabba.

  5. If it’s sitting in a shop, then it’s probably not in the best of shape, as opposed to something that’s been sitting in a wine cellar, undisturbed, out of the sunlight for the past 90 or so years.

    As for the brand Wermut, I’m not familiar with it. Care to give me some more info on it?

  6. Vermouth. The label is totally faded and the only word that is visible – with a magnifying glass and torch – is “Wermuth” I thought it was absinthe when I first saw in a dim light, and my anxiety showed, hence the price I think.

    The bottle has a foil wrap. Is there a market for antique Vermouth or is it going to taste like a monkey’s behind? I am just curious about that.

    Folks here tend to use the heating here too much – some people’s houses are like saunas in December. I am guessing it has had a hard life and has certainly had lots of light.

  7. Given the lower proof of Vermouth, I’m pretty sure it would have spoiled by now.

    It may be an attractive collectible even so, just for display purposes.

  8. Thanks. The bottle label is not legible so I think I’ll leave it then. $50 is too much for something he probably acquired as part of an apartment clearance.

    I have developed the habit of asking people to show me their cellars (usually larders) when visiting. A bottle of something is the traditional gift on the so called “name days”(i) here (sort of second birthday) and there are always lots of unopened bottles. Usually vodka with “made in the USSR” on the label – but one day, Shabba… 🙂 Country folk hoard things so that’s where it will come from I guess.

    Antique dealers are savvy to the market for absinthiana as well – because tourists ask for old spoons all the time. Drinking absinthe was rife in the cafe culture of the First Republic and they do exist I am told.

    If you are interested: I have started collecting old posters from long forgotten distilleries and I am using them to compile a list. I’ll eventually go the archives and find out more about the products. Not surprisingly many of the herbal elixirs carry “available at the apothecary” on the ads.


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