Rum Journal: In Martinique, a Tale of Two Rums and Terroir

By Alexander Britell Can a rum have a terroir? In Martinique, unlike the vast majority of rum-making regions around the world, rhum is made from the juice pressed from sugarcane stalks, not molasses, the latter of which is a by-product. […]


How to Fly to Martinique for $79

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It’s never been easier to get to the French Caribbean – and it’s never been cheaper, either. And right now, you can fly to the island of Martinique, one of the most exotic and fascinating destinations in the Caribbean, for […]


Rum Journal: Martinique’s Rhum A1710 La Perle

By Alexander Britell On an island like Martinique, one with an immense tradition of rummaking and the world’s only AOC designation for rum, a new distillery isn’t very common. That’s what made it so wonderful to see last year’s debut […]


Rum Journal: A Special Rum From Marie-Galante

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 […]

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, […]

Rum Journal: Tasting a Guadeloupe Rhum From 1991

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 […]


This Is Your New Thanksgiving Rum Cocktail

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 […]

Rum Journal: HSE Porto Finish

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 […]

Rum Journal: Another Interesting Variety From Rhum Saint James

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 […]


Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2015

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 […]

Rum Journal: A Coconut Rhum You Need to Try Right Now

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 […]

Rum Journal: The Best Rum Bar in the British Virgin Islands

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 […]


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