Rum Journal

Rum Journal: Martinique’s Rhum Saint James XO

 One of the wonderful things about Martinique’s famous rhums agricoles is their sheer diversity. While molasses-based rum brands may release a new expression in years-long intervals, Martinique’s rum producers are always thinking of new ideas. It doesn’t hurt that agricole …

Rum Journal: A Rum to Try From Grenada

 Martinique. Barbados. Guadeloupe. Puerto Rico. These are some of the titans of Caribbean rum production, hubs for the Noble Spirit, full-fledged destinations for rum. But there is another island in the Eastern Caribbean with a venerable rum history that remains …

Best Bar in Grand Cayman

Rum Journal: The Best Bar in Grand Cayman

 Executed right, there is nothing quite like a hotel bar. While other bars prize crowds, bustle and numbers, a great hotel bar is about the art of refined hospitality, of making you feel pampered. It is a place to retreat, …

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 GRAND CUL DE SAC — It’s early. Not morning, but not quite lunchtime. On a hot summer day in the French Caribbean, that means only one thing: a Ti’ Punch. The world’s greatest (and simplest) cocktail: Rhum agricole blanc, a …

 More and more people are appreciating the wonder of rum. And in America, more and more people are making rum. Yes, there is something of a rum boom in the United States, hearkening back to the colonial period when the …

Rhum Bologne Black Cane

 Let’s just say it: the white rums of the French Caribbean just taste better than their counterparts in the rest of the region. White rhums agricoles have the complexity, flavor, character and smoothness you simply won’t find in the vast majority …

Best Rum Bar St Martin

 There are bars and there are beach bars and then there are rum bars. In the Caribbean, the last one means something quite different. As we’ve written in these pages before, a rum bar means a place where rum is …

 Zacapa. It’s the titan of the premium rum sector, often the only quality aged rum non rum-drinkers have heard of, in large part due to its massive distribution network through Diageo. Famous for its aging “above the clouds” in Guatemala, …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 …