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Five Positive Things Happening in the Rum World Right Now

July 7, 2016

good-vibesSerious rum lovers spend a fair amount of time bashing the decisions of both major and minor rum producers. It’s a natural thing to do when you care deeply about something you perceive to be in jeopardy.

And while it’s important to call these folks out for moves that negatively impact the category, that negativity can snowball to a point where the positives are lost. I am as guilty of this as anyone in the rum community, so I thought I’d take some time to highlight some of the positive movements in the rum market right now.






1. More Independent Bottlings


Velier, Silver Seal, Berry Brothers & Rudd, Cadenhead, and the like have been putting out high quality, high proof, unadulterated rum releases for some time now. This is where most rum nuts end up when they discover their first love was a lie.

Now there are even more choices thanks to the Mezan line of rums. Not high proof, but otherwise unaltered, and available at a very reasonable price point.







2. More Special Releases Direct from the Producers


Rum makers have seen the success of independent bottlers and the enthusiasm with which the rum community snaps up their products, providing a ready model for taking their products to super-premium levels. Why let the independents have all the fun? As a result we have releases like the 2004 vintage rum from Foursquare, and a 2005 vintage from Don Q.







3. More Great Domestic Rum


Early in the craft spirits boom, a lot of distilleries were putting out rums that were pretty terrible. Those days are (hopefully) coming to an end now, and we are seeing a host of really respectable offerings from domestic rum makers. Examples include Siesta Key, Maggie’s Farm, Treaty Oak, KoHana, Lost Spirits, Privateer, and Malahat.







4. More Cane Juice Rum


Cane juice rums are super interesting, and now we are luckily seeing more of these rums on U.S. shores. From agricole’s traditional home in the French West Indies we have Damoiseau, KoHana from Hawaii, and here in California (when the cane is available) we have St. George. Others like Richland and St. Nicholas Abbey are making cane syrup rums, which have some similar characteristics.







5. More Rum Fans


The popularity of American whiskey has shown a vast number of people the beauty of brown spirits. And while there is a considerable amount of variety in Bourbon and rye, the really good stuff has gotten super expensive and scarce. Rum’s variety makes it even more fun to explore, and the prices are ridiculously cheap as compared to the secondary Bourbon market. These folks (like the extant rum nerdery) are seeking pure, unadulterated spirits, and are helping to move the needle in that direction.

Well, there you have it. Five positive things happening in the rum world right now. Now let’s all sing Kumbaya!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. July 7, 2016 4:38 pm

    Nice post Josh! 🙂

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      July 7, 2016 6:00 pm

      Thanks, Helena! Cheers

  2. Matthew Edwards permalink
    July 7, 2016 6:07 pm

    Fantastic post! And quite happy to see the Maggie’s Farm mention. I’m a big fan of their single barrel and have very recently also enjoyed the rye finish Queen’s Share very, very much. Being in PA, I’m hoping to get out to the distillery for a visit soon. Cheers!

    • Josh Miller permalink*
      July 7, 2016 6:09 pm

      Right on, Matthew! Thanks

  3. Dick Medve permalink
    July 7, 2016 8:24 pm

    Aloha Josh, I’m really pissed of with our TSA BOZOS .My two sons flew here today with a gift planned for there eighty yr.old Dad of THREE SHEETS RUM . The inspectors took it away from him saying he could bring 5 airplane miniatures but NOT the 1/5 of Rum. I wish them the worst hangover in the world . A $ 45.00 curse on them all involved. BEWARE OF OUR OVERPAID SO CALLED SECURITY AGENTS AND GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ! Trump would never allow that to happen !
    Dick Medve ,Hawi Town, Big Island , Hawaii

  4. July 8, 2016 5:33 am

    Kudos on the good vibrations. We’re living in a golden era for rums and rum lovers with an ever-expanding selection of fine spirits reaching our shelves. More variety means more choices for strict rum snobs as well as casual fans. It just keeps getting better. Thanks for the positive perspective rum man.

  5. Mary P permalink
    March 27, 2017 3:56 am

    Dick Medve ,Hawi Town, Big Island , Hawaii Thanks for the positive perspective rum man.

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