Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hemingway's Boat Pilar


     These days I get to spend a lot of time at the Hemingway Rum Company as a Rum Maker.  The rum that is sold there is called Papa's Pilar, a name taken from a combination of the name that he was affectionately known as during 1939 through 1960 the years that he called Cuba home.   The boat itself is in pretty good condition for its age, delivered April 18, 1934 and today it is 84 years old.  You can see it sitting on the tennis court at Finca la Vagia just outside of Havana, Cuba.  If you take the trip to Havana, Finca la Vagia is worth the taxi ride to see the entire museum, his house has pretty much just like it was when he left it for good on July 25, 1960





Saturday, June 16, 2018

The United States Top Five States That Like to Drink


     New research has revealed where to find the biggest drinkers in the USA.   The study, carried out by gambling website PlayUSA, looks into the number of times Americans have used the internet to search for places to drink alcohol in their state over the past month, taking in a total of 823 million search entries on websites such as Google and Yahoo.   The data takes into account both the number of overall searches, but also the total population of individual states, offering a new perspective on the nation’s drinking habits and go-to destinations for a night out.
     Despite ranking as the state with the most searches, notorious tourist hotspot California’s larger population means that, proportionately, locals are not more inclined to head out to a bar. California ranked in 10th place for drinking searches, behind Maryland and New Jersey.
The ultimate in ‘happy drunks’, 2.48% of Minnesotans fall into this drinking category. Just over 136,000 people have searched for drinking spots in Minnesota online in recent months.  2.57% of Massachusetts residents like to get drunk at the weekends and evenings, according to search data.  Oregon ranks as the USA’s third thirstiest state, with residents researching nights out at least 115,800 times each month.   Colorado staggers in in second place, with 3.16% of Colorado inhabitants googling for alcohol, equating to just over 175,000 searches.   Somewhat unsurprisingly, New Yorkers top the list, racking up over half a million drinking-related searches in just one month.
     Not seeing Florida in the top five really surprises, with the large number of tourists that live on their phones looking for places to party, especially in the beach towns.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Rum Sales Leader Board Changes Again


     Philippine brand Tanduay has overtaken Bacardi to become the world’s best-selling rum brand after reporting 17.5% growth last year.  The Asian rum’s sales hit 19.5 million cases in 2017, while Bacardi’s fell 2.7% to 16.8 million cases, according to Brand Champions data published by The Spirits Business magazine.  In 2016, Bacardi lead the world in sales with 2 million cases, while Tanduay was in second place with 16.6 million cases.  In recent years, Bacardi has shifted its focus to more premium positioning, in April this year.


     The Brand Champions report analyses the case sales of the world’s best-selling spirits, awarding the ‘Brand Champion’ title to high-performing products within each category. Data published in the report shows a mixed performance for brands across the rum category in 2017.  According to figures from market researcher provider Euromonitor, total rum sales increased 0.7% in 2017 to 144m cases.


Rum
 (Figures in million 9 liter case sales)

BRAND
OWNER
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
%+/­
Tanduay
Tanduay Distillers
14.0
17.0
16.5
16.6
19.5
17.5%
Bacardí
Bacardi
19.1
18.2
17.4
17.2
16.8
-2.7%
McDowell’s No.1 Rum
United Spirits
16.2
16.6
16.2
14.9
12.5
-16.1%
Captain Morgan
Diageo
10.3
10.4
10.3
10.7
11.7
9.3%
Havana Club
Pernod Ricard
3.9
4.0
4.0
4.2
4.4
4.8%
Barceló
Ron Barceló
2.1
2.2
2.0
2.1
2.2
6.3%
Contessa
Radico Khaitan
2.6
2.7
2.7
2.0
1.8
-10.1%
Ron Medellin
Fabrica de Alcoholes y Licores de Antioquia
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.4
1.6
15.7%
Old Port Rum
Amrut Distillers
1.5
1.8
1.9
1.7
1.3
-22.3%
Appleton Estate
Gruppo Campari
1.2
1.2
1.3
1.2
1.2
0.0%
Božkov
Stock Spirits Group
0.9
0.9
1.2
1.1
1.1
3.5%
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
William Grant & Sons
0.9
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
-2.0%
Cacique
Diageo
2.2
1.2
1.1
1.0
1.0
0.0%
Negrita
La Martiniquaise-­Bardinet
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
-2.0%


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Auténtico Nativo Announces Its Inaugural Rums


Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez
     Auténtico Nativo is a new Panama-based rum brand that has launched its first three aged expressions. Headquartered in Panama City, Panama, Aloha Assets Corp. is committed to supplying the market with the finest high-quality rums. These rums are known for their near-perfect balance, a testament to the fine art of the master blender.   This is another of the fine rums in a long line of creations of Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez . 

      Aloha’s seasoned professionals have successful histories in the exportation and promotion of wine and spirits.  Auténtico Nativo 15 Years is available in select European Markets now.   Auténtico Nativo 15 Years, Auténtico Nativo 20 Years and Auténtico Nativo Overproof, 108 abv, have been launched by the brand, which is the result of a partnership between Ultra Premium Brands and Aloha Assets Corp.



