Former Mitcham bus driver launches rum drinks at Co-op stores


A former TFL bus driver from Mitcham has started a business selling rum drinks inspired by his Jamaican heritage.

Tamoy Carter emigrated from Jamaica in 2008 to live in the UK and says she is delighted with this new chapter in her life.

The drinks named “Jamacia Rum Vibes” come in two different flavors, ginger and lime, with a third berry flavor to be released in the future.

They are now sold in Co-op stores across the country.

Recently, both flavors won gold medals at The Global pre-mixed and RTD Masters competition.

Tamoy said, “I grew up in Jamacia where my appreciation for rum started at a young age.

“I was captivated by the stories of my grandfather who operated his horse-driven sugar cane mill and rum bar in the 1940s, which was a social hub for locals to gather and enjoy island rum.

“Rum is embedded in the rich and vibrant culture of the island, which has more rum bars per square kilometer than any other country in the world.

“After emigrating from Jamacia in 2008 to live in the UK, I spent most of my years working in the bus industry in London, but have always been passionate about sharing my Jamaican culture.

“My aim is to share this rum culture, so I’m extremely excited about our listing with Co-op, making our range of authentic pre-mixed rum drinks more easily accessible to UK customers.”

The 250 milliliter cans are made from natural ingredients and a blend of overproof white rum from Jamaican distilleries.

They have no artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or preservatives added with a 4.5% alcohol content.

Drinks can be enjoyed neat on the go or topped up over ice with fresh lime, lemon or mint.

Jamaica Rum Vibes can be found in select Co-op supermarkets across the country for £2.20 a can, but can also be purchased on Amazon Prime or through the Jamacia Rum Vibes website.

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