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In my second story for Details.com, I wrote about the wonderfully pungent pot-still rums and blends from Jamaica. Bring the Funk: New Jamaican Rums Embrace the Stank August 16 is National Rum Day—a virtual invitation for bloggers to post recipes for crappy blender drinks and liquid fruit salads. Not only does this celebrate dumb cocktails, it misses the bigger news about how new rums are embracing bigger, bolder, more assertive flavors. Yes, stankiness is in. Read the story here on Details.com. The story discusses Jamaican rum-inclusive brands including: Smith & Cross Plantation Renegade Rum Denizen Banks Appleton Estate Wray &... Read more →

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For CLASS Magazine online at DiffordsGuide.com, I wrote an article about filtration in spirits. This was based on the research I did for my talk on the subject at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic earlier this year. Don't Forget the Filtration Factor By Camper English Nearly every spirit undergoes some sort of filtration, yet we rarely acknowledge it as part of production. But filtration makes vodka what it is today, practically defines Tennessee whiskey, is the standard in making white rum, and is changing the look of tequila. Filtration is important. Generally speaking, filtration refers to the mechanical process of passing... Read more →

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Julien Escot of the bar Papa Doble in Montpellier, France has won the 2012 Havana Club International Cocktail Grand Prix. All images provided by Havana Club Escot beat out 40 bartenders from countries around the world (not including the US due to the embargo) to win the title. The competitors first made drinks in the semi-finals. They had to prepare a twist on a Cuban classic and an original creation. From those 40, just three bartenders were chosen to go into the finals. They were Julian Escot, Ryan Chetiyawardana of London (who is working on some new bar projects currently... Read more →

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The Big Switch At Captain Morgan

For years, Captain Morgan rum has been produced at the Distileria Serralles (DonQ Rum) distillery in Puerto Rico. Production is moving in 2012 to a new distillery St. Croix owned by Diageo. This makes a huge difference in revenues to Puerto Rico and St. Croix. I'll explain it as I understand the situation, and if your understanding is better/different I hope you will correct me in the comments. The US government has a tax rebate plan to bring revenue to US territories based on a business incentive. All of the rum sold in the US is taxed (no matter where... Read more →

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This summer I visited the Destileria Serralles Puerto Rico, the home of DonQ Rum. DonQ is distilled in the southern part of Puerto Rico, in Ponce. The distillery has been on the same site since 1865. As with most rum distilleries, it was once the site of a sugar refinery and the distillery was a small part of the overall operation. Puerto Rico stopped producing sugar in the 1980s and the distillery became the important business. As with distilleries in the United States, during Prohibition Destileria Serralles was closed. After Prohibition ended, they rebuilt the distillery, this time with column... Read more →

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Hey, here's another drink recipe. This one comes from Chicago's Charles Joly and it inspired me to finally crack open a bottle of coconut flavored rum; an accomplishment on its own. It contains DonQ coconut rum, Benedictine, lemon and orange juices and ginger beer. As I say over at the post on FineCooking.com, watch the sweetness on this one and use a spicy ginger beer if you can find it. Read more →

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The cocktail that helped bartender Marc Bonneton win the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition is a rather simple spin-off of the Ramos Gin Fizz. (Image courtesy of Bacardi.) Marco's Bacardi Fizz substitutes rum for gin and Chartreuse for orange flower water. In my latest post for FineCooking.com, I list both recipes. I've left the original metric units for accuracy, and converted them to approximate fluid ounces, so some adjustment may be neccesary. Marco's Bacardi Fizz by Marc Bonneton 50ml (1.75 fl. oz.) Bacardi Superior rum 40ml (1.5 fl. oz.) Cream 15ml (.5 fl. oz.) Green Chartreuse 15ml (.5 fl. oz.)... Read more →

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