Monymusk Estate in Jamaica is one of the oldest plantations on the island still involved in sugar and rum manufacture. In 1893 there were 148 distilleries on Jamaica, but by 1983 there were only six.
Monymusk is located in Lionel Town in the parish of Clarendon, and is where Mille Small came from, the singer who had a hit with ‘My Boy Lollipop’ in the 1960s. Her father worked on the estate.
The sugar cane grown here provided the raw material for molasses, from which rum was fermented and then distilled. The word molasses stems from the Spanish word melaza which was loosely based on the French miel, meaning honey, or in this context a sweetener.