Last week the rum social media channels lit up with the release of ‘Emperor’, the brand new three-litre size bottle of Jamaica’s ubiquitous Overproof rum, Wray & Nephew. Writing this article and holding off adding a few jokes around the theme of ‘large’ has proved to be a challenge… But it's news that just had to be shared.
Made In Britain!
What To Get The Rummy Who Thinks They Have Everything!
There is a clear, unaged, pot still rum with big, bold flavours called Glorious Revolution which launched a few months ago at RumFest. It revels in everything that the market leading rum is not… And it’s English! Hurrah!
One of our Christmas presents was a bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and given it was of the new design (as recently unveiled a few months ago), it provided the ideal opportunity to compare side by side. Having an Engineering background and specifically a mould making and production edge, I just couldn’t help myself… (sorry)
An Uncomplicated Favourite…
2015’s Cocktail of the Week feature is my opportunity to share some serves that make me happy, or bring back happy memories or are technically brilliant (or whatever)… This week’s one is very simple, I first encountered in when I purchased Beachbum Berry’s Remixed: A Gallery of Tiki Drinks and it’s become a firm favourite despite its simplicity.
Something Special For 2015!
Recently we visited the Amathus Drinks Soho shop to taste the recently released Rhum JM Cuvée 1845 (and were not all at all disappointed in that regard). Whilst we were there Emilie (the Brand Champion for Clément and Rhum JM) introduced us to two rather special Single Cask expressions, namely the Vanille Intense and 100% Canne Bleue Trés Vieux Rhum Agricoles.
And yes, they were both lovely…
The New Year brings a new challenge: the goal is to feature a cocktail a week and I wanted to start with a fab serve that recently won the UK Ron Abuelo Raspao Cocktail bartenders competition. In order to enter, the competitors had to make use of a traditional Panamanian Raspao; a tool used by street vendors to shave ice for use in drinks. A simple premise perhaps, but the competition revealed all manner of imagination in the serves.
A few months may have past since the show, but I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to pass comment on the last UK RumFest. We wrote previously that 2014 was going to see some changes and in some corners of the rum social media, there was some fairly vociferous comment about the increased costs and statements of betrayal.
Gifting or Treating?
If you are in the market for last minute ideas, we’ve put together a few rummy suggestions that that we think are either hidden gems or our firm favourites that you really shouldn’t overlook. With so many choices, it was tough to narrow it down and we’d certainly love to hear about any you’d recommend of course, but I don’t think you’ll go too far wrong with these.
- 2015 Rum Festivals
- Coco Wray Cocktail with Wray and Nephew Overproof Rum
- Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Gift Packs
- Penny Blue XO Rum Batch 003
- Elements Eight Rum Gets a Fresh New Look
- Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada 2014
- Rhum JM Release Cuvee 1845
- Havana Club Unveil the Essence of Cuba
- Berry Bros and Rudd Exceptional Cask 1977 Jamaican Overproof Rum
- Boozy Advent Calendars and Christmas Crackers 2014