Half the fun of being a rum geek is comparing tasting notes with other rum geeks and finding unique flavours and similarities. With that said, I’ve decided to do a taste comparison against the notes of The Rum Slinger with their box of Latin Grammys, AKA a pack of three distinct sample rums from South America.
Rum and Caribbean culture go hand in hand, with every island having its own unique culture that’s sprung up around drinking, spirit production and lifestyle choices. A country that I find of particular interest in regards to rum is Grenada, as everyday life on the island is as distinctive as the rum that’s produced.
From moonshining to potent batches of overproof grog, let’s take a closer look at the rum culture of Grenada.
Mythology is fertile ground for reinterpreting stories and sharing them in a new context and as a folklore and mythology geek, I’m forever on the look out for drink brands that tap into an old legend or mythological creature.
The next port of call on my drunken odyssey is investigating the story of a brand that evokes Greek mythology, Sairen Rum.
The rum industry is going from strength to strength, with new brands appearing every year and passionate creators sharing the story of the world’s most diverse spirit through multiple expressions. A lot of that passion is coming out of North America, especially from the ladies of the rum world and when they happen to get together in the same (virtual) room, you know you’re in for some magic.
On a recent webinar from The Rum Lab, several of America’s leading female rum experts shared their insights and it was great to tune in. The line up included Maggie Campbell of Privateer rum fame, Karen Hoskin from Montanya, Jaime Windon from Lyon Rum, Joanna Elardo from Wicked Dolphin Distillery, Erin Wright from Striped Lion Distilling and Julie Shore and Arla Johnson from Halifax Distilling Company.
With each passing year, rum is becoming more popular, with different countries leaving their own mark on the category and infusing unique characteristics. Japan is also getting in on the rum boom and several brands have popped up to champion the Land of The Rising Sun.
But what exactly is Japanese rum and how does it stand out from rum produced in other parts of the world? This question is answered in Japan Distilled, a podcast dedicated to the exploration of spirits in Japan.
Barbados rum is undoubtedly one of the premier players in world of rum, personified in all its glory through Mount Gay. With a rich history and innovative production methods, Mount Gay has been delighting rum fans across the globe and its thanks to the efforts of people like former Mount Gay managing director Dr Frank Ward.
Ward recently appeared in an episode of Rumcast to talk about his experiences at Mount Gay and his time as the chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA). The conversation is insightful, informative, with Ward getting to the heart of what makes Barbados rum unique.
Rum is the kind of drink that crosses boundaries. It can act as the bridge between different mediums, linking hospitality with entertainment. The music industry is no different, with rum being a major theme in many songs and one of the most memorable is Rum and Coca-Cola.
Originally a Trinidadian song that was appropriated and bastardised, Rum and Coca-Cola has an interesting history that stretches back to World War II.
Rhum agricole is a favourite choice for rum aficionados across the world, thanks to the efforts of brands like Rhum JM in Martinique. The personification of the rhum agricole style, Rhum JM is a distillery with plenty of history and tradition behind it.
Visiting Martinique and exploring the distillery is on my bucket list and I was able to get my first taste of what that would be like on a webinar hosted by The Rum Lab with Rhum JM’s master blender Karine Lassalle and rhum agricole expert Kiowa Bryan.
Haiti produces some of the most unique rum in the world and it’s gained more attention in recent years, becoming an extension of Haitian culture. Called clairin, this spirit has brought more awareness to Haitian brands, including Barbancourt, which is arguably the most well-known Haitian rum producer.
It’s important to note that Barbancourt exists in a category of its own. It’s neither rhum agricole or clairin and until I listened to the Rumcast’s interview with the CEO of Barbancourt, Delphine Gardère, I believed their rum could be categorised as clairin. Read on to learn more about Gardère’s story and how Barbancourt rum stands out.
The spiced rum category has experienced a great boom in recent years, with consumers using it as a gateway into the wider rum world. This enjoyment is sure to increase and a brand that’s embraced the spiced rum philosophy is Hygge Rum.
Inspired by the Danish concept for cosiness and happy living, Hygge Rum aims to provide a memorable drinking experience in every bottle. The Rum Ration chatted to one of the founders, Ben, about creating the brand in lockdown and how Hygge differs from other spiced rum.