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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Papa's Pilar Sherry Cask Limited Production Has Arrived

     We are proud to introduce a limited release of 1,400 special-edition Sherry Cask Finished Rum cases that will hit certain states this week. Our team of Master Blenders created this special edition expression to further bring out the Spanish Sherry flavor profile in our flagship Dark Rum. After the hand-selected rum goes through our unique solera blending process, it is further aged in wet Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, resulting in an entirely new flavor experience.
     In a quest to get rum back to its roots, the Papa’s Pilar Production team chose to embrace a similar methodology used in Scotch Whiskey, with the goal to allow the rum blend to continue to meld together, while also interacting with the Sherry and French Oak. It’s also a method used by Cuban rum makers in their best rums, as they cannot easily source used American Bourbon barrels. The team chose to use French Limousin Oak Sherry casks from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and only for a short period of time, because the grain structure of French Limousin Oak is wider and more open than American Oak Bourbon barrels (300L vs 200L).
     The rum has a mahogany color, with an aroma of caramel and notes of sherry. The flavor profile has sweetness of maple along with a variety of candy like notes and a bit of nuttiness.  It’s y well rounded and balanced, but not without personality. a Pilar that’s richer, more full-bodied, and, well, sensational. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

United States Senators Try to Overhaul Alcoholic Beverage Taxation

     This is something that is long overdue for American winemakers, brewers and distillers.   We offer a similar package for the distilleries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, it is time to start taking of the alcoholic beverage producers at home.

     Almost 300 House members have voiced support for a similar proposal.   The amendment would cut federal excise taxes on beer and spirits.  It also would allow small winemakers to access a larger credit for the wine excise tax, which ranges between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon.

     Groups that represent brewers, winemakers and distillers in Washington said on Monday that the Senate should use its tax reform package to enact long-discussed changes to the excise tax regime which, in the industry's view, would help both large beverage-makers and smaller, craft operations.

     In a Nov. 13 letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), industry leaders said including language championed by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in a manager's amendment to the tax legislation would ease the excise tax regime for alcoholic beverage companies that are also advocating for looser regulations. The Beer Institute, Brewers Association, Wine Institute, Wine America, Distilled Spirits Council and American Craft Spirits Association signed onto the letter.

     "The beverage alcohol industry remains one of the most regulated industries in America," the groups wrote. "Brewers, winemakers and distillers pay state, local and federal taxes on their production. Federal excise taxes, which are regressive taxes, are simply too high."

     Portman's amendment would enact the provisions of S. 236, which contains several changes to how the federal tax code treats the sale and production of alcoholic beverages. The underlying legislation was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, on Jan. 30. It has bipartisan support from 53 cosponsors, including 24 Republicans and 11 members of the Finance Committee. Hatch is not a cosponsor. An identical House bill - H.R. 747, introduced by Rep. Erik Paulson (R-Minn.) - has 295 co-sponsors.

     Portman's amendment would cut federal excise taxes on domestically produced beer and distilled spirits and allow greater access to a credit for the wine excise tax, which ranges between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Special Cocktail

With Thanksgiving just over the horizon, here is an idea for those hours as the bird is cooking and you gather around to enjoy all those great conversations.   Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bounty of the years labor in the fields, and this cocktail includes so many of them.  I hope that your Thanksgiving is a really nice one and you can include this cocktail idea in your celebration.

Bahama Bob’s 

Thanksgiving Special

  • 2 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • 1 ½ oz. Pilar Blonde Rum
  • ½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • ½ oz. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with fresh ground nutmeg.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The 2018 Chicago Rum Festival

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     The 4th annual Chicago Rum Festival sometimes called the Midwest Rum Fest will be on the 14th of April in 2018 at Logan Square Auditorium, Chicago, Illinois. This year the program is being launched in a boutique style. More than 40 rum expressions will be shared from important countries for the entire rum industry. Before the American Revolution, rum was the most consumed spirit, and now an awakening is occurring.   “The Chicago Rum Fest is focused on becoming the Official Rum Expo throughout the Midwest”.   The event will be celebrated one day with the following sessions. 

The Spirit Industry Session

     Consisting of a 1 ½ hour program from 12:30-2:00 pm offering industry professionals the opportunity to network with brand representatives, attend training seminars, taste a wide variety of rums mingle with industry colleagues. Complimentary snacks and water will be available at each session along with a 2 oz. souvenir snifter cup.


