Rum Renegade Mark Reynier: On the Record

In January 2020 I visited the island of Grenada as a guest of Renegade Rum. Originally an independent bottler of rums, Renegade made a hard-left turn recently, building the first brand new, large scale Caribbean rum distillery in over 15 years. (I’ll have much more to say about this in a future story.) Leading Renegade’s... Continue Reading →

The Age of Angostura – Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of my look at Trinidadian Rum and Angostura, the last remaining rum producer on Trinidad. In Part One, I reviewed Trinidad’s background and role in Caribbean rum history. I also provided key details about Trinidad’s three primary 20th century rum producers: Caroni, Fernandes, and Angostura, and how Angostura became Trinidad’s sole... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to Authors Writing About Rum

Hey there! I hear you're working on an article about rum for a beverage/food/lifestyle magazine/blog/podcast. Rum has certainly become one of the "it" things to cover, so welcome to the party! There are many folks who are passionate about rum, including a few of us rum-focused writers. We all love rum and are working in the... Continue Reading →

Important New US TTB Rule Changes (Notice 176)

The US TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) is the federal agent responsible for regulating alcoholic drinks, including distilled spirits, wine, beer. Among their many roles is regulating how these drinks are labeled. Every distilled spirit legally sold in the U.S. (imported or not) must get TTB approval for their label. The regulations... Continue Reading →

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