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Rum Journal: River Antoine, Grenada’s Mecca of Rum

 By Alexander Britell There is no crowd here, just a few curious travelers, less than a handful of staff. The buildings wear the fraying wardrobe of time. But in the empty silence of an off day at River Antoine, the …

Rum Journal: The Newest Ron Diplomatico

 By Alexander Britell There is an entry point for every rum aficionado. Seldom does a rum lover begin his or her journey in the world of rum with a rare agricole, or a limited-batch hidden-cask expression. There are rums like …

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Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2017

 It began in 2012 with an idea: to lift up rum. The aim was to celebrate the glory of rum, to honor the greatest rums just as wines and spirits and so many other categories are honored. Rum Journal’s Rum …

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 It’s the late afternoon in Grenada, and just about any rum would work well while bobbing in the sparkling waters of Grand Anse Beach, but this one is special. This is Westerhall 10XO, perhaps the best rum from Grenada (competing …

 By Alexander Britell It’s hard to believe it’s been almost five years since Papa’s Pilar rum first made its debut. The brand’s traditional aged rum, which is part owned by the Hemingway family and looks to exemplify Hemingway’s spirit of …

 The world of great rummaking has long had its epicenter in the islands of the Caribbean – but the love and passion for making great rum is something that extends across the wider Caribbean Basin. Nowhere is that more true …

 You may not know it, but New England was a global hub for rum in the colonial period, when America was both bringing in rum from the West Indies and making a substantial portion of its own rum, too. While …

 After a long day on the North Sound you need a good rum. But not just any rum will do. So you walk around the Windward Mark Bar and find the rum corner. This is the home of rum at …

 It’s the end of the afternoon, sky and water both silver, and there’s just one thing on the menu: rum. You stroll up the dock, past a smattering of barrels and enter what must be paradise on earth. Here, on …

 “Red nuts and gin.” Within this phrase somewhere was great wisdom, the secret to enlightenment, or so Seddy at the corner of the bar instructed us. This was the venerable A&B Bar, a Jost Van Dyke institution older than anyone …

 St. Lucia Distillers is unveiling new packaging for its flagship export rum brand, Chairman’s Reserve. The new look is coordinated with the scheduled relaunch of the brand in the U.S. on July 1. A unique blend of aged rums from …

 If you love rum, it’s like that Guyana’s El Dorado rum has a prominent place in your cabinet. This robust, renowned marque has long produced some of the Caribbean’s best, most flavorful rums, owning up to Guyana’s proud rum (and …

 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, …

 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 …

 There aren’t many rums like this. This is La Flibuste, the pride of the La Favorite distillery outside of Fort de France in Martinique. It is, simply, a special rhum agricole. Since 2007, La Favorite has been bottling 30-year-old single-year …

 IT’S ONE OF the world’s most famous rum bottles: J Bally’s “pyramide,” the pyramid-shaped bottle containing the dark amber-coloured rhum agricole from Martinique. Of course, it’s also one of Martinique’s best rums, whether in the seven year or the twelve year …

 You may not have heard of it. Indeed, beyond Martinique and the Metropole, it remains far under the radar. But there’s a rhum from Martinique that needs your immediate attention. Without a US distributor (yet), the work of Martinique’s terrific Habitation Saint-Etienne …

 The sound of the shaker. It’s something you don’t hear that often today, lost amid the noise and the bustle of most bars. But at the end of the night in the Caribbean, when the heat lessens, there are still …