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Mount Gay 1703 Master Select aged rum from Barbados

From one of the oldest rum producers in the world comes one of the finest rare aged rums ever bottled, Mount Gay 1703 Master Select.

Derived from double copper pot and single column still distillates, this spirit is a blend of 10 to 30 year old aged rums. 1703 Master Select is a  deliciously complex and concentrated nectar reflecting the life-long mastery of blender Allen Smith. Continue reading

Rum Arôme 28 from Panama

Among the most exclusive and expensive rums on the market, the new Rum Arôme 28 year old presents a luxury aged rum experience for serious rum collectors and connoisseurs.

Rum Arôme 28 is produced by a life-long master of rum in Panama and packaged for the luxury market. This rare rum expression is limited to 500 bottles worldwide.

Rum Arôme from Panama

The rare limited edition Rum Arôme is a luxury rum aged 28 years in Panama

The rum is distilled in a vintage copper column still and aged in used whiskey barrels for 28 years before a careful blending brings all the elements into a near perfect balance.

Tasting Notes

Aromas include brown sugar, charred whiskey wood, honey, baking spice, ripe butter and leather, with a hint of black pepper. A very smooth sweet entry builds big warmth at mid-palate before drying out with lingering vanilla and big wood over dried fruit, offering hints of cinnamon, cocoa and allspice. Notes of white raisins and butter linger in the long finish.

Availability

Rum Arôme 28 is available at select retailers or online from Passion Spirits or Sunset Corners.


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Abuelo XV Finish Collection rums deliver double barreled luxury

From Panama, the Abuelo XV Finish Collection features a trio of luxurious double barreled aged spirits aimed at the serious rum enthusiast. These limited edition 15 year old expressions are rested in casks of Tawny Port, Oloroso Sherry and Napoleon Cognac respectively.

The Abuelo XV Finish Collection

Each delivers a well aged, complex Central American spirit created from molasses, enhanced with a delightful bouquet of European wines during the second stage of maturity.

Abuelo XV Finish Collection limited edition aged rums from Panama, Abuelo Añejo XV Años Tawny Port Cask Finish, Abuelo Añejo XV Años Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish, Abuelo Añejo XV Años Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish

The Abuelo Finish Collection features three limited edition aged rums from Panama, finished in Tawny Port, Oloroso Sherry and Napoleon Cognac.

This trans-Atlantic connection serves as an homage to the masters — an international bridge between cultures, a melding of classic flavors and gastronomic legends.

Tasting Notes

Abuelo Añejo XV Años Tawny Port Cask Finish

Aromas of cocoa and tart berry over ripe dark fruit, butter cookie and mild wood. On the palate, sweet dark fruit leads to bitter chocolate Bon Bon and raspberry with bread pudding, fading into earthy wood and hints of cocoa in the long finish.

Abuelo Añejo XV Años Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Aromas of cacao and stone fruit with suggestion of herbaceous cane, vanilla custard and a hint of pear. On the palate, rich dark fruit builds to vanilla custard over musty wood and cola before aromatic eucalyptus and butter croissant precede a hint of cane and molasses in the long finish.

Abuelo Añejo XV Años Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish

Aromas of vanilla and musty bourbon oak lead to sweet fruit and pound cake with hints of green and black peppercorns over bitter wood. On the palate, a sweet caramel entry leads to bold cognac wood in the complex mid-palate, with a balance between sweet fruit and dry vanilla. The finish is wonderfully viscous, fading into echoes of honey, green banana and flowers.

These 750ml bottles of the Abuelo XV Finish Collection, at 40% abv, retail for about $75 in the United States.

The Abuelo brand offers a range of award-winning rums from Panama including the Añejo, 7 Años, 12 Años and the luxury expression Centuria.


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Diplomatico reveals 2002 Single Vintage aged rum

From Destilerías Unidas in Venezuela, the Diplomatico brand has revealed Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage, a new limited edition luxury rum expression.

Distilled in vintage copper pot stills in 2002, the rum was then aged in bourbon and single malt whisky casks for twelve years.

