Boozy & Newsy: Rum Malecon

The aging game is strong with Rum Malecon, the Panamanian molasses-based spirit brand with 13-, 18- and 20-year-old and other expressions available. The brand reps are quick to point out that their rum is not solera-aged; when the label says “18 years” it means that all of its contents have been in the barrel for…

Jamaica Rum Diary

In January, Jamaican rum producer Appleton Estate officially opened the Joy Spence Rum Experience at its distillery in St. Elizabeth, on Jamaica’s south coast. The new visitor center is named for Appleton Estate’s legendary master blender (who makes a brief cameo in this video). I was fortunate enough to be able to escape the cold…

American & Irish whiskey, tequila and Cognac drive spirits industry growth

It’s always a bit like Christmas morning when the Distilled Spirits Council hosts its annual media and analyst briefing in New York. And the haul of goodies was just as bountiful this year as in past years—well, if you’re like me and you consider a year’s worth of category-specific spirits sales figures “goodies.”

Koloa Rum launches Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum

Hawaii’s Koloa Rum Company has announced the launch of its first-ever Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum. Crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo distillery, Kauai Reserve is made from the finest Hawaii sugar cane and fresh island water that was slowly filtered through volcanic strata before reaching vast underground aquifers. Kauai Reserve is aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels…