This is a blog that will take you through the Rum lifestyles of a fine group of people that enjoy the fun and pleasure of fine rums. We will travel to distilleries, partys, and Rum Events to bring you the Rumstyles of all those we come in contact with.
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 He repealed Prohibition, this alone puts him at the top of my list of presidents that actually drank.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
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.
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.”
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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."
Read More at http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/02/jodhan-confirmed-as-angostura-ceo/
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.
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
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.
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.
Don Q has finally released its anticipated
Oak Barrel Spiced Rum after first announcing plans to release it for a one year
now. “Don Q first announced plans for
the release at the launch of its Single barrel last year.” Oak Barrel Spiced Rum is created from rums
aged between three and six years. This
is the “structure, smoothness and tanins” to differentiate the Don Q’s from
other spiced rums, the natural blend of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove is
then added Yielding a “dry” spiced rum that is free from artificial colors and
took our time in crafting our Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum,” said Roberto
Serrallés, the sixth-generation Don Q rum maker. We wanted to make sure we created an elevated
experience for our customers; one that would reveal how barrel ageing and pure
ingredients can take spiced rum from an ordinary mixer to an exceptional spirit
that is ideal for crafting unique cocktails as well as for drinking neat, on
the rocks or with a splash.”
Tasting of the expression from the nose to
the tasting notes includes vanilla, nutmeg, honey oak and tanins. Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum is bottled at 90
proof/45% abv and is available across the US now priced at $29.99.