Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Thursday, March 5, 2015

2015 Miami Rum Festival is Just Around the Corner

   April 17th is not that far away and the excitement is beginning to build for this years Miami Rum Festival.  If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, just go online and get them.  There will be no tickets available at the door this year, so make sure you get yours before you make the trip down there.   You can get your tickets and the rest of the information that you will need at

     I'll be posting daily from the event all week long, with notes of what is happening with the judges and the meeting with the various producers.  This is an interesting week that provides us with a lot of new information on the up and coming new products and things that are happening in the world of rum.

     Remember to get your tickets and a room if necessary, but please try to visit the event if you can, it is a most unforgettable happening.  If you can get a room at the Double Tree Miami Airport you will be right in the center of all the action for the festival.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Drunk Crustaceans: OK

Calendar Cover
     Designed by DJ and photographer Leslie Kirchhoff and Drew Berezowitz, the "Drunk  Crustacean calendar" boasts 12 fantastic images of shrimps, crabs, lobsters and other assorted shellfish in various stages of inebriation.   “Running the gamut of human emotion, these stills capture the chic realities of inebriated shellfish”, writes the duo. “Each photograph distills the vast mysteries of Drunk Crustaceans into visually appetizing and easily digestible tableaux.”
"Kim Krustashian"
     If 12 images of drunk shellfish isn’t enough, for an extra $40 you will receive a signed and numbered print of the ocean’s “most notorious shrimp, Kim Krustashian” – re-enacting the reality star’s famous #breaktheinternet pose for Paper magazine.   Not only a practical addition to any home, the purchase of this calendar also supports a good cause, with 50% of sale proceeds going toward the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an organisation that works towards removing plastic waste from the ocean.  You can purchase it on line at
     The rest of the pictures and the rest of the story of the "Drunk Crustaceans can be read at

     This is a too funny to miss calendar for 2015.  ;o)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Havana Club Union, a Rum to be enjoyed with a Cohiba Siglo VI

     Havana Club has announced the launch of their newest rum, one that is to be paired with a fine
Cohiba Cigar.   Havana Club Union is the latest in a line of ultra premium rums launched in the past few years.  

     "Havana Club, the leading rum in the super-premium category, has announced the launch of Havana Club Unión, the first-ever rum made to perfectly match a Cuban cigar, the Cohiba Siglo VI. The new expression is the latest prestige product in the Havana Club Icónica Collection and will appeal to rum and cigar connoisseurs seeking to experience true Cuban culture."

     With the easing of the embargo, many of these rums and cigars will be soon available to us here in America.    To see the expressions of this quality being released now is very exciting. 
"A premium cedar wooden box houses the expression, and features the logos of Havana Club and Cohiba together in an elegant combination of black and gold colors, bringing the luxury character of the expression to life. The bottle’s clean and round design is in line with the distinct shape of Havana Club’s award-winning Icónica Collection, which includes the brand’s most prestigious rums; Havana Club Selección de Maestros, Havana Club Añejo 15 Años and Havana Club Máximo Extra Añejo."

     The rum has a deep amber color with a nose of smoke, oak, along with vanilla, coconut and dried fruits and coffee.     On the palate there is a softly woody flavor that is highlighted with sweet vanilla, chocolate and dried fruit flavors.   The finish is of a long lasting rich and aromatic nature.
     This is an ideal rum to sit of the roof of the Inglaterra Hotel in Havana with a Cohiba Siglo Vi and enjoy the skyline as the sun goes down.  I'm sure looking forward to being able to enjoy this fine rum very soon when I visit an airport with a duty free shop in the near future.  ;o)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Apple Cider Rum Cocktail

     With all of the cool weather around here in the past few weeks, I had an idea for a different kind of Daiquiri Cocktail.  I had some apple cider and a bottle of Siesta Key Spiced Rum, I knew that I could make something great with these ingredients. 

     I started with some apple cider and added the juice of a half lemon.  The rum blended with it perfectly.   Shaking until chilled and straining it into a cocktail glass and garnishing with a lemon zest gave the blend a finishing touch that put a smile on my face.  This is another daiquiri cocktail that I enjoy so much more than any other style of cocktail.  They are so simple and balanced for a tasty and clean cocktail experience.

Apple Cider Daiquiri
  • 2 oz. Natural Apple Cider
  • 1 1/2 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • Juice of a Half Lemon
Place all ingredients into an ice filled shaker and shake until chilled.   Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon zest.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Second Edition of Bahama Bob's Cocktails and Tales is Available Today

    The new edition of Bahama Bob's Cocktails and Tales is now available for purchase at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn in Key West or Online at Bahama Bob's Rumstyles.

     The new book has ten different traditional rum cocktails and 43 new original cocktails for your enjoyment.  Get yours today.  ;o)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Two Interesting Predictions for 2015

     The Spirit Business has made its predictions for spirit trends for 2015.  I found two items very interesting.   First the effect of the introduction of Cuban Rum in America, and the other is the growth of liquors like Cachaca.  

     The relaxing of the importing of Cuban products like Cigars and Rum
might lead to the strengthening of the rum category's sales here in the states.   The effect won't be felt as much is the rest of the world as here in the States, but it is definitely peaking peoples interest to see what will happen.

     "The US congress finally lifting the decades long Cuban import ban could provide the spark for the long overdue detonation of the category. While top line volume growth might continue facing headwinds battering low quality variants in emerging markets such as India, the category’s versatility and new found premium aspirations will inform its short term performance. Embracing the unique heritage of English, Spanish and French expressions, carefully dipping a toe into the flavored bandwagon and cruising on the enviable momentum enjoyed by dark spirits, rum will be one of the protagonists."
     The other Category showing some progress is the Brazilian cane spirit Cachaca.  There have been a lot of effort in the area of premiumization of this category as well.  This is a different type of cane spirit expression that warrants more exploration.
     These two predictions I feel are valid and worth watching as we progress into 2015.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Major New Initiative to Help Consumers Understand Rum

The Rum industry is faced with an unusual situation.  Rum has so many faces, causing a lot of confusion on the part of consumers trying to understand the category.  Basically there are three major types of rum out there.  There is Ron, Spanish style, which is generally lighter and more buttery in flavor.  There is Rhum,  French style primarily Agricole which has a more intense flavor and made to exacting legal rules.  The third and finally Rum, English style, Naval rum that has a bold and spicy flavor.

By categorizing characteristics of rum into three main styles – English, Spanish and French, it is hoped consumers will understand the spirit more clearly, giving them confidence to choose a brand outside their comfort zone.  


     Matthieu de Lassus, export director for Spiridom, claimed the map could help rum on its way to becoming the next great spirit trend.   “Our main intention is to better segment the rum market in order to create the necessary conditions for premiumization,” he said.   “Rum is the third biggest spirit category in the world and bartenders’ preferred spirit for cocktails. It has enjoyed steady growth worldwide for the last 10 years but still rum is the only spirit category to remain largely underpremiumized to date.   “We believe that premiumization will only come through a better education of our customers and a better segmentation of the rum category.”

     I'm in fully agree with Matthieu de Lassus, the only way that the category will grow is if and when the consumer learns the category, by finding a taste that suits your palate.   I'm hoping that this map will help you locate the place that your palate will call home.  ;o)