Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sharing the Docks with My Fine Feathered Friends




     One of the best things about living on a boat in a great marina is the bird life that is always around you.  This is the time of year when you get to spend time with most of the breeds that pass through here every year.  Just this morning as I was walking back to the boat with my groceries I came across a young Osprey that was sitting atop a lamp post eyeing the waters for a meal.




     This afternoon, I came a cross a few pelicans that were sitting
under the mangroves and a couple more sitting on a fishing boat and looking for a free snack from the bait boxes.   Gulls, Cormorants, Egrets and Heron all regularly stop by to visit us here at Sunset Marina on a regular basis.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Trump Visits Key West for a Couple of Hours

     Yesterday was "Trump" Day here in Key West.  The crowds wee on United Street instead of Duval which battles drug trafficking along with partner countries and agencies.  “This was an education. We’re talking about drugs and stopping these drugs and other things, human trafficking and other forms of trafficking,” 
as usual.  The motorcade drew a large crowd as Trump's entourage proceed to Fort Zack for their meeting with the Joint Interagency Task Force South,

      Trump Is the first sitting president in 55 years to visit Key West, bringing a crowd all along the motorcade's rout from NAS Key West to the JITFS meetings.   The Presidents Motorcade made a trip from NAS Key West on Boca Chica down US 1 to South Roosevelt, Atlantic Ave., White Street, and on to United and the entry to the JITFS.

     All in all, an exciting day for Key West.  Not the type of thing that you see every day,

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reviving and Remaking the Lime Rickey Cocktail


     The Lime Rickey Cocktail was a very popular during the early 1900's as a gin cocktail and later appeared at the soda shoppe's as a non-alcoholic beverage.   Sometimes referred to simply as a "Rickey" or "Gin Rickey," the drink was famously concocted at Shoomaker's Bar in Washington D.C., by bartender George A. Williamson back in the 1880s, purportedly in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, soon after, it became a worldwide sensation when mixed with gin.

     During Prohibition, the soda shoppe Lime Rickey became very popular and remained that way until the sixty's and and seventy's.  Today is seems to be making more appearances both as an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage.



Bahama Bob's Lime Rickey Cocktail

  • 2 oz. White Rum
  • 2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Top Up with. Club Soda 

 In a shaker filled with ice, combine white rum, lime juice, and the simple syrup. Shake until chilled and add soda water and stir.   Pour into ice-filled tumbler and garnish with lime wheel.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What a Great Spoof on Alcohol Labels


     This is a great article I ran across in the Huffington Post the other day.  I hate to say it, but there just may be more truth to it than most of us might be willing to admit.  It is a great read anyway.

If Alcohol Labels Were Accurate, This Is What They’d Tell You

 

·          
One shot of “Vomit Everywhere,” please.
If that’s what Jägermeister were actually called, we’re betting there would be fewer rounds of “Vomit” going around in bars. But if we’re being completely honest with ourselves (like Rachel Page was when she came up with this brilliant project), then we’re pretty sure that almost every alcohol label would look a whole lot different.
Page explained the idea for the project came to her after many nights of working in a bar and, for the record, her favorite drink is “Crying Alone,” also known as Moscato.
The only thing we know for sure? Page is hitting us right where it hurts with these hilarious captions:
·         “Crying Alone”

Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Vomit Everywhere”


Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Sugar”


Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Dancing On Tablés”


Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Text Your Ex”


Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “NEW BFFS”


Rachel W. Page/TSM


To read the descriptions that accompany the photos, head over to TSM.com and follow Rachel on twitter or Instagram.

Read the article in its entirety at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/honest-alcohol-labels-pictures_n_5675867.html 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Craft Bourbon Distillers are Looking at Introducing Rum


     Craft bourbon distillers have been growing for the past several years as drinkers rediscover heritage

and new styles of brown liquor drinks.   Some might call it a boom. But many distillers have seen the boom-and-bust cycle of liquor popularity before and are exploring ways to hedge their bets against another bust.    

