Author: Matt Pietrek

The British Navy’s Rum Purchases Revealed

For fifty years, the rums that the British Royal Navy blended for its sailors has fascinated enthusiasts and historians. Most stories about navy rum endlessly…

Pusser’s Rum Charles Tobias: On the Record (Part One)

For students of spirits history who pour over countless dry pages to glean precious tiny nuggets of information, coming face-to-face with living, breathing history that…

The British Navy’s Rum Vatting System: An inside look

As the 50th anniversary of Black Tot Day approaches, interest in all things British Navy rum is rising. A topic rarely discussed is how and…

Clarke’s Court and Grenada Distillers Ltd.

When it comes to exported Grenadian-made rum, one name has dominated over the last two decades: Clarke’s Court. The brand is the flagship of Grenada…

Grenada’s River Antoine Rum Distillery – Rum History Wonderland

Among rum cognoscenti, Jamaica’s Hampden Estate is held in exceedingly high reverence; a visit to the distillery is a rite of passage for hardcore rum…

The Colonial Rum Classification – A Primer

The topic of Spanish, French and French style rums come up frequently in rum discussions. It’s confusing to many, especially newcomers trying to make sense…

A (Non-)History of Jamaica in British Navy Rum

From sheer repetition over many decades, the rum world has accepted a seemingly unshakeable truth: The storied Royal Navy rum, served to Britain’s bluejackets for…

Renegade Rum Ascends

Grenada has more sugar cane than it can handle, an unprecedented situation relative to the prior two centuries. From the south to the north, vibrantly…

Moving Beyond Rum Categories – A Modest Proposal

I’ve been thinking a lot about rum categories lately, even dropping a rant or two along the way. As I’ve written in previously, the problem…

All Things Demerara Distillers Ltd — Master Distiller Shaun Caleb On the Record

In late 2019 I visited Guyana as the guest of Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL), makers of El Dorado rum and home of the historic Port…

Rum Renegade Mark Reynier: On the Record

In January 2020 I visited the island of Grenada as a guest of Renegade Rum. Originally an independent bottler of rums, Renegade made a hard-left…

The Age of Angostura – Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of my look at Trinidadian Rum and Angostura, the last remaining rum producer on Trinidad. In Part One, I reviewed Trinidad’s…