Monday, April 30, 2012
Recovery Day: Ease Back and Relax
If the weather lets up this afternoon, it is out on the dinghy and some cruising through the mangroves and hopefully some new pictures for the Sunday edition. If not it is a nice day to sit on the aft deck in the Rum Lab and have a couple of glasses of really nice rum and guess what, RELAX. Enjoy your day, I'm out for the count today. ;o)
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Plantation Rums: The Big Winner in 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Partida Spirit Bird Challenge: A Tequila Mixologist Challenge
“Come as you are!” to The Partida Spirit Bird Challenge, a cocktail competition sponsored by Tequila Partida in Key West!
Tequila Partida, the world’s top-rated tequila, is an authentic, all-natural and ultra premium tequila made from 100% blue agave in the heart of the Tequila Valley. A favorite within a wide circle of industry experts, Tequila Partida has a clean, smooth, exceptionally pure taste that is admired by tequila aficionados worldwide.
This June, what better place to experience a perfect Partida cocktail, named the best tequila in the world by The Spirit Journal, than in the tropical paradise of Key West? Mixologists and bartenders from South Florida are invited to capture the essence of Key West and the True Spirit of Tequila in a cocktail that will wow our expert judging panel! The big showdown will take place on Sunday, April 29 from 6 to 9 pm at the Southernmost on the Beach on South Street in Key West.
I guess all that I can say is wish me luck and we'll see if my little idea for a tequila cocktail will work. Keys Tequila Daiquiri is what my entry is called, but I 'll have to just wait and see how I do in my first mixologists contest like this with any type of liquor. No matter what I'm sure that I'll have a fun time being involved in the Partida Spirit Bird Challenge. Cheers! ;o)
Friday, April 27, 2012
Man has learned to enjoy this meeting of the two major masses of our earth and have fun as they clash to tear each other apart. Take some time to visit this spectacle in the near future and enjoy your day in the sun. ;o)
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Fee Brothers: Bitters, Cordials, and Syrups
During the prohibition era Fee Brothers continued to make altar wines, something that was legal to produce and was sold throughout the United States. The brothers would travel out to individuals homes and set up a barrel with grape concentrate,water, sugar and yeast to make wine, then return a few months later to check on the progress of the wine. They also made a non-alcoholic beer, that was labeled with "do not add yeast to this product as it is likely to ferment", kind of a creative way around actually producing ans alcoholic beverage. Most of these were mad by in experienced people and really didn't taste very good, so Fee Brothers began to produce flavorings and cordial syrups to overcome this problem.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
International Rum Lab
Key West Coconutty
- 1 1/2 oz. Key West Gold Rum
- 3/4 oz. Amaretto
- 3/4 oz. Cream of Coconut
- 3/4 oz. Grapefruit Juice
With the finishing of the lab work it was off to the Hurricane Hole and a continuation of the party. This night was filled with Karaoke, food and more fun cocktails. All in all a great afternoon into night Rum Lab and party in Key West for a crazy group of rum lovers. ;o)
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Results are In: 2012 Rum XP International Tasting Competition
The final results for the 2012 International Tasting are in and there were so many great rum in the competition this year. All of the Rum XP's spent a lot of time over three days evaluating these rum and we hope that you all enjoy them as much as we did. This is a competition that is held in high esteem and it is an honor to be a part of it and an honor to have been a part of the panel. ;o)
|The 2012 RumXP International Tasting Competition was held at the Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach April 18 to 20 as part of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.|
More than 25 members of the International Rum Expert Panel participated and more than 100 of the finest rums in the world were presented for evaluation.
The RumXPs were sequestered in their tasting room for three days of blind tasting trials. The rums were grouped and judged in categories of white, gold, aged, old aged, premium aged, dark, spiced, flavored and overproof.
Their collective expertise as a group of judges is unrivaled in the spirits world. Their combined experience spans many dozens of countries and hundreds of brands. They are authors, lecturers, trainers, historians, journalists, consultants, collectors, proprietors, mixologists and promoters of rum.
Gold - Best In Class
Rhum J.M. White
Siesta Key Spiced
Brugal Ron Añejo
Rhum J.M. White
Rhum St. Barth
Barrillito 3 Star
Carta Viejo Añejo
Don Q Añejo
Dos Maderas Luxus
Dzama Cuvee Noire
Santa Teresa Añejo
Vizcaya Cask 21
Monday, April 23, 2012
Home in Key West after 7 Days at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.