     Which includes a three hour program from 3:30-6:30 pm offering attendees the opportunity to taste ¼ oz. pours of rum, attend educational brand seminars and enjoy pleasant mellow music.   Complimentary Snacks and water will be available at each session. A 2 oz. souvenir snifter cup is included. 

VIP Grand Educational and Tasting Session

     Consisting of a four hour program from 2:30-4:30 pm offering attendees the opportunity to taste ¼ oz. pours of rum, attend educational brand seminars and enjoy pleasant mellow music. Complimentary Snacks and water will be available at each session. A 2 oz. souvenir snifter cup is included. 

The event happens at Logan Square Auditorium
                                       2539 N Kedzie Blvd
                                       Chicago, IL 60647

You can get your tickets at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A New Miami to Bahamas Ferry

     There is a wonderful new way to get to Grand Bahama from Miami temporarily.  The FRS Caribbean has expanded its service to the Bahamas, with its new route to Freeport, Grand Bahama in addition to their route to Bimini. The new Grand Bahama ferry offers seating for 427 passengers, with a duration of about 3 hours, operating three times each week.

     The Grand Bahama service is operating out of Port Miami Terminal H, where passengers can park either for the day or overnight. This is a convenient way to get to the Bahamas for the day or for an extended visit.  It is a much needed service to the Bahamas and all the fun of the islands. 

     The temporary service by FRS Caribbean will cover the period of October 23 until the end of December 2017.  According to the statement, FRS Caribbean presently provides a ferry service from Miami to Bimini but is in talks to establish a permanent route between the Port of Miami and Freeport Harbour. "The vessel will provide temporary service between Miami and Freeport for the residents and visitors alike, particularly stopover visitors.
     "The Government of the Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism has reached an understanding that this temporary ferry service will be provided by FRS while the Grand Celebration is on assignment assisting the US Government with hurricane relief.  "In addition the Government of The Bahamas will be providing the necessary marketing support to ensure Grand Bahama can maximize this opportunity and encourage as many stopover visitors as possible to come to Grand Bahama.

     "Additionally, discussions are ongoing between FRS and the Government of The Bahamas towards the full time establishment of ferry services between the Port of Miami and the Freeport Harbour.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Rum Renaissance Festival Moves to Fort Lauderdale

Rum Renaissance Festival
The Ultimate Rum Festival and Tasting Event
June 9-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

     The Rum Renaissance Festival has moved to Fort Lauderdale for 2018, with an exciting new facility and a great hotel located right next door to the Convention Center.  Only steps away from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel Resort, the convention center is strategically located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s beach scene, night life and cruise port, with a great selection of fine restaurants and bars in close proximity. The hotel and convention center are minutes away from the Fort Lauderdale Airport located at on the water this state-of-the-art convention center is the 2018 home to the world’s largest rum tasting event, offering first-class accommodations for exhibits and tasting rooms, plus plenty of covered parking with direct covered access to the rum festival.

Order Your Rum Renaissance Festival Tickets Online

     Get your Rum Renaissance Festival Tickets to enjoy the world’s best rum tasting experience for a few hours, for an entire day, or stay for the weekend.
Call toll free: 877-855-3378. 

Grand Tastings

     From across the USA, the Caribbean, Central and South American to the far reaches of the globe, sample the best rums from every category.

VIP Tasting Bar

     The VIP Tasting Bar offers a selection of rare, vintage and limited edition rums for those that truly appreciate the finest spirits.

American Rums

     In the new American Rum Portfolio, discover an array of fine craft rums made at distilleries across the United States.

     Learn more about rum from leading experts, guest lecturers and international judges with master classes and hands-on interactive demonstrations.

RumXP Awards
     A select group of International Rum Judges are sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions. The results are tabulated and announced at the Rum Renaissance Festival.

Tiki Events

     Enjoy special events at the iconic Mai Kai Restaurant and Molokai Bar for a magical evenings of tiki cocktails and great food along with the magnificent Polynesian dance show.

The Hukilau
     Celebrate tiki culture and exotic rum cocktails in collaboration with the annual Hukilau  gathering during the weekend of June 7-10 — a plethora of parties and special events. 

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel

     Enjoy the luxury of waterfront accommodations in Fort Lauderdale’s most delightful location. Book directly with the hotel online to receive special discounted rates for Rum Renaissance attendees.  Make Reservations Online, a dedicated website is available for Rum Renaissance Festival attendees to book their hotel rooms online directly with the Hilton Hotels Reservations System.  Make reservations early to insure your accommodations at the host hotel.

