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"Got Rum?" 2016 Archives

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July 2016

From The Editor- "The Chaotic Nature of Change" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Antelope Island Rum and Koloa Gold Rum.

The Rum University Library- Luis Ayala, Editor of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews "The Maturation of Distilled Spirits: Vision & Patience" written by Hubert Germain-Robin.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley shares with us a delicious recipe for Rum-Glazed Ribs along with a refreshing Louisiana Lemonade cocktail, courtesy of Bayou Rum. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University - The Rum University shares with us part 2 of a series on "Ideas That Changed the Rum World".  This month's issue is about the Barrel Hooper.

The Private Label Primer- Part VII- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 7 of a series of articles related to private label development.

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "Plantation Pineapple Rum" where she talks about pineapples and how they were the symbol of hospitality.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "American Rum 10.  Rum in Everyday Life”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, talks about the important role rum played in people's everyday routines from home, work to weddings.

Rum in the News - Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy news in the rum industry.

Exclusive Coverage- Coverage of the V International Rum Conference & Rum Tasting Competition held in Madrid, Spain.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Armando Rosario, Director of Mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Old Mate", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a Cuban Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill Cigar with a vintage bottle of Santa Teresa Selecto Rum from Venezuela.

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June 2016

From The Editor- "Trade Currents" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Batiste Ecoiste Rhum and Gunroom Rum.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews "The Twelve Cocktails Everyone Needs to Know" written by Livio Lauro and Armando Rosario

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers us two delicious recipes: Basil & Rum Shrimp and Orange Rum Ice. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University - The Rum University shares with us the first of a series on "Ideas That Changed the Rum World".

The Private Label Primer- Part VI- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 6 of a series of articles related to private label development.

Agricultural Focus-  The Rum University discusses "Visual Identification of Sugarcane Varieties".

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "The Versatility of Rum" where she takes traditional cocktail recipes that used Bourbon and replaces the Bourbon with Rum.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian - In his article called "American Rum 9.  More About Taverns and Rum”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, talks about the important role Rum played in Taverns, where people gathered to share news and to discuss politics.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy news in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Tim Russell, Founder and Head Distiller of Allegheny Distilling.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Heavy Pairing", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a Bolivar Belicoso Cigar with a Port Morant Demerara Rum 1999.

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May 2016

From The Editor- "Rum: A Melting Pot of Cultures" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Puerto Angel Amber Rum and Bumbu Rum.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews "Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker" written by Jules Aron.  In addition to the book review, Margaret also offers three featured recipes from the book.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers us two delicious recipes: Rum & Garlic Leg of Lamb and Bubbly Rum Punch. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with us an easy recipe to make our very own Peppermint & Chocolate Rum Liqueur.

Measuring Alcohol- Part V- This is part 5 of a series of articles written by Mr. Gary Spedding, Alcohol Beverage Chemist.

The Private Label Primer- Part V- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 5 of a series of articles related to private label development.

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "Time for Tea" where she offers some great cocktail recipes using teas.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian - In his article called "American Rum 8. Taverns”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, talks about the importance of Taverns in New England as public functions, centers for social life and a place where political meetings took place.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Matthew Bailey, Account Manager for Fort Dearborn Company, label printers.

Cigar and Rum Pairing - In this month's article called "The President of the Caribbean", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a cocktail called "Presidente" (a rum version of a Manhattan), using Ron Cacique Extra Añejo Leyenda (a rum from Venezuela), along with a Maduro N6 cigar from the Oro lineup of La Flor Dominicana (a cigar from the Dominican Republic).

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April 2016

From The Editor- "Rum’s Birth Certificate" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Mezan Panama 2006 and Providencia 1878.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews "Antique Glass Bottles: Their History and Evolution (1500-1850)" written by Willy Van den Bossche.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers us two great recipes for this spring season: Final Destination Rum Steaks and Fruit Flambe. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory - The Rum University shares with us an easy recipe to make our very own Rhubarb Rum Liqueur.

Measuring Alcohol- Part IV- This is part 4 of a series of articles written by Mr. Gary Spedding, Alcohol Beverage Chemist.

The Private Label Primer- Part IV- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 4 of a series of articles related to private label development.

The Rum University Agricultural Focus-  The Rum University shares with us a "Glossary of Terms" from the sugarcane world, featured cultivar: CP 88-1762.

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "Mary Pickford," taking a step back in history during Prohibition and the development of the famous Mary Pickford cocktail.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian - In his article called "American Rum 6. Before Jerry Thomas”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, talks about the creation of cocktails, such as, the Punch, Black-Strap, Grog and Toddy, just to name a few.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Wayne Curtis, a freelance journalist from New Orleans.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course - The Rum University and The Moonshine University will have their 5-Day Rum Course April 11th-15th, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cigar and Rum Pairing - In this month's article called "The New Negronis", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a cocktail called "Camillo In Xela", using Zacapa XO Rum, along with a Partagas Serie D No.6 Cuban cigar.

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March 2016

From The Editor- "Branding vs. Marketing in the Rum World" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum and Banks 7 Rum.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews "The Lore of Still Building" written by Kathleen and Norman Gibat.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers us a main course dish called Chicken and Rum and for dessert an Apple-Rum Spread. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory - The Rum University shares with us an easy recipe to make our very own Angelica Root Rum Liqueur.

Measuring Alcohol- Part III- This is part 3 of a series of articles written by Mr. Gary Spedding, Alcohol Beverage Chemist.

The Private Label Primer- Part III- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 3 of a series of articles related to private label development.

The Rum University Agricultural Focus-  The Rum University shares with us a "Glossary of Terms" from the sugarcane world, featured cultivar: CP 88-1762.

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "Painkiller," a rich and fruity island favorite cocktail which is a twist on the Piña Colada.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian - In his article called "American Rum 6: Plentiful, Cheap and Strong”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues his search for the origin of rum, exploring the differences between West Indies and American rum.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Tony Chase, President of the Daufuskie Island Rum Company located on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course - The early registration deadline for the 5-Day Rum Course by The Rum University and The Moonshine University is fast approaching.  Register today and get FREE hotel, April 11th-15th, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Habanosommelier, Master of Masters", Philip Ili Barake does his pairing in Cuba during the Cuban Cigar Festival (Festival del Habano), held at the end of February.  Philip's pairing took place before a panel of seven judges. He paired an Old Fashioned cocktail, using Ron Zacapa XO and Smith & Cross, along with a Partagás Maduro No. 1 cigar.

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February 2016

From The Editor- "Identity and Personality" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Wicked Dolphin Gold Reserve Rum and Mezan Guyana 2005.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews “Making Fine Spirits: using simple, easy-to-build gear" written by Zymurgy Bob.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley brings us two great rum cake recipes that were generously shared by the fantastic people at Bayou Rum:  Bayou Rum Satsuma Cake and Bayou Spiced Rum Cake. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with us an easy recipe to make our very own Strawberries & Cream Rum Liqueur.

Measuring Alcohol- Part II- This is part 2 of a series of articles written by Mr. Gary Spedding, Alcohol Beverage Chemist.

The Private Label Primer- Part II- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 2 of a series of articles related to private label development.

The Rum University Agricultural Focus-  The Rum University shares with us a "Glossary of Terms" from the sugarcane world.

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "The Coquito" where she talks about the world of coconuts and shares a delicious Coquito cocktail recipe.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian - In his article called "American Rum 5. The Cradle of the Giant”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues his search for the origin of rum.  In this article he talks about the history of molasses and its role in the production of American Rum.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Seth Dettling, Owner/Lead Distiller of Big Escambia Spirits, LLC located in Atmore, Alabama.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course - Early registration for the 5-Day Rum Course by The Rum University and The Moonshine University is fast approaching.  Register today and get FREE hotel, April 11th-15th, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cigar and Rum Pairing - In this month's article called "Vacation Time", Philip Ili Barake pairs up Republic Rum, 8 years old, from St. Maarten with a cigar produced by Damatta from Bahia, Brazil.

