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American Rum Portfolio debuts at 2017 Miami Rum Festival

America is returning to its roots with a proliferation of local craft distillers creating authentic rums — as evidenced in the new American Rum Portfolio showcase at the 2017 Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo. Is this the New American Rum Revolution?

Festival organizers recognize the rapid growth of American craft spirits. The 2017 Miami Rum Fest scheduled for April 22-23 at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center will highlight a collection of fine American rums selected by the editors of Robs Rum Guide.

American Rum Portfolio at Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo

The 2017 Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo April 22-23 will feature the American Rum Portfolio — highlighting a collection of award winning American rums selected by the editors of Robs Rum Guide.

The American Rum Portfolio Debuts

The American Rum Portfolio offers craft spirit producers an opportunity to present their best products at this large gathering of rum enthusiasts, experts and professionals.

Rum connoisseurs and collectors will discover the most complete collection of American rums ever assembled under one roof.

The New American Rum Revolution

Before the American revolution, more than 8,000 distilleries in the American colonies were producing rum from the plentiful supply of molasses available through trade with Caribbean islands. Most ceased production by the time prohibition decimated the American spirits industry. Now, that downward trend is reversing.

“In the past few years, more national, regional and local rum distillers are gaining well-deserved attention. Many are making their mark as true artisan spirits by winning awards and setting new standards for authentic, hand-made rum,” said Robert A. Burr, publisher of Robs Rum Guide.

“We’re now tracking more than 150 producers of American rum. It’s nothing short of a rum revolution — changing the American rum industry. They’re bringing back the art of craft distilling, presenting American rum in a most favorable light by emphasizing the quality aspects of small production.”

Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo Celebrates Rum

Miami Rum Fest and Trade ExpoThe annual gathering of rum experts and consumers in Miami is the place where rum reputations are made. The RumXP panel of expert rum judges from around the world gathers for their blind tasting competition. Rum producers from far and wide — as well as locals — gather to present their products to an eager audience.

Rum distillers, importers, distributors and retailers come together once a year to collaborate and put their heads together to assess the direction of the rum industry.

Now, American rum producers will take a front row position as the American Rum Portfolio debuts at this global gathering.

For more information about the American Rum Portfolio at the Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo, call 707-278-6736 or visit the Miami Rum Fest web site: www.miamirumfest.com

Stolen Overproof Rum launching in key U.S. markets

Known for their clever approach to marketing, Stolen Spirits announces the release of their Stolen Overproof Rum across the United States in key markets.

Discovering Stolen Overproof Rum

Stolen discovered this rum at a historic, family-run distillery in Jamaica that’s over 250 years old.

Stolen Overproof Rum

Stolen Spirits’ Overproof rum from Jamaica is produced in a traditional pot still from a legacy distillery.

In their time-honored Jamaican style, the mash ferments for seven days in a selection of 50 different cedar vats, developing a bold, rich and complex flavor profile. Traditional copper pots are used to distill the rum in a rustic manner, before a six year maturation in used whiskey barrels.

Stolen Overproof Rum is bottled at 123 proof (61.5% abv) and presented in half-size 375ml bottles with a suggested list price of about $20.

Tasting Notes

Stolen Overproof Rum offers aromas of bold charred oak and pepper over ripe banana, leading to funky juicy fruit. On the palate, a bold entry of butter, vanilla and oak develops a bouquet of fruit in the dry mid-palate with hints of tart citrus, soft pear, black banana and a touch of treacle in the long finish.

A Handcrafted Rum

“We consider ourselves to be extremely fortunate to have discovered this remarkable product. It’s rare to find a handcrafted rum of this proof and quality that’s been aged for six years,” said Samira Seiller, Global Managing Director of Stolen Spirits.

Stolen Overproof Rum is a limited release, with only 60,000 of the half-size 375ml bottles available.

About Stolen Spirits

Other notable releases from Stolen Spirits include the Stolen Smoked rum.

