Rum Journal

A Secret Rum Shack in St Martin

 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 …

Rum Journal: A Great New Rum From Don Q

 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 …

Rum Journal: Martnique’s Tres Vieux Rhum Dillon

 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, …

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 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 …

 There’s something different about sipping a glass of fine rum. Sure, there are great spirits from around the world. But when you drink a glass of rum, you’re tasting something else — history, culture, love, torment, romance. You are tasting …

 THERE ARE more rhum distilleries per capita on the island of Marie Galante than anywhere else on earth. Three, to be exact, and each is among the best distilleries you’ve likely never heard of. It is the kind of place where …

 If you’ve been to the French Caribbean, it’s likely you’ve encountered a very nice after-dinner tradition: the homemade punch. It’s usually free, a gift of the proprietor for choosing his or her restaurant, and it’s usually delicious — a blend …

 The minute you leave the airport in Grenada, you notice something. There’s an aroma. The air there is different. It’s because of the spice. Grenada is one of the world’s leading producer of Nutmeg, and it hasn’t just led to …

 A great little rum bar on Cooper Island It’s a trend we like. More and more hotels are starting to celebrate the glory of rum by creating bars tailored around the spirit. That means rums not just from local distilleries …