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January 2016

From The Editor- "Stubbling" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Puerto Angel Rum Blanco and St. Lucian Pot Still Aged Rum.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of “Got Rum?” magazine, reviews “Cooking with Caribbean Rum” written by Laurel-Ann Morley.

Cooking with Rum - Chef Susan Whitley rings in the New Year with:  Rum Marinated Mushroom and Pork Loin with Spiced Rum Soaked Prunes. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Pomegranate Rum Liqueur.

Measuring Alcohol- Part I- This is part 1 of a series of articles written by Mr. Gary Spedding, Alcohol Beverage Chemist.

The Private Label Primer- Part I- Luis Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Consultant, brings us part 1 of a series of articles related to private label development.

The Rum University Agricultural Focus-  The Rum university talks about the different varieties of sugarcane for cultivation.

The Muse of Mixology - Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "Show Me Some PROOF!" where she talks about overproof rums and how they are being used in today’s modern cocktails.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "American Rum 4. To Kern Rye Out of the Sea Watter”, Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues his search for the origin of rum.  In this article he talks about how rum played an important role replacing drinking water, how it was used for medicinal purposes, as well as, serving as rations for sailors.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Hugo Mesquita, Sales and Marketing Director at Amorim, a cork company, located in Santa Maria de Lamas, Portugal.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course - The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, April 11th-15th, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Cocktail Tasting", Philip Ili Barake’s pairing takes him to Room N°09 at Hotel Vino Tinto (Red Wine Hotel) in the Bellavista neighborhood of Santiago, Chile.  He, along with head bartender at Room N°09, Mr. Diego Harris, pair up two rums: Smith & Cross from Jamaica and El Dorado 15 Year Old from Guyana, along with a “Toro” made in the Dominican Republic from H. Upmann called “The Banker”.

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December 2015

From The Editor- "On Welcoming Scrutiny" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Cartavio 12 and Afrohead XO.

The Alchemy of Rum- Presented by The Rum University, this is the final part of a series of articles exploring the magical transformation of rum, from earth elements to a distilled spirit.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley brings us some great recipes to help us stay warm this winter season:  Onion & Rum Soup and Rum Glazed Peppered Steaks. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Black Walnut Rum Liqueur.

Holiday Rum Shopping Guide- Paul Senft shares with us some great holiday gift ideas for the rum lovers in your life.

Writer's Corner - Luis and Margaret Ayala, publishers of "Got Rum?" magazine, interview Mr. Matthew Rowley on his recent book called "Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger’s Manual".

The Muse of Mixology- Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, brings us "Appleton Rum- Cane to Cup" where she talks about the oldest rum distillery in Jamaica, its history, products and cocktail recipes.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "American Rum 3. The Most Flourishing Island" Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues his search for the origin of rum, but this time he takes his journey back to Barbados and their relationship with the mainland colonies.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, April 11th-15th, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Around the Rum World- Mr. Carl Kanto gives us a brief overview of the recent Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival that was held on the beautiful island of St. Maarten November 5th-7th, 2015.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews the entire "Got Rum?" team to recap their experiences/impressions of 2015 and their goals for 2016.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Back to the Past", Philip Ili Barake's pairing takes him back to "Casa del Habano" in Santiago, Chile, where he pairs up a Petit Robusto Cigar (50 x 102mm) from the Hoyo de Monterrey line with Richland Rum from Georgia, USA.

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November 2015

From The Editor- "A Tale of Two Stills" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Westerhall 10XO and Facundo Eximo.

The Alchemy of Rum- Presented by The Rum University, this is Part 5 of a series of articles exploring the magical transformation of rum, from earth elements to a distilled spirit.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley brings us some great recipes from Blue Water Rum, located on the beautiful island of St. Maarten:  Rum Pulled Pork (with a Rum BBQ sauce) along with a cocktail to pair with the Pulled Pork called 96 Degrees. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Spiced Pecan Rum Liqueur.

The Rum University Library- A book review of "Rum, Slaves and Molasses" written by Clifford Lindsey Alderman.  This book talks about the Triangular Trade of New England.

The Muse of Mixology - With the holiday season just around the corner, along with cooler temperatures, Cris Dehlavi, "The Muse of Mixology" for "Got Rum?" magazine, offers some great cocktail recipes that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  Cheers!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "A Walking Tavern" Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues his search for the origin of rum, but this time he takes his journey to New England in the early 1630's.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, April 11th-15th, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rum in the News - Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala, publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, interviews Mr. Daniel Nunez Bascunan from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Rapa Nui Experience", Philip Ili Barake's pairing takes him all the way to Easter Island where he pairs up a Puro Limited Edition Flor de las Antillas, from My Father Cigar line, with Zacapa 23 Solera Rum from Guatemala.

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October 2015

From The Editor- "Sugar Industry Threatened by Monsters" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Rougaroux Full Moon Dark Rum and Bristol Black Spiced Rum.

The Alchemy of Rum- Presented by The Rum University, this is Part 4 of a series of articles exploring the magical transformation of rum, from earth elements to a distilled spirit.

Halloween Special - Some fun rum-based spooky cocktail recipes along with some fun facts about zombies and pumpkins.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two Halloween recipes: Candied Pear Ghosts with (optional) Cinnamon Rum Sauce and Gelatin Brains (Rum Optional). Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Cinnamon Rum Liqueur.

The Rum University Library- "Duppy Stories" was published in 2001, written by David Brailsford and illustrated by John Stilgoe.  This book talks about Jamaican ghostly lore. Readers are entertained with this easy to read 138 page book with black and white illustrations.

The Muse of Mixology - Cris Dehlavi is our newest "Got Rum?" contributing writer. In this month's article called "DTO"  she talks about the Daiquiri, from its inception to modern times. 

The Rum Historian- In his article called "American Rum!" Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, delves into the importance that rum had in the Thirteen Colonies.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Paul Senft interviews Mr. Tom “Thor” Thordarson, an artist who paints with rum.

Around the Rum World- Mr. Carl Kanto gives us a brief overview of the recent 2015 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Spirts Selection Competition that was hosted by China.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Not a Competition, Just Fun", Philip Ili Barake takes his pairing all the way to Italy where he and a few friends got together to pair up 3 different cigars with 3 rums.

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September 2015

From The Editor- "Innovation and Renovation in the Rum Industry" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Kicking Mule Handcrafted Rum and Papagayo Organic Silver Rum.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Alchemy of Rum- Presented by The Rum University, this is Part 3 of a series of articles exploring the magical transformation of rum, from earth elements to a distilled spirit.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two recipes: Sirloin and Rum Meatballs and Peaches a la Rum. Bon Appetit!

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Ginger Rum Liqueur.

The Rum University Library - Margaret Ayala, Publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, reviews "La Industria Licorera en Mayagüez, Antigua Capital Mundial del Ron (“The Liquor Industry in Mayagüez, Old Rum Capital of the World”)" written by Mr. Federico Cedó Alzamora. 

The Rum Historian- In his article called "Cachaza" Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues on his quest to discover the origin of rum where he has to go back to Colonial Brazil (1640).

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Mr. Frank C. Stipes, owner of Rones Superiores de Puerto Rico & Compañia Inc., located in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Manhattan, Why Not?", Philip Ili Barake makes a Rum Manhattan using Angostura 1919 Rum (8 years old) from Trinidad & Tobago. He pairs it up with a Robusto BG Meyer Standard Issue cigar from the Camacho line.

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August 2015

From The Editor- "Resurrecting Forgotten Rums" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Grander Panama Rum and Ron Cartavio XO.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Alchemy of Rum - Presented by The Rum University, this is Part 2 of a series of articles exploring the magical transformation of rum, from earth elements to a distilled spirit.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two recipes: Short Ribs a la Rum and Apricot Rum Cream. Bon Appetit!

Nuts About The Coconuts-  Some fun facts about coconuts plus some coconut inspired cocktail recipes.

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Coconut Rum Cream.

The Rum University Library - Margaret Ayala, Publisher for "Got Rum?" magazine, reviews "Awesome Coconut Milk Recipes: Tasty Ways to Bring Coconuts from the Palm Tree to Your Plate" written by Nicole Smith. 

