Mezan Jamaica Barrique XO Rum is part of the Mezan range of single cask bottlings, it is the only rum in the range that is a blend of rums from more than one distillery and is not single vintage. The idea behind the range is to bring to the consumer the story of the diversity of rum amongst the Caribbean Islands styles and methods of production, and therefore the rums vary widely. The Mezan rums are also as natural as possible after the casks have been selected they are not chill-filtered, nor is there any colour, sugar or other flavourings added. Mezan Jamaican Barrique XO Rum is a blend of casks from the Hampden and Monymusk stills amongst others. Hampden is the high ester distillery located in the North West of the island. Originally owned by a Scotsman – Mr Archibald Sterling circa 1750 – hence its name. Hampden specialises in heavy pot still, very high ester rums and use no commercial yeasts whatsoever in pursuit of this goal. 100% cultures effect the fermentation and the result is very pungent idiosyncratice rum. Monymusk, like Hampden, has Scottish root and is one of the oldest plantations in Jamaica. In the mid-18th century it was owned by Sir Archibald Grant who also owned a slaving station in West Africa which provided labour for his plantation. Traditonally it supplied bulk rum for blending but the quality of high ester rum from here has always been the highest. Mezan Jamaican Barrique XO Rum was originally blended from rums between 4 and 23 years old and then re-casked for a secondary ageing prior to bottling. XO means Extra Old.