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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Angostura to Reduces its Bulk Rum Distilling


     The world largest supplier of aged rum is cutting back on it production of bulk rum.  This will be a blow to a number of rum producers that do not have distilling capabilities on their premise.  There has been a trend for many of the smaller and even some of the larger islands in the Caribbean to abandon distilling for sourcing of their rum from suppliers like Angostura.

     Angostura has reduced its “third party” rum production after a project to upgrade its wastewater facilities “didn’t work out as well as they had hoped”, according to the group’s Genevieve Jodhan, the new CEO.  In an interview with The Spirits Business, Genevieve Jodhan confirmed that Trinidad and Tobago-based Angostura made a “strategic decision” in the third quarter of 2016 to reduce bulk rum distilling after work on its wastewater treatment plant ran into difficulty.   We started to scope out and ask, how can we produce our products responsibly? We realized that we needed to cut back production and make some changes,” according to Jodhan.    “That led us to look at the entire business model to see where we want to be, then reposition the company for the future.”  Angostura has maintained some key supply contracts, but will reserve greater distilling capacity for its own brands.       This change in production strategy has also allowed Angostura to speed up its premium trajectory, by focusing more on value than volume.  The industry-wide premiumization trend in rum: “We don’t just think it will happen, we intend to make it happen.”

 “The future of rum lies in all categories, and mainstream rums are here to stay.”   Consumption is changed by occasion, by lifestyle, and the consumer’s stage of life.  “I do not think there will ever be a time when rum is out of reach for the average consumer”.  “But there is an untapped market at the top end that is wide open, and I think rum will continue to push into areas once reserved for whisky.”

     This is a very interesting approach to the issue.  I have to agree with Genevieve Jodhan that there is a place for all of the levels of rum.  There is a demand for the premium expressions that is growing rapidly at this time, but likewise the entry level is you will, expressions have a place in the process to lead consumers to enjoy the more sophisticated expressions as they grow older and their tastes and budgets allow them to enjoy some of the better quality things in their lives.
Read More at https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/07/angostura-reduces-bulk-rum-production/

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Here are the Best and Worst Alcoholic Drinks for Your Waistline as Ranked by Calories

     Summer is here in full force, you have worked out at the gym, dieted just to get your beach body on for this year’s seaside season.  Now after working that hard for the past few months, don’t blow it now by drinking all of the wrong adult beverages while you are out on the water, at the beach, or poolside.   You still give a lot of attention to what you are eating, but how much attention are you paying to what you drink?

     Here is how to have fun this summer and maintain that "beach body."   Take a look at these facts before you rush out to happy hour.   All those half-off drinks you plan on imbibing come with a side of calories, and some of them more than others.

     It is time to drink smarter, at least less calorically anyway.   We set out to find how many calories are found in wine, beer and popular spirits, and we've broken it down for you below.   Keep in mind that not every brand of a type of drink contains the same number of calories.  The calorie content in wines ranges greatly, anywhere between 125 calories per serving for a white or red to 300 calories per serving for a dessert wines.   You should also note that you might not have an easy time finding the calorie content for your favorite drink, because alcohol companies are not legally obligated to provide nutritional information.  Remember that once you add a mixer to any of the spirits listed below, the calories shoot up rather quickly.



This is the calories counts for the top thirteen adult beverages, read them and weep.

 Beer, Pale Ale (HIGHEST CALORIES): 175 calories for 12 ounces (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale)-With lots of flavor comes lots of  
calories.

 Beer, Lager: 170 calories for 12 ounces (Sam Adams Boston Lager)-But remember:  It's a lot of calories, but also a lot of ounces.

 Wine, Red: 160 calories for 5 ounces (Cabernet Sauvignon from France) - The caloric content of red wine is different depending on the bottle for reasons that have to do with alcohol percentage and sugar. It can vary between 125 calories to upwards of 190 calories per 5-ounce serving, the standard.

Wine, White: 160 calories for 5 ounces (German Auslese Riesling) - Just like with red wine, the caloric content of white wine can vary. We're talking about differences ranging between 121 calories to 190 calories. But at least those calories also come with a host of health benefits.

Hard Apple Cider: 150 calories for 12 ounces (Angry Orchard Crisp Apple)-A slightly less caloric choice than many beers, and gluten-free, too.

Tequila: 104 calories for 1.5 ounces (Jose Cuervo Gold)-Salt and lime not included.

Whiskey: 104 calories for 1.5 ounces (Jack Daniels)-But if you pair it with Coke, that's a whole different beast.

Vodka: 101 calories for 1.5 ounces (Absolute Vodka)-Just a few calories less than a shot of tequila or whiskey.

Wine, Rosé: 100 calories for 5 ounces (Echo Falls)-Just one more reason to love rosé.