The brand began in 2010 when two rum fanatics gave up the corporate grind to pursue their passion in Auckland, New Zealand.  Stolen Spirits products are currently available in Australia, New Zealand, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina and Tennessee, with more states coming online soon.


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Oak And Cane rum launches in Florida

Produced in small batches in Riviera Beach, Florida, the new Oak And Cane boutique rum launched in Ft. Lauderdale recently, seeking to deliver a very smooth and delightful expression to the local market.

The Oak And Cane Project

Oak And Cane rum from Fort Lauderdale, Florida rests in orange peels

Oak And Cane rum is a distilled specialty spirit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida rested in orange peels.

Fred Greene leads the project. His new rum, bottled at a gentle 35% (70 proof) is classified as a Distilled Specialty Spirit, rested in Florida orange peels and finished in charred American oak.

The brand’s stated goal is to create an American lifestyle product that is smooth on the rocks or can be mixed into timeless classic cocktails like an Old Fashioned, Mojito or even a Mimosa or Sangria.

Tasting Notes

Delicate aromas of light vanilla and faint citrus are revealed over a hint of aromatic wood. On the palate, this pale spirit initially reveals creamy vanilla and bright orange, leading to a light viscosity and mild texture in the mid-palate. The dry finish is faint and smooth with lingering notes of creamsicle.

Oak & Cane can be purchased for about $47 plus shipping from the Passion Spirits online web site.


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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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Ohana: Luau by the Sea returns to Ft. Lauderdale

Ohana means “family” in Hawaiian. The concept behind Ohana, Luau by the Sea is for Tiki Family to come together with a purpose and have serious fun once a year at a seaside gathering.

Ohana, Luau By The Sea, Mai Kai, Polynesian, Ft. Lauderdale

Ohana: Luau By The Sea is a big weekend gathering and celebration of tiki cocktails and Polynesian culture hosted by the Fraternal Order of the Moai (FOM) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on the first weekend of October.

The Fraternal Order of the Moai Foundation donates all profits to their designated charity: the Easter Island Foundation. The National Fellowship of local chapters is proud to support multiple scholarships administered by the EIF.

Luau By The Sea

Luau by the Sea is a global gathering in Ft. Lauderdale during the first weekend of October organized by the Fraternal Order of the Moai. For those coming in from out of town early, Ohana Luau by the Sea kicks off with a trip to the Planeboat once owned by Howard Hughes — a Ft. Lauderdale oddity — on Thursday, September 29 from 1 to 4 pm.

Floating in the Ft. Lauderdale Intercoastal Waterway, take a tour with Medusirena, the Fire Eating Mermaid and enjoy complimentary classic cocktails for this extra special event. A separate ticket is required which includes transportation to and from the host hotel.

Ohana Vice Party

Later on Thursday evening (September 29) everyone convenes for the “Ohana Vice Party” in the appropriately named Aqua and Terra Ballrooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale 17th Street, the host hotel for the event. Here you will find incredible look-alike to James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs of Miami Vice. Show off your costume and blend in to this themed evening to get the Luau by the Sea party started. Pusser’s Navy Rum is awarding prizes for the best costumes.

Friday Seminars

On Friday, September 30, registration opens at 11am. Begin your day by attending four seminars throughout the afternoon.

  • Howard Huges’ Stratoliner Planeboat, a brief history

    Learn more about this local oddity and cultural icon from hosts David Drimmer and Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid.

  • Bitters and Tinctures

    Join Ayme Harrison of Kreepy Tiki as she takes you on an exploration of Bitters and Tinctures for your cocktails. This seminar is both a presentation and a hands-on class. There is an optional Bitters Kit for sale that includes everything you need to make your own bitters.

  • Tiki by the Numbers

    Explore the great variety of flavors of tiki cocktails deconstructed by the Gumbo Limbo Chapter of the FOM. We’ve all seen tiki bar menus that read as though every drink is “a blend of rums and tropical juices.” This interactive seminar will help you visualize and taste the different ranges of the tiki trinity (sour, sweet, and strong), with extra attention to the flavors that come from different styles of rum.

