Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Cool of Key West Winter Evenings

     Winter in Key West is marked by short days and chilly evenings.  The blues of winter can be just as exciting and the bright colors of summer.  I just enjoy watching the day turn into evening even in the winter.  I love having the foliage still on the trees as well, the bare sticks in the north for me can be a bit depressing and colorless.  ;o)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Back Home in the Warm

     After a three day journey to the north for a business trip it is really great to be home again in the warmth of Key West.   Even though the highs were in the fifties, the lows were in the thirties.   I can live with high fifties as a night time low, but as a daytime high, that is a little rough on these aging joints.  

     You don't really appreciate the tropics until you get away from them for a few days in the winter time.   It is funny that there are afternoons when the sun goes down that we run for some pretty heavy jackets to keep warm, but it is a rare day that I can't walk out in a t shirt and shorts when the sun is up.

     I really do feel for you guys in the northern tiers of this world in the winter time.  I really wish more of the world was like the tropics, I'd probably be more inclined to visit them more often.  The funny thing is  that when I lived in this area for some 16 years, it didn't really bother me that much.  I guess that it is really a case of perception.  

     Age and treachery usually wins out over youth and enthusiasm, and with age comes stiffer joints and the warm really makes everything feel so much better.   No matter how you look at it today I'm really glad to be back home in Key West.   ;o) 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rum is Maiking Inroads into the Scotch Catagory Sales

     Rum is starting to make some inroads into the sales of Scotch worldwide.  It seems that the premiunization of the rum category is starting to pay some dividends.   Scotch drinkers could be turning specifically to dark rum especially the expressions that have undergone a premiumization the  
recent years.    “One category that appears set to capture a share from Scotch is dark rum.”   “High-quality aged sipping rums are winning over consumers in the UK, Benelux, France, the Nordics and Eastern Europe as they look to change up Scotch or gin consumption on the back of the current premiumization trend.

     This is good news for the rum category as a whole, especially with the money and effort that is being spent to bring the quality level of the category up to its competitors.   For to many years, the category was known for its white unaged and sugared and flavored expressions, but today the public is starting to appreciate the quality of the dark aged rums offer and beginning to switch to these expressions.

     I have found it fairly easy to get bourbon and scotch drinkers to try many of the higher end rums that share notes of bourbon or scotch from their aging processes.  Bourbon drinkers find rums like Zafra, a 21 year old expression of rum master Don Pancho Fernandez in Panama, will get their attention and usually turn their heads and find themselves asking for it again.   Diplomatico from Venezuela, Doorly's XO from Barbados, Plantation from France and El Dorado from Guyana also have the same effect on many of my customers.

    While there is a serious growth from the ultra-premium expressions, the basic rums like Bacardi and aptain Morgan and showing growth at the same time.  The Category is doing very well as a whole.  Its growth is a slow and steady on and not just a "flash in the pan" growth that like most fads doesn't last.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Flight Delay!!!

     There are a lot of things that we usually assume to be because that is just how it happens most of the time.  Once in a while because of things that happen elsewhere our world is DELAYED!!!  Today is just one of those days where the ice and snow in Connecticut has delayed the departure of the plane, meaning it, will be late arriving in Charlotte, causing us to be an hour plus late in our arrival into Key West.  The domino effect, which brings me to the point of this story.

     We are always looking for the cause or someone to blame for our problems, when we should be looking for ways to fix that problem.  Ranting and raving about being delayed because of bad weather in Connecticut will not get you home any sooner, plus it would be a lot easier on the rest of us not having to listen to all of that noise.   By spending my time during the delay writing this blog will in effect give me that hour back when I do get home.

     I love all the noise that people in the airports make when things don't go their way, if as much effort would be spent fixing the problems caused by a delay, life would be so much better for all involved.   There is nothing that can be done to bring the plane on line any sooner, but you have the option of spending the delay time in a productive way instead of screaming, their problems would be so much easier to solve.  Remember that you have little or no control over these delays, but you do have control of your mind and your ability to make better use of these times instead of making those around you miserable just because you didn't get your way.

     This delay is just about over, the ticket agent has just called the flight and I got this blog written with time to spare.  Just think, I don't have to worry about it when I get home because I used this delay time in a useful way.  ;o)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

There is a "Wee World" Out There

     Isn't it interesting as we walk around all of these places and all that we see is the big stuff.  It seems that we rarely look closer at the place and see all of the colorful and interesting little things that surround us.  I was walking around the park at Bahia Honda the other day and I found myself looking at butterflies, flowers and little birds rather that at the ocean, the bridge and the really "spectacular" stuff. 

     What I found was a very small and wonderfully colorful world  that is right in front of me at a much smaller level.  The little flowers, colorful and very delicate just sitting there waiting for someone to notice them.  Then I was surrounded by butterflies and little birds.  All this while wandering through a holler of interesting bushes and flowers.

     It never ceases to amaze me what you can see is you slow down a bit and open your eyes.  A second look is you will at what you thought you saw in your first glance.  There are so many little things out there that are so worth while seeing.  Take the time to look closely, the sights are so rewarding when you finally notice them.  ;o)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Toasted Coconut

     When I was introduced to the Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum, I fell in love with its flavor right out of the bottle neat.   I've been trying to come up with something to put it with that would be a cocktail that would showcase the rum and not bury it in other flavors.   I tried several mixes with fruit juices and other things, but they were just lacking something. 

     I took to the idea of a smoothie style of cocktail and I researched what went well with coconut and found several things that I could work with and came up with this idea.  I hope you enjoy it.

Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Smoothie
  • 2 oz. Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum
  • 1/4 Cup of Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/2 Fresh Banana
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Orgeat
Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a 16 oz. Glass and top with a float of Toasted Coconut Rum and fresh ground nutmeg.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Havana Club 7 Year: Big Throughout the Latin Countries

     Havana Club 7 Year Old rum is pushing it's strong appeal across the Latin American countries with a strong success rate throughout the region.  In the Latin world, there is very little white rum consumed, but rather an emphasis of the aged rums all of the way through the ultra-premium expressions.   I really have to agree, the value for your dollar spent is good.  Havana Club 7 to me anyway is the finest of those currently produced by the brand.  In the past their "Barrel Proof" was my favorite, but today I have to stand behind the Havana Club 7 Year old.

     It is felt that the Bacardi brand is seen as a white spirit in the region, but there is hardly  any white rum at all sold in South America, where they basically start with Especial and look to the better rums from there.   There is a serious focus is Havana Club 7 now, it is sold in Mexico where it is competitive at the same price point as 12-year-old Scotch.  Havana Club has taken a deliberate super-premium strategy, that seems to be paying off well for the brand.

     In Havana Club's homeland of Cuba, they sell one million cases a year, which is about 60% of this quality rum bottled produced each year.   Havana Club’s Cuban roots give the brand its strong Latin appeal that resonates across the entire region.   Havana Club is also strong in markets like Argentina, Colombia and Peru.  Havana Club 7 Year is a super-premium rum that can also play to the values of Latin Americans.

     I think that this is a brand and an expression that will soon be here in America in the next few years and be very competitive in this market.  The iconic brand that has been envisioned as the "holy grail" of rums, mostly because of its unobtainable status will be on many rum drinker's list of most desired rums.  The strength in the Latin world and the strong Latin population here in America will help propel this brand when it finally arrives in the United States.  ;o)