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Rum Journal: Sarasota’s Siesta Key Rum

 SARASOTA — The United States has a centuries-old relationship with rum dating back to before its independence from Britain, and several US states still produce a significant amount of sugarcane. But in the modern era, the spirit of choice in …

Rum Journal: Guadeloupe’s Damoiseau

 GUADELOUPE — This edition of Rum Journal heads to the French department of Guadeloupe, just north of Dominica in the lesser Antilles. Perhaps Guadeloupe’s most popular distillery, Damoiseau is located on the northeastern portion of Guadeloupe’s Grand-Terre island (Guadeloupe is …

Rum Journal: A Floral Cocktail from Belize’s Matachica Resort and Spa

 Above: the Matachica Resort and Spa in Belize This week’s Rum Journal travels to Belize and the Matachica Resort and Spa, for a decidedly floral rum drink. The local abundance in Belize is the inspiration behind this cocktail, as all …

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 Above: The Seven Fathoms distillery in Georgetown (All photos by Rum Journal)A NUMBER OF RUMS have a unique raison d’être: high altitude, volcanic soil, aging done in more than one country. But a rum from the Cayman Islands has a …

 Although Bacardi is perhaps Puerto Rico’s more famous rum export, it’s Don Q that is the more popular at home, in terms of sales. And like Bacardi, the company has a long, storied history. Cataluña’s Don Juan Serrallés began the …

 Above: a roller at Graycliff (All photos by CJ) This edition of Rum Journal heads to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, for a voyage deep into the world of rum and cigars — two pleasures that frequently go hand in …

 There’s nothing pleasant about “sand in your shorts” unless Marina Perez is mixing up a cocktail of the same name at Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts. Originally created upon the request of an exceptionally sandy guest, fresh off of …

 Rum and music are woven deeply into the fabric of Jamaican society. So it’s only natural that one of the country’s newest exports combines a strong tradition from both worlds. Jamaica’s Blackwell Rum is the brainchild of legendary reggae music …

 Above: Lorena Vasquez Making Guatemala’s Ron Zacapa 23 is as much a science as an art. And its story starts, naturally, with chemistry. Lorena Vasquez always had a gift for identifying aromas and flavours, even as a child. As she grew …

 It’s called a “roof wetting.” Whenever the roof of a new building is completed in Bermuda, its owner holds a ceremony, and christens it. Only one thing is used to perform the ceremony, however: Gosling’s Rum. The history of Gosling’s …

 Above: an advertisement for Matusalem from 1957 (Photo: Ron Matusalem) JUST 10 YEARS after Don Facundo Bacardi Masso began operations in Santiago de Cuba, Benjamin and Eduardo Camp, brothers from Spain, along with a third partner, Evaristo Alvarez, opened a …

 This week’s Rum Journal takes a look at Zaya, an aged rum from Trinidad. Zaya Gran Reserva has had a rather varied history. It began life in Guatemala, distilled by Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala, where two rum standards, Ron Zacapa, …

 This week’s Rum Journal travels to the island of Dominica and the Rosalie Bay eco-luxury resort for a decidedly fresh take on a coconut rum cocktail. 21-year-old Dominica native Aziz Roberts has practiced his craft at the Rosalie Bay since …

 Above: a Bacardi ad from 1902 (Photo: Bacardi) Just like Haiti’s Barbancourt, which Rum Journal tasted last week, another major player in the rum world is celebrating its sesquicentennial. It was 1830 when Don Facundo Bacardi Massó, a wine merchant, …

 Above: Barbancourt’s distillery This week’s Rum Journal takes a look at the best-known rum out of Haiti, which is, in fact, a rhum. In the world of cane spirits, the letter “h” says a lot — signifying the difference between …

 This week’s Rum Journal travels to Grenada, the birthplace of a special rum cocktail. The Mount Cinnamon resort on Grand Anse Beach is the mixing studio of bartender Sheldon Vincent. Vincent, who began his career at La Dolce Vita restaurant …

 The story of Ron Atlantico begins in the Dominican Republic. But even before that, it began at Georgetown University. It was there that co-founders Aleco Azqueta and Brandon Lieb were classmates, and soon after colleagues at Bacardi. Azqueta then went …

 Welcome to CJ Rum Journal, a new feature that examines the world of the Caribbean’s favourite spirit. We begin with a look (and a taste) of a special premium rum out of Guyana and Barbados, by way of Spain: Dos …