2002 Single Vintage Selection

Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage limited edition aged rum from Venezuela

Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage is a limited edition aged rum from Venezuela aged in oak for twelve years before a second aging in sherry barrels.

Crafted from a selection of the most exceptional rum reserves in their vast complex of aging warehouses, the components of this Diplomático 2002 Single Vintage are hand-selected for exceptional quality.

After the initial aging process, these select spirits are transferred to Oloroso Spanish Sherry casks for another year to impart an enhanced finish.

After the second aging process, the Maestros Roneros carefully blend the rums in order to obtain the structure, body, personality, flavors and aromas that best express the vintage year.

The result is an artful and delicate balance of rare aged rums, destined for this special limited edition 2002 Single Vintage, created for the most serious rum enthusiasts.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of vanilla and almond lead to well balanced caramel and dark dried fruit before aromatic oak, cigar box, musk and raisin. On the palate, initial flavors of caramel, vanilla and oak are enhanced by complex dark fruit, spices and hints of tobacco. The finish dries out with very long lasting echoes of oak, raisin and toffee.

This 750ml bottle of Diplomatico 2002 Single Vintage limited edition aged rum, bottled at 43% abv, sells for $119.

Diplomatico Rums

The Diplomatico brand includes many fine traditional expressions such as Rum Blanco, Reserva and Exclusiva. Among the prestige products are the single vintages and their ultimate luxury rum, Diplomatico Ambassador.


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Caribbean Rum Cruise announces VIP distillery tours

The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise is coming. A seven day holiday cruise through the Eastern Caribbean, featuring VIP tours of rum distilleries along the way, is set to sail from Puerto Rico on Saturday, November 19.

The 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise offers VIP distillery tours, departing November 19.

A delightful holiday rum cruise through the Eastern Caribbean promises special rum tasting events and VIP distillery tours aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas cruise ship, departing November 19, 2016.

Rum cruisers will meet rum experts from around the world. They’ll find great rum bargains on each island and revel with fellow rum enthusiasts.

VIP Rum Distillery Tours

Details of the 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise were recently announced by the Burr family, producers of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and publishers of Robs Rum Guide.

Robert A. Burr and his wife Robin will lead the land tours in St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados, visiting rum shops, rum tasting rooms and distilleries.

The group will depart Puerto Rico on the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas on a seven night cruise in search of Caribbean rum. The cruise returns to San Juan on Saturday, November 26. Guests will enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Barbados with specially planned events and a fabulous holiday meal.

The cost of VIP distillery tours with transportation is $300 per person, in addition to the cost of the cruise. The official travel agent coordinating the rum cruise is Deb Fogarty of Be Well Travel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The Ultimate Adventure For Rum Enthusiasts

“Rum enthusiasts and their friends will especially enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about their favorite Caribbean spirits. These are exclusive guided tours by some of the most knowledgeable people in the world of rum,” said Ms. Fogarty. “We are privileged to offer a holiday cruise itinerary that combines all the luxuries of this modern ship with rare VIP access. You’ll love these special tours and fine rum tastings at these iconic distilleries and rum shops along the way.”

“It’s a rum lover’s dream come true: setting sail through the Eastern Caribbean on a holiday adventure to discover how great rum is produced, aged and blended.”

Space for the VIP tours and tastings is limited. Call 954-778-5699 for booking details or email: Deb@bewelltravel.com.

For more details on the 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, see the Rum Cruise web page. http://www.rumrenaissance.com/Cruise.html

Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum from Panama

An exquisite expression long rested in oak barrels in the tropical regions of Panama, Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum is presented as a luxury limited edition of 6,720 bottles from hand-selected bourbon casks.

The Zafra Master Series, well known for the 21 year old Master Reserve, gained worldwide attention upon its debut in 2009 by Dana Importers of Miami, Florida.

The new limited edition Zafra 30 year old aged rum is a limited edition luxury expresion from Panama.

Created by a masterful blender, Zafra 30 year old limited edition aged rum from Panama sets a high standard for luxury rums sold in the United States.

This 30 year old luxury rum debuted at the VIP Tasting Bar of the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival to the amazement of many serious rum enthusiasts.