The Rum Historian- In his article called "On the Quest Again 3: Vinum Adustum" Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues on his quest to discover the origin of rum.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Paul's Rum Journey- Mr. Paul Senft, a contributing writter for "Got Rum?" magazine and Rum Reviewer for the Angel's Share section of the magazine, takes us on his recent journey to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, an invitation by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA).

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Mr. Tom KLiebert, owner of River Road Distillery, producers of Kicking Mule Rum.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Speakeasy Experience", Philip Ili Barake pairs up Ron Centenario 20 Aniversario from Costa Rica with a Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pig Cigar from Drew Estate in Puerto Rico.

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July 2015

From The Editor- "Rum Alchemy" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Mezan XO Rum and Bayou Select Rum.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Rum University Laboratory - The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Lemon & Mint Rum Liqueur.

The Rum University Library- Luis Ayala, Editor for "Got Rum?" magazine, reviews "Atlas Du Rhum" written by Mr. Luca Gargano.  This book was gifted to Luis by Luca at the recent May 2015 "Congreso Internacional del Ron" in Madrid, Spain.

The Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo discusses "Calculating Beverage Supplies for a Party".

The Alchemy of Rum - Presented by The Rum University, this is Part I of a series of articles exploring the magical transformation of rum, from earth elements to a distilled spirit.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two recipes: Frozen Daiquiris Salad and Pink Elephant Parfait. Bon Appetit!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "On the Quest Again: 2. Historia Naturalis Brasiliae" Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, continues on his quest to discover the origin of rum.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Ms. Bridget Albert, Regional Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, about her book called "Market-Fresh Mixology".

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Dictador Rum", Philip Ili Barake pairs up Ron Dictador XO Insolent with a Zino Platinum Z-Class 546 Cigar.

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June 2015

From The Editor - "Responsible Rum Revelries" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews John Watling's Amber Rum and Skotlander Rum III.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Coriander and Cardamom Rum Liqueur.

Industry Focus- A letter issued to the Alcohol Beverage Industry by Mr. Gary Spedding, Ph.D, Alcohol Beverage Chemist.

IV International Rum Conference - "Got Rum?" exclusive coverage of the recent International Rum Conference that took place in Madrid, Spain along with award results from the tasting competition.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two recipes Rum Marinated Ribeye Steaks and Tortoni in Rum. Bon appetit!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "On the Quest Again," Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian,picks up where he left off on the quest to discover the origin of rum.

New England Tequila & Rum Festival- Paul Senft, writer for "Got Rum?" magazine, gives us coverage about the recent 1st Annual New England Tequila & Rum Festival that took place in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Mr. Emiliano Fernandez-Pena, owner of La RonRonEra, a rum bar located in Madrid, Spain.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Joint Venture", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a Montecristo Espada Cigar from Nicaragua with an El Dorado 15 Year Old Rum from Guyana.

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May 2015

From The Editor- "The Congener Conundrum" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Paul Senft reviews Afrohead Premium Dark Aged Rum and Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala reviews "Louisiana Sugarcane Pictorial: From the Field to the Table" written by Ronnie Oliver.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy recipe to make your very own Rosemary & Lavander Rum Liqueur.

Mother's Day Celebration- Some great gift ideas for your Mother on her special day, plus a list of all of the countries celebrating this special occassion this month.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "The Wonderful World of Bitters, Part I" and shares a recipe from Jerry Thomas to make your own Decanter Bitters.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two great tropical rum-based recipes Flaming Tropical Sweet & Sour Ham and Tropical Pineapple Flambé. Bon appetit!

The Rum Historian- In his article called "A Toxic Beverage," Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, talks about the poor quality of rum produced in the old days and its affects on the soldiers' health.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration- A little background history of "Cinco de Mayo" along with some recipes made with Mexican sugar called "Piloncillo".

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Mr. Luis Alvarez, Master Blender of Ron Cihuatán, the first ever rum made in El Salvador.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Arturo Fuente Lunch", Philip Ili Barake talks about his recent invitation to join members of "Club Amantes del Buen Puro" located in San Juan Puerto Rico to share in the experience of three fine cigars from the Arturo Fuente line.  Philip ends up pairing his cigar of choice with Ron Zacapa 23, a rum from Guatemala.

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April 2015

From The Editor- "Of Oak and Tannins" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share - Paul Senft reviews Ron Cihuatán Gran Reserva Solera 8 from El Salvador and Skotlander Rum I from Denmark.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala reviews "Wood, Whiskey and Wine: A History of Barrels" written by Mr. Henry H. Work.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy Coffee & Orange Chocolate Rum Liqueur recipe.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "The Compendium of Bar Measurements and Terms, Part 4" where he shares a collection of glassware photographs to help offer a visual representation of the different types of glasses available in today's bars.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two great rum-based recipes that are sure to impress your guests:  Spirited Beef Stroganoff for dinner and for dessert an Upside Down Nutty Peaches & Rum Cake. Bon appetit!

The Rum Historian- Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, talks about the daily gill of rum that American soldiers received in his article called "Rum in the Army".

Rum Event Coverage- Coverage of The Rum Trade Festival that took place March 6th-7th in Tulum, Mexico.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, Founder of Rum Sisters.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "Early Morning Pairing", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a high altitude coffee from Antigua, Guatemala, a Short Corona cigar from Davidoff from Nicaragua and Zafra Master Reserve 21 Year Old Rum from Panama.

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March 2015

From the Editor- "Rum and Bourbon" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Paul Senft reviews Facundo Neo Silver Rum and Villa Rica Single Barrel 23 Year Rum.

Sugarcane Spirits Around the World- A map of the world that shows where sugarcane spirits (made partially or totally from sugarcane) are being produced.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala reviews "Bebidas Mexicanas" written by Martha Chapa.

Upcoming Rum University 5-Day Course- The Rum University and The Moonshine University announce their upcoming five day rum course, October 5th-9th, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University shares with you an easy Honey Rum Liqueur recipe.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "The Compendium of Bar Measurements and Terms".  This is Part 3 of a series.

Cooking with Rum- Chef Susan Whitley offers two great rum-based recipes that are sure to impress your guests:  Steak and a Splash of Rum and Flaming Bananas & Rum Delight. Bon appetit!

The Rum Historian- Marco Pierini, The Rum Historian, takes you back to the days of the daily tot aboard the Royal Navy ships with his article called "Up Spirits".

The Rum Journey's Rum Cruise, Part 3- This is the last of a series of Paul Senft's rum journey.  In this article Paul begins his adventures on the island of Dominica, followed by a stop in the Grand Turks and finally traveling to his final destination at the Port of Miama, Florida.

Rum in the News- Mike Kunetka brings you the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.
Exclusive Interview - Margaret Ayala interviews Mr. Leopoldo Molina Ayala, Founder and CEO, producer of Ron Veroes Aged Rums in Venezuela.

Cigar and Rum Pairing- In this month's article called "An Orange Summer", Philip Ili Barake pairs up a Nicaraguan Belicoso cigar from the Oliva family, a Serie V Ligero Especial, along with Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liqueur from Venezuela.

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February 2015

From the Editor-  "The Truth About Sugarcane Waste" by Luis Ayala.   

The Angel’s Share- Paul Senft reviews Plantation 3 Stars and Rhum Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rum.

Rum in the News-  Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Romantic Rum Cocktails- Here are some great romantic cocktails for you and your loved one to enjoy this Valentine's Day.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala reviews "Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails" written by Ted Haigh (aka “Dr. Cocktail”).

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University brings us a little background information on the "Mamajuana" along with a recipe so you can make your very own rum aphrodisiac.

Bartender’s Corner-  Dr. Ron A. Ñejo continues his article, Part 2, on "The Compendium of Bar Measurements and Terms".

Cooking with Rum-  Chef Susan Whitley offers two great recipes for Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Cream Pots and Berries in Champagne & Rum.

The Rum Historian-  Our Rum Historian, Marco Pierini, talks about the history behind “Grog”.