   On the nose, the Nativo’s Overproof expression is “nicely balanced with toffee, vanilla, and dark fruits”, while the 15-year-old expression has notes of toasted nuts and oak. The 20-year-old rum’s aroma is described as “dark roasted nuts, caramelized peaches and bananas”, with a flavor of “whole nuts, toasted cedar and oak”.  The brand’s 15- and 20- year-old expressions have been aged in barrels that formerly held Kentucky Bourbon.

     The branding for Auténtico Nativo is said to represent the rum’s authentic production, while the label emphasizes its “contemporary identity”.  Bottled at 40% abv, Auténtico Nativo 15 Years is available now in select European markets. The entire portfolio will be available later this year.  The rums will be distributed by Ultra Premium Brands in the Czech Republic and other selected markets.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tariff Retaliation Looms on the Horizon


     The United States brought in tariffs on 1 June, levying a 25% import duty on steel and a 10% on Aluminum brought into the United States.  Many nations throughout the world accused the US of protectionism.  On Wednesday (6 June), the European Commission will be introducing tariffs on US goods ranging from Bourbon to motorcycles, including a 25% tariff on American whiskey as soon as July 20th.The 25% tariff on American whiskey could be imposed as early as 20 July.  June 5th, Mexico imposed a 25% tariff on Bourbon on July 1, Canada proposed 10% retaliatory tariffs.   Turkey has also proposed a 40% tariff on all US distilled spirits, set to come into force on 21 June.  China has already announced that it will hit American Imports of Whiskey with a 25% tariff whiskey in response to punitive US measures.
     In a letter to commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, the Distilled Spirits Council said it is “extremely concerned about the increasing likelihood” that the EU, Canada, Turkey and China will go through with previously stated trade threats.  The group said that US spirits exports are worth an estimated $759 million to these markets. If imposed, tariffs “would severely harm” producers, farmers, distribution, logistic providers and packaging suppliers.   Distilled Spirits Council said that around 65% of global US whiskey exports are also at risk of retaliatory tariffs.   Retaliatory tariffs could “seriously impede the export process that has benefited our sector”, the Distilled Spirits Council said.
     The Spirits industry in general could take a huge hit if these retaliatory tariffs are imposed.  The nation needs to keep on top of this issue and do what is necessary to prevent this political move that was proven that protectionism doesn’t work back in the 1920’s and 30’s.  American leaders imposed dramatically high tariffs before with an infamous act of Congress passed in 1930, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. In the late 1920’s, more than a thousand economists warned American leaders against hiking tariffs on more than 20,000 imported goods to as much as 60%.  Remember this was a part of the beginning of the Great Depression.  We don’t need to repeat history again.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Bahama Bob's Special Low Calorie Daiquiri

     I keep hearing people wanting cocktails that taste good and are truly low in calories.  First of all most straight spirits are about 90 calories.  Unless you add a bunch of high calorie stuff to the mix 90 calories per cocktail is about as low as you will find.  Even light beer is not any lower in general.

     Lime juice and my special simple syrup add no calories to your cocktail.   Give this one a try I feel like you will really enjoy it if you are a fan of lime juice.


Bahama Bob's Low Calorie Daiquiri


  • 1 1/2 oz. Good Quality White Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Bahama Bob’s Zero Calorie Syrup

Preparation: Mix all ingredients in a shaker on the rocks. Add more or less syrup to suit your taste.  Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass without ice.

Bahama Bob’s Zero Calorie Syrup
  • 1 Cup of Stevia in the Raw
  • 1 Cup of Water

Place the water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Stir in the Stevia in the Raw and lower heat to a slow boil.  Simmer at a low boil for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Allow to cool and put into a dispenser to use.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Why Does America Still Have "Dry" Counties?


     June 5, 2018 was National Moonshine Day, when American tipplers lift a mason jar to the illegal liquor that got them through Prohibition. For most drinkers, that world of bootleggers and secret stills is just a part of history. But roughly 18 million Americans still live in "dry" counties or municipalities, where the sale of alcohol is banned by law. How have these holdouts survived into modern times, and what are the consequences for people who live there?  There are parts of the United States that were dry even before Prohibition began.

     Statewide bans on alcohol have finally disappeared in the United States.   10% of the country, by area, maintains local restrictions on the sale of alcohol.  The South as of last year, six counties in Texas and 35 in Arkansas were still dry, there are Rules in parts of Alaska are so strict that the mere possession of alcohol is illegal.  Desperate tactics are unsurprising: Prohibition still offers space for unscrupulous vendors to get rich.   People in dry areas will travel for a fix, and the areas drunk-driving accidents are far more common than in wet areas.  Many of these dry counties have locals that head into the woods and manufacture their very special spirits and bootleg them into town where they ae sold from under the counters of many places.


     Researchers at the University of Louisville found that dry counties in Kentucky were nearly twice as likely to be caught hosting illegal meth labs as their wet neighbors. No wonder punters from Kansas to Maryland have voted to relax prohibition in recent years. If for no other reason, letting in the booze makes financial sense. One study from 2014 found that turning three dry Arkansas counties wet could bring in over $30m a year to the local economy-good cause for cracking open a bottle or three.