The color is deep mahogany. Aromas of luscious old oak over rich dark fruit lead to buttery dark brown caramel and vanilla. On the palate, a perfectly balanced entry of bitter wood, vanilla and honey blossoms into a warm and complex mid-palate accentuated with echoes of sherry and bourbon. The very long finish remains balanced to the end.

Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum is the result of a legendary life-long master blender’s talent, persistence and attention to detail. This limited edition rum expression is among the very finest from Panama.

The 750ml bottle retails for about $190.

Don Q 2005 Vintage Single Barrel Rum from Puerto Rico

From the Serralles family distillery located near the city of Ponce on the south coast of Puerto Rico, this new Don Q 2005 Single Barrel aged rum reflects the signature style of the company’s legacy of producing authentic dry aged rums.

Don Q 2005 Single Barrel vintage rum is part of a limited edition series, bottled from a small selection of exceptional single barrel Puerto Rican rum laid down in 2005.

From Serralles, the masters of Puerto Rican Rum, Don Q presents this Single Barrel limited edition 2005 vintage aged rum.

Don Q Single Barrel 2005 vintage from Serralles is a limited edition release ten year old aged rum from Puerto Rico.

Crafted from molasses using a modern five column still, this unique spirit by Master Distiller Silvia Santiago is worthy of the Serrallés family name and their 150 year reputation for producing exceptional rum.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, a delicate sweetness over toasted wood leads to a pleasant note of cane, a touch of sourdough and nut butter, with a hint of marzipan. On the palate, a delicate entry quickly develops a pleasant warmth that features charred and toasted bourbon wood before a rich buttery viscosity persists into the long finish.

Drink It Neat

Enjoyed neat in a fine tasting glass, the Don Q 2005 Single Barrel is a delightful experience for those that truly appreciate a well aged, dry light rum.

Bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof), the limited edition 750ml bottle of  Don Q Single Barrel 2005 Vintage rum sells for $39.99.

Dzama Nosy-Be Amber rum from Madagascar

Almost in a class by themselves, the rums of Dzama (pronounced zama) of Madagascar are influenced by their unique terroir, production methods and philosophy. Among the most interesting is the Dzama Nosy-Be Amber 104, a delightful expression that combines a higher proof (52% abv) with an amazing smoothness that faithfully reflects the cane fields of Nosy-Be, a tiny island of Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

The rum is distilled with local molasses. The area’s rich volcanic soil produces hearty strains of sugar cane, rich in minerals and high in sugar content.

From the tiny island of Nosy-Be in Madagascar, this 104 proof amber rum reflectes the unique terroir of it's origin.

Dzama Nosy-Be Amber 104 is a fine aged rum from Madagascar, offering a delightful balance of rich flavor and smooth mouthfeel.

The area also has a reputation for the delightful scents that fill the air from the world renowned Madagascar vanilla, as well as Ylang-Ylang, citrus, clove and wild pepper. These aromas infuse echoes of these lovely fragrances into the spirit.

Dzama Nosy-Be Amber 104 is distilled in column stills and rested four years in oak from the Chivas Brothers Distillery. This expression won a gold award in the 2012 International Rum Expert Panel tasting competition.

With a potent proof of 104, the nose starts with subtle tones of sweet vegetal cane, fresh cut vegetables, flowers, short bread cookies and pepper, while the palate suggests sweet butter cream, cane, vanilla and old oak, leading to bright pepper before a long, slightly sweet and warm lingering finish.

Dzama Rhum was developed by Lucien Fohine. His son Franck, with an extensive education in viticulture and oenology, as well as fermentation and distillation, continues the family traditions by maintaining the highest quality standards with each of their unique rum expressions.

Dzama dominates 60% of the spirits market on the island of Madagascar. The brand name is derived from the city of Dzamandzar.

Dzama rums are imported in the USA by Vizcaya Wine Imports. The 750ml bottle of Nosy-Be Amber 104 sells for $49.95.

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival adds luxury VIP Tasting Bar

The addition of a VIP Tasting Bar offering select luxury, vintage and limited edition rums will offer a new level of excitement for serious rum enthusiasts at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Expo. The annual event, said to be the world’s largest gathering of rum experts, professionals and consumers, is scheduled for April 15-17, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center.

Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo host Robert Burr today announced the addition of the VIP Tasting Bar at this popular rum event, featuring a selection of outstanding samples from his private collection.

“We want to share with rum fest participants some of the most interesting and exquisite rums that we’ve collected from our travels around the world. This is a splendid opportunity for rum enthusiasts to better understand and appreciate these limited edition, vintage and rare collectibles,” said Robert Burr, author of Rob’s Rum Guide, the National Rum Examiner blog and the Rum Minute YouTube channel.

Miami Rum Renaissance, VIP Tasting Bar, rum festival, trade expo, Robert Burr

The addition of the new luxury VIP Rum Tasting Bar at the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Expo allows rum enthusiasts to discover the world’s best rums.

The VIP Tasting Bar will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Rum Fest weekend from 1 to 6pm.

Both Robert Burr and his son Rob V. Burr will be on hand at the VIP Tasting Bar to share their knowledge and passion for these select expressions of the world’s best rums.

“In the course of publishing Rob’s Rum Guide and reporting for the National Rum Examiner, we are privileged to visit most of the great rum distilleries in the world,” said Rob. V. Burr. “Along the way, we’re collecting some very special bottles that represent the incredible range of high quality rums from Barbados and Jamaica to Guatemala and Panama; from Nicaragua and Haiti to Martinique and Guadeloupe; from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to Venezuela and Guyana — and beyond. We invite our rum loving friends to stop by the VIP Tasting Bar to share some of our passion — as well as a taste of these fine rums.”

The event is also host to the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP) Tasting Competition and associated awards.

Advance tickets for the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Show are currently on sale through the web site. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Hotel rooms at the adjoining DoubleTree Hilton are also available at the discount rate of $139 per night online.

For more information, call the rum fest hotline at 305-443-7973 or visit the web site at RumRenaissance.com

Mezan Jamaica 2000 vintage rum

From the legendary Long Pond Distillery in Trelawny, Jamaica, this vintage Mezan Jamaica 2000 expression delivers the classic fruity and funky profile we’ve come to expect from legacy Jamaican distillers.

Mezan has built a reputation for bottling authentic, unadulterated spirits from notable producers in select destinations, and this Jamaica 2000 is no exception.

Mezan Jamaica 2000 - From the legendary Long Pond Distillery in Trelawny, Jamaica, this vintage 2000 rum from Mezan delivers authentic Jamaican funkiness and rich fruity notes.

Mezan’s authentic Jamaica 2000 vintage rum comes from the legendary Long Pond distillery’s traditional double thumper pot still.

Long Pond is known for their long, slow fermentation cycles, allowing natural yeast to convert sugar to alcohol over a long period in the traditional manner. The addition of dunder from previous fermentations is an old technique long lost at modern distilleries.

This slow fermentation process builds rich and complex high ester flavor profiles, which are refined by a double distillation process in their traditional double retort pot still.

The result of this uniquely rich fermentation and rustic distillation is big rum flavor — Mezan Jamaica 2000 offers a reflection of style that made Jamaican rums famous the world over for centuries.

Aromas of sweet butter and charred oak, then big banana lead to subtle chardonnay with a hint of green apple before traces of pineapple, then a vegetal bouquet of fruit and dank earthiness over bread dough. On the palate, Mezan Jamaica 2000 presents a smooth entry of rich buttery toffee gives way to a very interesting briny, earthy leather and complex fruit notes tempered by a woody finish.

The 750ml bottle of Mezan Jamaica 2000 sells for $54.95.

Yolo Gold aged rum from Panama

“You only live once” is the motto of a person who enjoys a sociable and luxurious lifestyle — and it’s the theme behind this delicious Yolo Gold aged rum.

Produced in Panama by master of rum Don “Pancho” Fernandez, Yolo Gold aged rum rests for ten years in charred oak bourbon barrels, developing a complexity of flavor and a deep mahogany color.

Yolo Gold - From Panama, a masterful blend of aged rums gives Yolo Gold a richly complex and satisfying profile and deep mahogany color.