Champagne: 100 calories for 3.4 ounces (Moet Champagne)-Of course, you'll probably want a little more than 3.4 ounces, so keep that in mind.

Gin: 97 calories for 1.5 ounces (Hendrick's Gin)-That's without the tonic, of course.

Beer, Light: 96 calories for 12 ounces (Miller Lite)-Check with each individual brand for precise calories, but you can expect about 100 calories per serving for a light beer. 
 

Rum: (LOWEST CALORIES) 96 calories in 1.5 ounces (Bacardi Superior)-Not in a mojito, not in a rum and coke - just the straight shot.
Rum: The Lowest Calorie Adult Beverage
     I find it amusing that Rum is at the bottom of the list after years of bartending with customers telling me that they don’t want Rum because it has sugar in it and too many calories.  I’ve told people for years that the distillation process removes the majority of the sugar content, but I feel like I have been talking to deaf ears.  Here are the facts, rum has the lowest calories of any of the spirits and is tied with Miller Lite Beer. 

Miller - Lite The lowest Calorie Beer
     You have to pay attention to what you add to the rum, but if you stay with diet sodas, club soda or just ice, you can with a little bit of restraint maintain that slender “beach body” all summer long.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bahama Bob's Blue Cayo Hueso

     This is a great cocktail to make up in a big batch to take out on the boat or for a patio summer afternoon get together.   The color, the flavor and the fun of how it looks will make this one a real winner for you and your friends.  This cocktail picks up the colors of the sand bars around Key West and the flavor of the tropics.  Blue Cayo Hueso takes me to the beautiful waters around "Bone Island" known everywhere else as Key West.

Bahama Bob’s Blue Cayo Hueso
  • 1 Oz. Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum
  • 1 Oz. Pilar Blonde Rum
  • 1/2 Oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 Oz. Juice of a Half Lime
  • 1 1/2 Oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 Oz. Bahama Bob’s Whole Banana Syrup


Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, hake hard for 10-12 seconds or until chilled.  Double strain over a double Old Fashion glass filled with fresh ice.

Bahama Bob’s Whole Banana Syrup

  • 1 Cup of Sugar in the Raw
  • ¾ Cup of Water
  • 1 Whole Banana (slice into coins and save the peel)
  • 1/8 Tsp. Allspice

Place the sugar, water and banana coins in a pan and heat at about 425 degrees stirring until it reaches a full boil.  Lower temperature to 275 and allow to slow boil for about 5 more minutes, crush the banana coins with the spoon as they soften up and keep stirring slowly.  Remove from the heat and strain into an appropriate vessel and let stand.  Now place a cup of water back in the pan and lay the peels after cutting off the stem and black end off.  Bring to a boil then lower temp to 275 and allow to boil for another 5 minutes.  Strain the liquid into the syrup and stir it in.   Allow it to cool and ready to use.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 International Spirits Challenge Rum Winners

     The 2017 International Spirits Challenge is complete for this year and the winners in the Rum Category have been announced.  Some surprises, but for the most part the winners have shown their quality before and cream floated to the top again.

     The big winner this year is Richard Seale and the RL Seale & Company (Foursquare Distillery) of Barbados.  Six Gold Medals for his Doorly’s 12 Year, Foursquare 2004, Foursquare Criterion, Foursquare Triptych, R L Seale’s Finest and Foursquare Zinfadel Cask Blend, then add in the three Silver Medals for Doorly’s XO, Doorly’s 8 Year Old and Foursquare 2013, put him clearly on top of the heap.  If you throw on top of that “Rum Producer of the Year”, They are the absolute dominate distillery of 2017.



     Here are all of the “Rum Winner’s” for 2017.  Congratulations to all of the winners for 2017.

