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Review: Big Five Coconut Rum

Big Five Coconut Rum is one of three rums crafted at St Petersburg Distillery under the Big Five Label.  The other two are Big 5 Silver, and Big 5 Gold Rum.  Big Five Rum is named for the five grand social clubs that thrived in Havana in the 1950’s.  For the record those clubs included The Vedado Tennis Club, Miramar Yacht Club, Biltmore Yacht and Country Club, Havana Yacht Club, and Casino Espanol.  Big 5 rum is made from sugar cane molasses sourced from South Florida sugar growers.  The rum is column distilled four times and pot distilled once.  The spirit is then artisan water proofed over four stages, charcoal filtered twice, and rested for 48 hours at each stage.  The resting period gives the water and spirit time to marry.  Natural coconut flavors are infused before bottling at 70 proof. Read more »


Review: Endless Summer Silver Rum

Endless Summer Silver Rum was released in Florida March 2017, and is now also available in South Carolina.  Additional distribution will follow.  It is part of Grain and Barrel Spirits Company, which also produces Dixie Vodka, and Chicken Cock Bourbon.  Endless Summer is named for the 1964 surf film Endless Summer, and the concept that if one had enough time and money it would be possible to follow the summer up and down the world making summer endless.  Their search for the perfect rum lead them to the birthplace of rum, Barbados.  Endless Summer is made in Barbados at a distillery located on the beach.  It is crafted with rum produced and blended from three different stills, and coral filtered water from a spring garden aquifer.  It is bottled at 80 proof with the Endless Summer films original movie poster as it label. Read more »


Review: Gubba Silver Rum

Gubba Silver Rum was introduced in 2013 along with Gubba Gold Rum.  After visiting St Martin with his wife and tasting delicious Island crafted rum liqueur, I’m guessing Toppers Rhum, Gubba Rum owner Steven Gubb was inspired to create a new different tasting rum.  Gubba Rums are crafted using a technique that dates back to the 1800’s.  These artisanal organic and naturally infused rums are made from pure organic cane and the finest fruits, spices, and herbs.  Gubba Silver Rum is distilled at Dancing Pines Distillery in Loveland Colorado.  It is unfiltered and infused with organic coconut. Read more »


Review: Bacardi Major Lazer Rum

Bacardi Major Lazer Rum was recently released.  Bacardi hired DJ and Producer Jillionaire of the musical act Major Lazer to serve as the companies Minister of Rum.  Major Lazer is an Electronic Music Trio who’s members include Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire.  They are probably best know for their mega hit Lean On.  Jillionaire who grew up in Trinidad where rum is a big part of life, traveled to the company’s distillery in Puerto Rico and worked alongside Maestro de Ron Manny Oliver in developing this Limited Edition rum.  It is made from a blend of 3 and 4 year old amber rums filtered before and after tropical aging. Read more »


Review: J Wray Gold Rum

J Wray Gold Rum was released in the US along with their Silver rum June 2016.  It is made at the Appleton Estate in Jamaica’s number one rum producing distillery, which is also the oldest continuously operated rum distillery in the Caribbean.  The Appleton Estate traces its history back to 1655 when the estate was granted to Frances Dickinson’s heirs for their grandfathers service to England during England’s successful capture of Jamaica from Spain.  Rum has been produced at this site since 1749.  John Wray began distilling and blending rums, and served them to patrons at his Shakespeare Tavern in Kingston.  In 1862 his nephew joined him and J Wray and Nephew began its history of producing Jamaican rum.  In 1916 the Lindo Brothers and Co. purchased the Appleton Estates, and the company J Wray and his nephew had built.  Today the Appleton Estate sits on 11,000 acres with sugar fields, a sugar mill, and a distillery with 5 pot stills and a multi column continuous still.  J Wray Gold Rum is crafted from molasses made from estate grown sugar cane and pure limestone filtered water.  After distilling, the rum is trucked to Kingston where it is aged and bottled. Read more »


Review: Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum

Cruzan Tropical Fruit Rum was just released.  It is one of 23 rum varieties, 16 of them flavored rums, currently produced by Cruzan.  In 1760 a sugar mill began crushing sugar cane at the current site of the Cruzan Distillery.  Since the early 1800’s the Nelthropp Family has lived on the island of St Croix and worked at this distillery.  The eighth generation is currently working at this distillery.  Cruzan Tropical Fruit is made from cane molasses and tropical rain water.  After a five column distillation the rum is aged in oak barrels.  Natural flavors including Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Guava, Lime, and Orange and added before bottling at 42 proof. Read more »


Review: J Wray Silver Rum

J Wray Silver Rum was launched June 2016.  It is made at Jamaica’s number one rum producing distillery in the oldest continuously operated rum distillery in the Caribbean.  Rum has been made at this site since 1749.  J Wray Silver Rum has replaced Appleton White Rum in the Campari America product portfolio.  I have been told J Wray Silver is not just a change in name and packaging.  The rum is crafted using a different recipe.  J Wray Silver is made from molasses created from sugarcane grown on the New Yarmouth Estate located on the Vere Plains of Clarendon.  J Wray Silver is a blend of pot still rums and column still rums that are aged and then slowly filtered through special charcoal filters.  Read more »


Review: Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum

Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum was launched January 2013 along with Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum.  The brand is named for Ernest Hemingway’s customized 1934 Wheeler Playmate Cruiser he piloted through the Florida Keys, Cuba, and the Caribbean.  Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum is made with a blend of 3-5 year old rum sourced from the Caribbean, Central America, and Florida.  Each of these rums is made from molasses and is slowly fermented in temperature controlled conditions.  The rum is column distilled and aged in bourbon barrels, and port wine casks.  The rums are shipped to the Drum Circle Distilling Company, the makers of Siesta Key Rum, in Sarasota Florida.  The barrels of rum are married together in a unique Solera aging and blending process, and then finished in Spanish Sherry casks before bottling at 84 proof.  On May 20, 2017 the Papa’s Pilar Rum Key West Distillery and Experience Center opens. Read more »


Review: Blackmask Island Coconut Spiced Pacific Rum

Blackmask Island Coconut Spiced Pacific Rum is one of 4 rum varieties produced by United Winery and Distillery in Nakhon Pathom Thailand.  The other varieties include Original Spiced, Black Premo, and Tropical Chai.  Each starts with a cask aged pacific rum base.  Island spices and coconut are infused with that rum base in creating Blackmask Island Coconut.  Coconut rum may be synonyms with the Caribbean, but the coconut is native to Asia, so it’s only natural a distillery in Thailand would make a coconut rum of their own.   Read more »


Review: Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream

Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream was recently released.  I have been checking liquor stores shelves for weeks since I first heard of it’s existence.  It is one of eight rum varieties Kenny Chesney has in his Blue Chair Bay product line.  I have enjoyed all of them so far.  Key Lime Rum Cream starts with a white rum base, distilled and aged in oak barrels at the West Indies Rum distillery in Barbados.  The rum is shipped to Rochester New York where real cream, key lime, and other natural flavors are blended before bottling at 30 proof. Read more »