Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiburon Rum: Premium Crafted Small Batch Aged Rum

     I received a bottle of 4 year old Tiburon Rum yesterday and I was in for a real surprise as I sampled it.   This is the rum that Basil Destefano created out of his love for the spirit.  "I have been a big rum enthusiast for years!   I kind of always thought I wanted to have my own rum, but never was able to find one worth putting my name on."   That was until he made contact with the people at Travellers Liquors in Belize.  This partnership has produced a fine new rum that has a full bodied and exciting flavor.
     Tiburon rum is aged in several different types of barrels first, then blended together by the master blender, the placed in bourbon barrels for a second resting.   The rum is a blend of small batch four, six and eight-year-old rums.   Tiburon Rum is producing 12,000 bottles a year to start with and see what the demand will allow in the future.

     Tiburon, Spanish for “shark,” has a golden amber color that draws your eye in to the expression. Tiburon's aroma of vanilla with hints of caramel lead you to a full-bodied rum, with  flavors of pepper, caramel, cappuccino, dried fruits and molasses.  The rum has a spicy and smooth finish that lingers for further enjoyment .  Tiburon Rum will work well as a mixer for your premium cocktails as well as a fine sipper.

    The rum retails at around $59.00 a bottle, but the flavor makes it worth every penny.  ;o)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Poker Run and Bike Week in Key West Begins

     The 2014 Phil Peterson Poker Run is upon us here in Key West this week.    Thousands of classic and custom motorcycles will be lining Duval Street and all of the trappings of the fun times when motorcycle people get together in Key West every year.   It is time to join all of us down on Duval Street and see these fantastic machines.

     "Known as Phil Peterson’s Poker Run, over 10,000
riders from all over the country enjoy this classic motorcycle ride. Starting in Miami, they rumble their engines all the way to Key West, crossing over the many bridges to our island paradise. During the Phil Peterson Poker Run, the motorcycle riders make 5 stops and draw a card at each stop. At the end of the ride, the person who draws the best hand wins! Plus, if you draw one of the top 10 hands, you get a chance to play one round of Texas Hold ‘Em at Cowboy Bill’s on Duval Street! This Round begins on Saturday Night at 11:00 pm and features a winner takes all – a brand-new Sportster 883 Iron!"

     "In addition to poker game, Key West blocks off 8 blocks of Duval Street for the Phil Peterson Poker Run, where a huge bike show is held in front of Rick’s, Durty Harry’s, and Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Saturday, September 20th. Locals, tourists, and bikers enjoy this mini-Mardi Gras with its carnival atmosphere, music, food, and cold beer!"

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Real McCoy Rums Joins DAVOS Brands

     Baily Pryor and Guillaume Cuvelier  have joined forces to take "The Real McCoy" Rums national.   "Crafted in the prohibition tradition of America’s pioneer rum runner, Bill McCoy". The Real McCoy expressions are hand-crafted aged rums from the Barbados distillery of Richard Seale made from the finest molasses and purest spring water. These rums are a  combination of column and pot still rums and aged in American Oak whiskey barrels in the traditional style, yielding a clean, smooth and flavorful rum. Richard Seale a very special rum producer, believes in an honest rum with no additives of any sort, thus the pure honest flavors that make this rum "The Real McCoy.    A multi-award winning line including  a 3-year-aged, 5-year-aged, and 12-year-aged rum. Perfect for sipping or creating your premium cocktails, it’s truly "The Real McCoy"!

Pryor Baily
     "The Real McCoy Rum is the brainchild of Bailey Pryor, Film maker. He produced and directed a documentary about the life of Bill McCoy and his role in the establishing the rum running trade which defined the prohibition era. This rum is based on the story of Bill McCoy, the pioneer Rum Runner of the Prohibition era.  When Prohibition began, in January of 1920, McCoy was the first person to fill a boat full of rum down in the Caribbean and sail it up to New York, anchoring 3 miles offshore and acting as a floating liquor store within sight of Manhattan."  Through  the process and research for making the documentary he became intrigued by the rum as well as the story of Bill McCoy.    His journey to find the right rum that would be worthy of "The Real McCoy" name would t end up at the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados and highly respected rum producer Richard L. Seale. This was the beginning of "The Real McCoy Rum" line, a collaboration between Bailey and Richard that would produced 3 unique rums.

Guillaume Cuvelier
     In 1998, Guillaume Cuvelier created the premium vodka brand, SVEDKA, and launched it in the US. After building distribution throughout the US, and developing a provocative and high impact advertising campaign, SVEDKA became the fastest growing vodka in the US. In 2007, with sales over 1,000,000 cases, and a 7% share of the highly competitive imported vodka market, SVEDKA was sold to Constellation Brands, Inc., the largest wine producer in the world, for $384M.  Today he is a part of DAVOS Brands in New York, where he is serving as  their vice chairman.  He will be spearheading the collaboration between DAVOS Brands and The Real McCoy Rums to take the brand to the national level.