     The convention center parking is conveniently connected to the Northport Parking Garage with covered, air conditioned skywalks. Northport Parking Garage is well-illuminated and security patrolled for your convenience.
Each parking deck has reserved disabled parking spaces near the elevator.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre

     Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre or "Nuestra Senora de la Caridad del Cobre " is a popular Marian title of the Blessed Virgin Mary known in many Catholic countries.   Several known Marian images with the same title exist around the world while a particular Hispanic image is pontifically designated by Pope Benedict XV as the Patroness of Cuba.   A National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre was built in 1926 is situated in village El Cobre, near Santiago de Cuba.  Pope Pius XI granted the Basilica a Canonical Coronical towards the image on 20 December 1936.  The feast day of Our Lady of Charity is September 8; the solemn Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
     Tis beautiful Basilica sits on the hill overlooking the town of El Cobre, which in Spanish means Copper in the area around Santiago de Cuba and is one of the most impressive structures on the entire island.  El Cobre is surrounded by copper mines and it is just amazing to see this beautiful structure that has been risen out of the top of the hill.

Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The United States Tightens Cuba Travel and Trade Restrictions

Hotel Nacional du Cuba

      The U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce and State jointly announced amendments to the Cuba sanctions program that the president announced in June, putting stricter controls on individual American tourist travel to Cuba and barring Americans from doing business, meaning any direct financial transactions, with any business or entity controlled by the island nation's military.


Havana Club Rums
"We have strengthened our Cuba policies to channel economic activity away from the Cuban military and to encourage the government to move toward greater political and economic freedom for the Cuban people," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement Wednesday.  The administration has blacklisted approximately 180 Cuban businesses and entities it identified as being under the control of, or acting on behalf of, the Cuban military, intelligence or security services or personnel.  They include a number of hotels, rum producers, beverage manufacturers, fashion companies, real estate firms, marinas and stores in Old Havana, according to the State Department's so-called Cuba restricted list.

    Americans will have to jump through more hoops to travel to Cuba under the expanded restrictions. Individual tourism to Cuba has long been banned by federal law, but the Obama administration had been more relaxed in granting travelers certain categories of exemptions that allowed them to travel. There are a dozen categories under which Americans are authorized to travel to Cuba, including for family visits, religious activities, professional research and professional meetings, humanitarian activities, etc.

Hotel Inglaterra
     Among the latest updates to the restrictions, Americans will no longer be able to go on what the administration calls individual people-to-people travel to Cuba. They'll be required to travel with a sponsoring organization subject to U.S. jurisdiction, for example, like a tour group operated by a U.S. company.   And the same would apply for educational travel to Cuba, meaning an American group or university would have to be involved as the sponsoring organization. In both situations, a representative from the sponsoring U.S. organization would have to accompany the travelers on the Cuba trip.  Such activities must also enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities.   For example, renting a room in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eating at privately owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropistas) are among the authorized activities. However, in order to meet the requirement of a full-time schedule, a traveler must engage in additional authorized "support for the Cuban people" activities, the Treasury Department said.

     "The new rules are a welcome development because they remove uncertainty and afford predictability for businesses, and they allow for robust transactions to continue on the island," said Pedro Freyre, a partner and chair of the international practice at Akerman LLP.  However, critics of the sanctions policy have slammed it as counterproductive, saying it makes it harder for U.S. companies to do business in Cuba and could actually end up costing the American economy billions and affect thousands of jobs.

     "These new regulations create a more convoluted, confusing and counterproductive approach to Cuba policy," James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, a coalition of private companies and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, said in a statement. "This 'Keystone Cops' Cuba policy hurts those it claims to help and helps those it claims to hurt."

