Rum Journal

Rum Journal: The 10 Best American Rums – 2016

 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

Rum Journal: 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

The Best Rum Bar in 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 …

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 By Alexander Britell Increasingly, Caribbean hotels have begun acknowledging both the demand and appreciation for fine rum. That’s often manifested itself in the form of “rum bars,” or bars that offer rums from around the region, not just one particular island. But …

 Marie-Galante. It’s one of those far-flung, exotic islands that few tourists have reached, outside of those from mainland France, of course. And as we’ve noted before, this pancake-shaped island in the Guadeloupe archipelago has a special claim to fame: there …

 It’s a quiet hillside residential neighborhood over looking Pinel Island. It’s not the place you’d ever expect to see a colorful, Creole-style rum shack. But that’s what makes Ma Doudou such a pleasant surprise — because this secret rum shack …

 The rum world is changing. The sector is growing fast, and more and more new players are entering the market. That’s great for the spirit, as more people begin to see rum for what it is — the world’s most …

 The beautiful thing about rhum agricole is that terroir matters. Martinique doesn’t use imported ingredients to make its rum, like far too many of its Caribbean neighbors. That means that every year the same label of rum can taste different, …

 Saba is a small island, and it is not a haven for rum. But if you come to this wonderful little island, an island that reminds of a Caribbean that no longer exists, you can still find great rum, if …

 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, …

 It’s something that could only happen in Martinique, it seems — the Caribbean has a new cutting-edge contemporary art museum — and it’s at a rum distillery. This is the new Fondation Clement, a 25,400-square-foot contemporary art museum set at the legendary …

 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 …