     "We're definitely on an upward trajectory," says Maggie Kimberl, a whiskey writer and historian. "There are a lot of people who have opinions about whether we're at the bottom of the upward trajectory, the middle, the top - but most people feel like we're somewhere in the middle."   But with booms come busts, and the bourbon industry is historically cyclical.   The first big bust was during Prohibition. "There was a city called Tyrone, Ky., which is near Wild Turkey, that was basically wiped off the map by Prohibition," Kimberl says. "It was a very small town that had two or three, maybe four bourbon distilleries in it, and when Prohibition came about, that town ceased to exist."

      Then American whiskey boomed again between 1945 and about 1970.  After that, "people were starting to turn to wine, beer and clear spirits."   "Bourbon was not especially popular at that time."  Then in about 2000, bourbon distilleries started seeing renewed interest in their products. In 2016, bourbon and American whiskey sales topped $3 billion.  "But there are always people saying this can't last, it's going to end soon, the bubble's going to burst."

      That's especially the case lately, as national media have started turning their focus to other spirits. For the past few years, outlets - ranging from Forbes to Liquor.com - have been predicting the "rise of rum."   Some bourbon distillers are diversifying into other spirits like rum.    "It does bear out a little bit in consumer spending, I think."   "But it's not something where somebody is going to say bourbon is out and rum is in and the bourbon bottom is going to fall out."

     Big beverage conglomerates are set up to weather changes in consumer tastes. "They all own rum, or several rums, but they all own bourbon, Scotch, tequila, vodkas, all of these things," so they're not worried about the next thing. "They have the next thing."

     The small distillers can take a lesson from this.   And that's where the small stills like a 26-gallon comes in. 
The craft distilleries can use the small stills to make a few different spirits like rum, agave-based spirits, and a single-malt whiskey.   This isn't unusual for craft distillers, especially since bourbon has a multiyear aging process.   "

      The craft distillery business like so many other businesses, diversity is often the key to longevity.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Diplomático Launches 2004 Single Vintage Rum


Diplomatico's New 2004 Single Vintage Expression
     Venezuelan rum brand Diplomático has unveiled the latest release in its Prestigeous Single Vintage collection,If this one is anywhere as good as the two previous ones, 2004 Single Vintage will be hard to get your hands on.   Diplomático 2004 Single Vintage is aged in Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry casks
      The limited-edition expression is crafted from several casks of special reserve rum, each selected by Nelson Hernández, maestros roneros and master blender.  Distilled in vintage copper pot stills in 2004, the rum has been aged for 12 years in American white oak casks that previously held Bourbon.   These aged rums are then blended by the maestros roneros, before being left for a further year to mature in ex-oloroso Sherry casks.
     Nelson Hernández, maestros roneros at Diplomático, said: “In a time where the ultra-premium rum category is entering the spotlight, and rum is finally being recognised as a quality sipping spirit, we are looking forward to seeing the 2004 Single Vintage reach its fullest potential.” 
     On the palate, 2004 Single Vintage is “well-balanced and incredibly flavorful, with toasted wood and spicy notes”.   Hernández described the rum as being “slightly more dry and oaky than that of previous years.”  Less than 4,000 nine-litre cases of this limited-edition expression will be available globally, with each bottle carrying a RRP of US$120.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Key West is Back to Normal for Us

     Sitting in the helm, looking to the west out of the marina and you have another of the beautiful sunsets that Key West is so famous for.   I so enjoy them, and especially from the high view from the helm of our home.



Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries Introduce Bly Silver Rum


     American spirits producer Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries has expanded its range with the launch of Bly Silver Rum.   Bly Silver Rum is distilled in small batches using molasses sourced in Pennsylvania.   The distillery’s new white rum is produced in small batches using molasses sourced from the Pennsylvania countryside.
      Barry Young, master distiller, said: “For Bly it was my goal to push the flavor profile so it had a good amount of flavor, picked up the characteristics of the molasses and was not over distilled, which can create a neutral spirit that has no flavor at all.     Rum is produced using the distillery’s ‘unique’ mash method, which gently warms the molasses rather than cooking it, to prevent a burnt tasting spirit.   Each batch produced yields 600 bottles of Bly Silver Rum, which has “notes of butterscotch and vanilla” with a clean finish.
     Bly Silver Rum is now available through Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board stores, as well as in other US states, including  California, Delaware, Florida and Illinois.   The spirit will roll out to further states, including Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, in May.
The Bly Silver Rum joins Pennsylvania Pure Distilleries’ core range, which also includes Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka.

