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Rum Journal: A Stunner from the Dominican Republic

 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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Rum Journal: A Great New Coconut Rum

 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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A Very Strong, Very Good Rum From The Bahamas

 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 …

bacardi rum

 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 — …

rhum bologne

 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 …

guadeloupe rum longueteau

 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, …

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 By Alexander Britell There’s a certain kind of rum you can’t enjoy. It’s the rum that your bar doesn’t serve. Years ago — and even today, rum lovers still face a rather small selection in even some of the best bars …

puerto rico rum barrel

 By Alexander Britell He would carry it around in a small wooden barrel, rum in arm, giving tastes to his friends and those who wished to try it. Don Pedro Fernandez, a third-generation sugarcane grower in Puerto Rico, had studied …

guadeloupe reimonenq

 There are rums, there are special rums and then there are rums for rum drinkers. The third category isn’t for everyone, filled with rums of unique character, of sometimes too much strength, of uncanny personality. That brings us to a …

robert burr rum

 If you like rum, if you’ve found your way into the mysterious, wonderful world of rum, it’s likely you’ve come across the name Robert Burr. For years, Burr has been one of the world’s greatest champions of rum, spreading its …

bahamas rum tequila

 You can call it cask-finishing or barrel finishing or secondary aging or whatever you like. But it’s no secret that using the barrels that once held other spirits to give different personalities to rum is an increasingly prominent trend in …