Rum Journal

Rum Journal: A Very Cool All-Inclusive Bar in Puerto Plata

 It’s not like any all-inclusive bar in all of the Caribbean. It’s not really like any other bar, either. And that’s a very good thing. This is the Vintage Club Bar at the all-inclusive Gran Ventana Beach Resort in Puerto …

Rum Journal: A Flavored Rum That’s Perfect for a Summer Afternoon

 We’ll be frank. When it comes to rums from Cruzan, we’re partial to Cruzan Single Barrel. It’s a delicate, robust rum that’s always among the region’s best. But Cruzan has long carved a sizable niche with its flavored rums, the …

Rum Journal: Toasting a Major Caribbean Rum Birthday

 A Caribbean legend that began in 1765 is celebrated its 250th birthday this week with major festivities on the French island of Martinique. Rhum Saint James, the rum consumed by so many legends (including Ernest Hemingway), is one of the world’s great …

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 Above: the Dillon distillery in Martinique (CJ Photo) Dillon is a storied name on the island of Martinique, a landmark French appellation in the heart of the French Caribbean. But upon deeper examination, it is not quite what it appears. …

 Above: the Hardy boutique in Tartane (all photos by CJ) THE RHUM of Tartane is not known much beyond Tartane. Nor, for that matter, is Tartane. This little seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Martinique has a tiny collection …

 Above: the lobby bar at the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo (All photos by CJ) This bar isn’t very old. But the building is. It’s been aging for half a millennium, a place that was once home to …

 Above: the lobby bar at the Sheraton Santo Domingo The lobby bar. At most hotels, it sets the tone for everything — it’s the first part of the hotel you notice. It welcomes you. It is the central meeting point. …

 Almost any rum lover (or Hemingway enthusiast) will remember. It’s the rum that Ernest Hemingway drank in A Moveable Feast: Rhum St James. Papa himself orders the drink to warm up on a cold day in Paris. It’s something that led …

 Above: supermodel Chrissy Teigen in the new spot By the Caribbean Journal staff Captain Morgan Rum has its newest Captain: Chrissy Teigen. The supermodel is the star of the rum giant’s newest ad released this week. In the spot, Teigen …

 Don Pancho. It’s more than a name. It is legend. Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez has had one of the rum industry’s storied careers, one that has taken him from Cuba, where he served as a Maestro Ronero for a decade, …

 It’s the world’s largest rum market: no, not the Caribbean. Actually, it’s India, where more rum is consumed each year than anywhere else in the world. Now, a company called Amrut is bringing the Indian rum sensibility to the Caribbean, …

 Above: Papa Zouk (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell ANTIGUA — A man excuses himself to offer a brand-new bottle of rum to the counter of the bar. But this is no ordinary bottle. It is an Appleton 21. …

 Above: a Ti’ Punch in Terre de Haut, Guadeloupe (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell No matter where you are in the West Indies, you will find rum punch. And it is almost always perfect, except when a few …

 IT’S LAST CALL at a far-off Bahamian bar. You ask again for the rum you’ve been drinking, but the bottle’s empty. The bartender reaches under the counter, pulling out a bottle, unmarked, unnamed. You’re the first to drink it tonight, …

 Above: the Rooftup Club at the O:live Boutique Hotel (All photos by CJ) Condado is hip, it’s energetic. It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, some of the best shopping. This is the Condado district of …

 Above: a Coco Pirata in Rincon (All photos by CJ) RINCON — Like most famous cocktails, it has a story, a history. It also has more than one name. Served inside a coconut, it’s the signature drink at Rincón, Puerto …

 Above: Mango at the Four Seasons Nevis (all photos by CJ) In the Caribbean, rum goes well with just about everything. But as the glory of rum continues to expand its reach, more and more people are beginning to realize that …

 Above: tasting rums at Foursquare (all photos by CJ) BARBADOS — IT’S A place where the rum flows like water. On every block, at every street corner, there’s a rum shop or a rum bar or a place to find …