     I've taken a real liking to the brand from the start and I'm really proud of Baily Pryor and Richard L. Seale for their fine work and dedication to take this really fine rum to the national level and making it available through our the states in the near future.  ;o)


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sailor Jerry Announces New Bottle and Label Coming Soon

     Sailor Jerry’s new bottle is embossed with the brand’s anchor design and dates.   The label has been divided into two areas giving more prominence to the iconic hula girl.   The new bottle shape just introduced will hopefully carry the new and progressive image of the brand.  The rum will not be changed, but William Grant and Sons company is stepping up all of its brands up with new labels and bottles that are here to raise the level of the brands.

“In a competitive category, the changes have been made to ensure Sailor Jerry remains prominent in the on and off-trade sectors and reflect the values of craftsmanship, independence and originality Sailor Jerry was built on.”    “The new packaging has been introduced to align the brand’s look and old school feel with the premium, authentic nature of the spirit,” said Riana Gallagher, Sailor Jerry senior brand manager.

     There are six new Sailor Jerry pin-up girls the brand has added on the inside of the front label that can  be removed giving the collector a chance to add the girls to their collection.

The new Sailor Jerry bottles will be available in September, keep an eye out for them in your local liquor stores..



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Classic Rum Cocktails Evoke thoughts of the Tropicana and Carmen Miranda

     The classic rum drinks, mojitos, daiquiris and Cuba Libras, are having an exciting renaissance.   After a visit to the Tropicana just outside of Havana last year, I got the feeling that rum and the classics are coming back.  “RUM is not a blank slate. It's a spirit that offers plenty of character and personality. Nonetheless, white and amber rums are known as cocktail ingredients, married with everything that Carmen Miranda can offer.”  While enjoying the show at the Tropicana, I was waiting for Carmen Miranda to step out and offer me a fruity cocktail with a wonderful Cuban flavor.

    The more that I experiment with new ideas, the more that I find the classic base cocktails to be the best starting point for new cocktails.  The classic idea of “something strong, something weak, something sour and something sweet” are the real basis for some of the best cocktails.  

Bahama Bob’s Plantation Daiquiri

·        2 oz.  Plantation Grand Reserve Rum

·        2 oz.  Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

·        Juice of ½ Lime

·        Dash of Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a tall shaker filled with ice.   Pour into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and garnish with an orange twist.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Cocktails on Tap in New York's Alder Restaurant

     This is an interesting article I found in the Wall Street Journal the other day, it in following on the heels of the barrel aged cocktails and I think might be fairly successful in the big cities larger establishments.

     At New York City's Alder restaurant, the most popular cocktail is made of rye, yuzu juice, amaro liqueur and smoked maple syrup and called Dr. Dave's 'Scrip Pad. Despite the complicated recipe, customers often receive their drink in seconds. The bartender pours it straight from a tap. 

     As demand for creative craft cocktails shows no sign of slowing, bartenders have struggled with how to serve drinks quickly while preserving the taste. From small bars to hotel chains, they are making large batches of cocktails and connecting them to tap systems like those used for beer. And cocktails on tap, also called kegged or draft cocktails, make it easier to serve mixed drinks at large events. 

     "You can sell it with the speed of a draft beer. It's the best of all possible worlds," says Anthony Caporale, a cocktail consultant and representative for Drambuie, the whiskey liqueur that sponsors a competition for kegged cocktails. 

     Part of the appeal of a cocktail has been watching the bartender mix it. While punches could be made in advance, cocktails needed to be made on the spot to blend the alcohol or give a gin and tonic the perfect fizz, traditionalists held. 

     But as bartenders have experimented with cocktails on tap, they found that, after some trial and error, they could come up with recipes that satisfied customers. Not all menus list if the cocktail is on tap, but those that do make this point not to warn customers, but to show off their capabilities, they say. 

     The new focus tracks with a jump in demand for these drinks. U.S. spirits suppliers have seen revenue growth each year since 2009, to $22.2 billion in 2013, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, an industry trade group.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

An Egret Checks In at the Speaakeasy Inn

     This is a rare sight in the center of the island.  You usually see the Egrets in the mangroves and along side of the shallow waters that surround Key West.  I thoroughly enjoyed this visit, and was able to document it pretty well.  The bird was healthy and well, but just had a urge to see something different I guess.   No matter what the bird's reason for the stop, it was a really cool visit.