Wray & Nephew is the worlds top selling, award winning, high strength white rum. In Jamaica Wray & Nephew accounts for 90% of all the rum consumed on the island. J. Wray & Nephew began in 1825 when founder John Wray opened the Shakespeare tavern in Kingston Jamaica. In 1877 Kingston became the capital of Jamaica and Shakespeare's tavern was highly recognised. At the international exhibition in London 1862 J. Wray and Nephew won three gold medals for its 10-, 15- and 25-year-old rums. The Company's rums also won several awards and prizes at international exhibitions in Paris - 1878, Amsterdam - 1883, New Orleans - 1885 and Jamaica 1891. In 1916 j.Wray & Nephew Ltd, purchased the Appleton Estate – the oldest and most famous of all Jamaica's sugarcane estates. In 1997 Joy Spence was made master blender, the first women to ever hold this position.