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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Papa's Pilar Sherry Cask Limited Production Has Arrived

     We are proud to introduce a limited release of 1,400 special-edition Sherry Cask Finished Rum cases that will hit certain states this week. Our team of Master Blenders created this special edition expression to further bring out the Spanish Sherry flavor profile in our flagship Dark Rum. After the hand-selected rum goes through our unique solera blending process, it is further aged in wet Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, resulting in an entirely new flavor experience.
     In a quest to get rum back to its roots, the Papa’s Pilar Production team chose to embrace a similar methodology used in Scotch Whiskey, with the goal to allow the rum blend to continue to meld together, while also interacting with the Sherry and French Oak. It’s also a method used by Cuban rum makers in their best rums, as they cannot easily source used American Bourbon barrels. The team chose to use French Limousin Oak Sherry casks from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and only for a short period of time, because the grain structure of French Limousin Oak is wider and more open than American Oak Bourbon barrels (300L vs 200L).
     The rum has a mahogany color, with an aroma of caramel and notes of sherry. The flavor profile has sweetness of maple along with a variety of candy like notes and a bit of nuttiness.  It’s y well rounded and balanced, but not without personality. a Pilar that’s richer, more full-bodied, and, well, sensational. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

United States Senators Try to Overhaul Alcoholic Beverage Taxation

     This is something that is long overdue for American winemakers, brewers and distillers.   We offer a similar package for the distilleries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, it is time to start taking of the alcoholic beverage producers at home.

     Almost 300 House members have voiced support for a similar proposal.   The amendment would cut federal excise taxes on beer and spirits.  It also would allow small winemakers to access a larger credit for the wine excise tax, which ranges between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon.

     Groups that represent brewers, winemakers and distillers in Washington said on Monday that the Senate should use its tax reform package to enact long-discussed changes to the excise tax regime which, in the industry's view, would help both large beverage-makers and smaller, craft operations.

     In a Nov. 13 letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), industry leaders said including language championed by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in a manager's amendment to the tax legislation would ease the excise tax regime for alcoholic beverage companies that are also advocating for looser regulations. The Beer Institute, Brewers Association, Wine Institute, Wine America, Distilled Spirits Council and American Craft Spirits Association signed onto the letter.

     "The beverage alcohol industry remains one of the most regulated industries in America," the groups wrote. "Brewers, winemakers and distillers pay state, local and federal taxes on their production. Federal excise taxes, which are regressive taxes, are simply too high."

     Portman's amendment would enact the provisions of S. 236, which contains several changes to how the federal tax code treats the sale and production of alcoholic beverages. The underlying legislation was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, on Jan. 30. It has bipartisan support from 53 cosponsors, including 24 Republicans and 11 members of the Finance Committee. Hatch is not a cosponsor. An identical House bill - H.R. 747, introduced by Rep. Erik Paulson (R-Minn.) - has 295 co-sponsors.

     Portman's amendment would cut federal excise taxes on domestically produced beer and distilled spirits and allow greater access to a credit for the wine excise tax, which ranges between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Special Cocktail

With Thanksgiving just over the horizon, here is an idea for those hours as the bird is cooking and you gather around to enjoy all those great conversations.   Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bounty of the years labor in the fields, and this cocktail includes so many of them.  I hope that your Thanksgiving is a really nice one and you can include this cocktail idea in your celebration.

Bahama Bob’s 

Thanksgiving Special

  • 2 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • 1 ½ oz. Pilar Blonde Rum
  • ½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • ½ oz. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with fresh ground nutmeg.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The 2018 Chicago Rum Festival

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     The 4th annual Chicago Rum Festival sometimes called the Midwest Rum Fest will be on the 14th of April in 2018 at Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois. This year the program is being launched in a boutique style. More than 40 rum expressions will be shared from important countries for the entire rum industry. Before the American Revolution, rum was the most consumed spirit, and now an awakening is occurring.   “The Chicago Rum Fest is focused on becoming the Official Rum Expo throughout the Midwest”.   The event will be celebrated one day with the following sessions. 

The Spirit Industry Session

     Consisting of a 1 ½ hour program from 12:30-2:00 pm offering industry professionals the opportunity to network with brand representatives, attend training seminars, taste a wide variety of rums mingle with industry colleagues. Complimentary snacks and water will be available at each session along with a 2 oz. souvenir snifter cup.


     Which includes a three hour program from 3:30-6:30 pm offering attendees the opportunity to taste ¼ oz. pours of rum, attend educational brand seminars and enjoy pleasant mellow music.   Complimentary Snacks and water will be available at each session. A 2 oz. souvenir snifter cup is included. 

VIP Grand Educational and Tasting Session

     Consisting of a four hour program from 2:30-4:30 pm offering attendees the opportunity to taste ¼ oz. pours of rum, attend educational brand seminars and enjoy pleasant mellow music. Complimentary Snacks and water will be available at each session. A 2 oz. souvenir snifter cup is included. 

