Rum Journal


Jamaica’s Red Stripe Is Launching a Rum Punch 

red stripe rum punch

The iconic Red Stripe brand is getting into the rum punch business.  In a nod to the growing popularity of ready-to-drink cocktails, Red Stripe is launching its first-ever rum-based drinks: Red Stripe Rum Punch and Red Stripe Rum Mojito.  The […]


Rum Journal: From the Dominican Republic, a Rum for Jose Marti

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If you’re a fan of rum from the Dominican Republic, you know Oliver & Oliver.  The family-owned boutique rummaker produces a diverse range of Dominican brands: you might be familiar with rums like Opthimus or Rum Punta Cana — these are […]


Jamaica’s Top Luxury Resort Has a New Limited-Edition Rum

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There’s a mural over the bar here by artist Michael Lester. It’s called Junkanoo, and it’s a vibrant, loud, pulsing depiction of Jamaica’s timeless, percussive dance. The bar itself, named for Lester, is a celebration of the Caribbean rum tradition, […]


This Is The Best Rum Punch in the Caribbean 

best rum punch in the caribbean

It comes in an unassuming plastic cup, small or large, depending on your appetite for risk.  If you’re lucky, it will be delivered by the man himself: Sunshine, the proprietor of the Nevisian beach bar that bears his name.  He […]

St Barth’s Ultimate Rum Event Is Back Again for 2023 

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The world’s greatest rums. The Caribbean’s most glamorous island.  The premier celebration of fine Caribbean rum is back again in 2023, with the sixth annual Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth.  The festival has revealed its dates for 2023, running Oct. […]

In St Kitts, The Joy of Rum

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Your next Caribbean vacation could involve an immersive academic course: history classes, tours and cultural education.  Of course, it may not be the kind of education you’re thinking: it’s all about rum. The newest initiative from St Kitts Tourism is […]


Rum Journal: A Caribbean Rum With a Legacy 

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It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a decade since Papa’s Pilar first arrived on the scene.  It came with a wonderful story: a sense of adventure, the Hemingway legend, a smart and fun bottle design modeled on a World […]

Top Caribbean Rum Festival Returning to Bonaire in 2023 

bonaire caribbean festival rum

If you’ve been to a rum festival, you’re familiar with the routine.  A large indoor conference hall, crowded booths, typically thousands of miles from the Caribbean.  But if you love rum, there is another option: Bonaire Rum Week.  The Caribbean’s […]

St Barth Festival Crowns Best Rums in the Caribbean 

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It began with a rooftop, oceanfront tasting of ultra-rare Martinique rum at St Barth’s magnificent Le Barthelemy Hotel and Spa.  It concluded with a rum festival right at the water’s edge in Gustavia, bookended by superyachts.  And in between, the […]


Rum Journal: A New Brugal from the Dominican Republic 

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While you may not realize it, the Dominican Republic’s Ron Brugal the most popular rum brand within the Caribbean — that is, as a measure of consumption in the region.  That’s not exactly a surprise, given that it’s the number […]

From the Dominican Republic to Palm Island, 5 Places to Go in July

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We can’t stress it enough – the Caribbean is even better in the summer. You get more beaches to yourself, the water is deliciously warm and the nights are breezy and beautiful. The latest edition of Places to Go takes […]

The Best Hotels in Martinique, From Boutique Stays to Beach Resorts

martinique hotels best

Martinique is an island in the Caribbean, and one of the region’s most fascinating destinations. But it’s very much the French Caribbean. When it comes to choosing a hotel, that means a lot of unfamiliar names (no Marriotts or Hiltons […]

About Rum Journal

The Best Rums in the World come from the Caribbean. And that’s just the beginning of the story. Because discovering the best rums from around the region isn’t a science — it’s an art, a journey best traveled with an understanding of the Caribbean beyond cane.

At Rum Journal, we bring you the finest writing on rum anywhere on the web, with an emphasis on revealing undiscovered, less heralded rums and shining a light on the things that make the region’s rum so unique, from distilleries to recipes to in-depth videos.

This is also the world’s leading resource on the special rums of Martinique and Guadeloupe, where rum is made from pure sugarcane juice and called “rhum agricole.”

Rum Journal is all about the best rums, and about giving the spirit all of the reverence and respect that it deserves, in the same way that other spirits around the world have been treated for centuries.



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