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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Rob Roy, A New York City Special Cocktail

     Certain cocktails seem to have their own gravitational pull.   Some might deem them workaday drinks, the Rob Roy isn’t lacking in fanciful appeal, it is poured into a long-stemmed cocktail glass, its auburn glow begs for dim lights and slow sipping.   But unlike its swinging socialite sister, the Manhattan, the Rob Roy is a little bit tamer, but not quite a wallflower.   Children of Rob Roy devotees may carry a flame of nostalgia for the drink, that’s not the reason it’s hung in there for more than 100 years since its likely creation at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. 
     That simple cocktail likely came to be because of Waldorf Astoria’s original location on Fifth Avenue from 1893 to 1929, conveniently perched smack within the Great White Way, the original well-lit section of the city devoted to the stage arts.  According to Caiafa, also the author of “The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book”, that a Herald Square Theatre production of an operetta named “Rob Roy” by the composer Reginald De Koven inspired the birth of a drink. It’s a tidy origin story and though it lacks the often-cited exclamations of fuzzy impossible-to-pin characters in drinking lore, it’s likely a true story.
     According to Phil Greene, “Vermouth was an Italian import that no one in America had heard of until it appeared in the melting pot of the cocktail. Everyone started using vermouth then.” By the 1860s, vermouth cocktails began showing up in American bars. Soon after, we find evidence of the Manhattan cocktail. By 1894, says Greene, rye was swapped for scotch, and the Rob Roy was born.

Bahama Bob’s Rum Rob Roy

  • 2 oz. Doorly’s XO Rum
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 
  • Garnish: Cherry  

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir gently.  Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Awe Inspiring View in the Mountains of Grenada

     I was sitting on the aft deck the other night thinking about some of the wonderful places that I have been able to visit in the pursuit of rum and rum history.  Grenada always seem to come to mind when I start thinking about the wonderful places that I have visited.   This lake was such a wonderful place to visit up in the mountains of central Grenada.  The clouds working their way over the mountain from the ocean as the cooling air of the mountain create a shroud covering the mountain top.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happy Veterans Day

Honoring The American Military

    The Veterans Day Parade here in Key West yesterday reminded me how much all of the veterans here in America owe to those that have given of their time and lives to the cause of freedom in America.
     Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was originally a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I.   Officially took first took place on November 11, 1918.  In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.   In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.  In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
     On September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.  With that new law, we still to this date, America celebrates Veterans Day on November 11th.  Happy Veterans Day and a big Thank You to all of those Veterans that have served America in one of our military services. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Appleton Estate Launches a 30 Year Old Limited Edition Rum Honoring the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience

     Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience (JSAERE),  J. Wray and Nephew has launched a premium 30-year-old rum.   Only 4,000 bottles of the rum will be sold globally, making the rum an extremely rare limited edition. It is the second time in 10 years that Appleton Estate has released a 30-year-old expression, part of its ongoing efforts to lead the rum industry's global trend towards premiumization.

     While, like its predecessor, the youngest drop of rum in this offering has been aged for at least 30 years, the inclusion of rums aged over 50 years in this new expression, creates “a distinguished, and one-of-a-kind sipping experience,” according to the release. The blend is said to feature notes of vibrant vanilla, toasted oak, ginger and warm cinnamon with a smooth and long, spiced honey finish, and is best served neat to appreciate the flavors.

     The JSAERE opened its doors 30 years ago to share the 269-year-long history from cane to cup. Joy Spence has the honor of being the first woman in the world to hold the position of master blender in the spirits industry and has been able to witness over the past couple of decades the increased popularity of Jamaican rum in markets globally.

     Spence told the media, “When I first joined the industry, rum was pretty much a standard spirit that was served with colas or juices. Appleton Estate was one of the first companies to see the potential for premium rum and we were at the forefront of developing and defining the premium rum category,”.   “We have launched several premium limited editions to highlight the rich complexity of premium rums and to demonstrate that they can be enjoyed in the same way as a scotch or cognac. We have been educating consumers globally on the joy of premium aged rums.”
Appleton Estate 30-Year-Old is available currently at select retail locations, including the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience in Siloah, St Elizabeth, Jamaica.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Las Vegas’ Mob Museum Opens Prohibition Inspired Distillery, Brewery and Speakeasy

The Underground's Still and Condenser

    The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has reinvent the way guests experience history when they visit The Underground, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of Prohibition, that first opened in April 2018.   Guests touring The Underground will learn about Prohibition-era bootlegging and rum running. Prohibition shut down thousands of breweries and distilleries across America, but it could not eliminate the public’s desire for alcohol. It simply forced the brewing and distilling of booze into the shadows, where it became the purview of organized crime syndicates. Indeed, Prohibition led directly to the rise and proliferation of the Mob in America.

