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National Rum Examiner Robert A. Burr

Robert A. Burr

Robert Burr is the National Rum Examiner. He travels the world in search of the finest rums.

Together with his wife Robin and son Robert they publish Rob's Rum Guide with notes on hundreds of fine rums.

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They also host the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise

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Oak And Cane rum launches in Florida

October 18, 2016 at 5:15am

Produced in small batches in Riviera Beach, Florida, the new Oak And Cane boutique rum brand launched in Ft. Lauderdale recently, seeking to deliver a very smooth and delightful expression to the local market.

Oak And Cane rum from Fort Lauderdale, Florida rests in orange peels

Fred Greene leads the project. His new rum, bottled at a gentle 35% (70 proof) is classified as a Distilled Specialty Spirit, rested in Florida orange peels and finished in charred American oak.

The brand's stated goal is to create an American lifestyle product that is smooth on the rocks or can be mixed into timeless classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned, Mojito or even a Mimosa or Sangria.

Tasting Notes

Delicate aromas of light vanilla and faint citrus are revealed over a hint of aromatic wood. On the palate, this pale spirit initially reveals creamy vanilla and bright orange, leading to a light viscosity and mild texture in the mid-palate. The dry finish is faint and smooth with lingering notes of creamsicle.

Oak & Cane can be purchased for about $47 plus shipping from the Passion Spirits online web site.

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Abuelo XV Finish Collection rums deliver double barreled luxury

October 10, 2016 at 5:15am

From Panama, the Abuelo XV Finish Collection features a trio of luxurious double barreled aged spirits aimed at the serious rum enthusiast. These limited edition 15 year old expressions are finished in casks of Tawny Port, Oloroso Sherry and Napoleon Cognac respectively.

Abuelo XV Finish Collection limited edition aged rums from Panama, Abuelo Añejo XV Años Tawny Port Cask Finish, Abuelo Añejo XV Años Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish, Abuelo Añejo XV Años Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish

The Abuelo XV Finish Collection

Each delivers a well aged, complex Central American spirit created from molasses, enhanced with a delightful bouquet of European wines during the second stage of maturity.

This trans-Atlantic connection serves as an homage to the masters -- an international bridge between cultures, a melding of classic flavors and gastronomic legends.

Tasting Notes

Abuelo Añejo XV Años Tawny Port Cask Finish
Aromas of cocoa and tart berry over ripe dark fruit, butter cookie and mild wood. On the palate, sweet dark fruit leads to bitter chocolate Bon Bon and raspberry with bread pudding, fading into earthy wood and hints of cocoa in the long finish.

Abuelo Añejo XV Años Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish
Aromas of cacao and stone fruit with suggestion of herbaceous cane, vanilla custard and a hint of pear. On the palate, rich dark fruit builds to vanilla custard over musty wood and cola before aromatic eucalyptus and butter croissant precede a hint of cane and molasses in the long finish.

Abuelo Añejo XV Años Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish
Aromas of vanilla and musty bourbon oak lead to sweet fruit and pound cake with hints of green and black peppercorns over bitter wood. On the palate, a sweet caramel entry leads to bold cognac wood in the complex mid-palate, with a balance between sweet fruit and dry vanilla. The finish is wonderfully viscous, fading into echoes of honey, green banana and flowers.

These 750ml bottles of the Abuelo XV Finish Collection, at 40% abv, retail for about $75 in the United States.

The Abuelo brand offers a range of award-winning rums from Panama including the Añejo, 7 Años, 12 Años and the luxury expression Centuria.

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Abuelo Añejo XV Años Tawny Port Cask Finish
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Abuelo Añejo XV Años Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish

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Diplomatico reveals 2002 Single Vintage aged rum

September 27, 2016 at 5:15am

From Destilerías Unidas in Venezuela, the Diplomatico brand has revealed Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage, a new limited edition luxury rum expression.

Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage limited edition aged rum from Venezuela

Distilled in vintage copper pot stills in 2002, the rum was then aged in bourbon and single malt whisky casks for twelve years.

2002 Single Vintage Selection

Crafted from a selection of the most exceptional rum reserves in their vast complex of aging warehouses, the components of this Diplomático 2002 Single Vintage are hand-selected for exceptional quality.

After the initial aging process, these select spirits are transferred to Oloroso Spanish Sherry casks for another year to impart an enhanced finish.

After the second aging process, the Maestros Roneros carefully blend the rums in order to obtain the structure, body, personality, flavors and aromas that best express the vintage year.

The result is an artful and delicate balance of rare aged rums, destined for this special limited edition 2002 Single Vintage, created for the most serious rum enthusiasts.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of vanilla and almond lead to well balanced caramel and dark dried fruit before aromatic oak, cigar box, musk and raisin. On the palate, initial flavors of caramel, vanilla and oak are enhanced by complex dark fruit, spices and hints of tobacco. The finish dries out with very long lasting echoes of oak, raisin and toffee.

This 750ml bottle of Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage limited edition aged rum, bottled at 43% abv, sells for $119.

Diplomatico Rums

The Diplomatico brand includes many fine traditional expressions such as Rum Blanco, Reserva and Exclusiva. Among the prestige products are the single vintages and their ultimate luxury rum, Diplomatico Ambassador.

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Ohana: Luau by the Sea returns to Ft. Lauderdale

September 23, 2016 at 1:15pm

Ohana means "family" in Hawaiian. The concept behind Ohana, Luau by the Sea is for Tiki Family to come together with a purpose and have serious fun once a year at a seaside gathering.

The Fraternal Order of the Moai Foundation donates all profits to their designated charity: the Easter Island Foundation. The National Fellowship of local chapters is proud to support multiple scholarships administered by the EIF. Direct link for tickets.

Luau By The Sea

Luau by the Sea is a global gathering in Ft. Lauderdale during the first weekend of October organized by the Fraternal Order of the Moai. For those coming in from out of town early, Ohana Luau by the Sea kicks off with a trip to the Planeboat once owned by Howard Hughes -- a Ft. Lauderdale oddity -- on Thursday, September 29 from 1 to 4 pm.

Floating in the Ft. Lauderdale Intercoastal Waterway, take a tour with Medusirena, the Fire Eating Mermaid and enjoy complimentary classic cocktails for this extra special event. A separate ticket is required which includes transportation to and from the host hotel.

Ohana Vice Party

Later on Thursday evening (September 29) everyone convenes for the "Ohana Vice Party" in the appropriately named Aqua and Terra Ballrooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale 17th Street, the host hotel for the event. Here you will find incredible look-alike to James "Sonny" Crockett and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs of Miami Vice. Show off your costume and blend in to this themed evening to get the Luau by the Sea party started. Pusser's Navy Rum is awarding prizes for the best costumes.