Friday, November 10, 2017

Maurice Doyle Rejoins the Bacardi Team

Maurice Doyle
     Bacardi has appointed former Suntory executive Maurice Doyle to the role of president, incubation brands and global commercial development.  Maurice Doyle will be taking on the duties as Bacardi’s new president – Incubation Brands and global commercial development.   Doyle will be responsible for accelerating the performance of the smaller brands in the Bacardi portfolio including Angel’s Envy, St-Germain, Banks, Santa Teresa, Facundo Rum Collection, and Leblon, as well as driving sales performance and travel retail globally.
     Doyle spent 17 years with Bacardi in travel retail, commercial and marketing roles before he left the company in 2009.  Since leaving Bacardi, Doyle has served as chief marketing officer at William Grant & Sons where he was responsible for travel retail and other global commercial functions, and most recently, as chief operating officer for Suntory’s non-alcoholic division for Africa, Middle East & Caribbean.
     “Maurice brings a passion for our brands, strong customer and sales development skills, an appreciation for our unique culture as well as an internal and external perspective which is invaluable as we continue to position Bacardi for long-term success,” said Mahesh Madhavan, chief executive officer of Bacardi Limited.   “It’s great to welcome back a seasoned leader who has shown a particular talent for nurturing smaller, premium niche brands that become sustainable, long-term success stories.”
     “I’m thrilled to be a part of Bacardi again as it’s truly a unique family, company and iconic portfolio of brands,” adds Doyle. “Both the incubation and travel retail business have tremendous commercial opportunities, each serving as a platform to access premium consumers and introduce them to new experiences. I look forward to their continued development and consistent growth.”

Thursday, November 9, 2017

OUTFRONT Media to Promote Gosling’s Historic Handcrafted Rum

     OUTFRONT Media Inc, announced today a new partnership with Goslings Rum for the company's new out-of-home advertising campaign, which will highlight Goslings handcrafted, award-winning rum. 
     The billboard, reading "HAND CRAFTED ENJOYMENT IN A BOTTLE," highlights the fact that every drop of Goslings Rum has been created and blended by hand in Bermuda by their Master Blender, Ken Simons. The billboard features a bottle of the award-winning Black Seal Rum and the trademarked Dark 'n Stormy® cocktail with a can of Goslings own stormy ginger beer.
     The campaign is visible throughout New York City around high foot traffic areas in lower Manhattan. It has been running since October and will be concluding in December.  In the digital age of automated production and robotic factories, Goslings Rum proudly publicizes that it is behind the times, which is part of its old-fashioned appeal. Its historic methods for hand crafting rum are working well. Goslings flagship, Goslings Black Seal, captured Beverage Tasting Institute's coveted Platinum Medal, the highest honor bestowed in the spirits industry (rated "96 Points, Superlative"), and the "Stormy" Ginger Beer is the number one selling ginger beer in America.

Malcolm Gossling
     "It's basically how we've been doing it since the early 1800's. The recipe is secret and little has changed. Well, except for the equipment we use to ensure quality control," said Malcolm Gosling, 7th generation President & CEO of Gosling's International Limited. "My five-time great grandfather, James Gosling, arrived in Bermuda from England in 1806 to start a small spirits business. As it grew, he refused to cut corners to accelerate production. Likewise did his descendants. That's why our slogan today is, 'For seven stubborn generations.' Because what it all comes down to is we're really selling quality enjoyment in a bottle. We just believe the way to get there is slowly, by hand."

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Casa Bacardi Visitor Center Is Reopening for the First Time Since Hurricane Maria

     Casa BACARDÍ visitor center, one of Puerto Rico’s top tourism attractions, is pleased to announce it 
has reopened as of November 1.  While the Casa BACARDÍ campus suffered minor damage during Hurricane Maria, the largest premium rum distillery in the world is leading the charge in recovery and rebuilding. The landscaping is showing signs of recovery and the views of the El Morro Fort and San Juan Bay are as spectacular as ever.  “Tourism is an essential industry for Puerto Rico. As the island rebuilds, we look forward to welcoming visitors with warm hospitality, cold cocktails, and stories of overcoming adversity, innovation, perseverance and celebration,” said Wesley Cullen, General Manager. “We are here to support the industry and are very happy to reopen Casa BACARDÍ for tourist and locals.”
     Casa BACARDÍ Puerto Rico has been welcoming visitors since 1961. During the weeks following Hurricane Maria, the visitor center was temporarily closed as its staff remained focused on providing relief to the community as part of the “Bacardi Contigo” initiative, meaning Bacardi is with you.  As part of the Bacardi ongoing commitment to Puerto Rico relief and rebuilding efforts, $5 of each tour admission will be donated to relief organizations, through the end of the year. Tickets are available at  Casa BACARDÍ in Puerto Rico welcomes guests to enjoy the beautiful, waterfront property and select from three tours. The “Historical” tour starts with a cocktail overlooking the bay to El Morro Fort, then a guided tour to discover how BACARDÍ rum is made and the family-owned company’s history of craft and innovation. The “Historical” tour is $15 (plus sales tax) and includes a welcome cocktail and commemorative cup.