2014 Rum Journey Rum Cruise- This is a continuation of 2014 Rum Journey’s rum cruise highlights. In this issue, Paul Senft talks about their visits to Martinique and Grenada.

Exclusive Interview- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of "Got Rum?" magazine interviews Mr. Brian Christensen, Editor and Publisher of Artisan Spirit magazine.

Cigar & Rum Pairing- Rather than doing his usual cigar and rum pairing, this month Mr. Philip Ili Barake takes us on a travel guide through Cuba where he recommends hotels to stay at, places to visit, rums to taste, how to differentiate between a good and fake Cuban cigar and ultimately how to experience the Cuban culture in his article called “Cuba”.  

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January 2015

From the Editor-  "A Taste of Things to Come" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Brinely Coffee Rum and Koloa Kaua’i Spiced Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Rum in the News-  Mike Kunetka brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

The Rum University Library- Margaret Ayala reviews “The Drunken Botanist” written by Amy Stewart.

The Rum University- The Rum University's next class will be held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Moonshine University. Sign up today for the Early Bird Special!      Space is limited and seats are going fast.

The Rum University Laboratory- The Rum University offers instructions on how to make your very own Bay Rum Aftershave.

Rum Event-  An interview with Mr. Carlos Alonso Borrego, Director of the Rum Trade Festival, which will be held in Tulun, Mexico on March 6th-7th, 2015.

Bartender’s Corner-  Dr. Ron A. Ñejo brings us “The Compendium of Bar Measurements and Terms, Part 1”.

Cooking with Rum-  Chef Susan Whitley offers two rum-based recipes:  Lentils & Rum Soup and Lamb Chops with Tomato and Rum Sauce.

The Rum Historian-  Our Rum Historian, Marco Pierini, brings us the story behind “The Beginning of Navy Rum”.

Rum Journey- Highlights of the November 2014 Rum Cruise that set sail from the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, article written by Paul Senft.

Cigar & Rum Pairing- Philip Ili Barake brings us "Anniversary Pairing" where he pairs up Botran Reserva rum from Guatemala with a Dominican Reublic Toro cigar from the Aniversario 107 line up from La Aurora. 

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December 2014

From the Editor- "End of Year Wrap-Up" by Luis Ayala.
 
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Brugal XV Ron Reserva Exclusiva Rum, Dancing Pines Cask Barrel Aged Rum, Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum and Facundo Exquisito Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

The Rum University- The Rum University's next class will be held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Moonshine University. Sign up today for the Early Bird Special! Space is limited and seats are going fast.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 12) and shares with us a recipe called Royal Punch, from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, 1862.

Rum Lab- The Rum University answers the question about wether or not one should heat up their rum.

Holiday Hot Rum Cocktails- Here are a few warm cocktails to help you through this winter season.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, brings us the story behind “The Sugar (and Rum) Lobby”.

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer for "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of "Got Rum?" magazine interviews the "Got Rum?" Team.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum - Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "I Love the Smell of Cigars & Rum in the Morning" where he pairs up a Caroni 12 year old rum with a Churchill Perdom Cigar from the Champagne Sun Grown line.

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November 2014

From the Editor- "Approaching the Finish Line" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring The Real McCoy 12 Year Old Rum and Origenes Reserva Especial 18 Years Old, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Rum Library-  Book review of "The Essential Book of Fermentation" written by Jeff Cox, review by Margaret Ayala, Publisher.

The Rum University- The Rum University's next class will be held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Moonshine University. Sign up today for the "Early Bird Special"!

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 11) and shares with us a recipe called Hot Brandy and Rum Punch, from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, 1862.

The Importance of Sugar- Some fun and interesting facts about Sugar.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, brings us the story behind “Punch”.

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer for "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of "Got Rum?" magazine interviews Ms. Maggie Campbell, Head Distiller for Privateer Rum.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum - Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "The Essence of Aging" where he pairs up a Dos Maderas 5+5 rum with a Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto Cigar.

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October 2014

From the Editor- "Sugar's Bitter Journey" by Luis Ayala.
 
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Pumpkin Face Reserve Rum and Rougaroux 13 Pennies Praline Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.
 
Spooky Cocktails-  Some great Halloween cocktails.
 
The Rum University- The Rum University's next class will be held in Louisville, Kentucky at the Moonshine University.
 
Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 10) and shares with us a recipe called Pine-Apple Punch, from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, 1862.
 
Upcoming Rum Event- the 4th German Rum Festival will be held in Berlin October 4th-5th, 2014.
 
The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, talks about “Rum and Wellness in XVIII Century Britain”.
 
Rum in the News- Our contributing writer for "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.
 
Exclusive Interview- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of "Got Rum?" magazine interviews Ms. JoAnn Elardo, Founder of Cape Spirits Inc., producers of Wicked Dolphin Rum.
 
Pairing Tobacco & Rum - Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "The Walking Dead Pairing" where he and Luis Felipe Cruz pair up their Rocky Patel cigars with their Zombie cocktail.

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September 2014

From the Editor- "Rum, The Noble Spirit" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Real McCoy 3 Year Old Rum and Siesta Key Spiced Rum Distiller’s Reserve, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Sugarcane, Nutrition and Health-  A few fun facts about Sugarcane.

Louisiana Sugar Facts- Some facts about sugar from Louisiana.

Rum Library- Margaret Ayala, Editor of "Got Rum?", reviews "Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History" written by Bill Laws.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 9) and shares with us a recipe called English Rum Shrub, from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, 1862.

The Rum University- Information about the upcoming 5-Day VIP Rum Training that will be held in Round Rock, Texas November 3rd- 7th, 2014.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, talks about “Rum Conquers the British Domestic Market”.

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer for "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of "Got Rum?" magazine interviews Ms. Nancy Fraley, Principal of Nosing Services, a distilled spirits consulting firm.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum - Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Japanese Craft Pairing" where he joins Luis and Margaret Ayala in Texas to pair up two Japanese Rums by Nine Leaves, Hitachino Nest Beer XH (8%) and three different cigars that each one chose: Hops Craft Beer Cigar, San Cristobal Elegancia Imperial and a Robusto 3x3.

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August 2014

From the Editor- "Penny Wise and Pound Foolish" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Koloa Kaua’i Coconut Rum and Kuknat Coconut Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Facts About Coconuts-  Some fun facts about coconuts.

Coconut Recipe-  Featuring a cocktail recipe called "Coco Escondido" (Hidden Coconuts).

The Rum University- Coverage of a 5-Day Distiller Course held at the Moonshine University in Louisville, Kentucky, USA and the upcoming 5-Day VIP Rum Training to be held in Round Rock, Texas in November 2014.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 8) and shares with us a recipe called Rocky Mountain Punch from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, 1862.

Rum Event-  Coverage of the "World Cup of Spirits" held in Florianopolis, Brazil, coverage by Carl Kanto.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, talks about “British Rum Making in the Eighteenth Century”.

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer for "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview- Margaret Ayala, Publisher of "Got Rum?" magazine interviews Mr. Donald Michael Booth, Master Blender/Distiller of Blue Chair Bay Rums.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum - Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Locos por los Cocos" (Crazy for Coconuts) where he pairs up a Costa Rican Peaberry coffee, a vanilla dark chocolate from Italy, an Arango Sportsman Vanilla 200s cigar, Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum and Sangster’s Old Jamaica Coconut Rum.

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July 2014

From the Editor- "Rum's Coming of Age" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Don Pancho Orígenes 8 and Tiburón Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Rum Event-  Coverage of the third annual International Rum Conference in Madrid, Spain.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 7) and shares with us a recipe called Black Stripe from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide, 1862.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, talks about “Wills, Provisions and Stills”.

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer to "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Bradley Tuyn, Founder of Tico Libre Holdings, LLC producers of “Libre Rum & Cola®".

Pairing Tobacco & Rum - Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Limited 2013 Cigar Pairing" where he pairs up a Limited Edition 2013 “Romeo de Luxe” Romeo & Juliet Cigar with a Ron Zacapa 2013 Reserva Limitada Rum.

