Category: rum

Talking Marques, Muck, and Dunder with Hampden Estate

One of my activities as the WIRSPA community envoy is preparing and hosting our Rum Talk series, wherein we go behind the scenes at many…

Navy Strength isn’t 57%

There is an aphorism – Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth. When it comes to rum promoting itself as “Navy Strength”…

Demerara Rum GI Achieves EU Recognition

Today’s big rum world news is international recognition for the Demerara Rum geographical indication, aka GI. With this step, it joins several French rum GIs…

DDL’s Heritage Stills – A Deep Q&A with Master Distiller Shaun Caleb

Demerara Distillers’ three “heritage stills” are a perennial favorite topic for Demerara rum fans. Each still (Port Mourant, Versailles, and Enmore) is famous for being…

Stades – A New Barbados Rum Brand Emerges

The West Indies Rum Distillery has announced  via their Facebook page the imminent arrival of their first branded rum: Stade’s Rum, tagline: Mellowed by the…

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….

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…

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…

Guadeloupe’s Rhum GI and How it Compares to Martinique’s AOC

Rum regulations (aka GIs) are a favorite topic here on Cocktail Wonk. My ever-growing archive of GI-related stories, including the Jamaica and Martinique GIs is…

Rum Label Transparency: Quantifying Enthusiast’s Desires

Rum label transparency is of substantial interest to many enthusiasts. No, not whether you can see through the label or not. Rather, transparency in exactly…

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…