Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Diageo Has Launched a Series of Flavored Edible Straws

     Drinks giant Diageo has launched a range of flavored, edible straws to accompany its line ready-to-drink canned serves, as drinks and hospitality firms look for new ways to advertise their eco-friendly credentials to consumers.  Each straw is made to complement one of the company’s RTD offerings, with four flavors on offer including lemon, lime, strawberry, and chocolate. They will be sold through retailer 31Dover later this year.
Enjoy Your Gordons Gin and Tonic With a Lime Straw
     The launch comes after Pernod Ricard announced its intention to launch a similar product earlier this year.  Back in April, Pernod Ricard announced plans to collaborate with edible plastics company Loliware to produce the “straw of the future”. The firm produces a plastic cup made from edible materials derived from seaweed and has just launched a drinking straw made from the same hyper-compostable matter.  During the launch last month, UK marketing boss Caspar MacRae highlighted the influence of television shows such as Attenborough’s Blue Planet II on consumer interests. “The show changed everything.”
     A number of firms within the industry like Diageo, as well as bars and hotel groups including Hilton and Marriott, have pledged to remove straws from their businesses.  Pernod Ricard and Diageo both announced they would be bringing an end to the use of plastic straws and stirrers, banning them within all parts of their operations worldwide while encouraging their affiliates to do the same.  Marriott began rolling out a no plastic policy at its United Kingdom hotels back in February.More than 60 hotels in the United Kingdom have already eliminated plastic straws and are now offering consumers alternate straws upon request, including Le Meridien Piccadilly, Grosvenor House, and the W in Leicester Square.Hilton announced it would phase out plastic straws and water bottles in its own premises back in May, 2018.  The UK government has also tabled a nationwide ban on the disposable plastics.

     Earlier this month, drinks giant William Grant & Sons released its annual market report, which highlighted the rise of the “Activist Consumer”.   Drinks and hospitality firms, it said, are having to re-think their approaches to sustainability and how they are presented in order to keep a new generation of environmentally and politically-aware customers walking through the door.  “Consumers want value for money and something that aligns with their ethical and political views, is transparent, and good for them,” marketing director Matt Billinghurst added. “And they want it fast.”


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Here is a Summer Cooler Just for You

     As we head into the dog days of summer and the hot August nights, here is a cooler that is refreshing and a real thirst quencher.  Based upon a very ice aged Koloa rum, and a mango and pineapple rum from Barbancourt that blend together wonderfully to give this cooler a nice and refreshing flavor.

Bahama Bob’s Summer Cooler
  • 2 oz. Koloa Kaua’i  Reserve Rum
  • 1 oz. Barbancourt Pango Rum
  • Juice of ½  Fresh Lemon
  • ½ oz. Orgeat
  • Pinch of Salt to Taste

Shake briefly and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glassTop with Club Soda and garnish to please your happening

Monday, August 13, 2018

Strong Demand for Rum in the United Kingdom Gets Cornish Distilling Company to Open Rum Distillery

     UK-based Cornish Distilling Company has started work on a new distillery in Cornwall to increase its rum production.  Cornish Distilling Co has begun work on a new distillery in Bude, Cornwall.  Work on the new site in Bude, North Cornwall, began last month and will allow the company to expand distilling capabilities to 12,000 bottles a month to meet demand.  It is expected to open by the end of October 2018 and will be operational at the start of 2019.   “Our existing plant could not accommodate a larger still, fermentation area and ageing room so we have embarked on a new purpose-built plant. The new unit will incorporate a viewing and tasting area as well as a space to run distillation classes. This has been made possible with help from the RDPE Growth Program.”

     The distillery is part of a cooperation of Cornish food and drink producers at Norton Barton Artisan Food Village, owned by Fionagh and Richard Harding.  The Cornish Distilling Company produces Kalkar, a blend of rum and cold drip coffee brew, and Morvenna British White Rum and Spiced Rum.
     Richard Harding, chairman of the Cornish Distilling Co, said: “Sales growth of the existing white, spiced and coffee rums have outstripped expectations and we expect to see demand outstripping our capacity in the near future.  “Our products are made from scratch and unlike those blending we need additional space to ferment the molasses and to cask age our dark rum.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Early Morning in Havana

     One of my favorite times during my visits to Havana was walking around town early in the morning.  On this particular morning, it was overcast and a thunderstorm had just passed through.  People were stopping at their favorite "walk-in" for coffee and a breakfast sandwich as they head for work.  This is a peaceful and enjoyable time for me watching the people of Havana as they go about their daily lives.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Official Guidelines Are Based on Morality, Not Evidence So Will Never Admit That There May Be Benefits to Drug or Alcohol Use

     I found this to be a very important article,  I also find it interesting that there could be such a cover-up of truth in this day of so much media availability to everyone.  We don't just have "mass media" any more, we have so much social and private media, I really can't believe that this information is being hidden.

