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New Rum Review: Doorly’s XO

April 3, 2014

Aloha folks,

Apologies for the month-long absence–I’ve been busy working on my new site RumNotes.com, which I hope to launch by the end of the month.

Today I’m back with another rum from Barbados: Doorly’s XO. Produced by R.L. Seale at Foursquare Rum on Barbados, this is a classic representation of the Bajan rum style. Good enough to sip, and inexpensive enough to mix, this is a rum that can find a home in just about any bar. Read the review here and see what I mean.

Mahalo for reading as always!

Huli pau,
Josh

Doorly's XO Rum

New Rum Review: Bacardi 8

March 3, 2014

Aloha kakou,

Today I finally review Bacardi 8, a rum that’s sat on my “to be reviewed” shelf for well over a year. Is it a great rum? Check out the review here and find out for yourself!

Cheers,
Josh

Bacardi 8 Rum Review

New Rum Review: Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

February 15, 2014

Aloha kakou,

Back in December I regaled you with the story of St. George California agricole rum, and today I am pleased to say I’m back with another fine rum from the Golden State. This time we are talking about a rum from the farmlands of Monterey County. Yes, among the strawberry and artichoke fields there is a craft distillery making amazing single malts and navy style rum. Read the review here and see what all the fuss is about!

Cheers,
Josh

Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

New article: Amaro 103, Advanced Amari

February 7, 2014

Aloha!

If you’ve read my previous articles on the subject, you already know I’m mad for amari–those bitter liqueurs popularized by the Italians in the 19th century. If you’re of like mind, you’re in for a treat, because today we take a break from rum to examine nine more amari, tell you what they taste like, what to make with them, and where to buy them online.

Click here to read the article.

Salute!
Josh

PS. If you need a primer before jumping into Amaro 103, Advanced Amari, you can go back and read Amaro 101 and Amaro 102.

Amari/bitter liqueur bottles and glasses

New Rum Review: Cockspur 12-Year

February 1, 2014

Aloha!

Today I’m back with a review of another rum from the good folks at Cockspur. The 12-year expression is a fantastic product that has real crossover appeal for the American whiskey drinker. This one really gets me going. Read the review here and see why this rum is likely to find a home on your shelf.

Mahalo for reading as always!
-Josh

Cockspur 12-Year Rum

New Rum Review: Cockspur 130 Overproof

January 20, 2014

Aloha nā hoaloa,

Today I’m back with my first review of an overproof rum; this one is from the folks at Cockspur, which is distilled at the West Indies Rum Distillery on Barbados. If you’re looking for a clean overproof with some fun flavors, this is the one for you.

Read the review here.

Cheers,
Josh

Cockspur 130 Overproof Rum

What’s the Best Spiced Rum?

December 23, 2013

Aloha kakou, and Mele Kalikimaka!

People often ask me “What’s the best spiced rum?” and up until this weekend, I would have answered “I don’t know” because I’d only tried a handful. Well, I know now, because over the weekend I blind-tasted twenty-two different spiced rums! I drank the bad rum so you don’t have to–consider it my Christmas present to you.

Check out the article here and see which spiced rum won the Spiced Rum Challenge!

Cheers,
Josh

What's the Best Spiced Rum ?

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