  • Tropical Fusion

    Polynesian Gods, Barrels of Rum, Rogues, Scoundrels and Geniuses. Join writer and seminar host Paul Senft for his discussion about the history of rum and its part in the evolution of the Tiki movement and the people behind it.

Friday Grand Luau Feast

At 6:45pm Friday evening the Grand Luau begins in the Grand Salon of the Embassy Suites where guests will enjoy a wonderful Floribbean/Hawaiian theme feast with lots of wonderful entertainment. Rocking the Luau by the Sea for the second year with their unique combination of surf, exotica and Hot Rod music.

Come see why 9th Wave is called the “Official Band of Ohana!” The Aloha Islanders will perform a high-energy and authentic Polynesian show that is an action packed non-stop revue of dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand.

Roy and Malia Anderson of Ronin Taiko combine elements of Japanese instruments, Tiki-exotica music, and theatre to create a unique Pan Pacific experience. And Nani Maka and Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will be dancing together on the Ohana Stage.

Saturday, The Rumporium

On Saturday, October 1, the Rumporium will open at 12 noon along with all the great Luau by the Sea Tiki Vendors. Enjoy sipping and learning about some great rums while you shop for your favorite Tiki souvenir. And don’t forget to bid on some wonderful items in the Silent Auction and support the Scholarships for the Easter Island Foundation.

Try your rum knowledge at the Great Rum Challenge sponsored by Rob’s Rum Guide and the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. If you can correctly identify all the rums in this blind tasting, you win a ticket to the festival April 22-23, 2017. Learn how to play the Ukulele with Tony Baloney at 1pm.

Tiki Mission to the Mai Kai

At 5pm the Mai Kai opens and everyone will make their way to Happy Hour at the Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant’s Molokai Bar where special drinks will be available for the Ohana crowd. At 7:30pm Ohana Dinner seating begins. Everyone will enjoy their spectacular evening together watching the Mai Kai’s incredible Polynesian Show.

Sunday at Kreepy Tiki

On Sunday, October 2, everyone meets at the Kreepy Tiki Lounge, before departing, for the Hair of the Dog, Car and Bike Show, hosted by the Gumbo Limbo Chapter. The Kreepy Tiki is on the way to the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

Tickets and Reservations

Your $95 ticket includes the seminars, the Luau Dinner, the Aloha Islanders, the Taiko drumming by Roy and Malia, the Pretty Allrights on Ukulele, the totally awesome 9th Wave, the Rumporium, the Ohana Marketplace, and the Ohana Silent Auction which benefits the E.I.F. for the weekend.

  • First, get your tickets on the web site.
  • Second, call the Mai Kai and make your reservations for dinner on Saturday at 954-563-3272 and tell them you want to join Ohana for dinner on Saturday, October 1. Please reserve your space at the first dinner seating.
  • Third, call the Embassy Suites and book a room in the heart of the action. They are pet friendly, if you want to bring along fido. Call 954-527-2700 or visit the hotel web site.

For more information about Ohana: Luau By The Sea, visit the Ohana: Laua By The Sea web site.

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Mount Gay Rum releases Origin Series – The Copper Stills

The iconic Mount Gay brand of rum from Barbados recently announced a special limited edition aged rum package: Origin Series – The Copper Stills.

From Barbados, the new Mount Gay Origin Series: Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection features two similarly aged rums created in two different stills.

The Copper Stills: Pot vs. Column

Origin Series, Copper Stills, Mount Gay rum from Barbados

Mount Gay releases their limited edition Origin Series Volume Two: The Copper Stills, featuring a selection of two aged rum expressions from Barbados.

The first was produced in a copper pot still, the traditional method of creating rum that dates back to the brand’s origins in Barbados in 1703. The second expression was created in a modern copper column still, a more efficient method for producing rum from molasses.

Each of the two rums included in this special package exhibits a flavor profile unique to it’s method of distillation. Mount Gay rums achieve their complexity and depth of flavor by combining these types of marques in their popular blends.