Brand name as it appears on the bottle
Brand Owner Company Name
Tasting Medal
Admiral Rodney Extra Old St Lucia Rum
St Lucia Distillers
Gold
Bundaberg Rum : Master Distillers' Collection - Blenders Edition
Bundaberg Distilling Co
Gold
Doorly's 12 Year Old
R L Seale & Company
Gold
Foursquare 2004
R L Seale & Company
Gold
Foursquare Criterion
R L Seale & Company
Gold
Foursquare Triptych
R L Seale & Company
Gold
Foursquare Zinfadel Cask Blend
R L Seale & Company
Gold
Havana Club Selección de Maestros
Havana Club International
Gold
Penny Blue VSOP
Berry Bros. & Rudd
Gold
Pusser's Rum Gunpowder Proof
Pusser's Rum Company
Gold
R L Seale's Finest
R L Seale & Company
Gold
Rum-Bar Rum, White Overproof
Worthy Park Estate
Gold
1931 by St Lucia Distillers 6th Edition
St Lucia Distillers
Silver
Branca
J.Faria & Filhos
Silver
Bundaberg Rum : Master Distillers' Collection - Small Batch
Bundaberg Distilling Co
Silver
Bundaberg Rum : Master Distillers' Collection - Small Batch Vintage Barrel
Bundaberg Distilling Co
Silver
Cachaça Tiê Prata
Cachaçaria Tiê
Silver
Chairman's Reserve Finest St Lucia Rum
St Lucia Distillers
Silver
Chairman's Reserve: The Forgotten Casks
St Lucia Distillers
Silver
Diplomatico Planas
IRUM International Rum and Spirits Distributors
Silver
Doorly's 8 Year Old
R L Seale & Company
Silver
Doorly's XO
R L Seale & Company
Silver
Foursquare 2013
R L Seale & Company
Silver
Havana Club 7 Años
Havana Club International
Silver
Marauda Rum Steelpan
Marauda Rum
Silver
Mezan Jamaica 2005
Marussia Beverages
Silver
Naud Panama Rum 15 Year Old
Noble And Unusual Distrillery
Silver
Navy Island - XO Reserve
Navy Island Rum Company
Silver
Negrita White Signature
Bardinet
Silver
Old Hopking White Rum
Aldi UK
Silver
Penny Blue XO Batch 4
Berry Bros. & Rudd
Silver
R. St. Barth Chic
Sarl R St Barth
Silver
Real McCoy 2016
Real McCoy
Silver
Red Heart Original
Pernod Ricard South Africa
Silver
Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old
Ableforth's
Silver
Samai Gold Rum
Samai Distillery
Silver
Spiced Rum
Marks & Spencer
Silver
Woods Old Navy Rum
William Grant & Sons
Silver
Zabana Rum
Emperador Distillers
Silver
1000 Islands Moonshine
King's Lock Craft Distillery
Bronze
Aguardente 970 Reserva
J.Faria & Filhos
Bronze
Angostura 1787
Angostura
Bronze
Angostura 1824
Angostura
Bronze
Angostura 5 year old
Angostura
Bronze
Botafogo
BBC Wines & Spirits
Bronze
Branca Destilação Especial
J.Faria & Filhos
Bronze
Bundaberg Rum : Master Distillers' Collection - Solera
Bundaberg Distilling Co
Bronze
Cachaça Tiê Ouro
Cachaçaria Tiê
Bronze
Charrette Rhum Blanc Traditionnel de La Réunion
Rhums Réunion
Bronze
Charrette Rhum Vieux 3ans Traditionnel de La Réunion
Rhums Réunion
Bronze
Charrette Rhum Vieux Traditionnel 7ans
Rhums Réunion
Bronze
Diplomatico Mantuano
IRUM International Rum and Spirits Distributors
Bronze
Dos Maderas 5+5 Aged Rum
Bodegas Williams And Humbert
Bronze
Dos Maderas Luxus 10 + 5 Aged Rum
Bodegas Williams And Humbert
Bronze
Fiorito Lemon Infused Rum
di Fiorito B.V.
Bronze
Formosa Rum
YoungCheers
Bronze
Fort La Tour
Distillerie Fils du Roy
Bronze
Gingerbread Flavoured Rum
Marks & Spencer
Bronze
Havana Club Añejo 3 Años
Havana Club International
Bronze
Lido Rum
J.Faria & Filhos
Bronze
Marks & Spencer Dark Rum
Marks and Spencer
Bronze
Marks & Spencer White Rum
Marks and Spencer
Bronze
Mezan Jamaica X.O
Marussia Beverages
Bronze
Naud Spiced Rum Hidden Loot
Noble And Unusual Distrillery
Bronze
Negrita Anejo Reserve
Bardinet
Bronze
Neptuns Rhum
FSM - Flensburger Spirituosen Manufaktur
Bronze
O.V.D.
William Grant & Sons
Bronze
Old Hopking Dark Rum
Aldi UK
Bronze
Phraya
Thai Beverage Marketing Company
Bronze
Project One 'Caribbean Spirit'
Oldman Spirits
Bronze
Pusser's Rum 15 Year Aged
Pusser's Rum Company
Bronze
R. St. Barth Cool
Sarl R St Barth
Bronze
RedLeg
RedLeg Rum Company
Bronze
Ron Botran Reserva Blanca
Ron Botran
Bronze
Rum-Bar Gold
Worthy Park Estate
Bronze
Rumbullion!
Ableforth's
Bronze
Rumbullion! Navy-Strength
Ableforth's
Bronze
Saint James Royal Amber
La Martiniquaise
Bronze
Samai Kampot Pepper Rum
Samai Distillery
Bronze
SeaWolf White Rum
Boilermaker Drinks Co
Bronze
St Abbs Captain's Table XO
Black Mountain Spirits Company
Bronze
St Abbs Cask Silver
Black Mountain Spirits Company
Bronze
St Abbs Six Spice
Black Mountain Spirits Company
Bronze