Rethinking “White Rum”

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to talk about this thing called “white rum”. Many abominations and misunderstandings have been committed in its name. To start with, no rum is really white. Clear? Sure.Silver? If you must. But honestly, that’s not the real issue here. It's forgivable and we can move past it. The... Continue Reading →

Martinique’s Other Rum Regulation : The Grand Arôme (Le Galion) PGI

Martinique’s appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) is perhaps the best-known regulation in the rum world of rum. Less known is that Guadeloupe, its sister French overseas department also has its own regulations, in the form of a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), which I translated into English and summarized here. If that weren’t obscure enough for French West Indies... Continue Reading →

Cocktail Wonk Top Ten Stories of 2020

My annual end-of-year tradition at Cocktail Wonk is a bit of introspection about my writing directions over the prior twelve months and a round-up of my stories I’m most proud of. To my surprise, I shared 45 stories in 2020 (including this one), more than I expected given my recent rate of posting. During the... Continue Reading →

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