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New Rum Reviews: Mezan Jamaica & Panama

July 27, 2015

At long last, I’m back with more rum reviews. Today we take a look at an exciting new rum line called Mezan.  The differentiation for this line comes less from what it is, and more of what it isn’t: messed with. No sugar, no caramel color–just water to proof. And unlike some rums from Berry Bros or Samaroli, these won’t set you back $100+ a bottle. OK great, but are they any good? Read the review and find out!


Mezan Rums

What’s the Best Cachaça for a Caipirinha?

May 4, 2015

Much like rhum agricole from the French West Indies, Brazil’s national drink is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice, but it’s not called rum, it’s called cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa).

Here in the United States, cachaça has mostly been used to make Brazil’s most famous drink: the caipirinha, but open-minded bartenders are beginning to see beyond the caipirinha. These folks are embracing cachaça’s unique flavor profile and finding ways to incorporate this versatile spirit into a variety uniquely pleasing cocktail creations.

Bartender innovation notwithstanding, I still get a lot of folks who ask me “what’s the best cachaça for a caipirinha?” and until recently, I could only recommend a few brands. Seeking to expand my knowledge of sugar cane spirits from Brazil led me to our latest in the spirit challenge series, in which we blind taste every bottle we can acquire in a category  and determine which tastes best.

So without further ado, let’s take the Cachaça Challenge!

What's the best cachaca for a caipirinha?

New Rum Review: Joel Richard Esencia 25

April 10, 2015

Greetings, folks!

Today I bring you a unique 25 year-old rum from Colombia. When I first saw the bottle at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, I immediately recognized it as a rum from Dictador, but as I would learn it’s actually a pet project of two spirits importers based in Los Angeles. Twenty-five years is a long time to age any type of spirit, so there’s bound to be a hefty price tag. The question is: is it worth it? Read my review and find out!


Joel Richard Esencia 25 Year-Old Rum

New Rum Review: St. Lucia Distillers 1931, Batch 3

March 27, 2015

Greetings, fellow rum lovers!

Today you’re in for a treat as we take a look at a very special rum from the island of Saint Lucia. The “1931” in this case refers to the year the Denis Barnhard founded his family distillery in Dennery–the 1931 marque was established to mark the 80th anniversary of its founding. Now in its third batch, I’m a bit late to this party, but there’s plenty left to discover about the beauty of what may very well be St. Lucia’s finest rum. Read the review here to learn more about this delicious offering.


St. Lucia Distillers 1931 Batch 003

New Rum Review: Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros

March 21, 2015

Greetings, rummies!

With the re-opening of relations between the United States and Cuba, it seemed like a good time to begin adding reviews of Cuban rums to the site. So today, we begin with an offering from Havana Club: Seleccion de Maestros. This offering sits between their 7 year-old and their 15 year-old rums, but it bears no age statement. Coming in at ~$50, I have pretty high hopes, however! Read my review here and find out if this is one to look out for.


Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros

New Rum Review: Tiburón

March 17, 2015


Today we have an unusual treat from a Caribbean nation known more for its tourism than its rum, but this offering might just change all that. Tiburón is a a tasty blend of rums between four and eight years of age, and tastes great on its own or in cocktails. Read the full review here and let me know what you think.


Tiburón Rum

New Rum Review: Siesta Key Toasted Coconut

March 11, 2015

Greetings, friends!

Today I’m back with a review of a unique flavored rum out of Sarasota, Florida: Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum. This rum is flavored simply by steeping shredded toasted coconut in rum that was made in their pot still. The resulting spirit is bursting with coconut flavor, but tastes nothing like any other coconut rum we’ve reviewed. Read the full review here and you’ll see what I mean.


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