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 Sea. (March 2nd, 2021). As many readers of this site know, the West Indies Rum Distillery is owned by Plantation Rum. What is notable here is that is not a... Continue Reading →

Alexandre Gabriel – On the Record

One of my favorite things about writing Cocktail Wonk is the opportunity to sit down with key people in the rum industry and go deep with geeky questions of interest to rum enthusiasts. Without any space constraints, I can let them really elucidate their unique perspectives. While these interviews are long, you really get a... Continue Reading →

The Six Essential Tiki Rum Categories

Newcomers to Tiki drinks quickly face an uncomfortable question: Just how many rums do I need? With so many recipes calling for Lemon Hart this, Jamaican rum that, overproof, and Puerto Rican, it quickly becomes overwhelming. I know, because I was once lived that nightmare. Luckily, I was able to buy many bottles and learn... Continue Reading →

A Very Rummy Tales of the Cocktail 2018

Call me biased, but at my fourth Tales of the Cocktail, the global rum family seemed front and center at the annual cocktail and spirits show. I didn’t do a rigorous analysis, but more than any other spirit, rum seemed to be on the rise--the most sessions, tasting rooms, and special events. As much as... Continue Reading →

Plantation Honors Legendary Rum Collector, Recreates Historic Jamaican Rum, Announces Rum Research Facility

While Plantation’s 2017 West Indies Rum Distillery purchase has received the lion’s share of recent press about the brand, the deal also granted them one-third ownership in the Jamaican Long Pond and Monymusk distilleries. Plantation has been strongly emphasizing the Jamaican lately: The high profile Xaymaca blends distillates from both distilleries, while the latest Extreme... Continue Reading →

Independent Rum Bottlers: The Real Story

Early on my path to rum wonkdom, after exhausting the rum selections at my pitiful state liquor stores, a certain set of elegant looking and pricey bottles caught my eye while scouring the shelves at an out-of-state liquor store. The labels read Berry Bros. & Rudd, and each bottle held rum from a different country.... Continue Reading →

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