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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mount Gay Introduces the Next in the Mount Gay 1703 Series

     Rémy Cointreau has added a new expression to its ultra-premium Mount Gay 1703 rums, the new expression is being called Mount Gay 1703 Master Select.   Mount Gay 1703 Master Select is a blend of copper column and copper pot rums, aged between 10 and 30 years. Stocks that are being used to create the blend were individually selected by Mount Gay’s master blender Allen Smith.

     Around 12,000 bottles of Mount Gay 1703 Master Select will be released globally at price of  US$150.00.  This rum, which has an abv rating of 43%, features a new bottle design for the annual 1703 range.   The range was first launched in 2009, and been a real hit ever since.   “The most important ingredient in 1703 Master Select is time,” Allen Smith said,  “We spend years carefully monitoring our rarest barrels to achieve a perfect balance of flavors.   “It may take time, but when it all comes together, the taste is worth the wait, but once it’s gone it’s gone and you have to wait until the following year. It is important that you don’t wait, because 12,000 bottles world wide will disappear in a real hurry, so we recommended that you grab it as soon as you see it.”

     Mount Gay’s 1703 range pays homage to the year the Barbados distillery started production, using the brand’s oldest reserves.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My Presidential Hero Based on Alcohol Usage

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
     Franklin Delano Roosevelt has become my hero president, as far as related to how and what he did for the alcohol industry.  FDR is a legend among drink-loving folks. He repealed Prohibition, this alone puts him at the top of my list of presidents that actually drank.  He also mixed drinks like it was the Roaring ‘20s all through the Depression was on at the time.. This is a FDR had serious mixology skills as well, he also knew how to turn hard times into great ones. When life gives him lemons, he makes Bermuda Rum Swizzles.

John F. Kennedy
Rutherford B. Hayes
            John F. Kennedy got my attention because of his love of the trendy at the time Daiquiri.   John Adams our second president liked his rum as well among other tings.   In these times we have Barrack Obama who only drank beer and now we have a non drinker.  The very worst though was Rutherford B. Hayes, his wife was not in any way a fan of booze of any kind.   Rutherford backed her up so completely that he insisted that the White House staff use rum flavoring instead of real rum in punch for guests. This is the worst of them, at least it was rum flavoring.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Women are Taking Over the Top of the Rum World

      There are more and more women being found at the top of the rum companies around the world.  Joy Spence was the first and she is celebrating 25 years with Appleton.
Appleton Estate's Joy Spence
        Appleton Estate has honored master blender Joy Spence’s 20th year at the distillery by launching a 25-year-old rum, named Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend.   Joy Spence’s creation, the limited edition 25-year-old minimum aged rum also includes rums that have been aged up to 35 years.  “For my anniversary blend, I simply set out to create the rum that I’d like to sip while watching the colors of my garden change in the warm glow of the Jamaican sunset,” Joy Spence said.   “It includes two rum marques which are of particular sentimental significance to me: The first of these marques was laid down to age in 1981, which is the year I joined the Appleton Estate team, and the second is my favorite marque of pot still rum. The final blend is a wonderful rum that I hope will be become a cornerstone of my legacy.”
     Spence graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and the University of Loughborough with a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry.   She joined Appleton Estate as chief chemist and quickly became “enthralled” with the process of blending rum.  Over the next 16 years, Spence learned under the expert guidance of former master blender Owen Tulloch.   Joy Spence’s became the world’s first female master blender in 1997, it came at a time when rum was primarily made and consumed by men.

     Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend will be rolled out across markets starting in March 2017.   The new offering “opens with a delicate orange peel top note”, a hallmark of Appleton Estate rums.  On the finish, there are hints of “warm vanilla, butterscotch, coffee and layers of almond and toasted oak.
Serve neat in a tumbler to fully appreciate Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend, which opens with a delicate orange peel top note, a hallmark of Appleton Estate rums, intertwined with ginger and spice. The aroma finishes with vanilla, butterscotch, coffee, and layers of almond. The palate is exceptionally smooth with a long, elegant brown sugar finish.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Spring Has Popped in North Carolina

Flowering Plum Tree
     Sunday Morning, just one more week up here on this trip and it's back to Key West for a couple of weeks and then one more trip up here to put the finishing touches on everything.  Couldn't be happier the way things are progressing, things are finally starting to go back together and they are going to be beautiful, just like when those guys on TV.