Yolo Gold is a ten year old dark mahogany colored aged rum created by master of rum Don Pancho Fernandez in Panama.

Philip Guerin’s enthusiasm for rum lead him to establish the brand along with his wife Jessica. With a lifetime of experience in marketing and brand development, they assimilated their talents, their passion and love for quality rum into this savvy Colorado-based brand.

This dark amber aged rum offers aromas of charred wood and toffee before a hint of burnt sugar balanced by a vegetal sweetness over cigar box. On the palate, cinnamon brûlée leads then fades to reveal a cognac-like wet wood into the long dry vanilla finish, well balanced between sweet and dry, offering a subtle hint of raw cocoa in the aftertaste.

Yolo Gold aged rum is the winner of numerous medals, including a Gold Award at the International Rum Expert Panel Tasting Competition in 2015.

Yolo Gold carries a list price of $44.99 for the 750ml bottle.

Ron Duran 12 year old aged rum from Panama debuts

A new aged rum, named for famed boxing champion Roberto Duran, was recently introduced to the U.S. market by Ekeko Fine Wines and Spirits of Houston Texas. Duran 12 year old aged rum, produced by Master Distiller and Blender Don “Pancho” Fernandez of Panama, was first shown at the Miami Rum Fest Trade Show in April.

Ron Duran 12 - From his copper column still in Panama, master blender Don Pancho Fernandez has created a masterpiece aged rum of 12 years in honor of famed boxer Roberto Duran.

Ron Duran is a fine aged rum produced in Panama by master blender Don Pancho Fernandez in honor of boxing legend Roberto Duran.

Ekeko today announced that Ron Duran 12 would soon be available widely in leading liquor retailers and venues throughout North America.

Roberto Durán Samaniego is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He retired in 2002 with a record of 120 fights, 104 wins and 69 KOs. The Associated Press voted Duran as the #1 lightweight boxer of the 20th century.

As a tribute to the master fighter, this Ron Duran 12 year old aged rum was specially crafted by Don Pancho for strength of character. This exquisite flavor profile is achieved by a blend of rum aged for 12 years in white oak whiskey barrels.

Ron Duran 12 rum uses the finest molasses from Panama and is distilled in copper columns using a proprietary yeast from the master blender. Don Pancho developed Duran rum to truly capture the essence of patience, passion, perseverance and triumph.

Aromas of buttery wet oak, cola nut and pistachio lead to creamy dry vanilla, orange blossom, dried fruits and toffee over creamy vanilla before a subtle hint of anise. On the palate, a well balanced coconut husk entry walks a fine line between sweet and dry as it cascades through cream soda, dark fruit, custard, toasted oak and coconut husk before dry toasted wood with hints of anise. Through the long finish, the palate remains well balanced.

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Cartavio rum from Peru expanding U.S. distribution

From the fertile valley of Cartavio in northern Peru, a modern distillery produces pot still and column still rums from local sugar cane, aged in a variety of woods to create a number of award-winning expressions. This is Ron Cartavio aged rum.

Cartavio aged rum - Fine aged rums from Peru are finding greater distribution in the USA as Ron Cartavio reaches into new markets each month.

Ron Cartavio aged rums from Peru are imported in the USA by Jim Driscoll of Ekeko Wine and Spirits in Houston, Texas.

Although Peru is not generally known for producing some of the world’s best rums, U.S. importer Jim Driscoll of Ekeko Fine Wines and Spirits is hoping to change that perception and help Ron Cartavio aged rum earn the reputation he believes it deserves.

Ekeko has been importing pisco and wine from Peru for the past three years. On a recent trip to Lima, he and his wife Carole were amazed to discover the quality of this local Peruvian brand of rum.

“We first time we tasted Ron Cartavio aged rum, we knew we had to share this with our friends in the U.S.A.,” said Jim. He went to work right away promoting the Cartavio Selecto five year old aged rum and the Solera 12 year old. But Jim believed the one rum that would surely turn heads — that would truly amaze rum enthusiasts — was the 18 year old Ron Cartavio XO, a special aged blend created by Master Distiller Federico Schulz to celebrate the company’s 80th anniversary back in 2009.

