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Rum Journal: Kenny Chesney’s Newest Caribbean Rum Cream

 We’ve written before about music legend Kenny Chesney’s Caribbean rum brand, Blue Chair Bay.  And while the range is solid, it’s the rum creams that truly stand out — setting a very high bar for the category, particularly with uncommon …

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Rum Journal: Black Tot, a Caribbean Rum Symphony

 For three centuries, the daily “tot” was a staple of British maritime life.  Sailors in the Royal Navy received a daily “tot” or ration of rum — a practice that lasted until July 31, 1970 — a day that lives …

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Rum Journal: Copalli, An Outstanding New Rum from Belize

 There are jaguars in the cane fields.  In the heart of a rainforest in southern Belize, one of the Caribbean’s newest rum companies is doing something very special.  It’s a sustainable rum, a sugarcane rum and — and most importantly, a …

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 There’s a pantheon of “overproof” rums across the Caribbean, a fiery group of sought-after expressions like Grenada’s Rivers Rum and St Vincent and the Grenadine’s aptly, wonderfully named Very Strong Rum.  In recent years, the overproof category has seen a …

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 There’s a new epicenter in the world of Caribbean rum: the island of St Barth.  In a turbulent year around the world, the island played host to the ultimate rum experience of 2020: the Caribbean Rum Awards and St Barth …

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 As the rum category has grown in recent years, so, too has the number of what we like to call “aftermarket” rums — that is, rums brought from the Caribbean and bottled or branded somewhere else — sometimes losing a bit …

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 Right now, more than ever, we all want to be in the Caribbean. There’s that feeling of the Caribbean that we want; that spirit of the Caribbean with which we so desperately want to engage — to experience its wonders, its …

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 The history of rum is intertwined with the history of the Caribbean — particularly that infamous (and somehow lastingly romantic) age of rum-fueled pirates.  But for all the stories of Caribbean pirates and treasure-seekers, a surprisingly small number of pirates …

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 St Croix changes as you drive along its green curves, beaches giving way to lush hills and farmland and ocean cliffs.  It’s an island that rewards those who dig deeper, whether you’re walking the old alleys of Christiansted or bowing …

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 For most people, rum is Bacardi.  However you feel about the Puerto Rican rum brand, it’s what the average consumer thinks of when they think of rum – particularly in the United States, where Bacardi’s overwhelming — and often exclusive — …

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 It’s one of the French Caribbean’s signature brands, and arguably the most popular ingredient in the classic ti ‘punch: Rhum Bologne, Guadeloupe’s rum powerhouse.  But for years, Bologne was just that: part of a ti’ punch, an outstanding cocktail.  In …

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 While Guadeloupe’s lovely rhum agricole still largely tends to live in the shadow of its kindred spirits in Martinique, one of the French Caribbean department’s rum brands has been working to change that: Rhum Longueteau.  The Sainte-Marie product has been …

 Guyana’s El Dorado 15. Trinidad’s Angostura 1787. Barbados’ Mount Gay 1703.  They’re the sort of rums you hardly find together in the Caribbean, iconic West Indian rum expressions that seldom appear on a shelf even at the best of Caribbean …

 It isn’t easy for a rum brand to get the one-name not of approval from rum aficionados. It takes time, it takes energy and it takes a product that is as consistent as it is But travel to rum hubs …

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 The Caribbean’s most exclusive island is the new home of a major Caribbean rum event. Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Rum Awards, the region’s leading celebration of premium rums, is coming to St Barth from Nov. 6-10. The second edition of the …

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 By Alexander Britell In what could be an industry-shaking move for Caribbean rum and rhum agricole, global spirits firm Campari Group has purchased French company Rhumantilles. Rhumantilles is the owner of nearly 97 percent of Martinique-based Bellonnie & Bourdillon Successeurs, …

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 The barrels were an afterthought, hidden away in the corner of the rum factory. And while they were few in number, these “lost” barrels held something rather special. And now Papa’s Pilar, the rum brand named for Ernest Hemingway’s fishing …

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 You’re forgiven if you don’t think much of white rum. For too long, molasses-based white rums have dominated the market, particularly in the United States, offering little other than industrial flavors and the occasional headache. But in the French Caribbean, …