Pirates, Privateers and Rogues

Pirates have given rum as much popular exposure as bad reputations.  The four rums exhibited here are the exceptions  - a far cry from the typical hangover makers.  Three pay homage to famous pirates and privateers of past glory, and one is produced by a modern day rogue who’s shaking up traditional thinking about how liquor is produced.   Each is made and aged in a very different style, and hail from the Canary Islands of Spain, to the Bahamas, Caribbean and USA.

Captain Kidd Label-RG1La Flibuste-RG2 label

Captain Kidd  … unlike the historically controversial and much-maligned character caught up in shifty party politics, nautical redefinitions of what was acceptable (or not), and fortunes of War, Kidd – Captain, Privateer, Pirate there’s no question about the character of the Rum that bears his name.

John Watling's Amber 3YO Label-RG1-Transfer

La Flibuste  … the bottle itself looks and feels like something a rum-lugging Pirate would appreciate.  A tar could justifiably be keel hauled for spilling this rhum on the deck of a pitching ship.

Santeria Label-RG1

John Watling’s Amber Rum … in the words of Guillermo “Billy” Lay, Master Blender”My strategy was to develop a balanced rum that could stand alone as well impart character when mixed in cocktails.  It took some trial and error (albeit enjoyable!) to arrive at an equilibrium … hybrids like this one (pot and column blends) can offer the best of both worlds.

Santeria  … is the most daringly scientific product yet from Bryan Davis and Lost Spirits, the culmination of intensively researched and applied chemistry.  The tiny skunk works operation causes seismic ripples among rum makers.  

Sagitta off Nevis

Caribbean Rum Cruise 
The Rum Gallery teams up with Island Windjammers for another Rum Cruise aboard the schooner Sagitta. We sail from St. Martin November 15-21.  Ports of call include St. Bart’s, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and more.  Rum and island hopping!   

Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival 2015

Rum Festivals

UK Rum Fest logo

UK Rumfest - London calling -it's the place to be for the World’s longest running rum festival, October 17 & 18.  

Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival  This year’s event – the fifth – happens on the lovely dual persoanlity island of Dutch Sint Maarten/French St. Martin, with more rum and fun in the tropical sun from November 6-8.

© Dave Russell 2015