One of Jim’s first major presentations was at the Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo. Thousands of consumers and members of the trade tasted the rum that weekend in April, with excellent results.

In the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP) tasting competition, Ron Cartavio XO earned the Best In Class Gold Medal in the premium rum category. And Ron Cartavio XO also took a Best In Class Gold Medal in the Consumer Rum Jury awards.

“For a rum to win both the rum expert’s top award and the consumer jury’s top award was unprecedented,” said Jim. “These accolades and recognition — along with the great feedback we received from the people of Miami and the rum experts — reinforced our belief that Ron Cartavio XO is certainly one of the best rums in the world, even if few people knew about it yet. I could see I had a big job cut out for me.”

Parlaying on their recent success, Ekeko has begun opening up distribution for Ron Cartavio aged rum all over the United States, starting in Florida, Texas, California, New York and Illinois. They also added accessible silver and black expressions to their line of rums imported in the country.

Now, with more than 20 awards and greatly increased visibility, Ekeko will bring Ron Cartavio to the California Rum Festival in San Francisco in September. Festivities will continue with exotic cocktails and educated rum tastings at Longitude in Oakland, a bar that specializes in rum and cocktails.

To say that Jim Driscoll is optimistic about the success of Ron Cartavio aged rums is an understatement. “We expect to begin distributing Ron Cartavio in Georgia, the Carolinas and Washington state within the next few months.”

With undaunted entrepreneurial spirit, genuine passion and a love for these Peruvian discoveries, Ekeko is working hard to earn Ron Cartvio a coveted place on the menus of fine bars and restaurants, as well as the shelves of liquor stores across the country.

Additional information about Ekeko Wine and Spirits can be found at www.ekekowineandspirits.com

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Seven Day rum cruise visits Caribbean distilleries

It’s a rum fanatic’s dream. A luxury Caribbean Rum Cruise featuring VIP tours of rum distilleries — from large industrial factories to small plantation-style artisanal operations — spanning the week of November 15-22, 2015.

Departing from San Juan, the 2015 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise will visit Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Sint Maarten and St. Croix before returning to Puerto Rico.

Caribbean Rum Cruise - Calling all rum lovers! Don't miss the boat as the 2015 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise sets sail November 15-22 for a rum and fun-filled adventure with distillery tours throughout the Southeast Caribbean.

The 2015 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise visits rum distilleries and tasting rooms in Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Sint Maarten, St. Croix and Puerto Rico from November 15 to 22 aboard the Royal Caribbean Jewel Of The Seas.

Organized by Deborah Fogarty at Be Well Travel, this Caribbean Rum Cruise offers a unique opportunity to visit six islands in seven days, with optional land tours visiting up to nine distilleries and visitor centers, plus rum seminars, special tasting events and visits to authentic island rum shops along the way.

The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Rum Cruise takes place on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, a dazzling Radiance-class ship which combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces for maximum relaxation and comfort. All meals aboard the ship are included.

The Ultimate Caribbean Rum Cruise

Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Sunday, November 15 at 8:30pm, the ship sets sail for Barbados, arriving Tuesday morning for a full-day adventure.

Bridgetown, Barbados

The first stop is St. Nicholas Abbey, an old historic cane plantation where they create small batches of fresh rum from their own cane syrup in a copper pot still. After a stop for Bajan lunch, the group proceeds to another historic sugar plantation where Foursquare Distillery makes some of the very best rums in the Caribbean from both a traditional pot and a modern column still. The final stop in Barbados is the Mount Gay welcome center for a presentation of this iconic rum brand’s history and a VIP tasting of their finest rums.

Roseau, St. Lucia

On Wednesday morning, Caribbean Rum Cruise enthusiasts awake in St. Lucia to embark on a breath-taking tour through the verdant hills near Roseau valley. The St Lucia Distillers Group of Companies produces world class rums and liqueurs in a process that has, like its environment, changed little in a hundred years. Several types of copper pot stills produce unique distillates, which are aged in bourbon and port barrels. A special VIP tasting session reveals dozens of wonderful expressions.