    The “Rum Tasting” tour is an experience for guests to discover how BACARDÍ premium rums are made, the “Mixology” tour is the opportunity to master the mojito. In the retail shop, visitors enjoy the very popular “Self-Fill Experience,” where guests fill, seal and label their own bottle of special rum, exclusively available at Casa BACARDÍ, directly from the barrel.  These are just a few of the fun things that you can experience when you visit Casa Bacardi on your next trip the Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

North Carolina Distillery Going to Prison

     Here in the United States distilleries keep popping up in the most unique old buildings.  Pilar Rum here in Key West is in a tobacco vault built in 1875, Prichard’s in a  old Tennessee old school house and now the Southern Grace Distillery is setting up shop in and old prison in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
     Southern Grace Distilleries – the ‘first’ distillery housed in a US prison – has extended its spirits range with the launch of a new expression, called Conviction Small Batch Bourbon.  “The hard time ageing in oak barrels behind bars here at whiskey prison has created a cask strength Bourbon that’s subtly sweet and smooth,” said Southern Grace Distilleries CEO Leanne Powell.
     Southern Grace Distilleries will move into a 13,000-plus square foot dormitory of a former North Carolina prison. The company said that will bring a $1.5 million investment into the facility.  The prison operated from 1929 until 2011. There were 198 inmates there at the time, according to local reports, who were moved to other facilities. The prison was closed because of budget cuts and that cost the town 53 jobs.
     “We are excited at the opportunity to partner with the award-winning Southern Grace Distilleries to repurpose the old prison in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina.  What a novel idea.” said Tom Earnhardt, partner with Mount Pleasant Properties, LLC., which has purchased the 22.4 acre former prison from the state.  “Since the prison shut down some five years ago, the property was quickly becoming an eye sore.  Renovating this property will create much needed jobs and help stimulate economic development in the area. This is the first of several exciting projects we have been working on for some time.”

     It makes a perfect place to ferment, distill and age the spirits behind bars were they are safe and from escape.  These old factories schools, and now prisons that are being abandoned are the perfect place for distilleries.  The offer so much more than just a spirits factory, but an attraction for guests to visit and held tourism in the area.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Terroir is it Important in Rum or Just Wine?

     What is Terroir? The definition is the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate, the characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.

     Rum is not a spirit that you hear many people talk about the terroir of, but in certain cases it is a very real factor.  This is especially clear when the rum is made from cane juice rather than molasses.  The place where the sugar cane is grown has a real effect on the flavor of the spirit.  When rum is made in the French style, from cane juice, the Terroir becomes evident.  There are a number of rums made from cane juice all around the world and they are all different in taste.

     Rums made in Hawaii from locally grown sugar cane have a very different taste from those made from sugar cane grown in Martinique, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, California, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, or Brazil.  Each has its own terroir and imparts a different taste and flavor to the rums.  There is a difference in the taste and flavor in rums that are made from molasses that originates in different places, but the terroir of the rums made from sugar cane becomes even more apparent.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bye Bye Daylight Savings and Hello Full Moon

     It is that time of year again and Sunday Morning at 2:00 AM we moved our clocks back an hour.  This makes for an interesting weekend , a full moon tonight and loose an hour of daylight in the evening today.  What can go wrong with this.  I just wish this country would just leave us on daylight savings year round.  It really sucks getting off work and it is dark and barely daylight when you go to work.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Maggie's Farm Rums From Pennsylvania

     This is another of the craft distilleries that are making a huge dent in the larger and imported rum sales here in the United States.   I love that there are so many of these artisan distilleries are doing very well.
     Allegheny Distilling celebrates the beginning of its fifth year of production, it has rebranded its core lineup of Maggie's Farm Rums, including the White, Spiced, and "50/50" Dark (formerly "La Revuelta") rums. Utilizing the original artwork created by Hannah Clark for the Maggie's Farm Queen's Share Reserve rums, Maggie's Farm has streamlined the skeletal design across this core lineup. New branding is currently available for purchase directly from the distillery, and is now beginning to roll into existing distribution markets, including Pennsylvania Fine Wine and Spirits stores, also the Nashville area via wholesaler Tennessee Wine and Spirits. 
     As the new branding makes its way out, Allegheny Distilling has also expanded its distribution footprint to include Washington DC, Maryland, and Delaware markets, each carried by Craft Wine and Spirits of Beltsville, MD. Allegheny Distilling has also come to a distribution agreement with Lauber Imports of New York, a craft portfolio of Southern Glazers in NY. Products going into distribution include the White, Spiced, and 50/50 Dark rums, as well as the silver Queen's Share Reserve rum, Airline Overproof rum, and Maggie's Farm's new coffee liqueur and fresh ingredient falernum. Maggie's Farm rums may also be purchased for direct shipment across the USA by various DC retail outlets.

