Category Archives: rum

Tales of the Cocktail: Poolside tiki party w/ Haitian rhum drinks

A quick Tales of the Cocktail poolside check-in, as I sip tiki cocktails courtesy of Rhum Barbancourt Haitian rum.

 

Hemingway Rum Co. officially opens Key West distillery

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Hemingway Rum Company, the makers of Papa’s Pilar premium sipping rums, which were inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure, officially opened its Rum Distillery & Experience Center to the public on Saturday, May 20. The new facility pays homage to the legendary adventurer who once proudly called Key West home.

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WSWA: Taste of the Industry

Taste of the Industry is always a highlight of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention. It’s a chance for marketers to showcase emerging brands in front of key decision makers at the major distribution outfits across the country. It’s impossible to even come close to trying everything in the hall in two hours—it’d be tough to do so if they dedicated an entire day to the event. But among the beverages I did manage to try, there were quite a few standouts. Here’s my shortlist, in no particular order.

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Sugarland unveils Hazelnut Rum

Sugarlands Distilling Company has unveiled Hazelnut Rum as the newest addition to its spirits line. The East Tennessee distillery partnered with distilling legends Mark Ramsey and Digger Manes from the hit series Moonshiners to develop the spirit.

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Hazelnut Rum sports aromas of toasted hazelnut and brown sugar. The full-bodied spirit blends flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and honey.  At 80 proof, it finishes with a sweet, oaky kick.

Ramsey and Manes created Hazelnut Rum while filming for the Discovery Channel program. The duo combined real hazelnuts and rum in their backwoods still to create a one-of-a-kind flavored spirit.

The Drinkable Week Returns! Tiki-ing Coast to Coast!

After a lengthy hiatus, The Drinkable Week has returned with a super-sized episode (well, it’s longer than 4 minutes, which is like 75 percent longer than usual). The tiki bar renaissance is one of my favorite things these days. To celebrate, I explore Polynesian-inspired potable paradises in three time zones. Special guests: Ben & Mary Kate Mack!

Drinkable Image: Hawaii Sea Spirits, Maui

When you’re on an island with an abundance of sugar cane, what’s the best thing to do with it all? Distill it! Hawaii Sea Spirits is surrounded by acres and acres of the stuff, which it uses to produce Ocean Organic Vodka and Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, both made with deep ocean mineral water. IMG_5725