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June 2014

From the Editor- "Rum's Treacherous Journey" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Bayou Spiced Rum and Caña Brava, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Rum Event-  International Rum Conference's schedule in Madrid, Spain June 3rd-4th, 2014.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 6) and shares with us a recipe called Mississippi Punch from Jerry Thomas' Bartenders Guide.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, brings us the history of rum in the three great colonial empires.  This month's article is called "Rum Among Three Empires".

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer to "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Mr. Benoît Bail, creator and owner of Zwazo Rums.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Number 15" where he pairs up a Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Robusto cigar with a Ron Varadero Añejo 15 year old rum.

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May 2014

From the Editor- "The Fight for Rum" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Captain Bligh XO Special Reserve Rum and High Wire Silver Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 5) and shares with us a recipe from the late General Ford, commanding engineer at Dover, called "Punch á la Ford".

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, continues his story from his visit in Barbados bringing us "A Journey to Barbados 3 - Why Rum?".

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer to "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Rum Library- A book review of "Apothecary Cocktails:Restorative Drinks from Yesterday and Today" written by Warren Bobrow, review by Paul Senft, rum reviewer for "Got Rum?".   

Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Mr. Dave Otis (Tiki Dave), Founder ofTaboo Tiki Brands, LLC located in Carson City, Nevada, producers of Kahakai Tiki Rums.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "A Gastronomic Experience" where he uses Plantation Grenada 2003 Rum in his Bolognese sauce for his Spaghetti dish and pairs it up with a Camacho cigar from Honduras.

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April 2014

From the Editor- "The Quest for the Truth" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Denizen Merchant Reserve Rum, Kahakai Coconut Spiced Rum, Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced Rum and Roble Viejo Ultra Añejo Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 4) and how knickerbockers became so popular, hence the development of a Knickerbocker cocktail.

The Rum Historian- Our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, continues his finds during his visit in Barbados bringing us "A Journey to Barbados 2- Museums, Library and Archives".

Rum in the News- Our contributing writer to "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, brings us the most recent and noteworthy headlines in the rum industry.

Rum Library- Book review of "Caribbean Rum: A Social and Economic History" written by Frederick H. Smith, review by Marco Pierini, Rum Historian.

Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Mr. Clinton Waynne Wyness, Director of North Shore Trading located in South Africa and part owner of Zulu Rum.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Cocktail Revolution", a unique pairing of two cocktails, Old Fashion (using Zacapa 23) and a Manhattan (using El Dorado Single Barrel EHP), paired up with an H. Upmann Half Corona Cigar.

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March 2014

From the Editor- "Speakeasies" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Brugal Especial Extra Dry Rum and Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails (Part 3) and of the famous bartender, Jeremiah "Jerry" P. Thomas, along with a recipe for "Tom and Jerry".

The Rum Historian- Last month our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, was traveling in Barbados on his continued quest for "The Origin of Rum".  This month he brings us "A Journey to Barbados- Part I: Drax Hall".

Rum in the News- Join our newest contributing writer to "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Mike Kunetka, as he gives us the latest news of rum throughout the world.

Rum in History-  A timeline of what happened in the month of March throughout history from 1484– 1917.
Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Mr. Trey Litel, President of Louisiana Spirits LLC, home of Bayou Rum, located in Lacassine, Louisiana.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Illegality", a pairing that began with Padrón Serie 6000 Cigar from Nicaragua and Don Pancho 18 Rum from Panama and ended with an H Upmann Habano at La Casa del Habano in Santiago, Chile. Philip was accompanied by Nicolás Rojas, manager of La Casa del Habano, for this pairing.

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February 2014

From the Editor- "Distilled How Many Times?" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Selvarey Cacao Rum and Kahakai Tiki Banana Spiced Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails along with a recipe for "Hot Milk Punch".

Rum Cocktails for Lovers- Since we are in the month of romance and love is in the air we want to share with you some great cocktails for lovers.   

The Rum Historian- This month our Rum Historian, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy, is traveling in Barbados on his continued quest for "The Origin of Rum".  He will be back next month with some updates of his further explorations in the rum world.   

Rum in History-  A timeline of what happened in the month of February throughout history from 1477– 1979.

Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Mr. Massimo Righi, owner of Whisky Antique, located in Modena, Italy and his brands are Silver Seal and Sestante Collection.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us "Cold Thinking", a pairing between Rocky Patel Private Cellar Torpedo Cigar from Nicaragua and Ron Pampero Aniversario Rum from Venezuela.

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January 2014

From the Editor- "Copper Thieves" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum and Cockspur 130 Overproof Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender’s Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about Early American Rum Cocktails along with a recipe for "Hot Rum Flip".      

The Rum Historian- "The Origin of Rum- A Quest, Part Six: The Forgotten Empire" by Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy.

Writer's Corner- An interview with Mr. Dunbar (DC) Campbell, author of "Blood of Belvidere".

Rum Industry Certification Program- The first ever certification program to ensure consumers are protected and are getting high quality rum.
 
Rum in History-  A timeline of what happened in the month of January throughout history from 1474– 1799.

Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Mr. Pennfield (Penn) Jensen and Ms. Leah Hutchinson from American Craft Distillers Association (ACDA).

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings in the new year with "New Beginning", a pairing between Papa's Pilar Dark 24 Year Old Rum and a Lancero Cigar from the Arturo Fuente collection from the Dominican Republic.

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December 2013

From the Editor- “2013 Year End Review" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Ron Barceló Imperial 30 Year Old Rum and George Bowman Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Winter Cocktails- Some traditional winter rum cocktails to help you stay warm during the holiday season.

The Rum University-  The 2014 Course Schedule.      

The Rum Historian- "The Origin of Rum- A Quest, Part Five: Back to Richard Ligon" by Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy.

Rum Event- Coverage of the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival held in Grenada.

Rum in History-  A timeline of what happened in the month of December throughout history from 1654– 1980.

Exclusive Interview-  Interview with Marco Pierini and Francesco Rufini from BarBagnoRoma, which operates under the brand name La Casa del Rum (The House of Rum).

Pairing Tobacco & Rum -  Mr. Philip Ili Barake bring us "Cast Away".  This pairing was done by no other than the "Got Rum?" crew:  Luis Ayala (Publisher/Editor), Paul Senft (Rum Reviewer for the "Angel's Share") and Philip.  This pairing included Mount Gay Eclipse Rum from Barbados, Angostura 1824 Rum from Trinidad and Double Coronas Cigar from Hoyo de Monterrey from Cuba.

Rum Library- Book review by Luis Ayala of "Il Grande libro dei Rum” (The Big Book of Rum) written by Mr. Davide Staffa.

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November 2013

From the Editor- “Prohibition" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring The Real McCoy 5 Year Old Rum and Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

William McCoy- A foreword of The Real McCoy, by Frederic F. Van de Water.   

The Rum Historian- "The Origin of Rum- A Quest, Part Four: What, Who, Where, When?" by Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy.
 
The Rum University- The December 2013 Course Schedule- VIP classes only.
    
Bartender's Corner-  Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about the Rum Runner cocktail.
 
Rum in History-  A timeline of what happened in the month of November throughout history from 1504– 1981.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum-  Mr. Philip Ili Barake bring us "The Navy Tradition".  This pairing brings together a rum from Barbados and a cigar from the Dominican Republic.  This month, Philip pairs together Mount Gay 1703 Rum and Perfecxion X from the Arturo Fuentes Opus X line.

Rum Library- Book review by Margaret Ayala of "Making Fine Spirits: using simple, easy-to-build gear" written by Zymurgy Bob.

Cooking with Rum- A recipe by Betty Crocker: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Rum Sauce.

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October 2013

From the Editor- “Micro Still, Mega Plan" by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring El Dorado Spiced Rum and Deadhead Gold Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

The Rum Historian- "The Origin of Rum- A Quest, Part Three: A Missionary in Martinique" by Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy.
 
Ghostly Lore- Find out some of the most popular beliefs regarding evil spirits.
    
Spooky Cocktails- Here are some great cocktail recipes to help you spice up your Halloween party.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Erick Lewko, Director of Sales, Old New Orleans Rum, located at 2815 Frenchmen Street in New Orleans, LA.
 
