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Rum Journal: Tasting a Guadeloupe Rhum From 1991

 Far on the eastern end of Guadeloupe’s butterflied island pair is Le Moule. It is a nondescript place of farms and palm trees, quiet and breezy. But it has a secret. In a lush hilltop next to an old mill …

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VIDEO: How to Make the “Boricua” Cocktail at the W Vieques

 Sure, you’ve had rum punch. But why not have one with a little extra passion? We traveled to the W Vieques Retreat and Spa to find out how to make the property’s signature “Boricua” cocktail, a rum punch with a …

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This Is Your New Thanksgiving Rum Cocktail

 Sure, you’ll find a lot of recipes for hot buttered rum this week, or perhaps an early egg nog with spiced rum. But why not go grand? That’s where our favorite new recipe comes in: the Creole Royale, a French …

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HSE Porto Finish

 It’s no secret we’re big fans of Martinique’s Habitation Saint-Etienne, or Rhum HSE. It’s a distillery we’ve often praised for its creativity, particularly for its pioneering work in finishing traditional rhums agricoles in barrels like sherry and malt whisky. The …

Papa's Pilar's newest rum

 This is a rum we like. Papa’s Pilar, the rum named after Hemingway’s fishing boat and partly owned by the Hemingway family, has a likable story and a decidedly likable taste. The latter led us to name the brand’s dark …

Rhum Saint James

 It’s practically a given: when you open a bottle of Martinique’s Rhum Saint James, you’ll find a high-quality, great-tasting rhum agricole.  But what’s also a given is something a bit more rare: whatever the age, whatever the vintage, St James …

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 You may be familiar with the overwater bungalow, one of the great fantasies of travelers the world over, though usually found in Polynesia — not in the Caribbean. That’s where one clever hotel in Martinique has you covered. One of the …

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 There’s something different about sipping a glass of fine rum. Sure, there are great spirits from around the world. But when you drink a glass of rum, you’re tasting something else — history, culture, love, torment, romance. You are tasting …

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 THERE ARE more rhum distilleries per capita on the island of Marie Galante than anywhere else on earth. Three, to be exact, and each is among the best distilleries you’ve likely never heard of. It is the kind of place where …

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 If you’ve been to the French Caribbean, it’s likely you’ve encountered a very nice after-dinner tradition: the homemade punch. It’s usually free, a gift of the proprietor for choosing his or her restaurant, and it’s usually delicious — a blend …

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 The minute you leave the airport in Grenada, you notice something. There’s an aroma. The air there is different. It’s because of the spice. Grenada is one of the world’s leading producer of Nutmeg, and it hasn’t just led to …

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 A great little rum bar on Cooper Island It’s a trend we like. More and more hotels are starting to celebrate the glory of rum by creating bars tailored around the spirit. That means rums not just from local distilleries …

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 IT’S ONE OF the world’s most famous rum bottles: J Bally’s “pyramide,” the pyramid-shaped bottle containing the dark amber-coloured rhum agricole from Martinique. Of course, it’s also one of Martinique’s best rums, whether in the seven year or the twelve year …

Above: the new Caribbean rum shop at Grantley Adams International Airport

 A big new rum portal By the Caribbean Journal staff There’s a major new rum shop in the Caribbean — and it’s inside an airport. The duty free area at Barbados’ Grantley International Airport has opened a new “Caribbean Rum …

Above: Habitation Saint-Etienne in Martinique

 You may not have heard of it. Indeed, beyond Martinique and the Metropole, it remains far under the radar. But there’s a rhum from Martinique that needs your immediate attention. Without a US distributor (yet), the work of Martinique’s terrific Habitation Saint-Etienne …

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 Another take on a Caribbean classic GRAND CASE — There is another way to make a Ti’ Punch, the simplest, purest, greatest cocktail in the West Indies. The usual way is with brown sugar, lime and rhum agricole blanc. Or, perhaps …

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 It’s not like any all-inclusive bar in all of the Caribbean. It’s not really like any other bar, either. And that’s a very good thing. This is the Vintage Club Bar at the all-inclusive Gran Ventana Beach Resort in Puerto …

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 We’ll be frank. When it comes to rums from Cruzan, we’re partial to Cruzan Single Barrel. It’s a delicate, robust rum that’s always among the region’s best. But Cruzan has long carved a sizable niche with its flavored rums, the …