Rum Journal


Rum Journal: From the Dominican Republic, a Rum With a Cuban Soul

Above: an advertisement for Matusalem from 1957 (Photo: Ron Matusalem) JUST 10 YEARS after Don Facundo Bacardi Masso began operations in Santiago de Cuba, Benjamin and Eduardo Camp, brothers from Spain, along with a third partner, Evaristo Alvarez, opened a […]


Rum Journal: Trinidad's Zaya

This week’s Rum Journal takes a look at Zaya, an aged rum from Trinidad. Zaya Gran Reserva has had a rather varied history. It began life in Guatemala, distilled by Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, where two rum standards, Ron Zacapa, […]

Rum Journal: A Fresh Take on Rum and Coconuts at Dominica's Rosalie Bay Resort

This week’s Rum Journal travels to the island of Dominica and the Rosalie Bay eco-luxury resort for a decidedly fresh take on a coconut rum cocktail. 21-year-old Dominica native Aziz Roberts has practiced his craft at the Rosalie Bay since […]


Rum Journal: Toasting Bacardi's Birthday

Above: a Bacardi ad from 1902 (Photo: Bacardi) Just like Haiti’s Barbancourt, which Rum Journal tasted last week, another major player in the rum world is celebrating its sesquicentennial. It was 1830 when Don Facundo Bacardi Massó, a wine merchant, […]

Rum Journal: Haiti's Rhum Barbancourt

Above: Barbancourt’s distillery This week’s Rum Journal takes a look at the best-known rum out of Haiti, which is, in fact, a rhum. In the world of cane spirits, the letter “h” says a lot — signifying the difference between […]

Rum Journal: A Special Rum Cocktail from Grenada's Mount Cinnamon

This week’s Rum Journal travels to Grenada, the birthplace of a special rum cocktail. The Mount Cinnamon resort on Grand Anse Beach is the mixing studio of bartender Sheldon Vincent. Vincent, who began his career at La Dolce Vita restaurant […]


Rum Journal: A Conversation with Atlantico Rum’s Aleco Azqueta

The story of Ron Atlantico begins in the Dominican Republic. But even before that, it began at Georgetown University. It was there that co-founders Aleco Azqueta and Brandon Lieb were classmates, and soon after colleagues at Bacardi. Azqueta then went […]

Rum Journal: Dos Maderas PX: Guyanese and Bajan Rums Grow Up in Spain

Welcome to CJ Rum Journal, a new feature that examines the world of the Caribbean’s favourite spirit. We begin with a look (and a taste) of a special premium rum out of Guyana and Barbados, by way of Spain: Dos […]

Is Rum Barbados' Newest Green Energy?

Above: the Mount Gay Distillery in Barbados By the Caribbean Journal staff Like most industries, Barbados’ rum sector is facing rising energy costs — but one Barbadian minister has a solution. By using vinasse, which is the material output from […]


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