Sunday, November 30, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Early Zacapa bottles came in a bottle covered in a petate - a hand woven matting made from palm leaves which dates from the Mayan period. More recently they feature a band around the middle of the bottle.
At Zacapa they say this is not true. The bottle changed in 2004 and Zacapa wasn’t with Diageo at that moment. The bottle is now transparent instead of the old dark. Perhaps sunlight has its influence on the rum on a molecular level.
The outside of the bottles has had a big metamorphose in 2004, especially the looks. The bottle used to be entirely wrapped in royal palm leaf which was hand woven by the women of the Chorti community in Jocotan.
This petate was first made as floor-mats for Mayan kings, who were the only ones entitled to use it. It was believed that sitting on a petate changes your whole view of the world and forces you to look at life with humility and to see things for what they are. Until 2003 there were only a few artisans who produced about 2000 bands per month. In that year (2003) a productive chain was created that allowed Jocotan to sell its artisan products. Now 350 artisans work here and produce 20.000 petate bands each month. This economic growth has raised the strength of women in the local community. The sustainability of this project is supported by the producers of Zacapa and has allowed these woman artisans to improve their quality of life. Other industries have followed suit and employed these workers to create other types of creations from petate.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Nope, it is gobble down the dinner so we can rush to the Black Friday sales. I really feel that the country is loosing something very important about the holidays. It is not about how much money that you spend, it is about being with people and sharing,
Give the seasons a second thought this year and see if you can find more to it than just hustling out to the store and grabbing up all of the specials ahead of your neighbor and miss the real meaning of the holidays. ;o)
Thursday, November 27, 2014
For those of you that are staying home for the holiday, make the time to enjoy the family and or friends and don't get over stuffed where you have to miss "Black Friday". Just Kidding. ;o)
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
There was an article in the "Spirits Business" last week that gives you a pretty good idea of what has to transpire in order for brand to be on the shelf for sale
I hope this will help you understand why so many really fine rums are not being sold here in America. I really wish it was easier, but the post prohibition laws for the distribution and sale of spirits here in the United States.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Rum production then moved to colonial North America, where the first rum distillery is thought to have been opened in Staten Island in 1664.
In 1655, the Royal Navy famously switched the daily liquor ration it gave to its sailors from
French brandy to rum. However almost a century later, in 1740, sailors’ tots of rum began to be watered down to prevent drunkenness, creating a mixture known as grog. This added lemon or lime juice to help prevent the onset of scurvy. Until 1970, the Royal Navy continued to give its sailors a daily ration of rum, and do so on special occasions to this day. The day the daily ration of rum ended is known as Black Tot Day.
The story has much more to tell and you can read the rest of the story at http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/11/top-10-moments-in-rum-history-2/
This is an interesting linking of historical events with rum. It is a good read and one that I think that you can enjoy. ;o)
Friday, November 21, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The drinks are no longer on the house at Casa Bacardi in Puerto Rico.
This is a rend that has happened to the wine industry as well. In my days of living in the Sonoma Valley of California I use to jump into my 1959 Austin Healy Sprite and drive over the mountain to the Napa Valley and sample all of the free wines at the wineries in St, Helena and Calistoga. Today this is no longer a "free" event either. Times change, insurance costs go up and it becomes necessary to charge for such visits. In the case of Bacardi, it is no different. You can not run a business at a loss and costs need to be covered. The price of entry is about the same as having a couple of cocktails at a bar and you get so much more
Thursday, November 20, 2014
|Marina Melia Veradero|
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
|Love Boat Crew|
I'm going to miss the ability to walk up to the bar and chat with the bartender as I get my cocktail, a robot just doesn't have the same personality. I might as well be drinking alone in my cabin for the amount of social interaction that will occur with a robot. I feel that this is a great idea for making cocktails for the service staff serving cocktails with dinner or at the tables, but when I sit at the bar, I want to communicate with a fellow human being. ;o)
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
|"Single" Rum aging at Foursquare Distillery|
Monday, November 17, 2014
"Old Gold Special Reserve Rum comes from Cockspur, which calls the venerable Barbados’ West Indies Rum Distillery home." Cockspur is one of the most popular brands on an island that rather legitimately claims to have invented the stuff.
On to the tasting of this five-years-aged pot-still rum. The color is, unsurprisingly, a golden-hue of amber, with a pleasant aroma of caramel, molasses and a hint of honey.
The flavor profile is marked by caramel, honey, dried fruit, oak and a hint of spice. It’s remarkably smooth, and exceedingly drinkable even when taken neat. All in all, a quite drinkable rum, perfect neat, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail.
Read More at http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/11/11/rum-journal-cockspur-old-gold/
This is good new to see this expression being brought back to life. It was a good rum for Cockspur and one I hope this time makes it into the Florida distribution system so I can offer it to my customers at the Rum Bar in Key West. ;o)
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The real difference is that the wine was put into the bottle after barrel aging on the land then submerged. Walker Romantica put the barrel into a protective package and then submerged it. The true aging and the reactions of the alcohol and the barrel are what is truly happening with the "Seven Fathom" process. I think that the wine makes would find better results if the barrel itself is submerged instead of bottled wines. ;o)
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This time a year ago, I was in Grenada for a Beer and Rum Festival. Unfortunately, it isn't happening this year. The down turn of the economy in the area has caused the producers to cancel for this year.
I am still there in my mind, and would love to be there this year as well. Here are a few of my memories of the visit to this marvelous jewel of the southern Caribbean and still wishing I was there enjoying the beauty of the island and the warm people that made the event so much fun.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
On November 11th each year we as Americans give thanks to our service personnel that have served in the past and are still serving today. Originally called Armistice Day when it was proclaimed in 1919 by Woodrow Wilson, a day to honor those who served during World War I, but on May 26, 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law that November 11 would become Veterans Day, a federal Holiday.
Today we in America will say thanks with parades, students will have the day off and all non-essential government workers will have the day off. No matter how that you feel like saying thanks, it will be appreciated by those who have served.