Launch Parties, Free Rum and the Handshake Dance
Dec14

Launch Parties, Free Rum and the Handshake Dance

Tagged: , , , , ,

Let’s get one thing out of the way – I love rum launch parties. Granted, I’ve only been to one but it was love at first sight. What’s not to fall in love with – free rum, free food and free conversation with like-minded industry folk who also appreciate the freer things in life. Now don’t get your hopes up – launch parties for rum aren’t free unless you’re considered part of the industry, hence the word “industry” as used in the first...

Read More
The Best ‘Ti Punch Riff You’ll Ever Have
Sep20

The Best ‘Ti Punch Riff You’ll Ever Have

Tagged: , , , , ,

While a traditional ‘Ti Punch is made with rhum agricole, the take on it that I recently came up with features Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggns’ Fancy, a more-than-suitable substitute. While some cocktail purists will decry you for even trying to claim this to be anything near a real ‘ti punch, you can brush them off with a simple wave of your hand as you enjoy what might possibly be the best room-temperature drink you’ll ever have....

Read More
Plantation Rum’s Golden Battle in the Fort
Aug17

Plantation Rum’s Golden Battle in the Fort

Tagged: , ,

I don’t know if the people behind the Plantation Rum cocktail competition at the Golden in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana planned to hold the event two days before National Rum Day but if they didn’t, I would just lie and claim that was the way they had it set up all along. It makes for a really cool story and a perfect tie in for this article so yeah, sure, that’s the way they planned it. After receiving over 100 submissions, the...

Read More
Plantation Releases Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) Rum
Jul26

Plantation Releases Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) Rum

Tagged: , , , ,

Having been a fan of the rum expressions coming out of Plantation Rum for a few years now, it pretty much made my week when I discovered they had released their “Old Fashioned Traditional Dark” aged rum (O.F.T.D.) at the recent Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans. A blend of Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados rums and an overproof at 69%, the OFTD was created by Alexandre Gabriel, the master blender at Cognac Ferrand,...

Read More
Sipping and Spitting – The Life of a Cocktail Judge
May18

Sipping and Spitting – The Life of a Cocktail Judge

Tagged: , , , , ,

A couple weekends ago, I had the pleasure of judging my first cocktail competition. Hosted by Wine Down Tastings & Tapas and Old Forester, the evening featured five bartenders coming up with their best cocktail creations. Being one of three judges, I was given the opportunity of sampling five different concoctions, each one unique in its own way but all of them delicious, and then making a subjective call on what the best drink...

Read More
Plantation Rum Sweeps Awards At 2016 RumXP Competition in Miami
Apr21

Plantation Rum Sweeps Awards At 2016 RumXP Competition in Miami

Tagged: , , ,

PLANTATION RUM SWEEPS THE AWARDS: The Most Awarded Rum At 2016 RumXP Competition! Portfolio Wins Eight Gold Medals And One Best In Class Award   Chateau de Bonbonnet, Ars, France (April 2016) – Plantation Rum walked away the big winners again from the 2016 RumXP International Tasting Competition, this year held on April 15-17 at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Eight Plantation Rum marques were entered and we are extremely proud to...

Read More