Ther Underground Speakeasy
     The Underground will take visitors on an uncommonly vivid journey back in time: Situated discreetly in the basement of the Museum, The Underground houses a real working distillery and speakeasy. While visiting these vibrant, immersive environments, guests will be compelled to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes that became the most glamorous places to be. 

      Numerous artifacts found in the distillery and speakeasy will add depth and context to the experience. Items to be on display include a beaded chiffon dress, ca. 1926, which is an example of the new and bolder fashions that became popular during the Prohibition era due to the rise of flapper culture, as well as a 5-gallon whiskey still, one of the smaller home stills used to make alcohol during Prohibition.  Complete with luxurious Art Deco-inspired design motifs, and a distinctive sense that something illicit is afoot, The Underground speakeasy will feature The Mob Museum’s own house-distilled spirits and house-brewed beer, as well as tempting Prohibition-era cocktails. Genuine Moonshine made onsite from corn mash will be the centerpiece of the cocktail collection, which will also feature a full bar including the Museum’s proprietary vodka, gin and rum.   Tickets for the Mob Museum’s distillery tour cost $12 per person.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rums of Puerto Rico Has Launched a Campaign to Promote Puerto Rican Rum

Several Puerto Rican government figures have partnered with rum distilleries on the island to launch a campaign to “expand the knowledge base of rum in Puerto Rico”.

     The Rum Standard campaign was launched by the Puerto Rican government and distilleries on the island.  The Rum Standard campaign has been launched by the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce, Manuel A Laboy Rivera, and the executive director of Rums of Puerto Rico, Alexandra Salgado Colón.   The campaign aims to highlight the four regulations that apply to all rums made in Puerto Rico – that it must be made from molasses, produced using a continuous distillation process, should be aged for at least one year in American oak barrels and produced in Puerto Rico.

     Laboy Rivera said: “We are confident that with this campaign, the production, sale, and export of Puerto Rican rums will continue to grow. With this promotional effort we aim to increase the number of people in the world who know and love Puerto Rican rum.  “We will present it at events where we participate, in and out of Puerto Rico, and through the various networks of the government of Puerto Rico that promote the island internationally.  “The commitment of our administration and governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, is to continue supporting this industry because it is a high quality local product that has gained international recognition.”

     The campaign consists of seven videos, five minutes each, that summarise the history and the process of making rum on the island. The Rum Standard campaign also features a one-minute video that summarises what the Rums of Puerto Rico brand is all about.  As part of the campaign, has been redesigned and relaunched to offer information and insight into the production of Puerto Rican rums.  According to Laboy Rivera, the Puerto Rican rum industry generates more than US$300 million annually for the local economy and represents 700 direct jobs in rum distilleries.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

David Gates, The Drive Behind Johnny Walker has Moved to Brewdog Distilling

David Gates

     During his time as global whisky category director at Diageo he established steady growth for    The appointment comes as Brewdog’s distilling arm, Lone Wolf, reveals its plans to expand its spirits range beyond vodka and gin to encompass whisky and rum.   Over the next six months Lone Wolf will concentrate on developing Lone Wolf rum and whisky, to join its small-batch gin and vodka releases.
Scotch Whisky and as Johnnie Walker global brand director he led the brand in becoming the most profitable international spirits brand in the world, according to Brewdog.

     Brewdog co-founder, James Watt, believes David is as obsessed with quality and flavor as we are.  His proven success in building an established division makes him a force to be reckoned with in the industry.   I am thrilled to have him on board and can’t wait to see where David takes Lone Wolf.  He shares our vision in standing as a market and custodian of purist, truthful distillation methods, and his fresh, challenging thinking will not only take Lone Wolf to new levels, but the entire category as well.
     Gates said, The opportunity to shake up the spirits category with the industry’s biggest disrupter was just too good to pass up.  What Brewdog has done for the beer industry is nothing short of awe-inspiring, you can’t help but be impressed with the energy, vibrancy and unapologetic attitude they have injected into the category. It is that same creative flair and obsession for quality that I hope to bring to the spirits portfolio.
     According to Steven Kersely, Head Distillery at Brewdog Distilling, the team has already done a great job getting the Lone Wolf brand out to the public and looks getting the brand to the next level with its introduction of new whiskeys and rums by the injection of more excitement, creativity and playfulness into their spirits.