Friday Seminars

On Friday, September 30, registration opens at 11am. Begin your day by attending four seminars throughout the afternoon.

Howard Huges' Stratoliner Planeboat, a brief history
Learn more about this local oddity and cultural icon from hosts David Drimmer and Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid.

Bitters and Tinctures
Join Ayme Harrison of Kreepy Tiki as she takes you on an exploration of Bitters and Tinctures for your cocktails. This seminar is both a presentation and a hands-on class. There is an optional Bitters Kit for sale that includes everything you need to make your own bitters.

Tiki by the Numbers
Explore the great variety of flavors of tiki cocktails deconstructed by the Gumbo Limbo Chapter of the FOM. We've all seen tiki bar menus that read as though every drink is "a blend of rums and tropical juices." This interactive seminar will help you visualize and taste the different ranges of the tiki trinity (sour, sweet, and strong), with extra attention to the flavors that come from different styles of rum.

Tropical Fusion
Polynesian Gods, Barrels of Rum, Rogues, Scoundrels and Geniuses. Join writer and seminar host Paul Senft for his discussion about the history of rum and its part in the evolution of the Tiki movement and the people behind it.

Friday Grand Luau Feast

At 6:45pm Friday evening the Grand Luau begins in the Grand Salon of the Embassy Suites where guests will enjoy a wonderful...

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Mount Gay Rum releases Origin Series - The Copper Stills

September 14, 2016 at 5:15pm

The iconic Mount Gay brand of rum from Barbados recently announced a special limited edition aged rum package: Origin Series - The Copper Stills.

Origin Series, Copper Stills, Mount Gay rum from Barbados

From Barbados, the new Mount Gay Origin Series: Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection features two similarly aged rums created in two different stills.

The Copper Stills: Pot vs. Column

Origin Series, Copper Stills, Mount Gay rum from BarbadosThe first was produced in a copper pot still, the traditional method of creating rum that dates back to the brand's Origin in Barbados in 1703. The second expression was created in a modern copper column still, a more efficient method for producing rum from molasses.

Each of the two rums included in this special package exhibits a flavor profile unique to it's method of distillation. Mount Gay rums achieve their complexity and depth of flavor by combining these types of marques in their popular blends.

Tasting Notes

The Copper Pot Rum leads with aromas of sweet cane, vanilla and funky fruit. On the palate notes of dark chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds lead to butter and oak in the finish.

The Copper Column Rum offers aromas of butter and banana. On the palate, hints of sweet ripe fruit and delicate floral notes precede toasted oak.

The Origin Series Collections

"We created the Origin Series collections so that we could give rum drinkers the unique opportunity to experience rum by tasting the pure essence of the distinct distillation methods and a deeper understanding of how each part of the process can change the taste of rum entirely," said Mount Gay Master Blender Allen Smith. "Copper Pot is a rich, intricate interpretation of...

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Graciosa Double Aged Cachaça released in USA

August 23, 2016 at 5:15am

Novo Fogo Graciosa double aged cachaça, now available in the USA, is a fine example of a 100% USDA certified organic spirit from a zero-waste cachaça distillery. This expression ages for two years in re-purposed American oak, then finishes for 18 months in a barrel made from Brazil Nut (castanheira do Pará) wood.

Graciosa double aged cachaça is named after the idyllic road (Estrada da Graciosa) that crosses the Atlantic Rainforest from the mountains to the sea; a reference to the graceful and enchanting land it traverses.

The Agroecológica Marumbi distillery is known for producing small batches (130 liters each) in the town of Morretes, in the southern state of Paranà.

Wood Management

Novo Fogo's dual-wood barreling process for aged cachaca was perfected by master distiller Dr. Agenor Maccari, Jr.

With the Graciosa expression, he carefully evaluates the spirit's maturation as the rare flavors of Brazilian woods harmonize with the delightful flavors of American oak.

Environmental Sustainability

Novo Fogo's wood management goals spotlight their commitment to environmental propriety, sourcing indigenous wood legally and sustainably. Pairing properly attained Brazilian woods with American oak doesn't just produce delicious barrel-aged cachaça; it's the right thing to do for Brazil's environment.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of pecan shell, cinnamon bark and floral essences compliment the woody herbal character and cane fragrances. On the palate, aromatic wood and bark lead to bright cinnamon, allspice and clove. At mid-palate, cane and toasted almond are balanced by a hint of anise in the warm finish.

Novo Fogo Graciosa double-aged cachaça is a special limited edition release...

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Cedar Ridge releases Port Cask five year old aged rum

August 16, 2016 at 2:15pm

Cedar Ridge Distillery has announced their limited edition Cedar Ridge Port Cask five year old aged rum, with a scheduled released in October, 2016. The expression emphasizes their dual expertise as the only integrated distillery and winery in Iowa.

Cedar Ridge Port Cask finish is a five year old, limited edition aged rum from Iowa.

Cedar Ridge Winery produces wines from its own estate-grown grapes. A variety of boutique wines are available from the winery, including their American Port, White Port and the Iowa Varietal Series.

Cedar Ridge Distillery crafts its award-winning spirits in small batches in its European-engineered 80-gallon artisanal pot still. In addition to rum, some of their products include Iowa Bourbon Whiskey, Silver Label Single Malt Whiskey, Malted Rye Whiskey, Wheat Whiskey, Un-aged Whiskey, Pear Brandy, Apple Brandy, Grape Brandy and Howdy's Apple Pie liqueur.

Cedar Ridge Port Cask Limited Edition

The new Cedar Ridge Port Cask five year old limited edition aged rum was fermented and double-distilled in March, 2011. The spirit was then placed in single-use ex-Bourbon casks to mature. After the five-year mark, the rum was transferred to freshly emptied Cedar Ridge Port barrels for a unique finish.

Four casks of the rum, after accounting for the angel's share, filled three Port barrels. The limited edition batch is expected to yield approximately 1,000 standard 750ml bottles at 43% abv (86 proof).

Tasting Notes

The nose leads with aromatic wood over vanilla, honey and a berry note. On the palate, a dry entry features vanilla over butterscotch before big warmth at mid-palate. The wine notes emerge to compliment the wood before brown butter and floral accents give way to a warm, dry finish.

Cedar Ridge will release this limited edition Port Cask 5-year aged rum with a suggested retail price of $45...

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Yaguara Cachaça celebrates Rio Games with U.S. launch

July 27, 2016 at 5:15pm

With all eyes on the beautiful seaside city of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil hosts the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it's a fitting time to focus on the exotic style of sugar cane spirits from Yaguara Cachaça.

Yaguara Cachaça from Brazil is distilled from organic sugar cane in traditional alambique copper stills and blended for perfect balance.With the U.S. launch of their flagship organic blended expression now underway, the Yaguara Cachaça team is proud to showcase the Spirit of Brazil in time for summer sipping.

