Rocky Yeh is suddenly gone, leaving an entire industry struggling
with how to process his life and his impact on so many people.
Although I first met Rocky six years ago, it was only the
last year I really got to know him. To sit with him 1-on-1, tell stories, strategize,
and muse on the past and the future. That’s when I came to realize just what a
modern-day renaissance man Rocky Yeh was. Continue reading “Rocky Yeh – A Legend Passes”
Since Prohibition, U.S. Consumers have long gotten the short
end of the stick when it comes to getting many of the great spirits made in
One reason: The antiquated legal restrictions on the allowed size of distilled spirits bottlings. Legally, only the following bottle sizes can be sold in the US:
- 50 ml
- 100 ml
- 200 ml
- 375 ml
- 750 ml
- 1000 ml (1 liter)
- 1750 ml (1.75 liters)
Want to sell a 250 ml bottle of amazing rum? Too bad. US
regulations won’t let you. Continue reading “Will We Finally Get the Good Stuff in the US? TTB Considers Fixing Bottle Size Problem”
On October 10, 2018, the New York State Liquor Authority caused a stir within the cane spirits community. The subject: A press release regarding Clairin Casimir, distilled in Haiti and imported to the U.S. by La Maison & Velier, is being voluntarily recalled due to the presence of lead. If you’re a clairin consumer, this naturally might be a cause for concern. Below, I’ve assembled some background information which helps put this recall into a broader context.
Continue reading “Clairin Casimir’s U.S. Recall – A Deeper Look”
While Plantation’s 2017 West Indies Rum Distillery purchase has received the lion’s share of recent press about the brand, the deal also granted them one-third ownership in the Jamaican Long Pond and Monymusk distilleries. Plantation has been strongly emphasizing the Jamaican lately: The high profile Xaymaca blends distillates from both distilleries, while the latest Extreme Series (No. 3) comprises two very long aged Long Pond marques. At a private dinner during Tales of the Cocktail 2018 in New Orleans, Alexandre Gabriel unveiled yet another exotic Jamaican release – a limited edition rum, for a good cause, as well as some very surprising news for rum collectors.
Continue reading “Plantation Honors Legendary Rum Collector, Recreates Historic Jamaican Rum, Announces Rum Research Facility”
According to the Jamaica Observer, Jamaica’s Long Pond rum distillery has been severely hobbled by a fire. The historic distillery, known for its classic pot stilled Jamaican rums adjoins a sugar cane factory and cane fields. Reports are that a fire in the cane field spread to bagasse (dried cane plant mass) and eventually to buildings holding tanks of rum and the fermentation area. Luckily, no one was hurt.
UPDATE: 7/25/2018 – See end of story for updated information from Ferrand. What immediately follows here is the original story.
Continue reading “Jamaica’s Long Pond Rum Distillery Damaged by Fire”
As 2017 draws nigh, it’s time for the traditional year end wrap-up, summarizing the highlights of what appeared here over the last 12 months. Some of what follows could be called self-indulgent navel-gazing; reflections on how my writing has evolved. But I contend there’s also value to you, the reader – it provides a broader context for what the site has become. And who knows, you might have missed a relevant post as the world speeds by.
Continue reading “The Cocktail Wonk Top Ten Stories of 2017”