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of October throughout history from 1637– 1900.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum –  Mr. Philip Ili Barake bring us "Oliver and Cuba".

White Rum: Around the World- this month we post the final results to last month's trivia.

Rum Cake Reviews- Reviews of Olde Savannah Rum Cakes and Rum Cake Lounge's Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Rum Cake.

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September 2013

From the Editor- “From Ethanol to Rum” by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Naked Turtle Rum and Wicked Dolphin Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

White Rums - Around the World.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "Researching the ‘Ti Punch" and also about "Essential Rum Cocktail #4: ‘Ti Punch".
 
The Rum Historian- "The Origin of Rum- A Quest, Part Two: Barbados in 1647: Sugar, Slavery and Rum" by our new addition to "Got Rum?" magazine, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Craig Adcock, owner of Jude’s Rum Cake (KC, NOLA and Key West) and Belly Up BBQ – based in Kansas City.
 
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of September throughout history from 1522– 1883.
 
Pairing Tobacco & Rum–  Mr. Philip Ili Barake bring us “The Highest Pairing”. This pairing literally takes place at an altitude of 7900 ft. in La Parva,a region in Chile.  The pairing consist of a Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pig Cigar and Zacapa Solera 23 Rum from Guatemala.

Rum Library - Margaret Ayala's book review of “America Walks into a Bar”.

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August 2013

From the Editor- “The Tree of Life” by Luis Ayala.

Tiki Special-  Paul Senft brings us some great Tiki cocktails.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Kahakai Original Tiki Spiced Rum and Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "Researching the Piña Colada" and also about "Essential Rum Cocktail#3: Piña Colada".
 
The Rum Historian- "The Origin of Rum- A Quest, Part One: Richard Ligon's Journey" by our new addition to "Got Rum?" Magazine, Mr. Marco Pierini from Tuscany, Italy.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Jim Sargent, Founder of Haleakala Distillers in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii.
 
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of August throughout history from 1492– 1740.
 
Pairing Tobacco & Rum–  Mr. Philip Ili Barake pairs up with Mr. Eduardo Molina, owner of Tea Studio located in Santiago, Chile to bring us “Tea Time”. They bring forth teas, infusions, rums and a cigar for this pairing. Here is the line up: Ceylan, Kenilworth Estate OP1 is paired with Rhum Santa Teresa Orange Liqueur from Venezuela; Rooibos from South Africa is paired with Dos Maderas Rum From Spain/Caribbean; Georgia BOPF, from Georgia is paired with Angostura 1824 Rum from Trinidad & Tobago; Christmas Tea is paired up with Ron Zacapa XO from Guatemala and last but not least, Russian Caravan is paired with Rhum J.M Blanc from Martinique.  All of the above are paired with a Vintage 2003 Coronas Cigar from the Sancho Panza line.

Rum Library - Review of “Trader Vic's Rum Cookery & Drinkery” by Margaret Ayala.

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July 2013

From the Editor- “Rum and Literature” by Luis Ayala.

Hemingway Special - "The Man, The Legend"

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Papa's Pilar Blonde Rum and Papa's Pilar Dark Rum, reviews done by Paul Senft.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "Essential  Rum Cocktails- Part II".

Rum Event-  Coverage of the II International Rum Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mrs. Kelly Railean, founder of the American Rum Association (ARA).

Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of July throughout history from 1521– 1855.

Rum Library- Review of “Bar Florida Cocktails"

Pairing Tobacco & Rum– Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “A Good Story”, featuring the "Short Story" cigar from the Arturo Fuente Hemingway line and a Daiquiri created by Mr. Luis Felipe Cruz, Bar Manager at the Hotel Noi in Santiago, Chile.

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June 2013

From the Editor- “On Choosing Quality Over Fantasy” by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Depaz Blue Cane Rhum Agricole from Martinique and Centenario 20 from Costa Rica, review done by Paul Senft.

Father's Day Special- 5 Ways to Feast Your Father on His Day, by Margaret Ayala.

Rum Event- Interview with Mr. Javier Herrera, Director of II International Rum Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Jay Maltby, President of Hemingway Rum Company from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA.

Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of June throughout history from 1509– 1851.

Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo talks about "Essential  Rum Cocktails- Part I".

Rum Library- Review of “Cordial Waters: A Compleat Guide To Ardent Spirits Of The World” written by Volodimir Pavliuchuk.

Rum Cake Review - A review of Full Circle Flavors, LLC (www. fullspiritedflavours.com) cakes, by Margaret Ayala

Pairing Tobacco & Rum– Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “Puerto Rican Style”, featuring:  Ron del Barrilito 3 Star Rum, Bacardi Reserva Limitada Rum, Don Q Gran Añejo Rum and El Morro, San Cristobal de la Habana.

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May 2013

From the Editor- “Alembic Allure” by Luis Ayala.

The Angel’s Share- Featuring Bacardi Pineapple Fusion (70-Proof), review done by Paul Senft and The Lash Spiced Rum (70-Proof), review done by Margaret Ayala.

Mother's Day Special- 4 ways to pamper Mom on her day by Margaret Ayala.

Rum Event- Interview with Mr. Javier Herrera, Director of II International Rum Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Cellar Master, Mr. Charles Roberts, with La Favorite Distillery in Martinique.

Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of May throughout history from 1502– 1832.

Rum Library- Review of “Rum & Contemporary Cuisine” written by Carlton Grooms and Geoffrey Blythe.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum– Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “The Sweetest Thing”, featuring:  Hacienda Saruro Rum Liqueur from Venezuela and a Vintage 2003 Vitola Coronas Cigar by Sancho Panza from Cuba.

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April 2013

From the Editor- "Congenial Congeners" by Luis Ayala, Editor and Publisher.

The Angel's Share- We welcome Mr. Paul Senft as a contributing writer.

Rum Events- Interview with Mr. Javier Herrera, Director of International Rum Conference, from Madrid, Spain.

Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Robert M. "Bob" Gunter, President & CEO of Koloa Rum Company, located in Kalaheo, Kaua’i, Hawai’i, USA.

Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of April throughout history from 1485 – 1830.

Rum Library- Book review of "Punch" written by David Wondrich.

Rum & Cane Poetry- Cañal en Flor (Blooming Sugarcane Field) written by Alfredo Espino.

Pairing Tobacco & Rum- Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “Boxing Night”, a pairing that unfolds like a boxing match.

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March 2013

From the Editor - Mysterious Nature

Angel's Share - Reviews of Elements 8 Platinum Rum, Pink Pigeon Original Rum, Below Deck Coffee Rum, Castaway Spiced Rum.

News and Events

Exclusive Interview - Kelly Railean, President and Master Distiller from Railean Distillery

Press Release - White and aged organic rum now available

Rum in History

Rum Library - Review of "Sugar and Slaves"

Tobacco and Rum - Zafra Master Reserve and Cohiba 1966 Limited Edition

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February 2013

From the Editor - Kaleidoscopical Rum by Luis Ayala
New Website Announcement
From The Grass To Your Glass - Reviews and Events
Exclusive Interview - Olli Hietalahti, Ron de Jeremy Rum
Rum in History - Historical events that took place in the month of February
Tobacco and Rum - Caribbean Pairing by Philip Ili Barake

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January 2013

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December 2012

December 2012

From the Editor- “2012: Year End Review” by Luis Ayala.
New and Improved- "Got Rum?" website is going to have a new look and feel for 2013. Take a sneak preview of some of the changes you will see.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Castaway Rum (80-Proof), Clément Premiére Canne Rhum (80-Proof), Pirate’s Grog (75-Proof) and RonDiaz Gran Reserva Spiced Rum (70-Proof).
Rum Event in Grenada- Coverage of the 3rd Annual Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival held at the Grand Anse Cultural Centre in Grenada November 2nd and 3rd.
Rum Cake Reviews- Review of rum cakes from around the world, including: Auntie's Rum Cakes, Jude's Kansas City Rum Cake, Koloa Dark Rum Cake, Rum Cake Lounge's Double Chocolate French Roast, Pusser's Premium British Navy Rum Cake, Rum Runners Traditional and Chocolate Rum Cakes and Tortuga Rum Cakes (Original, Coconut and Key Lime).
Rum Library - Review of “Journey to above the clouds” written by René van Hoven.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of December throughout history from 1654 – 1980.
Rum Event in Italy- Coverage of the first ever "Rum in Rome" rum festival held in Rome, Italy written by Leonardo Pinto.
The Rum University- Lesson 12 of 12 of the Rum University’s latest course “The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 12: Choosing the Perfect Barrel For Your Rum”.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 21.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum –Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “Yippie-Ki-Yay”, featuring: El Dorado 21 Years Old Rum from Guyana and “Chubby Especial” from Zino Platinum’s Crown Series Cigars from the Dominican Republic.
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November 2012

