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Caribbean Rum Awards 2021 Set for Nov. 2-7 in St Barth

 The Caribbean’s leading celebration of fine rum is set for the first week of November in St Barth.  Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Rum Awards a week-long series of rum (and cigar) events in the heart of Gustavia, is back for its …

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How to Take a Rum Vacation at the Four Seasons Nevis

 The Four Seasons Resort Nevis has always been rum-forward.  While hotel rum bars are a bit more common today, when the Four Seasons debuted its then-101 Rums Bar in 2014, it was one of the first of its kind.  And …

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Rum Journal: Black Tot, a Caribbean Rum Symphony

 For three centuries, the daily “tot” was a staple of British maritime life.  Sailors in the Royal Navy received a daily “tot” or ration of rum — a practice that lasted until July 31, 1970 — a day that lives …

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belize rum copalli

 There are jaguars in the cane fields.  In the heart of a rainforest in southern Belize, one of the Caribbean’s newest rum companies is doing something very special.  It’s a sustainable rum, a sugarcane rum and — and most importantly, a …

puerto rico rum powerful

 There’s a pantheon of “overproof” rums across the Caribbean, a fiery group of sought-after expressions like Grenada’s Rivers Rum and St Vincent and the Grenadine’s aptly, wonderfully named Very Strong Rum.  In recent years, the overproof category has seen a …

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 The eastern Atlantic coast of Martinique is full of winding roads and banana trees, a place of imposing villas and plantations and endless fields of sugarcane.  And here, hidden in an old stone estate up a hillside on the N6 …

martinique rhum saint james

 I take a sip of the Rhum Saint James and I am instantly in Martinique.  Therein lies the transportive power of rum, a, transcendent gift bequeathed to no other spirit in the world.  There’s just something about rum, about Caribbean …

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 St Croix changes as you drive along its green curves, beaches giving way to lush hills and farmland and ocean cliffs.  It’s an island that rewards those who dig deeper, whether you’re walking the old alleys of Christiansted or bowing …

puerto rico rum barrel

 By Alexander Britell He would carry it around in a small wooden barrel, rum in arm, giving tastes to his friends and those who wished to try it. Don Pedro Fernandez, a third-generation sugarcane grower in Puerto Rico, had studied …

guadeloupe reimonenq

 There are rums, there are special rums and then there are rums for rum drinkers. The third category isn’t for everyone, filled with rums of unique character, of sometimes too much strength, of uncanny personality. That brings us to a …

guadeloupe longeateau concerto

 By Alexander Britell In recent years, the once-mysterious world of rhum agricole has opened itself to rum lovers, with its terroir and endless sophistication charming palates around the world. Much of that, however, has been the sublime rhum agricole from …

robert burr rum

 If you like rum, if you’ve found your way into the mysterious, wonderful world of rum, it’s likely you’ve come across the name Robert Burr. For years, Burr has been one of the world’s greatest champions of rum, spreading its …

bahamas rum tequila

 You can call it cask-finishing or barrel finishing or secondary aging or whatever you like. But it’s no secret that using the barrels that once held other spirits to give different personalities to rum is an increasingly prominent trend in …

martinique trois rivieres

 By Alexander Britell As you drive along the central highway toward the southern coast of Martinique, there are few notable views — save one. There’s a stunning old stone windmill flanked by a few wooden buildings. But this is not mere …

martinique triple vintage

 By Alexander Britell When the harvest changes, the rum changes. It’s a tenet particular to the Rhum Agricole of the French Caribbean, the only Caribbean rum with a true terroir. When you make your rum from freshly pressed sugar cane …

soggy dollar bvi

 By Alexander Britell One of the most beautiful — and perhaps most understated — things about rum is its power to transport. The romantic energy of rum can take you from wherever you’re indulging to a far-off Caribbean island somewhere, to …

st martin rum bar

 By Alexander Britell GRAND CASE – There’s always something new to discover on Grand Case Boulevard, a corner unseen, a tiny alley overlooked. It’s a street that has lived many lives — including this latest one, a renaissance in the wake …

caribbean martinique rum festival

 By Alexander Britell Much is told and retold these days of pot stills and column stills, of molasses and cane honey and cane juice, of dunder and esters and yeast. These are all essential to the art of rum making …