What? Another Mount Gay Rum post? With a rather humdrum start to the year, things are looking up and to make an already great week even better, I received a sample of Mount Gay’s most recent release: 1703 Master Select. I was twice gifted bottles of Mount Gay 1703 by friends in Barbados so to receive…
SoLa Food, Wine, & Rum Festival
Are there certain words, phrases, or pictures that capture your attention almost instantaneously? When I scroll through my social media, I’m usually drawn to anything with pets, the Caribbean, and of course, rum. Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to see an upcoming festival that is not too far away from me and more importantly, where I can…
Extra! Extra! – Mount Gay Event: Art of Crafting
Hey there South Floridian rum enthusiasts. For a special afternoon, Mount Gay Rum has 15 exclusive spots (maybe less as I am not sitting this one out at all) for their Art of Crafting event. This is not a rum tasting per se. If you are a true enthusiast, mixologist, or deem yourself worthy of…
Happy National Rum Day!
Ah man. This should be a bank holiday but since I have a flexible schedule, I am sort of celebrating most of the day. Anyone who knows me well has been wishing me well and tagging me in all of the National Rum Day pictures which really touches my heart. I would have appreciated a…
Mount Gay Rum Origin Series (Part 2)
As mentioned in a previous post, the Mount Gay Origin Series Volume 1 focused on two different cask finishes: a virgin cask and charred one. My focus this time is the charred rum. I really wish this series was not such a limited run simply because I have really enjoyed both bottles.
T.G.I.R.F (Thank goodness it’s rum Friday)
Last night I attended a rum sampling event held by Brugal Rum. I’ve been indifferent to Brugal over the years; I don’t ask for it but if given the option of well, Bacardi/Myer’s, or Brugal, I always say Brugal. I have never associated any sort of prestige to the brand but then, there has to be something to it for it to be the #1 brand across the Caribbean, right? Wait, what?
Mount Gay Mauby Rum
Mount Gay’s Mauby Rum is not widely available but since this is the festival season, I was lucky enough to land a bottle on a friend’s return. Before getting into the rum itself, one should know a little about what mauby is. It’s a common drink in the Caribbean and how it’s made will vary based on preference; fermented or not, from scratch or concentrate, fizzy or still.
Weekend movements: Bodega & Broken Shaker
Yesterday I had a fun-filled day of playing tourist in Miami where there is never a shortage of bars to hit up for good drinks. A little background, however, I am not a native Floridian and have only recently come back to the South Florida area. Clubs and bars come and go, and since my…
St. George Agricole Rum
As my previous post mentioned, this weekend is the final stretch of the 2016 Barbados Crop Over season. I thought I would stick with Mount Gay Rum but seeing that I wasn’t on rushed time, I decided to sample a couple other rums. St. George Agricole Rum was one of those as the bottle was pretty and I was intrigued as they also make an absinthe; absinthe intrigues me but only on occasions where I can find a brave soul/victim to agree to a glass. Agricole rum simply put is the style of rum which uses sugar cane juice as opposed to molasses.
Cheers to the weekend!
This weekend is the final leg into Barbados’ Crop Over festival. Differently from Trinidad’s Carnival which is a pre-Lenten celebration, Crop Over holds its roots in history where slaves would celebrate the end of working the sugar cane fields as the “crop was over.”
Mount Gay Origin Series (Part 1)
“It’s ready when it’s ready, not before.” – Mount Gay Rum Master Blender Allen Smith
Back in February I was rushing through Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados, hoping that the unusual hour-long wait in immigration and security wouldn’t prevent me from getting my duty-free rum. I wasn’t worried about missing my flight because who wouldn’t like another day in beautiful Barbados?
Koloa Rum & an Old Fashioned
I recently had lunch at the Ritz-Carlton’s Burlock Coast, a casual dining restaurant on Fort Lauderdale Beach. I met Tracy, a nice bartender who was more than happy to talk about the various rums that Burlock Coast not only offers, but sells in their shop. The shop itself is a great idea, especially for hotel guests, but being able to sample rums and head over to the shop to purchase is convenient.