Tasting Notes

The Copper Pot Rum leads with aromas of sweet cane, vanilla and funky fruit. On the palate notes of dark chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds lead to butter and oak in the finish.

The Copper Column Rum offers aromas of butter and banana. On the palate, hints of sweet ripe fruit and delicate floral notes precede toasted oak.

The Origin Series Collections

“We created the Origin Series collections so that we could give rum drinkers the unique opportunity to experience rum by tasting the pure essence of the distinct distillation methods. We want to share a deeper understanding of how each part of the process can change the taste of rum entirely,” said Mount Gay Master Blender Allen Smith. “Copper Pot is a rich, intricate interpretation of signature Mount Gay aromatics, robust in flavor and body. Copper Column is a delicate and mellow expression of our classic profile.”

Like Volume One of the Origin Series – which featured Virgin Cask and Charred Cask varieties – Volume Two is presented in bespoke packaging of two 375ml bottles, along with a detailed booklet that gives an overview of the creation of the two rums.

The Origin Series Copper Stills collection, at 43% abv, will be available beginning October 2016 at premium liquor and spirits stores across the United States for a suggested retail price of $95.

Mount Gay Rums

The Mount Gay portfolio of fine rums also includes 1703 Old Cask Selection, Extra Old, Black Barrel, Eclipse and Eclipse Silver. Mount Gay is owned by Rémy-Cointreau SA, and is exclusively imported to the U.S. by Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc.

Visit the Mount Gay Rum web site or the Mount Gay Rum Facebook page for more information. Follow Mount Gay rum: @MountGayRum on Facebook and Instagram.


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Rum Guide attracts rum enthusiasts the world over

The world of rum enthusiasts is an expanding neural network. Today, our website received visitors from more than 70 countries.The world of rum enthusiasts is a neural network.

Today, our website received visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Philippines, Australia, India, France, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, European Union, Pakistan, Italy, Cambodia, Iraq, Belgium, Taiwan, Greece, Kenya, Netherlands, Denmark, Namibia, Algeria, New Zealand, Norway, Mauritius, Benin, Nepal, Lithuania, Israel, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico, Bulgaria, Singapore, Sudan, Bhutan, South Africa, Hungary, Puerto Rico, Syria, Jordan, Guinea, Sweden, Albania, Romania, Qatar, Brazil, Congo – Kinshasa, Thailand, Curaçao, Laos, Spain, Morocco, Latvia, Palestinian Territories, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Antigua & Barbuda, Cyprus, Zambia and Trinidad & Tobago.

Graciosa Double Aged Cachaça released in USA

Novo Fogo Graciosa double aged cachaça, now available in the USA, is a fine example of a 100% USDA certified organic spirit from a zero-waste cachaça distillery. This expression ages for two years in re-purposed American oak, then finishes for 18 months in a barrel made from Brazil Nut (castanheira do Pará) wood.

Graciosa is made at Agroecológica Marumbi distillery, in the town of Morretes, in the southern state of Paranà, Brazil.

Graciosa is produced at Agroecológica Marumbi distillery, known for producing small batches (130 liters each) of organic cachaça.

Graciosa double aged cachaça is named after the idyllic road (Estrada da Graciosa) that crosses the Brazilian Rainforest from the mountains to the sea; a reference to the graceful and enchanting land it traverses.

The Agroecológica Marumbi distillery is known for producing small batches (130 liters each) in the town of Morretes, in the southern state of Paranà.

Graciosa Wood Management

Novo Fogo’s dual-wood barreling process for aged cachaça was perfected by master distiller Dr. Agenor Maccari, Jr.

Novo Fogo Graciosa double aged cachaça from Brazil is double aged in two kinds of barrels

Graciosa Cachaça is aged for two years in re-purposed American oak, then finished for 18 months in a Brazil Nut wood barrel.

With this expression, he carefully evaluates the spirit’s maturation as the rare flavors of Brazilian woods harmonize with the delightful flavors of American oak.

