Jester Rum family

Jester Rum

After successfully distilling gin in our Stratford-upon-Avon distillery for five years, we wanted to try our hand at something new. With a deep passion for experimenting and quality spirits akin, we put our heads together to decide on our next distilling journey.

Determined and unafraid of a challenge, we wanted to create something different, something bold. It was from this the notion Jester was born; a British rum distilled from scratch right here in Shakespeare’s County.

What makes Jester Rum different?

Did you know the majority of rum on sale in the UK has in fact been imported? Many British rum distillers opt to import their base spirit before simply spicing it themselves.

Not us.

Jester is made from scratch right here at Shakespeare Distillery.

However, we understand why so many choose to import their base spirit. Distilling rum isn’t easy work. It requires patience, experience and a palette for perfection. Distilling rum from scratch means never cutting corners, it means dedication. That’s why we’re one of the very few distillers in the UK to be creating our small batch rum from scratch.

But don’t get us wrong, we thrive on it. Taking no shortcuts, we skilfully and slowly ferment quality British molasses to craft a flavoursome base for our rum. It’s then distilled twice to ensure the finest hearts of the spirit are captured, leaving us with the premium handcrafted British spirit we know and love as Jester.

Why Jester? 

We are lucky enough to share our picturesque hometown with the legacy of William Shakespeare. Our artisan distillery sits just two miles west of Henley Street, the very street on which Shakespeare was born and lived. At the head of Henley Street stands a sculpture of a jester; a tribute to Shakespeare’s work and the inspiration behind the name of our rum.

Almost all of Shakespeare’s jesters were fond drinkers, and known as bold, memorable and popular characters – we hope, just like our rum.

Jester Statue - Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon

Tasting Notes

Tropical fruits combined with a hint of citrus lead the flavour profile in our signature white rum. Buttery smooth molasses make for a rich, long-lasting, yet mildly sweet finish.

The Craft

Titania is our rum fermenter, named after the queen of the fairies in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a piece of craftsmanship in her own right.
She joined our family of stills Ophelia and Portia.

Equipment to some, but essential family members to us; these three are at the heart of crafting our Jester Rum.

Serving Suggestions 

Jester White Rum is a great sipping rum for enjoying neat. Alternatively, it’s fantastic in your favourite rum cocktail or topped with premium cola and a squeeze of lime. Jester’s boldness makes it versatile.

However you drink your Jester, it’s sure to be memorable.

Jester Rum will be available to purchase from Wednesday 14th April  – online and in our Stratford stores.

Interested in stocking Jester?

If you’re interested in stocking Jester rum in your bar, restaurant, members club or shop, please contact us at [email protected]