Even with its long history of more than five centuries, cachaça is a contemporary spirit. It's synonymous with Brazil's fashionable lifestyle and national cocktail. This summer's hottest drink is the caipirinha.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça

Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice in traditional alambique copper stills, Yaguara uses a sustainable process and a century-old family recipe. Each batch is supervised and certified by Yaguara's master blender, Erwin Weimann, one of Brazil's leading experts in the field of cachaça.

"We have a rich flora in Brazil and cachaça's production can only gain from all the possibilities of being aged in woods that no other country has," explains Weimann. "We're very happy to share this Brazilian biodiversity with the world."


Yaguara Cachaça recently received a double gold medal from the...

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Plantation Surprise: Old Fashioned Traditional Dark rum revealed

July 19, 2016 at 5:15am

The Plantation rum team based in Cognac, France, lead by master blender Alexandre Gabriel, recently revealed the results of a clandestine project. The unveiling occurred during a tasting event at the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans.

The Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum from Plantation is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

This surreptitious collaboration with noted rum cocktail luminaries lead to the development of Plantation's newest expression: O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) aged rum. The new offering blends exquisite aged marques from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados.

Plantation's secretive new O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) aged rum is a collaboration between the production team in France and a half dozen notable rum proprietors and experts from around the world.This dark colored overproof rum, bottled at 69% alcohol by volume (138 proof), will be available in a one liter bottles for a suggested retail price of $31.99. It's expected to reach retails shelves in the U.S. in September 2016.


Alexandre Gabriel's collaborators on the project are:

  • David Wondrich, spirits and cocktail historian and long-time Alexandre Gabriel collaborator
  • Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, proprietor of Latitude 29 in New Orleans
  • Martin Cate, proprietor of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco
  • Paul McFadyen, proprietor of Trailer Happiness in London
  • Paul McGee, proprietor of Lost Lake in Chicago
  • Scotty Schuder, proprietor of Dirty Dick in Paris.

Tasting Notes

Tasting notes on the label declare, "Color: Rich Red Mahogany. Nose: Intense and very precice notes of coffee, orange, plum, jam and truffles. Taste: It bursts with caramel cream, chocolate and vanilla notes. It continues with cinnamon, raisins, nutmeg, oak and...

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Pusser's Gunpowder Proof rum coming to USA

July 14, 2016 at 5:15am

Already gaining attention and drawing rave reviews across the pond, the latest expression of aged rum from the iconic Pusser's brand draws on true legends and practices of the British Royal Navy.

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof Original Admiralty Strength Navy Rum, bottled at 54.5%, won Best in Class in the 2016 RumXP tasting competition awards.

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof Original Admiralty Strength Navy Rum will launch in seven U.S. markets on July 31 to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Black Tot Day.

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof Original Admiralty Strength Navy Rum, bottled at 54.5%, won Best in Class in the 2016 RumXP tasting competition awards.Bottled at 54.5%, this bold expression hearkens back to a time before modern hydrometers were used to test spirits. According to custom, a small amount of gunpowder was floated on top of a rum sample to prove the strength of the rum. If the gunpowder flashed when lit with flame, it was "proof" that the spirit was full strength -- worthy of naval commission.

This unique Pusser's expression took the Best in Class Gold Award in the Overproof category from the 2016 RumXP tasting competition awards at Miami Rum Festival.

Tasting Notes
Aromas of charred wood and smoke and charcoal play well with cherry almond, soft rubber funk, ripe banana, buttery treacle, white pepper and an aromatic sensation. The palate is wild and wicked, starting with molasses before an explosion of big flavors dominated by notes of sulfur and charcoal. Mid-palate brings smoke and ash, funky dark fruit and leather before a long warm finish that recalls smokey peat in the robust mouthfeel.

American Launch
With the seal of approval from Navy Rum fanatics in the United Kingdom, the rum now finds it way to the erstwhile North American British colonies to be distributed to waiting rum enthusiasts across the United States.

The timing of the release commemorates Black Tot Day on...

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J.Wray Jamaica Rum expressions coming to USA

July 12, 2016 at 5:15am

The most popular rum sold in Jamaica is... J.Wray Jamaica Rum. The same company also produces the award-winning Appleton Estate rums well known in the USA.

Appleton Special and Appleton White rums have be rebranded as J.Wray Gold and White in the USA.The oldest continuously operating rum producer in Jamaica, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd., is giving two of its classic rums a Jamaican-inspired makeover and a new name with the introduction of J.Wray Jamaica Rum Gold and Silver.

Introducing J.Wray Jamaica Rum

Replacing Appleton Special Jamaica Rum and Appleton White, these two expressions deliver a distinctive new look. The name change more accurately reflects the rum producer's 250-year historic roots.

The Brand

"J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. has a special place in spirits lore with a legacy of more than two centuries crafting high-quality rums," said Christine Moll, Category Director of Rum, at Campari America. "J.Wray Jamaica Rum offers an enticing and authentic Jamaican rum to enjoy in flavorful cocktails. The lively packaging firmly ties the rums to the brand's storied history and ensures they visually stand out on the shelf."

The Gold

A medium-bodied golden rum, J.Wray Jamaica Rum Gold is the perfect blend of fuller-flavored and lighter rums. This dazzling, warm golden rum is smooth and fruity with a rich body, long finish and hints of...

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Deadhead Rum transitions to new distillery

July 8, 2016 at 4:15pm

A signature bottle design is the distinguishing visual factor that first sets Deadhead Rum apart from the competition. Now, the spirit in the bottle is getting well-deserved attention since the Deadhead Rum brand transitioned to a new Mexican distillery for production of its 6 year old aged rum expression.

The iconic shrunken head bottle of Deadhead rum contains a 6 year old aged rum produced at the Bonampak distillery in Mexico.According to Kim Brandi, founder and CEO of Iconic Brands, sales of Deadhead Rum have nearly doubled in the past three years to almost 20,000 cases.

The 65 year old Destilados Bonampak distillery is headed by a veteran rum producing Cuban family. The tropical climate, coastal breezes and ocean salinity help distinguish the DNA of this spirit. The process starts with sugarcane grown in Tapachula, Chiapas near the Guatemalan border and the Pacific Ocean. The distiller's master blender earned his reputation with a large Cuban rum brand. The spirit rests in French Oak barrels for six years.

Tasting Notes
Aromas of vanilla, spice and big wood dominate the cane grass notes. On the palate, a dry bitter wood balances burnt sugar, vanilla wafer, pumpkin pie spice and a hint of citrus peel before notes of dried fruit appear during the long finish.