Environmental Sustainability

Novo Fogo’s wood management goals spotlight their commitment to environmental propriety, sourcing indigenous wood legally and sustainably. Pairing properly attained Brazilian woods with American oak doesn’t just produce delicious barrel-aged cachaça; it’s the right thing to do for Brazil’s environment.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of pecan shell, cinnamon bark and floral essences compliment the woody herbal character and cane fragrances. On the palate, aromatic wood and bark lead to bright cinnamon, allspice and clove. At mid-palate, cane and toasted almond are balanced by a hint of anise in the warm finish.

Novo Fogo Graciosa is a special limited edition release for 2016, bottled at 42% abv. The 750ml bottle sells for $34.95.

Cocktail Suggestion: Down But Not Out

2 oz Novo Fogo Graciosa
1 oz Cocchi Americano
0.25 oz Maraschino
Method: Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf, slapped to release its aromatic oils.

Cedar Ridge releases Port Cask five year old aged rum

Cedar Ridge Distillery has announced their limited edition Cedar Ridge Port Cask five year old aged rum, with a scheduled released in October, 2016. The expression emphasizes their dual expertise as the only integrated distillery and winery in Iowa.

Cedar Ridge Port Cask finish is a five year old, limited edition aged rum from Iowa.

Cedar Ridge has announced their limited edition Port Cask five year old aged rum produced at their winery and distillery near Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Cedar Ridge Winery produces wines from its own estate-grown grapes. A variety of boutique wines are available from the winery, including their American Port, White Port and the Iowa Varietal Series.

Cedar Ridge Distillery crafts its award-winning spirits in small batches in its European-engineered 80-gallon artisanal pot still. In addition to rum, some of their products include Bourbon, Single Malt, Rye, Wheat Whiskey and Un-aged Whiskey. Specialty spirits include Pear Brandy, Apple Brandy, Grape Brandy and Howdy’s Apple Pie liqueur.

Cedar Ridge Port Cask Limited Edition

The new Cedar Ridge Port Cask five year old aged rum is fermented and double-distilled. The spirit is then placed in single-use ex-Bourbon casks to mature. After the five-year mark, the rum is transferred to freshly emptied Cedar Ridge Port barrels for a unique finish.

Four casks of the rum, after accounting for the angel’s share, filled three Port barrels. The first limited edition batch is expected to yield approximately 1,000 standard 750ml bottles at 43% abv (86 proof).

Tasting Notes

The nose leads with aromatic wood over vanilla, honey and a berry note. On the palate, a dry entry features vanilla over butterscotch before big warmth at mid-palate. The wine notes emerge to compliment the wood before brown butter and floral accents give way to a warm, dry finish.

Cedar Ridge will release this limited edition Port Cask 5-year aged rum with a suggested retail price of $45.

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery

Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery makes a Port Cask finished five year old limited edition aged rum

The Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery near Swisher, Iowa produces notable boutique wines and craft spirits.

Jeff and Laurie Quint established their vineyards in 2002. The winery and the distillery in Swisher, Iowa opened in 2005.

The lush 5,000 vines and nearly 15,000 square foot winery, distillery, tasting room and event center provide the highest quality wines, spirits and entertainment experience in the area.

The unique Cedar Ridge event space includes a 200 seat venue, a boardroom for executive meetings and a 25 foot long tasting bar room that can accommodate 72 guests.

Florida A1A Cocktail Trail offers tropical libations

In North Florida, take the A1A Cocktail Trail when you want to enjoy a leisurely drive along the coast. The route combines amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean with stops at popular watering holes that feature tropical cocktails made with fresh Florida citrus and local craft spirits from St. Augustine Distillery.

North Florida's A1A Cocktail Trail features tropical cocktails made with Florida citrus and spirits from St. Augustine Distillery.

North Florida’s A1A Cocktail Trail offers a delightful adventure along Florida’s Historic Coastline, discovering tropical cocktails made with fresh Florida citrus and rum from the St. Augustine Distillery.

The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), St. Augustine Distillery and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB) have created a trail of bars and restaurants along Florida’s Historic Coastline that serve up original cocktails made by experienced Florida mixologists.

