Category: Rum History

Gatekeeping the Mai Tai

As a Tiki drink enthusiast, it’s exciting to see new people joining the fold. Even the mainstream press is starting to give Tiki bars the…

Tiki’s Missing Ingredient: “Martinique Rum” of Yore

One of the hallmarks of the modern Tiki revival is the obsessive attention paid to recreating the classic recipes of Donn Beach and Trader Vic…

Blockades, Bounties & Beets: Sugar and Rum in the 19th Century

Rum history students know that it’s impossible to separate rum’s story from the sugar industry; Sugar was king, rum a mere prince. In the 1700s…

An Illustrated and Informal J. Wray & Nephew Timeline

Jamaica’s Appleton Estate is among the world’s largest rum brands, with roots going back to 1825 or 1749, depending on your perspective. The history of…