November 2012

From the Editor- “Is Immitation Really a Form of Flattery?” by Luis Ayala.
Rum Library - Review of “Ron de Venezuela” written by Rosanna Di Turi.
Bartender’s Corner- Read what Dr. Ron A. Ñejo has to say about Party Management.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Elements Eight Barrel Infused Exotic Spices (80-Proof), Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection Rum (86-Proof),Rhum J.M Agricole Blanc (100-Proof) and Smuggler's Notch Single Barrel Rum (80-Proof).
Trend Setting Rums Part II – This is a continuation from last year’s view of what we consider to be trend setting rums. This section features the following rums: Ron Santa Teresa Selecto from Venezuela, Mount Gay Eclipse Rum from Barbados, Havana Club 3 Year Old Rum from Cuba and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum produced by Diageo in various locations.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of November throughout history from 1504– 1981.
The Rum University- Lesson 11 of 12 of the Rum University’s latest course “The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 11: Soleras, Single Barrels and Specialty Barrels”.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 20.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum –Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “Something to Remember”, featuring: Ron Santiago 11 Years Old from Cuba and Robusto Avo Signature cigar from the Dominican Republic.
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October 2012

October 2012

From the Editor- “Are Spiced Rums Really Spiced?” by Luis Ayala.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Sea Island Spice Rum (70-Proof), Rondiaz 93 Spiced Rum (93-Proof), Newfoundland Screech Rum (80-Proof) and Admiral Vernon’s Old J Spiced Rum (70-Proof).
International Rum Conference- Coverage of the awards ceremony of the First International Rum Conference and Competition in Madrid, Spain which took place on September 13, 2012 at the Hotel Silken Puerta de América.
Spooky Cocktails- Halloween themed rum cocktails, courtesy of RedRum.
The Rum Lab- Recipe and directions on how to make your very own spiced rum.
Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Phil Prichard, owner of Prichard’s Distillery, Inc. located in Kelso, Tennessee.
Rum Library- Book review of “Traditional Distillation Art & Passion” by Hubert Germain-Robin.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of October throughout history from 1637– 1900.
The Rum University- The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 10: Oak Alternatives, Unacceptable Shortcuts.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessments of Rum- Part 19.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum– Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “First Class Pairing”, a pairing he feels is suitable for connoisseurs. Featuring: El Dorado 15 Year Old Rum from Guyana and Flying Pig Double Figurado, a series of Feral Flying Pig, from Nicaragua.
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September 2012

September 2012

From the Editor- “Rum’s Cycle of Life” by Luis Ayala.
Bartender’s Corner- Read what Dr. Ron A. Ñejo has to say about “Is Older Always Better?”.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Starr Ultra Superior Light African Rum (80-Proof), Clément Créole Shrubb Liqueur D’Orange (80-Proof), Plantation Extra Old Barbados Rum (80-Proof) and Appleton Jamaican Independence Reserve (90-Proof, 50 Year Old).
Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Mike Jakle and Mr. Willis “Miles” Ponder IV , owners of South Congress Distillery, producers of White Hat Rum from Manor, Texas.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of September throughout history from 1522– 1883.
The Rum University- The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 9: Rum Transformation Inside The Barrel.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessments of Rum- Part 18.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum –Mr. Philip Ili Barake brings us “The Warm Hour”, a pairing he feels is a winter season experience. Featuring: Emilio Hidalgo Santa Anna Pedro Ximenez Sherry , Botrán Reserve Rum from Guatemala and Padrón 1964 Series Imperial cigar.
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August 2012

August 2012

From the Editor- “Grenada: Island of Spice and Enchantment” by Margaret Ayala.
Upcoming Spirits Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
Exclusive Interview- Interview with the organizers of the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival, Cheryl Collymore and Dr. Glyn Williams.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Fortuna Ron Reserva Exclusiva (8-Years Old, 80-Proof)
Coverage of Grenada - coverage of the rum distilleries, Grenada's local cuisine, festivals, places to visit and rum tasting sessions at the Blue Bay Resorts & Villas.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of August throughout history from 1492 – 1740.
The Rum University- The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 8: Toasting and Charring.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessments of Rum- Part 17.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum – Mr. Philip Ili Barake will take you on a journey of rum, cigar and culinary experience with a fantastic pairing called "Dinner Out". Featuring Edmundo of Montecristo cigar, an appetizer with Legendario 7 Year Old rum from Cuba, the main course with Clément 10 year old Rhum Agricole from Martinique and the dessert with Zacapa XO rum from Guatemala.
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July 2012

July 2012

From the Editor- “Rum Masters At Work” by Margaret Ayala.
Upcoming Spirits Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring White Hat Premium Texas Rum (80 Proof), Old Ipswich Greenhead Spiced Rum (80 Proof), Santa Teresa Claro Rum (80 Proof) and Ron Diaz Coconut Barbados Rum (42 Proof).
International Rum Conference- Coverage, awards and results from the International Rum Conference & Rum Tasting Competition in Madrid, Spain that took place June 6th through June 9th.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of July throughout history from 1521 – 1855.
Bartender’s Corner- A discussion with Dr. Ron A. Ñejo about glassware.
The Rum University- The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 7: Components and Manufacture of the Barrel.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessments of Rum- Part 16.
Coming Up Next- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?"TM will be covering in the months of August and September.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum – A new addition to “Got Rum?”, Mr. Philip Ili Barake, Sommelier by trade, will be covering this section of the magazine bringing to you his recommendations for pairing cigars and rums. In this issue Mr. Barake features Rocky Patel Torpedo Vintage 1999 cigar and Pyrat Rum XO Reserve.
 
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June 2012

June 2012

From the Editor- “Enduring Spirits” by Luis Ayala.
Upcoming Spirits Events- notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- featuring No. 0 Ron Añejo Guatemala ( 76 Proof), Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum (72 Proof), Plantation Rum Original Dark Overproof (146 Proof) and Sea Island Gold Rum (80 Proof).
Exclusive Interview- interview with Mr. Alexander Gabriel, President of Cognac Ferrand.
Father's Day - Check out the top 5 ways to feast your Father on his day.
Rum in History- a timeline of what happened in the month of June throughout history from 1509 – 1851.
The Rum Lab- How to make your very own Papaya Rum. A Great gift for Dad this month.
The Rum University- The History and Science of the Barrel, Lesson 6: Curing the Wood. Here we will discuss the importance of wood curing.
Rum Techniques- the Organoleptic Assessments of Rum- Part 15.
Coming Up Next- a sneak preview of what "Got Rum?"TM will be covering in the months of July and August.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum - featuring La Preferencia cigar by Garo Habano and Havana Club's Selección de Maestro Rum.
 
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May 2012

May 2012

From the Editor- “Rum Is On The Rise” by Margaret Ayala.
Upcoming Spirits Events- notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- featuring Rhum J.M Rhum Vieux 1997 (96 Proof), Appleton Estate 12 (86 Proof), Sammy's Beach Bar Rum (80 Proof) and Deco Ginger Rum (80 Proof).
American Distilling Institute- 9th Annual Craft Distilling Confernece: Focus on Whiskey & Rum held in Louisville, KY and at the Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana.
The Supper Club- an Austin, Texas based supper club featuring rum for the evening from cocktails and appetizers to main courses and desserts.
Mother's Day - 4 ways to pamper your Mother this month with some great rum themed gifts.
The Rum Lab- How to make your very own rum cream liqueur. Great gift for Mom this month.
Rum in History- a timeline of what happened in the month of May throughout history from 1502 – 1832.
Exclusive Interview- interview with Master Blender Mr. Arnaud de Trabuc of Banks 5 Island Blend Rum.
The Rum University- this is Lesson 5 of 12, “Understanding Tannins”. Here we will discuss the contributions of tannins for aged rums.
Rum Techniques- the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 14.
Coming Up Next- a sneak preview of what "Got Rum?"TM will be covering in the months of June and July.
 
