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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

     This is a day that is as American as American can be.  It is a day to share with your friends and your family.  It is a day of reflection and giving thanks for all that your have been able to accomplish.   Traditionally a day of feasts and sharing of your bounty with your friends, family and neighbors.  The first Thanksgiving took place in Massachucetts in the 1620's, a day of giving thanks and sharing.

     Today the principles are the same, but how we celebrate it has changed.   It is a morning of preparation of the first and getting the tables and chairs in place for everyone to be able to join in at the table for our feast.   We also spend a lot of time in front of the television watching the Macy's Parade and then the football game as soon as the table is cleared.

    How are you going to spend the day this year?  No matter how you do, I just hope that you get to spend the time with the people nearest to you and a lot of fun getting together and sharing with everyone.  ;o)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Celebrating a Friend and Sharing Fine Rum

     Windy and blustery, but one of the best tastings yet. So many fabulous rums and so little time. With only seven of us it was a chance to sit and ponder the taste and qualities of all of the fine rums that were present.
     Yesterday we took a little time to raise our glasses to a friend that was lost on November 12th. Patrick Shank, you are really missed around here, and I think you would have enjoyed sitting with us and enjoying a fine rum.
     It is going to be hard to keep up bringing so many quality rums for the enlightenment of everyone. It is such a fun time to sit on the key looking out over the Gulf of Mexico and sip really great rums. This week was no exception with rums that span the range of 2 years to 25 years old and all were just wonderful.
     The cool weather and the warmth of the rum, a really great concept and on that should be repeated throughout the winter.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Winter has Actually Arrived in Key West

     Rainy day in Key West.  So many things planed and now I'm here in the marina.   I've got a number of projects that need doing, but a dreary day with all the clouds and rain make it a bit hard to get motivated.  This is the price you sometimes pay for living where the sun shines most of the times and the rain only lasts for about 20 minutes of so,   I guess that I have to accept the winter happens even in Key West.

     I go out of the aft deck and watch the gray clouds as I look through the rain spattered glass.   I thought about creating a new cocktail, but the inspiration just wasn't their.   Sat and watched the water as the rain drops mad interesting splashes in the smooth, clam water.    I decided to go outside anyway,I'm not made of "butter", I won't melt.   After all the temperature is still 77 degrees and there is no wind to chill you.  It really felt good having the raindrops fall on my head and sounds of the rain splashing off of my foul weather gear.

     Not many people out and around on the docks, so I guess that I'll just wander back to the boat and
see how long this is going to linger.   By 5 o'clock, rain or shine it is into the dinghy and head off to the Hurricane hole and enjoy a couple of cocktails with some of the braver locals that will ignore the rain and come down to the dockside bar for the usual conversations and cocktails.  Who knows it might be nicer by then and we can go out and stay dry.  If not it will be a fun outing anyway.  ;o)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Papa’s Pilar Introduces a Limited Edition Dark Rum

     Papa’s Pilar Rum has put together a very special new expression.  This is a limited production rum that takes the previously finished dark rum and placing it into used bourbon barrels for between 90 and 120 days of additional aging.   This method deepens the flavors of the whole blend and not just some of the components.  It also gives the blend a more intense and spicier flavor.    The special edition is bottled at 43% ABV giving it a bolder flavor, and the additional aging makes it even smoother and more congruent than the original expression.    
Patrick Hemingway and Bahama Bob Leonard
     The idea for this special edition according to Carlton Grooms, Pilar is looking to introduce a “cool special edition” that would not compete with their staple dark rum.   The initial expression was already sold out before it even reached the bottles.   Carlton Grooms tells me they are going to have two more releases next year of 200 barrels each.     These are expressions that you need to keep your eyes open for, because to miss them would be very disappointing.  
     I was around for the initial introduction of Papa’s Pilar and had a chance to talk with Patrick Hemingway about the Papa’s Pilar line of rums.   They have been great rums from their introduction and the new special edition is just an extension of the of the brands commitment to offering fine rums.  ;o)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Old Havana From the Bacardi Building

     There is a awe inspiring 360 degree view from the top of the Bacardi Building in Havana.  You can see from the harbor to the hills of the city on the opposite side of the building.   No matter which way you look there are eye popping view.    This one shows you the Jose Marti Memorial out toward Revolution Square.  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Battles Over Cocktail Names Continues

     It seems that the spectrum of where you must not use names that are"confusing" to the public anywhere.  Even blogs are receiving some of the "cease and desist" notices for tagging cocktails with names similar to the trademarked ones.

     “A Dark 'N Stormy®, like a Painkiller®, or a Sazerac™, is one of a handful of trademarked cocktails.   On September 15, 2015, Gosling sued Pernod Ricard USA, LLC alleging that Pernod's use of "Dark N' Stormy" and "Black Stormy" in recipes and advertising containing Pernod's Malibu line of rums infringed several of Gosling's DARK 'N STORMY registered trademarks. The case-Gosling Brothers Ltd. et. al. v. Pernod Ricard USA, LLC.-was filed in federal district court in Massachusetts.   The alleged trademark infringement stemmed from Pernod including cocktail recipes on its website for a "Dark N' Stormy" containing Malibu Island Spiced Rum, and a "Black Stormy" containing Malibu Black Rum. Further, Pernod released a YouTube video demonstrating how to make a "Dark N' Stormy" using Malibu Island Spiced Rum. (A lot of the links seem to be now removed.)”

     In the past there have been cases where owners of trademarked cocktails have sent out cease and desist orders and the problem usually went away, but Gosling Brothers Ltd. is taking this one much more seriously.   it's not just brand names that can cause so many intellectual property disputes in the crowded spirits field.    It is also every part of  websites and advertising .     It even applies to those quirky cocktail names you apply to your creations might come under these intellectual property controls.   ;)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Proposed California Initiative Would Lower Drinking Age to 18

“But group says 21 minimum drinking age has saved thousands of lives.”

     You've heard it before, "Why can you join the military at 18 but not drink?"   Well, one proposed California ballot initiative is looking to change the drinking age. According to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the initiative has been cleared to begin collecting signatures.   If it gets enough signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether 18-year-olds will be able to legally purchase and drink alcohol in the state. The legal drinking age is 21, which was established by the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984.

     The proponent of the measure is business owner Terrance Lynn, who must collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters to qualify, Padilla's office said in a statement.   "The proponent has 180 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be submitted to county elections officials by April 26, 2016," the statement reads.

     The Secretary of State's office said if the ballot passed, California would lose $200 million in federal highway funds. But it would also lead to an increase in state and local tax revenues from the sales of alcohol beverages, the office said.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving opposes lowering the drinking age below 21. The organization says that more than 25,000 lives have been saved across the United States since the minimum drinking age was raised to 21.        "When states had lower legal drinking ages in the U.S., the underage drinking problem was worse.   For example, before the 21 minimum legal drinking age was implemented by all states, underage drunk drivers were involved in over twice as many fatal traffic crashes as today," MADD's website says.   It said the law continues to decrease the number of crashes  by an estimated 16 percent each year.

"I think it's fine at 21. I think if it was younger, maybe young adults may not make the best choices," 20-year-old Michael Villagomez told KABC in Los Angeles.    "I think if we're able to send people to war at 18, they should be able to determine if they can handle alcohol," Burbank resident Lisa Neglia added.   "I think 21 is a great age for drinking because I feel like nowadays people think that just because they're older as in 16, 17 that they feel free to do whatever they want," 17-year-old Rakkell Villagomez also told the station.