The Bottle
The iconic bottle is a depiction of a tsantsa, the shrunken head of an enemy...

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Kōloa Kaua'i coffee flavored rum from Hawaii

July 6, 2016 at 2:15pm

On the tropical island of Kauai in Hawaii, Kōloa Rum Company produces artisanal, single-batch rums, including this Kōloa Hawaiian Kauai Coffee flavored rum.

At its distilled spirits tasting room and company store on the grounds of Kilohana Plantation near Lihue, visitors delight in discovering their delicious expressions of cane spirit.

Located nearby, the Kauai Coffee Company operates the largest coffee plantation in the islands.

Every day they're hand-roasting small batches of their distinct coffee beans grown on the sunny slopes of southern Kauai.

The collaboration of these local rum and coffee makers has been declared a great success with the fast-growing popularity of this delicious coffee flavored rum.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, immediate aromas of mocha and medium roast coffee bean overtake the senses. On the palate, sweet mellow breakfast coffee develops mid-palate with a big note of cacao before finishing semi-dry, offering lingering tones of authentic mellow-roasted Hawaiian coffee.


Kōloa rums are well known to rum enthusiasts across the United States. In the Miami Rum Festival's annual RumXP blind tasting competition, they've consistently taken home top awards. Kōloa Hawaiian Kauai Coffee flavored rum is no exception, winning the RumXP Best In Class award in 2016....

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Panama-Pacific 9 year old rum from Panama

June 30, 2016 at 5:15am

Memorializing the century-long history of the Panama Canal and the Panama Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915, Haas Brothers celebrates their long legacy in the spirits business in California since 1851 with this outstanding expression of fine Panamanian rum.

Panama-Pacific Añejamiento 9 is a Spanish-style molasses-derived rum made at the Ingenio San Carlos distillery at Las Cabras, Panama. The distillate was made in a historic Coffey copper column still at a slightly lower proof than average to develop rich character.

The new rum rests in Kentucky bourbon casks for the first three years, before moving to exhausted Tennessee whiskey barrels for a gentle maturation.

On the nose we find slightly bitter oak and vanilla bean well balanced by creamy notes of toasted muscovado sugar, creme brûlée and cacao before juicy fruit, along with hints of coconut, banana and...

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Florida Mermaid aged rum from Weeki Wachee

June 23, 2016 at 5:15am

From Weeki Wachee, Florida -- the enchanted land of mermaids and manatees -- NJoy Distillery produces their Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey and Florida Mermaid aged rum.

NJoy's Florida Mermaid aged rum from Rum Minute on YouTube: Weeki Wachee is a blend of Florida rum and pot still aged rum from the Caribbean.

The production facility is located on an 80 acre farm in the middle of the 40,000 acre Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area park in a remote portion of Florida's west coast.

Combining three year old Florida rum with a high ester Jamaican pot still marque, the blend is further rested in the Wild Buck Whiskey barrels for 90 days, resulting an a delightful sipping rum that also makes great cocktails.

The nose begins with bold aromas of black banana, flowers and butter, some vanilla and almond over oak, and a funky fruit basket. On the palate, complex esters offer a delightfully fruity astringent entry that evolves to big warmth in the mid-palate where wood and brown butter precede some baking spice as the finish slowly fades.

Florida Mermaid rum is bottled at 100 proof (50% abv)...

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American Rums highlighted in international cocktail seminar

June 21, 2016 at 1:15pm

On Wednesday, July 20 at 3:30pm, the annual Tales Of The Cocktail convention in new Orleans will present a seminar hosted by the editors of Robs Rum Guide featuring great American rum producers.

Details of The New American Rum Revolution seminar have recently been released.

The New American Rum Revolution seminar at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans will be hosted by the editors of Robs Rum Guide.The 90 minute program is designed to provide a perspective on American rum's past, present and future with shared insight from some of the most successful American rum producers.

"In the past few years, more national, regional and local rum distillers are gaining well-deserved attention -- with many making their mark as true artisan spirits by winning awards and setting new standards for authentic, hand-made rum," said Robert A. Burr, publisher of Robs Rum Guide. "It's nothing short of a rum revolution -- changing the American rum industry, bringing back the art of craft distilling, presenting American rum in a most favorable light by emphasizing the quality aspects of small production."

Before the American revolution, more than 8,000 distilleries in the American colonies were producing rum from the plentiful supply of molasses available through trade with Caribbean islands. Most ceased production by the time prohibition decimated the American spirits industry.

According to the editors of Robs Rum Guide, the number of distilleries now producing rum in the United States is growing at a incredible rate, igniting what what can only be described as a new American rum revolution.

The trend has sparked a tasting seminar at the upcoming Tales Of The Cocktail festival in New Orleans in July where bartenders and professionals in the spirits trade gather to learn more about their industry.

Among the seminar panelists are Trey Litel of Louisiana Spirits (Bayou Rum), Bob Gunter of the Koloa Rum Company and Steven Gubb of Paradise Imports (Gubba Rum). Robert V. Burr will lead an informative and entertaining sampling of notable American rums with details about each of the producers' unique qualities.

Select tastings of rums from featured American distilleries include Koloa Kauai Coffee, Gubba Gold, Bayou Select, Taildragger Amber, St. George California Reserve Agricole, St. Augustine Pot Distilled, Montanya Exclusiva, Maggie's Farm Queen's Share Rye Barrel, Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum, and Siesta Key Toasted Coconut.

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Caribbean Rum Cruise announces VIP distillery tours

June 17, 2016 at 2:15pm

A seven day holiday cruise through the Eastern Caribbean, featuring VIP tours of rum distilleries along the way, is set to sail from Puerto Rico on Saturday, November 19.

Rum enthusiasts will enjoy special tours of iconic rum distilleries and rum shops while enjoying a luxury holiday cruise through the Eastern Caribbean.Details of the 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise were recently announced by the Burr family, producers of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and publishers of Robs Rum Guide. Robert A. Burr and his wife Robin will lead the land tours in St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados, visiting rum shops, rum tasting rooms and distilleries.

Rum cruisers will meet rum experts from around the world, find great rum bargains on each island and revel with fellow rum enthusiasts.

The group will depart Puerto Rico on the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas on a seven night cruise in search of Caribbean rum, returning to San Juan on Saturday, November 26.

Guests will enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Barbados with specially planned events and a fabulous holiday meal.

"It's a rum lover's dream come true: setting sail through the Eastern Caribbean on a holiday adventure to discover how great rum is produced, aged and blended."

