R & H Jefferson, Whitehaven

Rum labels

Jefferson's Fine Old Rum -  R & H Jefferson, Whitehaven (uk162)
Jefferson's Fine Old Rum

Jefferson’s Fine Old Rum

123 x 91 mm (4.8" x 3.6")
Extra Fine Dark Rum -  R & H Jefferson, Whitehaven (uk114)
Extra Fine Dark Rum

Extra Fine Dark Rum

125 x 121 mm (4.9" x 4.8")

Rum bottles

Extra Fine Dark Rum -  R & H Jefferson, Whitehaven (uk~9)
Extra Fine Dark Rum

Extra Fine Dark Rum


History

Company was established in 1785.

[Source: The label]

1861: Yeamans, Yorks & New Division estates on Antigua was owned by Jefferson's company.

[Source: RootsWeb Message Boards, cited 2004]

Founded in 1785 (Kelly's Directory, 1938) the firm, which had remained in the same family ownership, closed for business on Saturday 27 June 1998.

R & H Jefferson's is recorded in trade directories as follows:

1811 -- Jefferson & Son, merchants and spirit dealers, Lowther Street

1829 -- Robert and Henry Jefferson, wine and spirit merchants and importers, 27 Lowther Street

1847 -- Robert and Henry Jefferson, wine and spirit merchants and importers, 26 Lowther Street

1858 -- Robert and Henry Jefferson, West India merchants, wholesale wine and spirit merchants, and shipowners, 29 Lowther Street

1869 -- Robert and Henry Jefferson, wine and spirit merchants and importers, 29 Lowther street

1884-1954 -- Robert and Henry Jefferson, wine and spirit merchants and importers, 27 Lowther street

The pre-1814 records were lost in a fire. The records deposited date from 1814-1959. A quantity of material relating to the business and to the estates in Antigua was sold into private hands by the Jefferson family in 1994.

[Source: RootsWeb Message Boards, cited 2004]


Here are full texts from the labels

uk162: Jefferson's Fine Old Rum; R & H Jefferson, Whitehaven; R & H J; 70 cl; 40% vol; Produce of Guyana

uk114: Jefferson's; Extra Fine Dark Rum; Superior imported caribbean rum; 1785; 70 cl; Specialy bottled by Speyside Bond for R & H Jefferson, Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria; 40% vol; Established in 1785, by master mariner Henry Jefferson, the company can rightly claim be one of Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants. Robert and Henry Jefferson furthered their father's trade links with the West Indies, bringing cargoes of rum and melasses into the bussy port of Whitehaven. Jefferson's unique blend of fine demerara rums, from their Yeaman Estate in Antigua, found and ready market with the popular punch houses of London, Manchaster and Northern Counties. Jefferson's Extra Fine Dark Rum is an impressive marriage of two classic rum styles aged in oak casks to impart a complex balance of flavours. In character, Jefferson's is rich, beautifully textured dark rum displaying a fine balance of deep toffee, liquorice and vanilla, with a subtle hint of honeycomb and ripe fruit at the finish. You can explore the history of Jefferson's and 'The Rum Story' further at the Jefferson's center and discover the taste of 'the dark spirit of Whitehaven'

uk~9: Jefferson's; Extra Fine Dark Rum; Superior imported caribbean rum; 1785; 70 cl; Specialy bottled by Speyside Bond for R & H Jefferson, Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria; 40% vol; Established in 1785, by master mariner Henry Jefferson, the company can rightly claim be one of Britain's oldest wine and spirit merchants. Robert and Henry Jefferson furthered their father's trade links with the West Indies, bringing cargoes of rum and melasses into the bussy port of Whitehaven. Jefferson's unique blend of fine demerara rums, from their Yeaman Estate in Antigua, found and ready market with the popular punch houses of London, Manchaster and Northern Counties. Jefferson's Extra Fine Dark Rum is an impressive marriage of two classic rum styles aged in oak casks to impart a complex balance of flavours. In character, Jefferson's is rich, beautifully textured dark rum displaying a fine balance of deep toffee, liquorice and vanilla, with a subtle hint of honeycomb and ripe fruit at the finish. You can explore the history of Jefferson's and 'The Rum Story' further at the Jefferson's center and discover the taste of 'the dark spirit of Whitehaven'

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