“We are excited about putting Florida on the ‘map’ as a state that is creating some of the freshest cocktails. We’re combining locally made spirits from Florida agriculture with the world’s finest citrus, highlighting our long history of agriculture and sustainable production practices,” explained Philip McDaniel, co-founder and CEO of St. Augustine Distillery. “Together with the FDOC and VCB, we are proud to promote the Spirit of Florida.”

The A1A Cocktail Trail Passport

Get your official A1A Cocktail Trail passport at participating bars and restaurants from Atlantic Beach to St. Augustine.

A1A Cocktail Trail, tropical cocktails, Florida citrus, St. Augustine Distillery, Florida's Historic Coastline

Amy Carpenter from the Florida Department of Citrus (left) and Kara Pound from the St. Augustine Distillery (right) visit with Matt Stevens (middle), manager of A1A Ale Works in St. Augustine, to unveil the new A1A Cocktail Trail program.

Once your passport is stamped at all eight locations, redeem it for a free collectible A1A Cocktail Trail t-shirt and branded, wooden coaster set.

Passports are also available at the I-95 Welcome Center, the I-75 Welcome Center, the St. Augustine Distillery and Florida’s Historical Coast office in St. Augustine.

Discover Florida’s Historic Coastline

Take your time and enjoy the natural beauty, leisurely pace and delightful venues along Florida’s Historic Coastline.

A1A Cocktail Trail, tropical cocktails, Florida citrus, St. Augustine Distillery, Florida's Historic Coastline

Florida A1A – the beach road

Florida’s A1A is a north-south Florida State Road that runs mostly along the Atlantic Ocean, with sections from Key West at the southern tip of Florida, to Fernandina Beach, just south of Georgia on Amelia Island.

Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the contiguous United States. Since the late 19th century, St. Augustine’s distinct historical character has made the city a major tourist attraction.

The St. Augustine Distillery is open for tours Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. The restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner from 5 to 10pm, and lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday. The bar is open from 11:30am to midnight on Sunday and Monday, until 2am the rest of the week. Call 904-825-4962 or visit the web site.

Their craft rum spirits are produced on-site by master distillers from select regional sugarcane syrups and molasses in copper pot stills and then barrel-aged for a distinct flavor profile.

Drive Safely

If you don’t have a designated driver, consider using a car service to enjoy the A1A Cocktail Trail. For a list of recommended transportation companies in the area, visit the Florida Citrus web site’s A1A Cocktail Trail web page.

Yaguara Cachaça celebrates Rio Games with U.S. launch

With all eyes on the beautiful seaside city of Rio de Janeiro as Brazil hosts the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it’s a fitting time to focus on the exotic style of sugar cane spirits from Yaguara Cachaça.

With the U.S. launch of their flagship organic blended expression now underway, the Yaguara Cachaça team is proud to showcase the Spirit of Brazil in time for summer sipping.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça from Brazil is distilled from organic sugar cane in traditional alambique copper stills and blended for perfect balance.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça from Brazil is distilled from organic sugar cane in traditional alambique copper stills and blended for perfect balance.

Even with its long history of more than five centuries, cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa) is a contemporary spirit. It’s synonymous with Brazil’s fashionable lifestyle and national cocktail. This summer’s hottest drink is the caipirinha.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça

Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice in traditional alambique copper stills, Yaguara uses a sustainable process and a century-old family recipe. Each batch is supervised and certified by Yaguara’s master blender, Erwin Weimann, one of Brazil’s leading experts in the field of Cachaça.

“We have a rich flora in Brazil and cachaça’s production can only gain from all the possibilities of being aged in woods that no other country has,” explains Weimann. “We’re very happy to share this Brazilian biodiversity with the world.”

Awards

Yaguara Cachaça recently received a double gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Additionally, Yaguara received a score of 92 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the highest ever awarded for a white cachaça.