     Spring is popping a little early this year, many of the frees are in bloom already.  The neighbor's Bradford Pear, my Flowering Plum and some of the Rhododendrons are blooming as well, makes for a wonderful walk through the woods.   I had forgotten how beautiful spring is up here in the North Carolina

Bradford Pear Tree Looking Like a Popcorn Tree

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Angostura Appoints Jodhan as Permanent CEO

       Rum and bitters producer Angostura Holdings has confirmed its acting CEO Genevieve Jodhan has been made permanent in the role effective 14 February.   With the appointment, she becomes the first woman to lead a large Trinidad and Tobago company outside of the energy sector.   Jodhan has been heading the company in an acting capacity since September 2016 when previous CEO Robert Wong went on a period of leave.   Prior to her promotion, Jodhan held the role of sales and marketing executive manager.

Genevieve Jodhan
     As CEO, Jodhan will lead the executive management team, support the board of directors on strategic business and lead growth strategies.   "Genevieve has the experience and track record of delivering results and has proven leadership," said Dr. Rolph Balgobin, chairman of the Angostura board.

     "She spearheaded our international sales growth increasing market share and sales of our signature rums and bitters in Europe, Asia and Australia and has directed the development of the brands in many emerging markets including Russia, Czech Republic, and Armenia."

Jodhan added: "I am both humbled and honored to be appointed chief executive officer. I have been with the company for close to a decade and my commitment has always been to Angostura's people, products and values.   "I am keen to build on the long outstanding achievement of our manufacturing business, through the execution of forward looking business strategies that add to the customer experience, and build on our shareholders' value."

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Rum is Bracing for Falling Volumes Ahead

     This is from a report that surfaced recently,  It looks like it is time for the rum sector to buckle down and work on it image and get some guidelines in place so the people purchasing rum truly know what they are buying and expect more rather than less from the sector.

     “The global rum market is set to face a tough future, according to joint research from just-drinks and The IWSR, with volumes expected to slide over the next five years.”  The Global Rum Insights report has forecast a compound annual drop of 0.5% between 2016 and 2021, representing a decline of almost 3.7m cases. The rum segment's top three markets - India, the US and the Philippines - are all expected to record falls.   The predicted five-year dip follows a decline of 0.8% in 2015 to 141.8m nine-liter cases, with nine of the top 20 markets and four of the top five registering declines.

     Nine of the top 20 markets fell in 2015, including four out of the top five. Virtually all of those in growth are in low single digits.   Rum’s trajectory is one of gentle decline and not overly dynamic, at least when viewed from a top-line vantage point.  

     One of the biggest issues for rum lies in the fact that it’s basis is value-priced brands which only account for a further 39.1% of sales, meaning that almost 60% of total category sales are value or low-priced expressions.  This has implications for brand building, particularly premium brand building. In much of the world, rum has a relatively low image and is viewed as a commodity product rather that a product of quality.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Things are Moving Along Well in Mooresville

     Two days behind me and a lot of progress has been made.  The exterior of the house has been pressure washed and re stained, paint is progressing well on the interior.  The roofers start replacing the roof today and the flooring people arrive on Monday.
      In the mean time, I’m playing lumberjack.  The yard is suffering from major over growth.  I’ve cut down a couple of trees and pruned many many more to go.  Today it is back inside to replace a couple of vanities and ad some crown moldings.     The progress is good, things are moving right along and the list is getting shorter.  I’m afraid that I will be here for a full two weeks.  Currently planning on driving back on Monday the 6th of March. 

     The important thing to me is that I'm getting a lot done each day in a lot of different areas.  Yesterday was demo on the old deck by the pond and some work on building a new well cover.  The painting and plastering is moving along well.  I feel like on the Flip or Flop Show.  Only difference is that I don't have a crew to come in to take care of a lot of this stuff.

     The old body will be needing a break by then.  Dock to repair and a ton of clean-up around the yard.  2 ½ acres is a lot of area and lots of things to take care of.  Looking forward to having this chore behind me.   I need a Karaoke break, but there will be none for the next couple of weeks.