Friday, April 13, 2018

WOW What a week this has been!

Marta and I in 2008



     Monday we got the boat back after the repairs were completed from Irma's rage and we spent




Tuesday getting moved back on the boat,   Wednesday was a work day and Yesterday was Marta's and my 43 Wedding Anniversary.


     Did I mention that yesterday was a work day as well?  What I'm saying is this week was really special and we have really enjoyed it.  The smiles are running from ear to ear.

     This is all I have, promise I'll be back to normal by tomorrow.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Injectable Bio Chip Created to Monitor Alcohol Use

The Chip When Compared to a Penny

     There has been a tiny biochip in the US developed to be injected into the body to monitor alcohol levels over a prolonged period, with the aim of supporting patients in substance abuse programs.  The chip has been developed by engineers at the San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and can be implanted just under the surface of the skin and is powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch.
     “The ultimate goal of this work is to develop a routine, unobtrusive alcohol and drug monitoring device for patients in substance abuse treatment programs,” said Drew Hall, an electrical engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering who led the project.   “A tiny injectable sensor—that can be administered The Chipin a clinic without surgery—could make it easier for patients to follow a prescribed course of monitoring for extended periods of time.”    The chip itself contains a sensor that is coated with alcohol oxidase, an enzyme that selectively interacts with alcohol to generate a byproduct that can be electrochemically detected. The electrical signals are transmitted wirelessly to a nearby wearable device such as a smartwatch, which also wirelessly powers the chip. 
     Breathalyzers are one of the most common ways to monitor blood alcohol levels, but are clunky, require patient cooperation and can be inaccurate, Hall noted, while a blood test is accurate but requires the expertise of a trained professional. 
 “We don’t want the chip to have a significant impact on the battery life of the wearable device. And since we’re implanting this, we don’t want a lot of heat being locally generated inside the body or a battery that is potentially toxic,” Hall said.  A provisional patent on the technology has already been filed, and researchers have tested the chip on pig skin, with plans to extend trials to live animals in the future.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Emperor Rum Reveals Two New Expressions


Emperor Lily White Rhum
       Emperor Rum has added two new expressions to its portfolio, including an aged white rum and a super-premium limited-edition bottling.    The new variants, called Emperor Lily White and Emperor Private Collection, were unveiled at Rhum Fest in Paris last weekend (7, 8 and 9 April).
     Emperor Lily White is bottled at 42% abv and is a blend of rums aged up to 12 years. It is charcoal-filtered and described as “elegant, rich and surprisingly intense” for a white rum.   The Private Collection is also bottled at 42% abv and was first matured for two to five years in French and American oak barrels.   The liquid was then finished in Château Pape Clément oak casks to deliver a “rich rum” with “warm, spicy notes”. Only 15,000 bottles have been created.
     Christophe Aulner, the Lookout Group executive chairman, said: “We have put a lot of time and effort into each step of the production and maturation of Emperor, using selected casks and techniques that push the boundaries of the category.”     Emperor will be supporting the growth of its rum range with a social media outreach programme this year, which will aim to educate consumers about the brand and encourage online interaction through new visual assets.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Journey is Complete, Sanity Too is Back in Her Slip

Lil Sanity Headed Back to Her Slip.
     Five Am, we were up and packing up all of the stuff that has kept us going for the past 4 months
.  Move Lil Sanity into a temporary slip and headed for the boat yard.   At 8;30 am, the hoist slipped around her and the crew begant to hook up the sling and she was lifted off of the stands and headed for the water.

Sanity Too Splash Time


     Somewhere in the area of 9:00 am, the boat slipped into the water.  The journey back to Sunset  Marina was underway.  It took us just a little over an hour to complete the journey and back her into her slip and secure the lines.  With a little bit of work to fix a couple of things she is now in full operation tonight.  The AC has just about got the boat cooled down, so sleeping will be comfortable tonight.

Sanity Too Enters Key West Harbor



     Now as the sun is setting on Sunset Marina, I can take a picture
from the front deck and enjoy the beauty of the day turning into evening.  Thank goodness we are back home again.