The cost of VIP distillery tours with transportation is $300 per person, in addition to the cost of the cruise. The official travel agent coordinating the rum cruise is Deb Fogarty of Be Well Travel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

"Rum enthusiasts and their friends will especially enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about their favorite Caribbean spirits -- up close and personal -- on these exclusive guided tours by some of the most knowledgeable people in the world of rum," said Ms. Fogarty. "We are privileged to offer a holiday cruise itinerary that combines all the luxuries of this modern ship with rare VIP access, special tours and fine rum tastings at these iconic distilleries and rum shops along the way."

Space for the VIP tours and tastings is limited...

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Matusalem opens new production facility in Dominican Republic

June 10, 2016 at 6:15pm

The Miami-based family owners of Matusalem Rum, after being exiled from Cuba for nearly 60 years, recently celebrated the opening of their new ISO 9000 approved production facility in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina and the Minister of Industry and Trade, José del Castillo Saviñón, were on hand to officiate the event.

The new facility is projected to produce more than 550,000 cases of rum per year, with an initial production of 14,000 bottles a day, creating more than 300 direct jobs and approximately 750 indirect jobs in the local economy.

A state-of-the-art bottling line and large space for aging barrels will allow the company to expand production and increase distribution throughout United States, the European Union, Russia, Middle East, Asia Pacific, South America, Central America, México and the Caribbean Islands.

After arriving in Cuba from their native Spain, Benjamin and Eduardo Camp and partner Evaristo Alvarez, founded Matusalem Rum in 1872 in Santiago de Cuba. The company's President/CEO is Dr. Claudio Alvarez, a direct descendant of Evaristo Alvarez.

Matusalem Rum distillation and blending principles come from the Solera Aging System, originally developed for the production of sherry and brandy.

Matusalem Rums are still produced in the same Cuban tradition, using the family's secret formula...

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Gruppo Campari honors Joy Spence and Eddie Russell

May 20, 2016 at 1:15pm

In today's fast-paced world it might be hard to imagine spending five or even ten years at one job. Gruppo Campari is celebrating two loyal employees and spirits industry legends who have been on the job for three and a half decades each.

Two titans of the spirits world mark major milestones, as Appleton Estate Jamaica rum master blender and Wild Turkey master distiller celebrate 35 years in the industry.

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Master Blender Joy Spence and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell were recognized on May 18, 2016 at the Gruppo Campari Annual Convention for both having served the spirits industry for 35 years.

In commemorating Joy and Eddie's contribution to the industry, with both careers spanning back to the 1980s, Gruppo Campari's Chief Executive Officer, Bob Kunze-Concewitz, said: "Gruppo Campari is honored to have two legends of the spirits industry in charge of crafting and ensuring the exceptional quality and taste of our Appleton Estate and Wild Turkey brands. The entire Campari family joins with rum, bourbon, and spirits enthusiasts around the world in congratulating Joy and Eddie on this significant milestone in their careers."

Joy has the distinction of being the first female Master Blender in the Spirits industry, and she will also celebrate her 20th Anniversary as Master Blender in 2017. Among Joy's many award-winning creations for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum are Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum (the oldest barrel-aged rum in the world), Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old, and the Appleton Estate 250th Anniversary Blend, which was her first creation as Master Blender. In addition, Joy is currently preparing a limited edition blend of rums aged at least 25 years which will be released in concert with her 20th anniversary as Master Blender.

Joy was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer by the Government of Jamaica for her service to industry. Joy also possesses a honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the University of Loughborough...

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Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum from Panama

May 5, 2016 at 5:15am

An exquisite expression long rested in oak barrels in the tropical regions of Panama, Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum is presented as a luxury limited edition of 6,720 bottles from hand-selected bourbon casks.

The Zafra Master Series, well known for the 21 year old Master Reserve, gained worldwide attention upon its debut in 2009 by Dana Importers of Miami, Florida.

This 30 year old luxury rum debuted at the VIP Tasting Bar of the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival to the amazement of many serious rum enthusiasts.

The color is deep mahogany. Aromas of luscious old oak over rich dark fruit lead to buttery dark brown caramel and vanilla. On the palate, a perfectly balanced entry of bitter wood, vanilla and honey blossoms into a warm and complex mid-palate accentuated with echoes of sherry and bourbon. The very long finish remains balanced to the end.

Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum is the result of a legendary life-long master blender's talent...

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2016 RumXP Award Winners Announced at Miami Rum Festival

April 20, 2016 at 1:15pm

The International Rum Expert Panel today announced the list of awarding winning rums from their 2016 blind tasting competition held at the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo.

The event brought together a vast selection of rums from Sweden and Denmark, India, Reunion Island, Madagascar, Puerto Rico, Peru, Barbados, Mexico, Florida, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, Belize, Panama, St. Lucia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Antigua, St. Kitts, Haiti, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas and many more rum making countries, as well as Rhums Agricoles from Martinique and Cachaças from Brazil.

The distinguished panel of RumXP judges were sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions carefully organized by the experienced competition staff before being analyzed and compiled by a veteran team of statisticians.

In addition to the professional RumXP judges, the Consumer Rum Jury, consisting of serious rum enthusiasts from across America and around the world, convened to sample and evaluate many fine rums for their own awards.

The results of these two international rum blind tasting competitions based on the categories and styles of rum are as follows...

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Brazilian Invasion at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

April 9, 2016 at 1:15pm

The spirit producers of Brazil are planning a Miami invasion. The DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center is the focus of this invasion scheduled for April 15-17 to celebrate the national cane spirit of Brazil: Cachaça.

With a robust campaign entitled "Taste The New Cachaça -- Taste Brasil," ten brands are teaming up to "invade America" by showing American rum enthusiasts and professionals their best cane spirits at the upcoming Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo.

Don't call it rum. It's not made from molasses. Cachaça (pronounced kah-SHAH-sah) is fermented and distilled fresh cane juice. Compared to rums made from molasses, it's a bit sassy and wild, built for fun and easily accessible to those that appreciate the true spirit of cane.

While most rums are distilled from 85 to 95% pure alcohol, Cachaça is typically distilled to only 38 to 48%, leaving behind more of the natural flavors of cane in the distillate. The United States officially recognizes the category of Cachaça as a product unique to Brazil.

Although there are no precise records as to the actual site where Cachaça was first distilled, historians and researchers believe it was distilled at a sugar mill located on the coast of Brazil sometime between 1516 and 1532.

Carlos Lima is the Executive Director of the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (IBRAC). "With more than a thousand producers in Brasil now garnering attention -- many of which are small, regional artisan operations -- the world is discovering Cachaça as a fascinating spirit unique to Brasil. We're coming to Miami to share our enthusiasm, our passion and our skill in producing the very best cane spirits."

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Montanya Exclusiva aged rum from Colorado

March 22, 2016 at 2:15pm

From Crested Butte, Colorado -- some say the last great Colorado ski town -- comes a fine aged American craft rum with a unique flavor profile from Montanya Distillers.

