The Six Essential Tiki Rum Categories

Newcomers to Tiki bartending quickly face an uncomfortable question: Just how many rums do I need? With so many recipes calling for Lemon Hart this, Real McCoy that, and DonQ something else, it quickly becomes overwhelming. I know, because I was once in that very position. Luckily, I was able to buy all sorts of... Continue Reading →

High Ester Rum Production with Vivian Wisdom

Often shrouded in mystery and tall tales, terms like “dunder” and “muck” are catnip to rum enthusiasts who crave the magnificent, high ester, funky rums from Jamaica and elsewhere. When it comes to such rums, nobody knows the subject better than the distillers overseeing the production process. In the distant past, their mastery came from... Continue Reading →

WIRSPA Chairman Komal Samaroo: On the Record

NOTE: This interview originally appeared on the ACR-Rum web site. However, it's of relevance to rum enthusiasts here on Cocktail Wonk, so it's also shared here, with permission from WIRSPA. As Chairman of the Executive Board of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA), Komal Samaroo has a very deep knowledge of the... Continue Reading →

Still Life: Saint Lucia Distillers

Every few months, a tanker ship pulls into Saint Lucia’s Roseau Bay, and anchors. A diver drops into the water and attaches an 8-inch flexible hose to the ship. The hose is connected to a 12-inch pipeline that runs for 194 meters underwater before hitting land and popping up in the middle of a beach... Continue Reading →

Unraveling Plummer and Wedderburn Rums

Among Jamaican rum aficionados, two names hold almost mythical allure: Plummer and Wedderburn. They’re known as old, obsolete Jamaican rum marques from a glorious time when all Jamaican rums were chock-full of funky flavors and hogo. The main reason most aficionados know these names today is thanks to Smith & Cross, the gateway Jamaican rum... Continue Reading →

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