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Screech Rum 750ml
Sku: 44624
An award-winning Jamaican rum, steeped in history crafted in Newfoundland. Sweet taste of caramelized sugars, ripe fruits, vanilla and oak. A smooth, balanced blend with no sugar added.
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Critics Ratings:   (1)
Product Information
Country: Canada
Region: Newfoundland
Type: Rums
 
Reg. $15.97

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Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - The exotic nose of friend plantains, cocoa powder and mangos invites you in. Concise and structured with brown sugar and baked apricot leading into a delicate and slightly honeyed finish redolent of mango. (Apr 2014)

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An award-winning Jamaican rum, steeped in history crafted in Newfoundland. Sweet taste of caramelized sugars, ripe fruits, vanilla and oak. A smooth, balanced blend with no sugar added.
Technical notes
40% abv

Producer
Long before any Canadian liquor board was created, the Jamaican rum that was eventually to be known as Screech was a mainstay of the traditional Newfoundland diet. At this time, salt fish was being shipped to the West Indies in exchange for rum. This resulted in fish becoming the national dish for Jamaicans and rum becoming the traditional drink for Newfoundlanders. Not being overly concerned with alcohol content, the early fishermen tended to drink the rum at incredibly high strength with no attempt made to temper the taste. When the government took control of the alcohol trade in the early 20th century they put the rum in a sophisticated, unlabeled bottle and fortunately did not alter the rum itself. This delightful product may have continued indefinitely as a nameless rum except for the influx of American servicemen to Newfoundland during World War II. As the story goes, a visiting American WWII serviceman downed the rum in one quick toss. His howls of distress caused a bystander to rush to his aid, roaring “What the cripes was that ungodly screech? The taciturn Newf simply replied, “The screech? ‘Tis the rum, me son. As word of the incident spread more soldiers began trying this mysterious rum, adopting it as their favorite. Thus a legend was born. The funny name stuck, and today the rum and its place in Newfoundlands culture have become legendary.