Montanya's limited edition Exclusiva is a pot still aged rum that rests for 30 months in American White Oak Barrels that previously held Colorado whisky. It is then finished for six months in a French Oak barrel that recently held Sutcliffe Vineyard's Colorado-made Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.

"Many rums on the market today contain only a fraction of the oldest rum they advertise on their labels," said Karen Hoskin, Co-founder and President of Montanya Distillers. "However, with our Exclusiva rum, this is a single barrel rum, which is aged for three years. Every bottle is marked with its barrel number."

Aromas of earth, cane and brown sugar are complimented by the oak and wine berry notes over hints of baking spice and vanilla. On the palate, the aged rum spirit is well enhanced by the wine barrel accents revealing notes of honey and raisin, vanilla, port and whiskey before fortified wine and butter linger into the long finish.

Exclusiva is the first line extension since Montanya Distillers opened in 2008. It will mainly be available in Colorado through Republic National Distributing Company and at Montanya's tasting room in Crested Butte, Colorado.

"We have always wanted to age a rum in the barrel for longer than the Oro and Platino," said Karen. For the first five years we were in business, all we could do was keep the Oro and Platino in stock, so the Exclusiva kept getting bottled and sold as Oro. Finally we just had to commit to it. It was worth the wait -- it is such a unique rum...

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Hemingway Daiquiri remains a Cuban classic

March 10, 2016 at 1:15pm

The Daiquiri is among the simplest of drinks: Rum, Lime, and Sugar -- shaken, not stirred. Among the myriad variations on the simple theme of lime and rum, the Hemingway Daiquiri has endured as one of the most beloved.

Constantino Ribalaigua was the Cuban Champion of the Daiquiri. He refined and perfected many versions at La Floridita in Havana. In fact, the 1939 edition of his La Florida Cocktail Book included no less than five variations of the classic hand-shaken drink, not to mention the hand blended variations he made popular.

Elsewhere in Havana, in 1937, increasingly besieged and beleaguered by tourists at the ever popular Sloppy Joe's, Ernest Hemingway stumbled a few blocks into Constantino's bar and immediately fell in love with the intimate atmosphere of "La Cuna del Daiquiri" (The Cradle of the Daiquiri). La Floridita became his second home. You can still find a bronze statue of Hemingway sitting in his favorite spot.

Hemingway naturally preferred his drinks dry, and Constantino's Daiquiri #3 fit the bill perfectly. Over time, as this tart libation became the writer's perennial favorite, it simply became known as Hemingway's Daiquiri.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces of dry white rum (Caña Brava recommended)

method: combine ingredients with crushed ice and shake vigorously for at least one minute, until the can becomes extremely cold. Strain into cocktail glass.

The Hemingway Daiquiri is meant to be very dry on the palate -- if that's not to your liking, you could add up to a quarter ounce of simple syrup, to taste.

The less sugar in the drink the more that you can consume. According to legend, and a written account, Hemingway and a friend consumed 17 in one sitting after the weather did not permit a day of fishing on the Pilar...

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Don Q 2005 Vintage Single Barrel Rum from Puerto Rico

February 29, 2016 at 7:15pm

From the Serrallés family distillery located near the city of Ponce on the south coast of Puerto Rico, this new 2005 Vintage Don Q Single Barrel Rum reflects the signature style of the company's legacy of producing authentic dry aged rums.

Don Q Single Barrel rum is part of a limited edition series, bottled from a selection of exceptional single barrel Puerto Rican rum laid down in 2005.

Crafted from molasses using a modern five column still, this unique spirit by Master Distiller Silvia Santiago is worthy of the Serrallés family name and their 150 year reputation for producing exceptional rum.

On the nose, a delicate sweetness over toasted wood leads to a pleasant note of cane, a touch of sourdough and nut butter, with a hint of marzipan. On the palate, a delicate entry quickly develops a pleasant warmth that features charred and toasted bourbon wood before a rich buttery viscosity persists into the long finish...

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Dzama Nosy-Be Amber rum from Madagascar

February 19, 2016 at 3:15pm

Almost in a class by themselves, the rums of Dzama (pronounced zama) of Madagascar are influenced by their unique terroir, production methods and philosophy.

Among the most interesting is the Nosy-Be Amber 104, a delightful expression that combines a higher proof (52% abv) with an amazing smoothness that faithfully reflects the cane fields of Nosy-Be, a tiny island of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

The rum is distilled with local molasses. The area's rich volcanic soil produces hearty strains of sugar cane, rich in minerals and high in sugar content.

The area also has a reputation for the delightful scents that fill the air from the world renowned Madagascar vanilla, as well as Ylang-Ylang, citrus, clove and wild pepper. These aromas infuse echoes of these lovely fragrances into the spirit.

Nosy-Be Amber 104 is distilled in column stills and rested four years in oak from the Chivas Brothers Distillery. This expression won a gold award in the 2012 International Rum Expert Panel tasting competition.

With a potent proof of 104, the nose starts with subtle tones of sweet vegetal cane, fresh cut vegetables, flowers, short bread cookies and pepper, while the palate suggests sweet butter cream, cane, vanilla and old oak...

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From the tiny island of Nosy-Be in Madagascar, this 104 proof amber rum reflectes the unique terroir of it's origin.

The real Mai Tai: a classic Tiki cocktail

February 11, 2016 at 1:15pm

If you asked a layman to name a Tiki drink off the top of their head, a large percentage would answer Mai Tai. So, why is it so hard to find a proper one when you're anywhere near a beach?

Perhaps you've mastered your Martinis and Margaritas. Now it's time to mix the magical mystique of the Mai Tai. Don't get me wrong, rum is fun, you'll like what you like--but if something's worth doing, it's worth doing right--so put down that pre-mix or pineapple juice and prepare to understand the simple balance of rum, lime, almond and orange that makes the Mai Tai a true classic.

Back in 1944, when Tiki was but ten years young, Trader Vic put this tropical thing together and served it to friends from Tahiti visiting his bar, and so the story goes, they responded, "Mai tai roa ae!" which, allowing for aliteration, is translated as "Out of this world! The best!"

But the real star of the show was the Wray & Nephew 17-year-old Jamaican rum at the heart of it. It was only a couple of years before the entirety of the supply was exhausted with the help of Vic's thirsty audience. The 15-year-old version replaced it to fill demand, however, was similarly depleted by the 1950s. Vic then went in search of a new substitute and found it in the form of molasses based rhum from Martinique.

If you're not an expert, the important thing to take away from that is the guy who originally made it also re-made it when the rum ran out. If you know the difference between Agricole and Industriel, this is a breakthrough. Vic found elements of what made the original Jamaican rum so interesting, what he described as "rich pungent flavor," in the traditional molasses-based or "industrial" french style rhums.

Nothing will ever be 100% authentic again--at least not since the Merchant Hotel in Belfast ran out of the last publicly available bottle of Wray & Nephew 17. It has been popularized to mix Agricole and Jamaican together, what with the Rumdood's research and all, and I've seen at least one Martin Cate suggested recipe blending Guyana and Jamaica, but in the end we're all trying to recapture that rich-dark-and-funky-thing that both of Vic's choices had going on...

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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival adds luxury VIP Tasting Bar

February 8, 2016 at 5:15am

The addition of select luxury, vintage and limited edition rums will offer a new level of excitement for serious rum enthusiasts at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Expo.The annual event, said to be the world's largest gathering of rum experts, trade and consumers, is scheduled for April 15-17, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center.

Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo host Robert Burr today announced the addition of his VIP Tasting Bar at this popular rum event, featuring a selection of outstanding samples from his private collection.

From his private collection of more than 2000 rums, Robert Burr will share many of his vintage and limited edition samples at the new VIP Tasting Bar during the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival April 15-17.

"We want to share with rum fest participants some of the most interesting and exquisite rums that we've collected from our travels around the world. This is a splendid opportunity for rum enthusiasts to better understand and appreciate these limited edition, vintage and rare collectibles," said Robert Burr, author of Rob's Rum Guide, the National Rum Examiner blog and the Rum Minute YouTube channel.

The VIP Tasting Bar will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Rum Fest weekend from 1 to 6pm.

Both Robert Burr and his son Rob V. Burr will be on hand at the VIP Tasting Bar to share their knowledge and passion for these select expressions of the world's best rums.

"In the course of publishing Rob's Rum Guide and reporting for the National Rum Examiner, we are privileged to visit most of the great rum distilleries in the world," said Rob. V. Burr. "Along the way, we're collecting some very special bottles that represent the incredible range of high quality rums from Barbados and Jamaica to Guatemala and Panama; from Nicaragua and Haiti to Martinique and Guadeloupe; from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to Venezuela and Guyana -- and beyond. We invite our rum loving friends to stop by the VIP Tasting Bar to share some of our passion -- as well as a taste of these fine rums."

The event is also host to the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP) Tasting Competition and associated awards...

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Game Day Libations: Rumming Back Rum Cocktail scores big

February 4, 2016 at 2:15pm

Sharing tasty food and fine drinks with good friends is a fundamental requisite for any good game day gathering. Set the tone for the big event with The Rumming Back, a delicious seasonal libation that echoes the mood of the day.

Here's a simple recipe using delicious tropical rum and All-American apple cider -- along with your favorite craft beer -- to satisfy, quench and satiate your guests.

The Rumming Back

  • 2 ounces of Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum
  • 2 ounces of unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic apple cider
  • your favorite beer

Method: Add the rum and cider to your favorite beer mug. Fill the mug with your favorite beer. Repeat as necessary. Garnishes are out of bounds for this drink.

The tropical tones of the rum bring fun and sun to a cold weather day, while the apple cider evokes long standing traditions of American culture, history and simple pleasures. Your favorite beer adds effervescence, while infusing the cocktail with the refreshing feeling of game day spirit, of sharing good times with good friends.

Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum is a delicious way to evoke that barefoot, sand-in-your-toes feeling in your favorite libations. Developed by country legend Kenny Chesney, the brand has quickly become a standard bearer for the easy-going, fun-loving lifestyle that Americans enjoy.

At the beginning of his performances, Chesney asks his audience to let his music take them to a special, carefree place for a bit of relaxation and fun. With Blue Chair Bay Rum, he is extending a similar invitation for those that wish to enjoy good times at home with good friends.

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Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur from Louisiana

February 2, 2016 at 9:15pm

A unique variety of orange is the key ingredient for this delicious flavored rum made by Louisiana Spirits. Bayou Satsuma Rum Liqueur is a craft spirit made from locally sourced Satsuma tangerines with barrel aged rum made from local sugar cane.

While there are numerous orange liqueurs available, this vibrant citrus spirit based on the delicate Satsuma delivers a delightful flavor profile that stands above the crowd and makes a great substitute for a traditional Orange Curaçao liqueur.

"Citrus unshiu" is a unique variety of tangerine from Japan, sometimes referred to as the Cold Hardy Mandarin or Christmas Orange for its ability to thrive in temperate climates. The first Satsuma citrus trees in the Americas were planted by Jesuits in the 18th century at their plantation upriver from New Orleans.

As a testament to the popularity of this fruit with growers, there are towns named Satsuma located in Alabama, Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

Alluring aromas of tangerine slice candy and orange peel dominate the nose. On the palate, the taste is true to the fruit with bright tones of orange sorbet and tangerine peel over a bit of creamy vanilla...

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Wicked Dolphin announces new beer barrel rum

January 31, 2016 at 6:15pm

Florida craft distiller Cape Spirits today announced the addition of a new expression to their portfolio of artisan spirits: Wicked Dolphin Rum Brewer's Series in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing.

Cape Spirits produces Wicked Dolphin rums at their artisan distillery in Cape Coral, Florida.

This new release is the first in a series that partners Wicked Dolphin Rum with Cigar City Brewing of Tampa. Oak Barrels that once held premium American Bourbon -- before aging Wicked Dolphin Rum for two years -- were filled by Cigar City with a tropical style stout.

Noted by dark roasted grains, cacao nibs, citrus and dark fruit aromas, Da un Beso a la Bottela stout beer was available only to Cigar City's El Catador Club.

The barrels were then given back to Wicked Dolphin to be filled once more with their award winning rum, this time absorbing the residual stout notes from the barrel. The result is a delightful osmosis of flavors.

This Wicked Dolphin Brewer's Rum series with Cigar City is a wonderful aged rum offering a soft nose of cocoa and light bourbon wood over vanilla, with a bit of cocoa butter and a hint of sherry. On the palate, the big bright entry of this 46% ABV spirit is truly unique. Vanilla, butter and wood lead to a dry mid-palate when a subtle warmth delivers an echo of hops into a dry finish dominated by lightly charred wood...

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Corn & Oil cocktail from Barbados

January 27, 2016 at 5:15am

The classic two ingredient cocktail of Barbados is the Corn & Oil, consisting of good aged Bajan rum and falernum liqueur.

Falernum is a local specialty in Barbados -- a unique combination of ingredients that reflect tropical flavors. Almond, lime, clove and ginger are the most common ingredients, however, varieties with allspice, vanilla, or even strawberries have been seen.

Examples of good aged Bajan rums include Mount Gay Black Barrel or XO, Cockspur VSOR, Doorly's XO and Real McCoy 12 year old rum. Today, we'll use Doorly's 12 year old rum from Foursquare distillery.

