|Sampling Abuelo Centuria at the aging bodega in Pese, Panama|
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|
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|
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)