Rum plays an important role in the folklore of many different cultures, ranging from Caribbean destinations like Jamaica, to the American deep south. So, it should come as no surprise that there are rum brands that have been inspired by folklore and weaved it into the story of their bottles. Here are four of the most intriguing rums that are steeped in myth and monsters.
Let me tell you a story that always stuck with me
About the ways of the islands and the forces at work
When night falls and spirits come out to play
Beware the duppy
That creep from their holes in search of mayhem
Hopping from island to island
I know a guy who caught himself one
One night he left out a couple of bottles of Appleton signature blend
Then hid in the bushes
Wasn’t long before they came a-running
Two duppy sozzled in the light of the moon
At dawn only the big one is sober enough to leave
The small one takes a nap
And my friend captured it with his net
I know this sounds like drunk talk
Because it is
But there’s a morale
Never forget the duppy share
Otherwise you won’t see another sunrise
Folklore of the Caribbean is as diverse as the people who inhabit the islands. The melting pot of cultures has created a pantheon of supernatural creatures who’re as changeable as the stories that are passed down about them from generation to generation.
Duppy are common in Caribbean folklore, haunting the spirit realm and bringing mischief wherever they go. But what is the story of the duppy and how is it connected to rum?