A stunning bottle design by leading U.K.-based glass artist Brian Clarke reflects the quality of the product, bottled at 41.5 percent (83 proof). The cost of a 750ml bottle is $32.

Yaguara Blended Cachaça is distributed by Union Beer/Blueprint Spirits in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida. It’s available online from Astor Wines.

Yaguara Cachaça Cocktails

The Spirit of Brazil lends itself to delightful and refreshing cocktails. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Jag & Ginger

1.5 oz Yaguara Blended Cachaça
1.5 oz Ginger Ale
Method: Build over ice in a Collins glass.
Garnish: Lime wedge

Coco Vado

1.5 oz Yaguara Blended Cachaça
5 oz Coconut Water
1 barspoon honey
Method: Combine honey with coconut water in a highball glass and stir to melt. Add ice and Yaguara Cachaça.
Garnish: Mint sprig.

Robs Rum Guide Extensive List of Rums: Yaguara Blended Cachaça

Plantation Surprise: Old Fashioned Traditional Dark rum revealed

The Plantation rum team based in Cognac, France, lead by master blender Alexandre Gabriel, recently revealed the results of a clandestine project.

The unveiling occurred during a tasting event at the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans.

The Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum from Plantation is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

Plantation Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

This surreptitious collaboration with noted rum cocktail luminaries lead to the development of Plantation’s newest expression: O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) aged rum. The new offering blends exquisite aged marques from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados.

This dark colored overproof rum, bottled at 69% alcohol by volume (138 proof), will be available in a one liter bottles for a suggested retail price of $31.99. It’s expected to reach retail shelves in the U.S. in September 2016.

Collaborators

Alexandre Gabriel’s collaborators on the project are:

  • David Wondrich, spirits and cocktail historian and long-time Alexandre Gabriel collaborator
  • Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, proprietor of Latitude 29 in New Orleans
  • Martin Cate, proprietor of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco
  • Paul McFadyen, proprietor of Trailer Happiness in London
  • Paul McGee, proprietor of Lost Lake in Chicago
  • Scotty Schuder, proprietor of Dirty Dick in Paris

Tasting Notes

The Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum from Plantation is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

Tasting notes on the label declare, “Color: Rich Red Mahogany. Nose: Intense and very precice notes of coffee, orange, plum, jam and truffles. Taste: It bursts with caramel cream, chocolate and vanilla notes. It continues with cinnamon, raisins, nutmeg, oak and molases with smoky accents. Final: Long and lingering, with dark chocolate, clove and caramel. Empty glass: Rich Demerara molasses notes, oak and plum.”

The Tradition

This is not the first time Plantation revealed a secret rum project at the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans. In 2014, a limited edition Pineapple rum was circulated among an elite cadre of rum professionals. The reaction was quick and intensely successful. The rum later went into full production to acclaimed success.

Plantation Old Fashioned Traditional Dark rum will appeal to serious rum enthusiasts, tiki fanatics and bartenders that understand how to incorporate rich, full-flavored, full-bodied, robust strength rums into fine cocktails.

Cocktail suggestion: How about an Old Fashioned Rum Old Fashioned?

Robs Extensive List of Rums: Plantation Old Fashioned Traditional Dark

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof rum coming to USA

Already gaining attention and drawing rave reviews across the pond, the latest expression of aged rum from the iconic Pusser’s brand draws on true legends and practices of the British Royal Navy.

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Original Admiralty Strength Navy Rum will launch in seven U.S. markets on July 31. The date  commemorates the 46th anniversary of Black Tot Day.

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof Original Admiralty Strength Navy Rum, bottled at 54.5%, won Best in Class in the 2016 RumXP tasting competition awards.

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Admiralty Strength Navy Rum — Best in Class at the 2016 RumXP tasting competition — will launch in the USA on the occasion of Black Tot Day.

Bottled at 54.5%, this bold expression hearkens back to a time before modern hydrometers were used to test spirits. According to custom, a small amount of gunpowder was floated on top of a rum sample to prove the strength of the rum. If the gunpowder flashed when lit with flame, it was “proof” that the spirit was full strength — worthy of naval commission.

Awards

This unique Pusser’s expression took the Best in Class Gold Award in the Overproof category from the 2016 RumXP tasting competition awards at Miami Rum Festival.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of charred wood, smoke and charcoal play well with cherry almond, soft rubber funk, ripe banana, buttery treacle, white pepper and an aromatic sensation. The palate is wild and wicked, starting with molasses before an explosion of big flavors dominated by notes of sulfur and charcoal. Mid-palate brings smoke and ash, funky dark fruit and leather before a long warm finish recalls smokey peat in the robust mouthfeel.

American Launch

With the seal of approval from Navy Rum fanatics in the United Kingdom, the rum now finds it way to the erstwhile North American British colonies to be distributed to waiting rum enthusiasts across the United States.

The timing of the release commemorates Black Tot Day on July 31, 1970. It was a solemn occasion when the last daily ration of rum was served aboard British Royal Navy ships.

“Gunpowder Proof is riding the wave of hand-crafted artisan spirits that are authentic and all-natural,” said Pusser’s CEO Gary Rogalski. “Forbes Magazine called the blend ‘the single malt of rum’ because of the painstaking batch process required to blend, bottle and bring the rum to market. We are all proud of our association in serving Liquid History to a strong and growing core of rum aficionados.”

Rogalski said Pusser’s will initially introduce the rum to its Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, California, mid-Atlantic and Northeast markets, with others to follow as the spirit gains traction.

Pusser’s Rum Limited is a British Virgin Island Company with administrative offices in Charleston, South Carolina. Its products are imported into the United States by Shaw-Ross International Importers.

Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Original Admiralty Strength Navy Rum sells for $32.95.

Robs Rum Guide list of rums: Pusser’s Gunpowder proof

Rum Minute video channel: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof

J.Wray Jamaica Rum expressions coming to USA

The most popular rum sold in Jamaica is… J.Wray Jamaica Rum. The same company also produces the award-winning Appleton Estate rums well known in the United States.

Appleton Special and Appleton White rums have be rebranded as J.Wray Jamaica Rum Gold and White in the USA.

J.Wray Jamaica Rum has released their new gold rum and silver rum in the USA, according to brand owner Campari.

The oldest continuously operating rum producer in Jamaica, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd., is giving two of its classic rums a Jamaican-inspired makeover and a new name with the introduction of J.Wray Jamaica Rum Gold and Silver.

Introducing J.Wray Jamaica Rum

Replacing Appleton Special Jamaica Rum and Appleton White, these new expressions deliver a distinctive new look. The name change more accurately reflects the rum producer’s 250-year historic roots.

The Brand

“J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. has a special place in spirits lore with a legacy of more than two centuries crafting high-quality rums,” said Christine Moll, Category Director-Rum, at Campari America. “J.Wray’s new Jamaica Rums offer enticing and authentic spirits to enjoy in flavorful cocktails. The lively packaging firmly ties the rums to the brand’s storied history and ensures they visually stand out on the shelf.”

The Gold

A medium-bodied golden rum, J.Wray Jamaica Rum Gold is the perfect blend of fuller-flavored and lighter rums. This dazzling, warm golden rum is smooth and fruity with a rich body, long finish and hints of exotic spices. A gold medal recipient at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, J.Wray Gold is already being recommended by the world’s top bartenders and spirits writers.

The Silver

Smooth and light-bodied, J.Wray Jamaica Rum Silver is a white rum that’s aged and filtered slowly through special charcoal filters. Clean and crisp, the brilliantly clear rum is light and fruity with pear and apple notes. This critically-acclaimed rum was recently awarded 91 points in the 2016 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

J.Wray Jamaica Rums will first be available in Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington DC, Maryland, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico and West Virginia.

The 750ml bottles are priced at $17.

Visit the J.Wray Jamaica Rum page on Facebook.

Find these rums on Robs Rum Guide extensive list of rums:
J.Wray Jamaica Rum Gold

J.Wray Jamaica Rum Silver

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