Sanity Too Sunset in Her Slip

Monday, April 9, 2018

Former President Bill Clinton Working on Efforts Toward Hurricane Recovery in the Caribbean

Former President Bill Clinton

     Former President Bill Clinton is lending his convening powers and the Clinton Foundation’s resources to help the hurricane struck Caribbean as it struggles to rebuild months after hurricanes Irma and Maria.  At the request of leaders in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands,Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, the Clinton Foundation said Thursday that it will launch a new organization — the Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery — on behalf of the two U.S. territories and two eastern Caribbean nations to secure long-term investments to help. The first meeting will be held April 3 at the University of Miami with 300 to 400 representatives expected from businesses, government and non-governmental organizations.
      “Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean community are in need, and we must answer that call,” Clinton said in a statement. “Together with leaders from government, business, and civil society, we can demonstrate what is possible when we come together and bring our collective will and resources to bear on this crisis. We have a responsibility to act, for the people who are still suffering, and for all the future generations in the region.”
     On Wednesday, Clinton presided over a meeting in New York where representatives of some of the governments and others involved in the recovery detailed the needs of the islands. Following the meeting, Clinton announced commitments to rebuild schools and homes in Dominica; the installation of solar equipment at primary care clinics in Puerto Rico; and the distribution of remote Zika testing for pregnant women across the region. He and others hope to build on those commitments as they solicit additional investments in the areas of energy, infrastructure, health, education and economic development. Clinton plans to visit Dominica and the U.S. Virgin Islands next week to see recovery efforts firsthand.
     This story has a lot more to it and you can read it inits entirety at
  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article197761039.html 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sanity Too Returns To the Sea.

     Tomorrow is a very special day for Marta and I, Sanity Too, our floating home is being splashed tomorrow at 8:30 am.  After nearly four months in dry dock for repairs from Irma we are moving back aboard her.

     We are making the voyage from Robbie's Boatyard to Sunset Marina with a number of our friends, this is going to be a fun event over and above getting our home back.



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Who Makes the Real Cuban Rum?




     I guess that this battle is going to be one of those never ending battles that will rival the 100 year war before it is over.   It is an interesting “rum war” with so many different tactics that continue to keep both sides in the press almost weekly.

     It's a fight over ownership, heritage, revolution and rum.  It's a dispute that has lasted for decades over who is a "real" Cuban, and pits US rum powerhouse Bacardi against French spirits giant Pernod Ricard and its association with the Castro regime to produce Havana Club, the best known Cuban brand.   It involves court battles over trademarks, legislation in the US Congress, and deep feelings of nostalgia and loss.

     Bacardi has launched an all-out marketing offensive to stake its claim to the US market for its version of Havana Club, made with the original recipe purchased in 1994 from the brand's founders, the Arechebala family.

     But Pernod Ricard insists its Havana Club is the authentic version since it is distilled in Cuba with 100 percent Cuban ingredients.  "Pernod Ricard joined forces with the government in order to get profits from that stolen property," Bacardi brand executive Roberto Ramirez told AFP.   The Castro government's Cuba Ron SA swooped in and registered the name with US authorities, but because of the US trade embargo against the island nation could not sell Havana Club to the key American market. 


Bacardi began selling its Havana Club in 1995, produced in Puerto Rico and sold in the US market with the slogan: "Forced from home. Aged in Exile. Forever Cuban."   The Arechebala and Bacardi families were forced from home in the aftermath of Castro's revolution and had all their assets seized, including their rum-making factories.   While Bacardi had already established distilleries offshore, including in Puerto Rico, the Arechebalas, who had been making Havana Club since 1934, and distilling rum for decades before that, did not have the resources to start over, so their US trademark lapsed in 1974.

Since 1993, the Cuban company has been co-owned with Pernod Ricard, the world's number two spirits maker, which sued Bacardi for using the trademark.  The firm dismisses the Puerto Rican version as an upstart and says Bacardi is misleading consumers with "false claims" they are the original Havana Club.

