In Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory, the plot hinges upon a handful of golden tickets tucked into chocolate
bars, granting undreamed-of access to a mysteriously magical candy factory.
That story came to mind one day as I scanned a newly arrived
email—my own golden ticket! But rather than an invitation to a candy factory, I’d
soon be wandering through hallowed ground in the rum world. Continue reading “Demerara Distillers Ltd – Part One”
In the annals of rum history, Puerto Rico often gets short shrift. While the stories of Barbados, Jamaica, and Martinique rums are well trod ground for writers, Puerto Rico’s rum story is far less known despite being today’s largest producer of Caribbean rum. Continue reading “Don Q Deep Dive”
In September 2019, Demerara Distillers Ltd (aka DDL) brought me to Guyana to tour their facilities and meet key members of their staff. I came away with many things to share, which I’ll spread out over several stories. While there, I conducted several interviews. The first one was with Sharon Sue-Hang, Director of Quality Assurance at DDL. Among Sharon’s many tasks is overseeing the blending for DDL’s many rums.
We talked about the challenges of managing so many different distillates for a wide product line, how limited releases impact things, DDL’s use of caramel over the years, her personal preferences in rum, and many other topics. Continue reading “Talking Rum with DDL’s Sharon Sue-Hang”
Tiki drinks, by their very nature, lends themselves to excess.
Why use one rum when you can use three? A tasteful, simple lime wedge garnish? That
simply won’t do! Not when you can layer together pineapple fronds, mint, a swizzle
stick, and perhaps a flaming lime shell for good measure.
Indeed, short of molecular mixology, Tiki drinks may be the most complicated style of cocktails you can make. So, what were my wife Carrie and I thinking when we named our book Minimalist Tiki? Continue reading “Is “Minimalist Tiki” an Oxymoron?”
One of my favorite
things about writing Cocktail Wonk is the opportunity to sit down with key
people in the rum industry and go deep with geeky questions of interest to rum
enthusiasts. Without any space constraints, I can let them really elucidate
their unique perspectives. While these interviews are long, you really get a
sense of what the interviewee is all about, at least with regards to rum. Continue reading “Alexandre Gabriel – On the Record”
It’s time once again for my year-end roundup of the most important Cocktail Wonk stories of the year – 2019 Edition! Continue reading “Cocktail Wonk Top Ten Stories of 2019”