Congratulations to all of the winners in the rum competition and especially to Plantation with 1 Best of Class and 5 Gold Medals, Way to go.
This was a great year and I really enjoyed the week, but it is good to be back in Key West where things just move at a slower pace and life is chilled again. ;o)
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Rum Renaissance Day 6: The Grand Tasting
Flip Flop rums had a briefing for us over breakfast yesterday morning to make us aware of their new rums that will be readily available very soon. This is an entry level inexpensive quality rum aimed at the younger market just getting into the world of rums. I look at this as I did some of the rums like Bacardi Superior when I was a 21 year old. It was inexpensive and readily available and mixed well with many things. I think that this is a smart thing, and a niche that needs to be filled.
This life keeps getting tougher and tougher, but I still feel I'm the one that can do it up right ;o)
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Rum Renaissanse Day 5: Final Judging and More Parties
Next it was off to the fifth judging session, this morning with the ultra premium offerings. Only one left for the afternoon.
Today's lunch meeting is also an exciting on with Brugal who is offering a new Blanco Especial and the Brugal 1888. It was a great "island style" lunch and a tasting along with a history and explanation of the concepts behind the rums. As usual it was great conversation and great food.
Final judging session was upon us and it was the flavored rums. We all did our parts throughout the tastings and I feel that this year we will have some really fine rums that will take the awards and we can all be proud of our work. A few bottles of hard to find rums were shared by the panel after the final judging session to celebrate the completion of the tasting portion of this year's event.
With the introduction of the Diplomatico Ambassador complete it is time for the Diplomatico party to begin. First it is off to the pool area to enjoy "three cubes of ice and three fingers of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva", This is another of the extra ordinary party's of the week and it is fitting to follow the introduction of their Ambassador. Hula and fire dancers, great rum, so many friends to speak to. The atmosphere is one of fun and celebration of good times and great rum, a feeling that we will carry late into the evening before heading back to the Deauville Resort for two more events.
Caliche from the House of Serralles is the latest offering from Rande Gerber and Roberto Serralles. This party is in the Jazz Club here at the Deauville Beach Resort. When Esteban Ordonez takes the helm of a party you know it is going to be fun. This new rum really has a nice flavor, on that you can sip or mix in a premium cocktail. The party roared on and again it was great rum and great people to enjoy the evening with.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Rum Renaissance Day 4: Big Parties and Many Briefings
Lunch was with a new product from Tico Libre. It was to introduce their new low calorie rum and cola in a can. They had us tasting two different versions of the product that I feel has really good sales potential. Bradley Tuyn, Luyen Nguyen, Leonardo Salazar, Chris Dods, and Michelle Prue make up the management team and are working hard to launch this new product here in the states. Libre is the name of the low calorie rum and cola in a can. It sports a good quality rum and a cola taste made from a natural ingredient cola formula of their own. Look for it soon in your area, a six pack in your cooler instead of beer, just perfect for the tail gait party.
This day just doesn't want to slow down as we head back to the judging room for session four. Aged rums and overproof rums are the subject of the last session for today. After the conclusion of session four there was time for a few minutes at the pool before going to the Dzama briefing.
Finally it is party time!!!! First it is off the the 8th floor of the Soho Beach Resort and the Brugal Party. Brugal has a fine line of rums that cover the range of white to their fine aged flagship "Brugal 1888". Their party showed the same attention to detail and fun as does their rum. I've found a new liking for the clear rain coats and umbrellas. The new president Paul Ross was present at the party and I believe will be addressing us at lunch today. Anyway back to the party, great music, drink and apps kept it lively and enjoyable for all of us. The atmosphere of the roof top garden made the party even more spectacular.
Just when you are thinking that it can't get any better it is on the bus and off to Coral Gables and the Bacardi Penthouse for the final party of the night. This is a very special one because it is part of the Bacardi 150 year celebration. As usual, the elegance of the penthouse hospitality and museum area make the party a wonderful experience. The XP's were asked to join a special tasting of some new products and to offer opinions as to which way Bacardi blenders might want to go on the products. Always the highlight of the event for the XP's. Pretty models to be photographed with really adds to the glamor and atmosphere of the event, not even mentioning the food and drink. All of the components are there and the party was a complete success and the party was enjoyed by all.
The day has been a very long one with a lot of rum that "had to be consumed", and it is time to get back to the hotel and a little bit of sleep before it starts all over again tomorrow. Friday is another full schedule and I need to get my strength up to meet the challenge of another day of Miami Rum Renaissance Festival activities. ;o)
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