     Alcohol has been getting a pretty bad health rap in recent years. Recommended weekly maximums have gone down from 28 units for men and 21 for women to 14 for both, which is not much more than a bottle of wine.   Moderate boozers had a rare opportunity to raise a virtuous glass yesterday when research was published suggesting that complete abstinence in middle age was associated with higher risk of dementia in later life. Moderate drinkers were at the lowest risk, with the benefits starting to be cancelled out with each drink above 14 units.

     Can we expect official government health advice to start recommending moderate drinking? Of course not. One study into one condition does not cancel out many other studies into the deleterious effects of boozing. But even if the evidence overwhelmingly supported the view that moderate drinking was best for our health, the government would not advise us to do it.  The proof is that this was indeed the case until very recently. For some time, studies repeatedly produced graphs with a J-shaped curve, showing both abstinence and excessive consumption associated with the worst health outcomes, with moderate drinkers enjoying the best health. It was only in January 2016 that the Department of Health revised its guidelines and claimed the best evidence now suggested that there was no "safe" level of alcohol consumption and every glass increased cancer and heart disease risk.

     These new guidelines have been contested, but whether they are right or wrong, the point is that for years people who looked at the data repeatedly found the J-shaped curve, but no official source ever recommended the lifestyle it pointed to: one of moderate drinking. Changes in evidence don't change the general tenor of anti-alcohol advice, they merely change how forcibly the authorities dish it out.

     Why should this be so? One reason is that we like to think in clean, clear categories of good and bad. With our puritanical Protestant history, alcohol has always fallen on the dark side of this divide. When the truth turns out to be complicated, rather than accept this maturely, we refuse to acknowledge the good and carry on as though it were all bad. Because drunkenness is sinful, moral condemnation of it trumps any other redemptive qualities it might have.   Indirect evidence of how powerful this process of moralization is can be seen in the way authorities have dealt with other illicit drugs. It took the recent scandal in which Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley were denied much-needed medicines for the government to finally accept what all qualified experts already knew: that there was a vital role for medicinal cannabis.

     There is no moralizing here, just a sober assessment of what is beneficial. Christian morality, in contrast, treats everything as though it were inherently good or bad, and once something is labelled wicked, it takes a lot for people to accept it might be good for us after all. 
Aside from the pure moralizing, a more understandable but no less erroneous reason for refusing to recommend any consumption of intoxicants is fear of the slippery slope. Even if 21 units of wine a week does turn out to be healthy, 21 bottles of wine is not. Similarly, drug use can slide into drug misuse. Give a green light to moderate drinking, so the fear goes, and heavy use is sure to follow.

     Health advice too often follows the principle of the noble lie. Rather than being told the plain truth, we are told what the authorities believe will lead us to behave properly, when "properly" means not just in the way that is most prudent for ourselves, but what is seen to be morally appropriate. This means that whatever the truth about healthy drinking or drug-taking is, we can't trust government health advice to provide it. When the best current scientific evidence meets moralizing paternalism, it is truth that starts to bend.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Wray & Nephew Rum Sales Surpass $6 Billion at Half-Year

     Sales of the Jamaica rum brands owned by Campari Group rose above $6.1 billion over six months ending June.  Through J. Wray & Nephew Limited, JWN, Campari holds the largest stake in the local market and as such, the performance of its brands, led by Appleton and Wray & Nephew, gives a measure of the activity in the overall rum sector.   Campari said Jamaica's sales increased 14.8 per cent in the first half of the year "thanks to the double-digit growth recorded in the period by all the main brands, such as Campari, Wray & Nephew Overproof, Appleton Estate and other rums and local brands, especially Magnum Tonic".

     Globally, the Jamaica rums portfolio represented 5.1 per cent of total sales for Campari group. Sales from the local rum portfolio are up globally, but sales of the group are down some 4.4 per cent to €778.2 million as at June 2018. Despite the dip in sales, group net profit before tax increased to €166 million, up from €108.5 million a year earlier.

     "Wray & Nephew Overproof recorded a good result in the first half, thanks to healthy performances in Jamaica, the brand's core market, the US and the UK," the spirits company said.  Within the Americas, Jamaica's double-digit growth was only bettered in Mexico, where sales rose 16.1 per cent.   "The Americas region closed the first half with organic growth of 4.6 per cent driven by good performances by the US, up 5.9 per cent; Jamaica, up 14.8 per cent; Mexico, 16.1 per cent and other markets in the Americas region, which made up for the decline in Brazil and Argentina," said Campari.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Captain Morgan Apple Smash Has Arrived in the United States

     The expression is described as a blend of Caribbean rum with a green-apple flavor. The new variant joins the brand’s existing range of shot-inspired spirits, which includes, Watermelon Smash, coconut-flavored LoconutCannon Blast and Jack-O-Blast.    Bottled at 30% abv, Captain Morgan Apple Smash is recommended served as a chilled shot, mixed with cinnamon whiskey or in a cocktail with ginger ale.    Captain Morgan Apple Smash is available in the United States for an RRP of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.