This island cocktail recipe uses Taylor's Velvet Falernum from Barbados, but you could easily find falernum syrups from brands like BG Reynolds and Fee Brothers.

If you can't find authentic falernum at a store near you, there's plenty of easy recipes and variations online. You might prefer to make your own falernum with your own favorite ingredients.

Classic Bajan Corn & Oil

  • 2 parts Doorly's 12 year old rum
  • 1 part Taylor's Velvet Falernum

Method: in a rocks glass, add cubed ice. Pour rum and falernum over ice and stir to combine and chill. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.

After enjoying this delicious libation on island, the classic Bajan Corn & Oil always takes you right back to Barbados.

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Mezan Jamaica 2000 vintage rum

January 26, 2016 at 5:15am

From the legendary Long Pond Distillery in Trelawny, Jamaica, this vintage Jamaica 2000 expression from Mezan delivers the classic fruity and funky profile we've come to expect from legacy Jamaican distillers.

Mezan has built a reputation for bottling authentic, unadulterated spirits from notable producers in select destinations, and this Jamaica 2000 is no exception.

Long Pond is known for their long, slow fermentation cycles, allowing natural yeast to convert sugar to alcohol over a long period in the traditional manner. The addition of dunder from previous fermentations is an old technique long lost at modern distilleries.

This slow fermentation process builds rich and complex high ester flavor profiles, which are refined by a double distillation process in their traditional double retort pot still.

The result of this uniquely rich fermentation and rustic distillation is big rum flavor -- a reflection of style that made Jamaican rums famous the world over for centuries.

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Yolo Gold aged rum from Panama

January 20, 2016 at 6:15pm

"You only live once" is the motto of a person who enjoys a sociable and luxurious lifestyle, and the theme behind this delicious dark aged rum.

Produced in Panama by master of rum Don "Pancho" Fernandez, Yolo Gold aged rum rests for ten years in charred oak bourbon barrels, developing a complexity of flavor and a deep mahogany color.

Philip Guerin's enthusiasm for rum lead him to establish the brand along with his wife Jessica. With a lifetime of experience in marketing and brand development, they assimilated their talents, their passion and their love for quality rum into this savvy Colorado-based brand.

This dark amber aged rum offers aromas of charred wood and toffee before a hint of burnt sugar balanced by a vegetal sweetness over cigar box. On the palate, cinnamon brûlée leads then fades to reveal a cognac-like wet wood into the long dry vanilla finish, well balanced between sweet and dry, offering a subtle hint of raw cocoa in the aftertaste.

Yolo Gold aged rum is the winner of numerous medals, including a Gold Award at the International Rum Expert Panel Tasting Competition in 2015...

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2016 St. Croix Rum Festival set for May

January 15, 2016 at 1:15pm

The Flavor Of Rum is the theme of the 2016 St. Croix Rum Festival to be held at the historical Fort Frederik in Frederiksted, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands on May 29 of this year, from 3pm to midnight.

The event overlooks the magnificent backdrop of the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility, the main cruise ship port in St. Croix, nearby to Frederiksted Beach.

Since the early 1800s, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been producing some of the world's most notable rums, including the popular Cruzan brand.

In addition to many fine rum samples to taste, the festival features the best local food from some of St. Croix's finest cooks and restaurants, with live music from local and international entertainers, a Bikini Contest, a BBQ Rum Contest and a Flair Bartender Show Competition. Also on hand will be artists displaying handmade crafts -- a celebration of Virgin Islands' unique lifestyle and culture.

According to event promoter Mr. George Moore, "the St. Croix Rum Festival is about the celebration and appreciation of numerous rums -- a treat for both tourists and locals."

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Fwaygo Grilled Pineapple flavored rum from Florida

January 12, 2016 at 8:15pm

South Florida Distillers, makers of the award-winning Fwaygo Rum, have recently released a unique limited edition expression based on grilled pineapple: Fwaygo Grilled Pineapple Rum.

Delicious notes of caramelized pineapple over a well-crafted rum base deliver delightful tropical tones in Fwaygo Grilled Pineapple Flavored Rum.

The small distillery is located close to the largest tropical fruit farms in the United States. Their repeated experiments with pomiculture products lead to the development of this new variation.

Master Distiller Joe Durkin's passion for produce is notable. "I searched forever to find locally grown -- and most importantly -- ripened on the plant pineapples. I sliced them and dusted in cinnamon and sugar so the pineapple didn't dehydrate on the grill. I grilled them to get a nice caramelization and char."

Joe soaked the grilled pineapples in overproof for three months. He also soaked the skins in overproof distillate, then redistilled the infusion to pull out more fresh pineapple flavor. Finally, it was strained and blended with double barreled rum to get some woody spicy notes and a little more smoke.

The result is delicious. Bright aromas of cane are complimented by the caramelized pineapple notes over a hint of cinnamon apple pie and charred wood. On the palate, the fresh pot still rum makes a fine base for the tropical fruit notes, well balanced with a hint of butter and spice before the medium dry finish slowly fades.

Fwaygo Grilled Pineapple Rum is available in limited supply at South Florida Distillers for $49.95.

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Plantation 5 year old artisanal rum from Barbados

January 5, 2016 at 1:15pm

With a reputation for double aging fine Caribbean rums, the Plantation brand presents the latest expression of this superb blend of five year old rums from Barbados.

After optimal aging in the Caribbean, Plantation's Barbados 5 Year Old rum is brought to the Ferrand Estate in France where it is further refined for several more months in small Cognac barrels.

This popular 5 year old Barbados rum presents a medium golden amber color. A smooth and sweet entry leads to rich banana flambé with a hint of vanilla, ripe butter, coconut and dried fruit flavors. Lingering tones of banana fade into a medium dry, slightly spicy finish.

For a relatively young rum, this expression shows unusually rich flavor and complexity, a result of skillful barreling and blending. At about $20 a bottle, Plantation's Barbados 5 Year Old rum is perfect for sipping neat or on the rocks. It also brings great tropical flavors to premium cocktails.

Plantation Barbados 5 year old rum from Barbados earned a Best In Class Gold Award in the RumXP International Tasting Competition at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

Cognac Ferrand is one of the world's premier boutique producers of fine spirits and a leading architect of the artisanal, vintage and double aged rum movement. They produce limited-edition vintage rums from numerous Caribbean territories including Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Guadeloupe, Panama and Trinidad.

Cognac Ferrand has offices and production premises at Château de Bonbonnet in Ars, France and its brands are distributed in more than 40 countries. The brands available in the U.S. include the award-winning: Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Citadelle Gin, Mathilde Liqueurs, Plantation Rum, Landy Cognac, Cerbois Armagnac and Daron Calvados.

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