Bahama Bob's Rumstyles
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
|View from the Flamboyant Beach Resort|
|Morne Rogue Beach|
It is a steep walk down the flights of steps to get from the hotel to the beach, but the soft sand and the ebb and flow of the waves on the beach makes for a very relaxing stroll down the beach and back.
The scenery as you look at the merging of the land, the sea and the sky makes for some of the most beautiful "paintings" that I have ever witnessed. I couldn't keep from snapping pictures one right after the other. I think that I still don't believe the way this land, sea, and skyscapes merge together on Grenada's southwest shores.
The "Spice Island" of Grenada is one of the treasures of the Caribbean that you rarely get to enjoy. Should you be given the opportunity to walk these beaches and enjoy all that the "Spice Island" has to offer, don't miss your chance. I am looking forward to returning to this little paradise soon and spending more time developing more friendships and seeing more of this fascinating corner of the world. ;o)
Friday, December 6, 2013
|Woodland Estate Sugar Plantation in 18th Century|
|Steam Power within the factory|
I found both the "Old Grog" and the "#37" examples to be very special. The Old Grog, named the "King's Rums of his Majesty George III of England. Casks of the King's rum were lab
eled "GROG, an acronym for "Georgius Rex Old Grenada". Old Grog has a light golden color with a fruity nose. The medium bodied fruity and almond notes carry into the palate. The finish turns dry very rapidly and leaves you with peppery notes ant the end.
Clarke's Court #37 Rum was introduced at Nick's Barrel House on the factory grounds by Leroy Nickles on April 16, 2010. The rum's name is drawn from the year ( 1937) that the factory first opened to produce rums. Mr. Neckles said “I want all of you to feel a sense of pride in this unique aspect of our heritage and to recommend #37; to friends, family and associates; as the ultimate experience in Grenadian rums”. "Master Blender Ahmad Rasheed, gave a inspiring overview on the making of #37, but the evening was not without its lighter moments; as Mr. Devon Date, Production Manager of Clarke's Court, entertained patrons with his graphic demonstration of tasting techniques. Blend#37 did not disappoint and those present were high in praises of the rum; commenting" especially on its bouquet, taste and presentation.
Clark's Court #37 like Old Grog has a very tropical fruity and spicy aroma. This leads right on to the palate where you pick up the flavors of the fruits and spices of the "Spice Island". This is a medium bodied rum that subtly tickles your taste buds without overwhelming you mouth. The smoothness of this rum carries on to the finish where there is a subtle fruitiness enhancing the slightly dry and lingering finish.
I am working on bringing this wonderful Old Grog and #37 rum to the Rum Bar in Key West, hopefully in time for the Holiday celebrations. ;o)
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Today is the 80th Anniversary of the Repeal of the 18th Amendment. This Time article by Laura Stampler is a really fun and apt for this joyous occasion. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
There is nothing on TV but Christmas Hype ads and very little of what Christmas is truly about. They are turning this time of "brotherly love" into a time of pushing and shoving each other around at the mall to get something before someone else gets it and you are left high and dry. Standing in line for hours and rushing to get an insignificant item doesn't really teach the kids that Christmas is something much bigger. I remember when we use to go into the work shop and create all of the gifts for family and friends. Many of these gifts that were made over thirty years ago are still around and being used and enjoyed. Unlike the latest "plastic fantastic" that hype says that the kid must have today and be lost in the box two weeks later.
I saw White Christmas and Holiday Inn come on TV and reminded me of what this season is really about. The miracles of Christmas can still happen with some thought and time spent looking for what is really needed instead of just throwing a volume of stuff at it. The sparkle in a kids eye when they get the one thing that they really wanted, or Mom's happiness just to see a child again after a long absence. These are the things that I think of when I think about Christmas. What is your Christmas going to be this year? ;o)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
The international panel of judges have put forth a lot of time and effort evaluating all 65 of the rums that were submitted to the tasting, now here are the final results.
SILVER - Appleton White (Appleton Estate, Jamaica)
BRONZE - Clarke's Court Superior White Rum (Grenada Distillers Ltd, Grenada)
SILVER - Westerhall White Jack Rum (Westerhall Estate Ltd, Grenada)
BRONZE - Westerhall Jack Iron (Westerhall Estate Ltd, Grenada)
SILVER - Clarke's Court Mojito Rum (Grenada Distillers Ltd, Grenada)
BRONZE - Siesta Key Spiced Rum (Drum Circle Distilling, USA)
SILVER - XM Estate Royal Mango Rum Punch (Banks DIH Ltd, Guyana)
BRONZE - Angostura Rum Punch (Angostura Distillers, Trinidad & Tobago)
SILVER - Westerhall Superb Light (Westerhall Estate Ltd, Grenada)
BRONZE - Ron Abuelo Anejo (Varela Hermanos, Panama)
SILVER - Borgoe 8 Year Old Rum (SAB, Suriname)
BRONZE - Captain Bligh XO (St Vincent Distillery, St Vincent)
SILVER - XM Special 12 Year Old Rum (Banks DIH Ltd, Guyana)
BRONZE - Cockspur VSOR Rum (West Indies Rum Distillery, Barbados)
SILVER - XM Supreme 15 Year Old Rum (Banks DIH Ltd, Guyana)
BRONZE - Ron Matusalem 15 Solera Rum (Ron Matusalem, Dominican Republic)