Monday, October 7, 2013

1000th Post

Sampling Abuelo Centuria at the aging bodega in Pese, Panama
    Today marks a mile stone for Bahama Bob's Rumstyles, this is the 1000th post for the blog in just a little under three years.   It has been a lot of fun covering the wide variety of subjects and places that I probably would not have visited if not for collecting information to bring you in the blog.

      I've had the opportunity to sip Abuelo Centuria from the barrels of the solera in Panama.  Plus tour the distillery and be their guest for a week in order to know the operation better.

Tasting fine Diplomatico Rums at Hacienda Sururo
     I've been able to meet great blenders and distillers like Richard L. Seale, Tito Cordero, and Don Pancho Fernandez and call them my friends.  Along with so many more people and places that I probably would never have seen.    

    In the past three years I have visited more distilleries on more islands and countries than I would have ever believed existed before then.  From Puerto Rico, to Trinidad and many islands in between and from Venezuela to Panama and even Cuba and Grand Cayman.

Rum Shop in Bridgetown, Barbados
     It has been a blast sharing the back country of Key West to the Rum Shops of Barbados, along with a good number of back yard bars and Rum Labs with all of you.   Three years of adventures with the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, has been an experience like no other.  It has been a chance to sample rums and visit with so many of the people in this industry that make the world of rum happen.

     I think about all the experiences that I have had in the past 3 three years and one of the most exciting has been the chance to visit Cuba and follow the trail left by Ernest Hemingway as he lived very large in the Havana area.  Places like El Floridita, Sloppy Joe's, La Bodeguita del Medio, Ambros Mundos, Finca la Vigia, and Cojimar ( Fishing Village).   The chance to see Pilar and so many more of the things that made Ernest Hemingway such a special person.   

     It was everything from the opportunities to meet so many special people and being able to be behind the bar at so many famous watering holes.  It was a thrill to stand behind the bar at the Bacardi Building in Havana.

    I would be remiss if I didn't take this time to Thank Mike Streeter and Robert and Robin Burr for getting me into the wonderful world of rum and urging me to start this blog.   Hopefully there will be a thousand more to come.   Thanks to all of you for sticking with me on this adventure.   ;o)