Tag: Jamaica

Celebrating National Rum Day

Everything under the sun has its own day. And today is rum's chance! (Apparently August is also National Rum Month, but that seems to be pushing it a little.) Rum is probably my favorite spirit. It encompasses so many different possibilities. Sweet, spicy, dry, fiery, toasted, smoky, mixed in a cocktail, or enjoyed on its … Read more

Taste Test: Spiced Rum

Spiced rum is a category of spirits that often gets no respect. And for good reason, too: it's usually pretty gross. But there are times when spiced rum can be useful. Mixing up a punch or grog, for example, or giving a little extra zing to a Rum and Coke. What should you do in … Read more

Plantation Rum Releases Its First White Rum

Great news from the rum blenders at Cognac Ferrand — they're making a new white rum. The spirit masters at Cognac Ferrand, producers of the award-winning Plantation Rum portfolio, have their own special twist on rums: cherry picking the very best aged rums from around the Caribbean and Latin America and bringing them to Cognac … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Skinny Colada

Skinny Colada 2 oz Jamaican Rum2 oz Coconut Water1 1/2 oz Pineapple JuiceSplash (squeeze) of Lime Juice Stir in a glass with ice. A cool, flavorful drink without a lot of calories. Make sure to use a good quality rum, since there isn't a lot of syrup covering it up. 

Appleton Estate Reserve Rum Wins First Place

Congrats to one of my favorite brands of rum, Appleton Estate! Appleton Estate Reserve was awarded the prestigious 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman's Trophy, surpassing all other brands as the top overall selection in the rum category. Appleton Estate Reserve received a first place score of 96 points and an "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation" from the … Read more

Rum Review: Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Rum is something of a paradox. It’s a Caribbean rum, but it is blended in Europe. It’s an aged rum, but it is crystal clear. It’s a quality rum, but it is sold at a very affordable price. One thing is no mystery, however: this rum is a winner. Denizen begins with aged Trinidadian … Read more

Planter’s Punch – The Original Tiki Drink

The Planter's Punch is one of the oldest rum cocktails, a classic combination of rum, lime juice and sugar that dates back to 18th-century Jamaica. There the drink was originally made according to a recipe with the rhythm of a nursery rhyme: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak." (That … Read more

Rum Review: Appleton Estate V/X Rum

Appleton Estate V/XJamaican RumFinal Grade: B+Price: $18 (750ml) For my first spirits review I've chosen one of my old stand-by rums. The entry-level product from Appleton Estate, the V/X bottling is a full-bodied Jamaican rum, golden both in color and in taste. I've singled it out because it's one of the best mixing rums I've … Read more