The event happens at Logan Square Auditorium
                                       2539 N Kedzie Blvd
                                       Chicago, IL 60647

You can get your tickets at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A New Miami to Bahamas Ferry

     There is a wonderful new way to get to Grand Bahama from Miami temporarily.  The FRS Caribbean has expanded its service to the Bahamas, with its new route to Freeport, Grand Bahama in addition to their route to Bimini. The new Grand Bahama ferry offers seating for 427 passengers, with a duration of about 3 hours, operating three times each week.

     The Grand Bahama service is operating out of Port Miami Terminal H, where passengers can park either for the day or overnight. This is a convenient way to get to the Bahamas for the day or for an extended visit.  It is a much needed service to the Bahamas and all the fun of the islands. 

     The temporary service by FRS Caribbean will cover the period of October 23 until the end of December 2017.  According to the statement, FRS Caribbean presently provides a ferry service from Miami to Bimini but is in talks to establish a permanent route between the Port of Miami and Freeport Harbour. "The vessel will provide temporary service between Miami and Freeport for the residents and visitors alike, particularly stopover visitors.
     "The Government of the Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism has reached an understanding that this temporary ferry service will be provided by FRS while the Grand Celebration is on assignment assisting the US Government with hurricane relief.  "In addition the Government of The Bahamas will be providing the necessary marketing support to ensure Grand Bahama can maximize this opportunity and encourage as many stopover visitors as possible to come to Grand Bahama.

     "Additionally, discussions are ongoing between FRS and the Government of The Bahamas towards the full time establishment of ferry services between the Port of Miami and the Freeport Harbour.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rum Renaissance Festival Moves to Fort Lauderdale

Rum Renaissance Festival
The Ultimate Rum Festival and Tasting Event
June 9-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

     The Rum Renaissance Festival has moved to Fort Lauderdale for 2018, with an exciting new facility and a great hotel located right next door to the Convention Center.  Only steps away from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel Resort, the convention center is strategically located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s beach scene, night life and cruise port, with a great selection of fine restaurants and bars in close proximity. The hotel and convention center are minutes away from the Fort Lauderdale Airport located at on the water this state-of-the-art convention center is the 2018 home to the world’s largest rum tasting event, offering first-class accommodations for exhibits and tasting rooms, plus plenty of covered parking with direct covered access to the rum festival.

Order Your Rum Renaissance Festival Tickets Online

     Get your Rum Renaissance Festival Tickets to enjoy the world’s best rum tasting experience for a few hours, for an entire day, or stay for the weekend.
Call toll free: 877-855-3378. 

Grand Tastings

     From across the USA, the Caribbean, Central and South American to the far reaches of the globe, sample the best rums from every category.

VIP Tasting Bar

     The VIP Tasting Bar offers a selection of rare, vintage and limited edition rums for those that truly appreciate the finest spirits.

American Rums

     In the new American Rum Portfolio, discover an array of fine craft rums made at distilleries across the United States.

     Learn more about rum from leading experts, guest lecturers and international judges with master classes and hands-on interactive demonstrations.

RumXP Awards
     A select group of International Rum Judges are sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions. The results are tabulated and announced at the Rum Renaissance Festival.

Tiki Events

     Enjoy special events at the iconic Mai Kai Restaurant and Molokai Bar for a magical evenings of tiki cocktails and great food along with the magnificent Polynesian dance show.

The Hukilau
     Celebrate tiki culture and exotic rum cocktails in collaboration with the annual Hukilau  gathering during the weekend of June 7-10 — a plethora of parties and special events. 

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

     Enjoy the luxury of waterfront accommodations in Fort Lauderdale’s most delightful location. Book directly with the hotel online to receive special discounted rates for Rum Renaissance attendees.  Make Reservations Online, a dedicated website is available for Rum Renaissance Festival attendees to book their hotel rooms online directly with the Hilton Hotels Reservations System.  Make reservations early to insure your accommodations at the host hotel.

     The convention center parking is conveniently connected to the Northport Parking Garage with covered, air conditioned skywalks. Northport Parking Garage is well-illuminated and security patrolled for your convenience.
Each parking deck has reserved disabled parking spaces near the elevator.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre

     Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre or "Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre " is a popular Marian title of the Blessed Virgin Mary known in many Catholic countries.   Several known Marian images with the same title exist around the world while a particular Hispanic image is pontifically designated by Pope Benedict XV as the Patroness of Cuba.   A National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre was built in 1926 is situated in village El Cobre, near Santiago de Cuba.  Pope Pius XI granted the Basilica a Canonical Coronical towards the image on 20 December 1936.  The feast day of Our Lady of Charity is September 8; the solemn Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
     Tis beautiful Basilica sits on the hill overlooking the town of El Cobre, which in Spanish means Copper in the area around Santiago de Cuba and is one of the most impressive structures on the entire island.  El Cobre is surrounded by copper mines and it is just amazing to see this beautiful structure that has been risen out of the top of the hill.

Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre