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Rum Journal

The Best Rum Destinations

April 15, 2014 | 8:24 am | 0 Comment

The Best Rum Destinations

Rum tourism. It's a growing area and one of our favourite kinds of tourism. It is, in short, travel based on a desire to experience rum and rummaking. Just as some travelers choose destinations for art, so, too do rum tourists look for destinations for rum. So what makes a place a destination for rum? A number of factors — from the quantity and quality of distilleries, more...

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Rum Journal: Guadeloupe’s Karukera Rhum Vieux Agricole

April 7, 2014 | 4:18 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: Guadeloupe’s Karukera Rhum Vieux Agricole

FOR THOSE unfamiliar with the beauty of the rhums agricoles of the French Caribbean, the initiated typically describe them as "reminiscent of a fine cognac." From a quality standpoint, that's undoubtedly true; but as for the taste, well, it's usually a different story — and it's a description that often sells these wonderful spirits a bit short. Texturally, yes, more...

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Rum Journal: How to Make a Mai Tai, Martinique Style

March 30, 2014 | 8:01 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: How to Make a Mai Tai, Martinique Style

Above: barrels at the Clement distillery in Martinique (CJ Photo) IT'S ONE of the most famous rum cocktails in history: the Mai Tai. It's a classic, forever a favourite for lovers of tiki culture, born, by most accounts, at the famous Trader Vic's in California. And while there are many ways to make it, there's always a constant: the use of multiple more...

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Rum Journal: Tasting Guadeloupe’s Montebello Rhum Blanc

March 16, 2014 | 6:38 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: Tasting Guadeloupe’s Montebello Rhum Blanc

IF YOU love the rhums agricoles of the French Caribbean, you know that the famous Ti' Punch isn't just a cocktail – it's a religion. That's certainly the case in the archipelago of Guadeloupe, one of the rum-production centres of the region, where you'll find a different preferred Ti' Punch in almost every commune. But there's only one ingredient that ever more...

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Rum Journal: How to Make a Rum Runner, Barbados Style

March 9, 2014 | 4:38 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: How to Make a Rum Runner, Barbados Style

IT'S ONE of the most famous drinks (and, at one time, professions) in the Caribbean: the Rum Runner. But how do you make one? Recipes tend to vary slightly across the Caribbean (with one notable constant, naturally), but we thought we'd offer up a particular recipe from Barbados. The difference here? The rum. This recipe for the Rum Runner comes from Barbados' more...

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Rum Journal: A Secret Jamaican Rum

March 8, 2014 | 5:00 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: A Secret Jamaican Rum

Above: Smatt's white and gold rums APPLETON. J Wray and Nephew. Myers's. These are the undisputed heavyweight champions of Jamaican rum. For a fine sipping rum, it's Appleton (we like the 12 year). For a powerhouse white rum, it's J Wray & Newphew overproof (or Rum Fire). Of course, there's also the stratospheric Edwin Charley, also made by Appleton in severely more...

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Rum Journal: Tasting Guadeloupe’s Damoiseau XO

February 19, 2014 | 6:18 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: Tasting Guadeloupe’s Damoiseau XO

THE RHUMS of the French Caribbean department of Guadeloupe remain something of a mystery to the wider world, unfortunately so — as they are among the best in the world. While those of nearby Martinique receive their due praise, Guadeloupe's rhums tend to remain under the radar, a treasured privilege reserved largely for those who make the trip to the archipelago more...

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Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2013

December 18, 2013 | 8:33 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2013

It's been another great year for rum. It continues to grow in popularity, as more and more people around the world continue to appreciate the quality and diversity of cane spirits. We've tried almost 130 rums this year from all over the Caribbean and the wider world, and while the choices were extremely difficult, the following rums have emerged as the year's best. Here more...

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Rum Journal: A Secret Rum Punch at the Bequia Beach Hotel

December 8, 2013 | 6:40 am | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: A Secret Rum Punch at the Bequia Beach Hotel

BEQUIA —Making rum punch is an art form: there is no one perfect way to do it. (That's without mentioning the perfect planteur, rum punch's French Caribbean cousin.) Generally speaking, the further south you go, the more bitter the rum punch. To put it another way, the closer you get to Trinidad, the more likely you are to find Angostura bitters in your rum more...

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Rum Journal: 10 Great Rum Cocktail Recipes For Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013 | 1:46 pm | 0 Comment

Rum Journal: 10 Great Rum Cocktail Recipes For Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving — time for egg nog, right? Well, not quite. There's nothing like a classic egg nog with rum, but we thought we'd offer a list of 10 great alternative holiday cocktails using the finest rums from the Caribbean and the world. If you're celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, have a wonderful holiday. If you're not, well, Thursday's as good a day as any to try more...

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