     Maggie's Farm Rum is the first commercially-available Pennsylvania-made craft rum since Prohibition. All spirits are made from scratch, from the fermentations of raw sugar cane from Louisiana, rather than molasses, and pot-distilled for full body and flavor on the Spanish-made copper stills located behind the distillery's cocktail bar. The distillery is open for tastings and bottle sales Wednesday through Sunday and serves craft cocktails Thursday through Sunday.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Don Papa Introduces a Rare Cask Rum

Don Papa Rare Cask
    Don Papa has just launched its “rare” new expression Don Papa Rare Cask, a Filipino rum brand which has been aged for several years in toasted American oak casks.  Don Papa Rare Cask has been aged for several years in American oak casks, distilled from Noble sugarcane and bottled at 50.5% abv.  Each cask is hand-selected by Don Papa’s master distiller, which has been made unfiltered and unblended.
     The Expression has been described as a rich and smooth rum with, notes of fruit and spices on the nose, with a cake fruit, cocoa, oak notes on the palate and a long cool finish with notes of wild mint.
Dionisio Magbuelas, or "Papa" Isio.
     Rare Cask joins the Don Papa portfolio, which includes the original Don Papa and the Don Papa 10-year-old limited edition.  Limited to 6,000 numbered bottles globally, the rum is packaged in a wooden canister, with details of Don Papa’s island home.   Don Papa Rum was inspired by the story of one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine revolution: Dionisio Magbuelas, better known locally as "Papa" Isio.

     Commemorating the launch, Don Papa commissioned wood sculptor Dave Johnson to recreate the bottle and its label in a one-off wood sculpture.  Don Papa Rare Cask will be available at a selection of bars and restaurants with a recommended retail price of $85.00.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Panama Red is Still Available

     I stumbled across a post in Facebook yesterday that was promoting Panama Red Rum, an overproof rum that I mistakenly believed was extinct.  Panama Red is a creation of Francisco "Don Poncho" Fernandez, the Cuban native and and former maestro de ronero for Havana Club in the 50's.  I first ran across Panama Red Rum about  6 years ago at the Miami Rum Festival and it immediately became a member of my go to list.

     Panama Red is bottled at 108 proof, it is a full and has a beautiful mahogany color that draws you eye into it immediately.   Panama Red is bottled at 108 proof packs a punch, a punch that is full flavor, flavors that practically leap onto your palate. A sweet flavors begin the adventure, followed by those of tobacco and leather following right behind.  This expression will heat up your mouth with an orange peel spiciness along with some baking spices that will take the front.   If you add an ice cube or a little water to you glass, Panama Red becomes even more enjoyable, nuances of flavor will arise as you let the rum linger on the palate.   This rum has a smooth, well-rounded and nicely balanced flavor that lingers.    It still packs a bit of relatively strong heat that will shock the throat if you are not careful, but if you take your time and sip this rum slowly, then the finish is quite nice. 

     This is a special rum brought about as a part the experiences of Jim Wasson as a youth when his grandfather would bring rums back from Cuba.  Following his dream he brought this rum to his home in Florida.  It is available here in Florida as well as Canada.  For information on how to get your hands on this fine rum, you can contact Jim Wasson at

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

52 United States Senators Support Alcohol Excise Tax Reform

      The Senate support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 (S.236) has reached a majority. This week Senator James Inhofe (R-OH) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) became the 51st and 52nd Senators to sign on as a co-sponsor with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) who introduced this bipartisan bill in January.

     The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was originally introduced in 2015. This bill seeks to lower the tax burden for all wineries, breweries and distilleries in the United States.  It is the first bill proposed that would reform the federal excise tax system for all three major alcohol commodities. The bill now has a clear majority of support in both the Senate and the House.  A complete list of sponsors for the House version of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 can be found here. Details about the Senate version can be found here.

For more information about the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, please contact Michael Kaiser, Vice President,