St. John, Antigua

On Thursday, a visit to Antigua Distillery near the St. John’s cruise port reveals the copper Coffey column still used to create English Harbour rums, including the popular 5 year old, the 10 year reserve and the 1981 Vintage.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

The very popular Dutch port of Sint Maarten on Friday offers a myriad of fine shops in Philipsburg along Front Street with 100% duty-free prices. The tour visits the popular Caribbean Liquors & Tobacco shop for rum tastings and a fine selection of Caribbean spirits with great prices.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

The island of St. Croix is the gem of the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Saturday, a day tour of the Cruzan rum distillery is followed by lunch and a visit to the Captain Morgan distillery and welcome center.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

As the ship saunters into Old San Juan harbor Sunday morning, passengers enjoy a leisurely final breakfast before departing. Americans exit through customs here in Puerto Rico, so there’s no need to go through customs again back on the U.S. mainland.

After disembarking, a visit to the distillery at Casa Bacardi reveals much about the company’s storied past and a view of this modern production facility in action. Back in Old San Juan, the DonQ Welcome Center is a great destination for refreshing cocktails and a presentation on the history of Puerto Rico’s number one rum brand.

Limited Availability

The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Rum Cruise and land excursions are limited to a small number of persons. For more information, contact Deborah Fogarty at Be Well Travel at 954-778-5699, or send email to: Deb@bewelltravelcruises.com

Blue Water Ultra Premium rums from Dominican Republic

Blue Water Beverage Brands recently launched their first two products at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo — Blue Water Ultra Premium white rum and Blue Water Caribbean Gold Premium Spiced Rum.

Blue Water Ultra Premium - Made in the Dominican Republic, two new spirits from Blue Water Rum include premium white and gold spiced expressions.

Blue Water Rum has recently released a premium white rum and an aged gold spiced rum, made in the Dominican Republic, which won a 2015 Gold RumXP Award.

The spiced rum took home a Gold Award in the 2015 RumXP international Tasting Competition.

The new brand, based in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, expects to deliver a full line of white, spiced, aged, flavored and specialty rums in the near future.

Behind this private label brand is boutique rum manufacturer Oliver & Oliver International of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Originally from Cuba, Omar Vicente Ramirez is the Maestro Ronero who supervises the development of Blue Water’s rums. Blue Water chose Omar for his decades of experience and worldly knowledge of rum.

Blue Water Ultra Premium Rum is a white 40% ABV distilled using a column still, then rested in a stainless steel vat leaving its color as pure as the blue waters of the Caribbean.

On the nose we find light alcohol with accents of sweet marshmallow and creamy vanilla over mineral water with vague cinnamon and aguardiente notes. On the palate, a very smooth entry builds up warmth in mid-palate, offering slightly sweet creamy vanilla marshmallow before building some warmth with echoes of fresh cane in the finish.

Blue Water Caribbean Gold Rum is a multi award-winning spiced rum of 35% ABV. This rum gets its color from aging in American Oak barrels for three years before being delicately infused with fruits and spices. It makes great cocktail and also plays well as a sipper on the rocks.

On the nose, we find zesty orange slice candy with baking spice leading to a hint of egg custard over sweet vanilla, with a suggestion of orange blossom water and double-bubble gum. A whiff of cinnamon is detected. On the palate, a medium sweet entry with bright orange and vanilla over baking spices dries out mid-palate, leading to an astringent note of anise which balances the sweet component.

The signature cocktail they have created with the spiced rum is “96 degrees,” named after the 96 Degrees In The Shade song from world famous recording reggae artists Third World.

96 Degrees

  •     2 oz Blue Water Caribbean Gold Spiced Rum
  •     1 oz Old Jamaica Ginger Beer
  •     several slices of fresh cucumber

method: Shake the rum with the cucumber slices and ice. Strain in a highball glass with fresh ice, top with ginger beer. Garnish with cucumber.

Blue Water rums are presently available for purchase in St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies and Anguilla, British West Indies. Blue Water is expanding these brands into neighboring islands, including the exclusive and influential St. Barth’s, French West Indies and St. Kitts and Nevis. Blue Water intends to continue expanding these brands throughout the Caribbean Region and, ultimately, export them into the United States as early as 2016.

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