Rum Journal

Rum Journal: An Old Rhum From Tartane

 Above: the Hardy boutique in Tartane (all photos by CJ) THE RHUM of Tartane is not known much beyond Tartane. Nor, for that matter, is Tartane. This little seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Martinique has a tiny collection …

Rum Journal: A Hidden Bar on the Caribbean’s Oldest Street

 Above: the lobby bar at the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo (All photos by CJ) This bar isn’t very old. But the building is. It’s been aging for half a millennium, a place that was once home to …

Rum Journal: Finding a Great Lobby Bar in Santo Domingo

 Above: the lobby bar at the Sheraton Santo Domingo The lobby bar. At most hotels, it sets the tone for everything — it’s the first part of the hotel you notice. It welcomes you. It is the central meeting point. …

LATEST NEWS

 Almost any rum lover (or Hemingway enthusiast) will remember. It’s the rum that Ernest Hemingway drank in A Moveable Feast: Rhum St James. Papa himself orders the drink to warm up on a cold day in Paris. It’s something that led …

 Above: supermodel Chrissy Teigen in the new spot By the Caribbean Journal staff Captain Morgan Rum has its newest Captain: Chrissy Teigen. The supermodel is the star of the rum giant’s newest ad released this week. In the spot, Teigen …

 Don Pancho. It’s more than a name. It is legend. Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez has had one of the rum industry’s storied careers, one that has taken him from Cuba, where he served as a Maestro Ronero for a decade, …

 It’s the world’s largest rum market: no, not the Caribbean. Actually, it’s India, where more rum is consumed each year than anywhere else in the world. Now, a company called Amrut is bringing the Indian rum sensibility to the Caribbean, …

 Above: Papa Zouk (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell ANTIGUA — A man excuses himself to offer a brand-new bottle of rum to the counter of the bar. But this is no ordinary bottle. It is an Appleton 21. …

 Above: a Ti’ Punch in Terre de Haut, Guadeloupe (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell No matter where you are in the West Indies, you will find rum punch. And it is almost always perfect, except when a few …

 IT’S LAST CALL at a far-off Bahamian bar. You ask again for the rum you’ve been drinking, but the bottle’s empty. The bartender reaches under the counter, pulling out a bottle, unmarked, unnamed. You’re the first to drink it tonight, …

 Above: the Rooftup Club at the O:live Boutique Hotel (All photos by CJ) Condado is hip, it’s energetic. It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, some of the best shopping. This is the Condado district of …

 Above: a Coco Pirata in Rincon (All photos by CJ) RINCON — Like most famous cocktails, it has a story, a history. It also has more than one name. Served inside a coconut, it’s the signature drink at Rincón, Puerto …

 Above: Mango at the Four Seasons Nevis (all photos by CJ) In the Caribbean, rum goes well with just about everything. But as the glory of rum continues to expand its reach, more and more people are beginning to realize that …

 Above: tasting rums at Foursquare (all photos by CJ) BARBADOS — IT’S A place where the rum flows like water. On every block, at every street corner, there’s a rum shop or a rum bar or a place to find …

 IF THINGS had gone another way, it never would have made its way into the glass. Indeed — this rum would have already been consumed by someone else. But fate had something else in store. It was in 2007 when …

 THERE WAS a time when rum was as American as apple pie. Before there even was apple pie. In the colonial period, rum was one of the major industries of America, and the spirit’s popularity continued to soar for years, …

 Above: Caribbean Liquors in St Maarten (all photos by CJ) ST MAARTIN — For rum lovers, St Maarten is one of the Meccas of the Caribbean. That’s because, as one of its transportation hubs, rums from all over the region …

 Above: the Ensemble Lounge (All photos by CJ) MONDAY night in a dimly-lit bar. Slow jazz plays. There are high-backed chairs and muted conversations. The bartenders mix and pour and mix again. Then the whole room moves. Not a lot, …