“Don't tell us we're not Cuban”.   Bacardi has hit back hard, defending its Cuban roots and its authentic recipe. It also has the support of legislators from Florida who proposed a new law to ban the US from recognizing trademarks stolen by the Castro government.   In January, the rum maker released a campaign featuring a Cuban-American walking through Miami's little Havana -- or real Havana? -- reciting a poem about home.  "Forced to leave home, but home never leaves us. Wherever exile takes us... We walk carrying the musica of our island and the amber rum born from it," the poem says.

There is a lot more to this story, you can read it at https://www.afp.com/en/products/web-mobile

Friday, April 6, 2018

For the Spirits Business, Going Green Is a Matter Of Survival

Roberto Serralles

    Roberto Serrallés is a sixth-generation rum maker, which means he's a sixth generation waste recycler. 
When Serrallés's family members first started distilling Don Q Rum on the island of Puerto Rico, they weren't specifically motivated by a love of spirits. Rather, they were looking to make use of the enormous waste created by their primary business-sugar.  "When you make sugar, your main byproduct is molasses," Serrallés says. From the 16th to the 20th century, sugar cane farms engulfed Puerto Rico. Before economic factors shifted sugar production to Brazil, India, and other nations, farmers on the island would harvest the sugarcane and strip its leaves. Instead of treating that excess foliage like trash, some extracted juice from the leaves and heated it to create a rich syrup. "And that became our raw material for making rum," Serrallés says.

     In recent years, alcohol producers have begun to take a hard look at the sustainability of their practice. Technological innovation isn't easy or cheap. But in an industry that's dependent on healthy ecosystems for good ingredients, turning a blind eye to wasteful practices, unsustainable agriculture, and the effects of climate change on crops isn't an option.   "For every bottle [of rum], there are probably 10 other bottles of waste," Serrallés says. That may sound like an odd take on an old song ("99 Bottles of Beer," anyone?) but it's a fact that clearly keeps the rum maker up at night. "Our distillery produces around 400,000 gallons of wastewater every day," he continues. "It's just one distillery!"

     That's why Serrallés decided he had to get educated and change the game. In 2004, he returned from the University of Oregon with a Ph.D. in environmental science. In the decade since, he says Don Q Rum has invested $17 million in improving its sustainability practices.   Currently, Serrallés is working toward his goal of an entirely closed-loop distilling process, as he illustrates in an interactive sustainability chart on the Don Q website. Wastewater woes start the moment technicians feed the fermented molasses into the distillery drum. They push steam through the system, which moves the precious alcohol onto the next stage of the process, but leaves behind a puddle of nutrient-rich wastewater. Those organic sediments are liable to suck the oxygen out of any stream, lake, or ocean patch they settle in, depriving fish of essential gases, so dumping the water is banned by environmental laws. Fortunately, Don Q has got a good clean-up guy.

     For now, the select producers who invest in sustainability do it out of a sense of duty-to the land, their community, and their brand's history. "My father said, 'what's good for the world is good for the wine world,'" Mariani-May explains. "He stood by that. It's timeless." But they do it out of a sense of foreboding, too. Many of their decisions are preparation for the environmental and regulatory changes that are yet to come. "Eventually, [other rum makers] will have to do the investments I have done," Serallés says. "We just got ahead of the game."

There is a lot more information in this story and it goes into how important that the spirits industry pay a lot more attention to what Roberto Serralles and the Manufactures of Don Q  Rum have done to keep the area that surrounds them in Ponce, Puerto Rico green and enjoyable for their neighbors and the rest of us on this planet.

Read More on this interesting story at https://www.popsci.com/booze-goes-green

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Bacardi Looks Toward Premium Positioning with These New Rums



     Bacardi is aiming to unlock the potential for further premiumization in rum with the launch of two new products.  Bacardi is looking to increase its premium credentials, by adding a group of higher end rums to its portfolio. 
     Bacardi Añejo Cuatro is said to “introduce consumers to a more sophisticated, complex side of rum while still being a smooth and drinkable product”. It has been aged for four years.   “The future of rum is bright, and we are excited to introduce an accessible entry point to premium rums with Bacardi Cuatro,” said Sarah Doyle, vice president – Europe, for Bacardi rum.   “As people become more adventurous and aware of what they drink, we think now is the perfect time to spark conversation about the versatility and enjoyability of the Bacardi rum portfolio among a new generation of LDA [legal drinking age] drinkers.”
     Bacardi has also launched Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez, a 10-year-old expression. Both new rums will sit alongside the premium-plus Bacardi Reserva Ocho (US$29.99) and Bacardi Gran Reserva Limitada (US$100) bottlings.   Figures released by Bacardi show that rum has not premiumized at the same rate as other categories. Premium rum makes up just 15% of the category, compared to 53% market share for premium Tequila and 43% for premium whiskey.   As such, the producer has identified the potential for more than US$500 million in additional sales if it secures a 25% uplift in premium rum.        Bacardi Añejo Cuatro has an RRP of US$19.99, while Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez is priced at US$39.99.
     Last year, Bacardi unveiled a rum in collaboration with Trinidadian DJ and music producer Jillionaire, the brand’s newly appointed ‘minister of rum’.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hotaling & Co. Takes Equity Stake in Denizen Rum


     Hotaling & Co., premium craft spirits importer and distiller, formerly Anchor Distilling Company,  announces its investment in Denizen Rum, the award-winning line of blended Caribbean rums first introduced back in 2010.  Denizen’s line includes an aged white rum ($20 a 750-ml.) at 40% abv and a Merchant’s Reserve offering ($30) at 43% abv, both sourced from multiple Caribbean distillers. Hotaling & Co. will play an active role alongside Nicholas Pelis, Denizen's founder, in day-to-day brand management, distribution, and future line extensions. 

     This is a very interesting rum that I was lucky enough to work with back inn 2011 and 12 developing an interesting group of cocktails for. Denizen is a unique rum and it is good to see Hotaling and Company involved with them.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Takamaka Rum Launches Trade Tour in UK


Seychelles-based brand Takamaka Rum is set to embark on a tour of UK cocktail bars and launch its own cocktail competition.  Throughout April, the rum brand will host a bar takeover at five venues across the UK, launching an exclusive Takamaka-based cocktail menu at each location.  The brand’s tour of the UK will kick off at London’s Mint Gun Club on 3 April, before travelling to El Gato Negro, Manchester; Oporto, Leeds; 9Lives, London; and then finishing at Aloha, Liverpool, on 19 April.  Each venue will offer an exclusive cocktail menu, which will feature a number of Takamaka-based creations and a signature serve designed by bartenders from each venue on the tour.
The bar team behind the signature serve that sells the most over the course of the two-week tour will be eligible to win a trip the the brand’s distillery in the Seychelles. 
Launched by brothers Richard and Bernard d’Offay, Takamaka rum is made in the Seychelles and was inspired by the pair’s grandad’s old rum recipe.   Distributed in the UK by Highball Brands, the distillery currently produces white, spiced, Extra Noir, and coconut-flavored expressions.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Seven Years Later I'm Still Having Fun Bringing You the Rum and Tropical Lifestyle Every Morning

Abuelo Distillery in Panama
     On January 3, 2011, I started a journey that has taken me far and wide around the world of rum

and the tropical lifestyle.  Today after 2829 posts and more that a million page views, I have found this daily posting of the blog to be very rewarding. 

White Sand Beaches and Blue Water of the Caribbean
     When it all started, I was a man that just really enjoyed his rums, and the journey has lead me all around the Caribbean and other really fun and interesting places to learn more about the traditions and history of rum.  It has opened many new doors for me and lead me to learn so many interesting new friends.
Hemingway's Boat Pilar at his Home in Havana

     Today I'm making rum at the Hemingway Rum Company Distillery here in Key West.  It is an
opportunity to learn even more about the intricacies of rum making.  The ability to try different things and learn what is a positive and what doesn't work is very enlightening.  Over the years I've listened to some of the most famous rum makers in the world and got to listen and learn what makes rum so special.  I'm feeling so lucky to have this opportunity to apply my knowledge to the craft spirits industry and learn even more about this wonderful Spirit.  I have see so much and look forward to the times ahead and all of the new adventures ahead.

Bacardi Rum Factory in Sasntiago de Cuba
     During this time I've rode out some rough times and some really great times that the tropics can hand out, but it has made me love the island even more.  Irma was a real Bitch, but I've survived the tough times and ca't tell you how great the rest of the times are.
200 Year Old Wood Fire Heated Pot Still in Grenada