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April 2012

April 2012

From the Editor- “The Joy of Returning to Your Roots” by Margaret Ayala.
Rum in the News- summary of rum related news from the month of March.
Upcoming Spirits Events- notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- featuring Ron Arehucas 7 Select Rum (80 Proof), Ron Añejo Arehucas Reserva Especial (80 Proof), Ron Artemi 7 Reserva (75 Proof), Ron Añejo Dos Maderas P.X. 5+3 (80 Proof), Ron Aldea 75 Aniversario Gran Reserva (80 Proof), Ron Aldea Gran Reserva Familia (80 Proof), Ron Montero Gran Reserva (80 Proof), Montero Ron Palido (80 Proof), Guajiro Ron Miel Canario (60 Proof) and Guanche Ron Licor de Miel (40 Proof).
Highlights of Spain- festivals, places to visit and things to do in Spain.
Sangrias and Zurras- refreshing beverages that are very popular in Spain.
A Culinary Treasure- in this section we focus on the most popular dishes found throughout Spain.
Rum in History- a timeline of what happened in the month of April throughout history from 1485 – 1830.
The Rum University- this is Lesson 4 of 12 where we discuss “Chemical Properties of Oak”. Here we will discuss oak barrels and the source of their flavors.
The Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron takes you through Part IV of how to host the perfect cocktail party. He will be discussing how to select your glassware. This is a continuation from March’s issue.
The Spirits Business- results from the Rum Masters 2012 event that took place last month in the UK.
Rum Techniques- the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 13.
Coming Up Next- a sneak preview of what "Got Rum?"TM will be covering in the months of May and June.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum- featuring Don Pancho Reserva Especial 2006 cigar and Nº. 0 Ron Añejo Guatemala.
 
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March 2012

March 2012

From the Editor- “Romancing Rum” by Luis Ayala.
Rum in the News- Summary of rum related news from the month of February.
Upcoming Spirits Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Clément Rhum Vieux Agricole V.S.O.P. (80 Proof), Banks 5 Island Rum (86 Proof), Panamonte Reserva Preciosa (80 Proof) and Rum da Madaiera Dourado (80 Proof).
The Bartender's Corner- Dr. Ron takes you through Part III of how to host the perfect cocktail party. This is a continuation from January's issue.
Rum Library- a book review of "The Compleat Distiller" published by authors Mike Nixon and Mike McCaw.
Industry Insider- an exclusive interview with Dr. Frank Ward, Chairman of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association (WIRSPA).

Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of March throughout history from 1484 – 1917.
Exclusive Interview- Read what Mr. Robert Peronet, Cellar Master of Rhum Clément from Matinique has to say about rhum agricole.
The Rum University- This is Lesson 3 of 12 where we discuss “Physical Properties of Oak”. Here we will discuss cells,, grain coarseness and American vs. French Oak.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 12.
Coming Up Next- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?"TM will be covering in the months of April and May.
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February 2012

February 2012

From the Editor- “Romancing Rum” by Luis Ayala.
Rum in the News- Summary of rum related news from the month of January.
Upcoming Spirits Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Don Q Gran Añejo (80 Proof), Clement Sirop de Canne, Dos Maderas PX 5+5 (80 Proof) and Deco Distilling Silver Rum (80 Proof).
The Rum Lab- The history and making of Mamajuana, a rum aphrodisiac.
Rum Aphrodisiacs– this section covers foods that are thought to increase sexual drive or to enhance reproductive ability.
Rum Cocktails for Lovers- we offer some rum cocktails in celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Featured Bar- showcasing Lebensstern Bar located in Berlin, coverage courtesy of Javier Herrera our “Got Rum?” correspondent.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of February throughout history from 1477 – 1979.
Exclusive Interview- Read what Paola Medina, Master Blender of Dos Maderas from Spain has to say about rum.
The Rum University- We will now be focusing on the history and science of the barrel. This is Lesson 2 of 12 where we discuss “Why Oak?”.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 11.
Coming Up Next- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?"TM will be covering in the months of March and April.
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January 2012

January 2012

From the Editor- “Rum and Sustainability” by Luis Ayala.
Rum in the News- Summary of rum related news from the month of December.
Upcoming Spirits Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
2011 Rum Wrap Up- Noteworthy 2011 Trends.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Plantation 2000 Trinidad Rum (84 Proof), Koloa Kaua’I Dark Hawaiian Rum (80 Proof), Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum (80 Proof) and Cypress Creek Reserve Vanilla Flavored Rum (80 Proof).
The Rum Art Gallery- This section features a rum-related art piece. This month we are featuring a photograph of a mural by famous Cuban painter, Enrique Garcia Cabrera. The mural is located inside the private bar of Ron Havana Club, Plaza de la Catedral in Havana, Cuba.
Exclusive Interview- After almost ten years since our last interview, we welcome back Master Blender Joy Spence, from Kingston, Jamaica with J. Wray and Nephew Limited, producers of Appleton rum products.
Rum in History- A timeline of what happened in the month of January throughout history from 1474 – 1799.
Bartender’s Corner—A discussion with Master Bartender Ron A. Ñejo on how to host the perfect cocktail party- Part II. This is a continuation from last month’s article.
The Rum University- We will now be focusing on the history and science of the barrel. In Lesson I we discuss the art of cooperage.
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 10.
Coming Up Next- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?" will be covering in the months of February and March.
Pairing Tobacco & Rum- Featuring H. Upmann 1844 Reserve cigar and Ron Pampero Aniversario Añejo rum.
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December 2011

December 2011

The Editor’s Page- “A Great Year For Rum" by Luis Ayala.
World Rum News- Summary of rum related news from the month of November.
Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Nazaire Cantous, Master Blender of Rhum J.M from Martinique.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Cockspur Fine Rum (Aged Reserve Rum, 80-Proof), Rhum J.M V.S.O.P. (90-Proof), Railean Small Cask Single Barrel Reserve (80-Proof) and Whistling Andy Hibiscus-Coconut Rum (80-Proof).
Holiday Rum Cocktails- some nice holiday rum recipes sure to keep you warm during the winter season.
Rum Lab- Making your very own Mexican Eggnog, Rompope.
Bartender’s Corner—A discussion with Master Bartender Ron A. Ñejo on how to host the perfect cocktail party- Part I.
Rum In History- A timeline of what happened in the month of December throughout history from 1654 – 1980.
In Memory of George Robinson- this is the Eulogy of our dearly beloved George Robinson, Master Blender of El Dorado Rum from Guayana. He will truly be missed!
Rum Techniques- The Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 9
Coming Up- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?" magazine will be covering in the months of January and February.
Tobacco and Rum- Featuring GR Tabacaleras Unidas- Gran Habano Limited 2004 cigar and Holey Dollar Extra Aged Overproof rum.
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November 2011

November 2011

The Editor’s Page- “Communicating Through Rum" by Luis Ayala.
World Rum News- Summary of rum related news from the month of October.
Upcoming Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
German Rum Festival- Berlin- Event held in Berlin October 8th-9th by the Berlin Rum Club. Coverage of this event was generously provided to us by Javier Herrera,President of Rum Club International in Madrid, Spain.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Dos Maderas 5+3 (80-Proof), Rhum J.M Gold Rum (100-Proof), Cypress Creek Reserve Crystal Rum (80-Proof) and Plantation Rum Barbados 5 Years Old (80-Proof).
Exclusive Interview- Interview with Master Blender Francisco J. Fernandez Perez of Panama.
Trend-Setting Rums- Featuring Pampero Aniversario from Venezuela, El Dorado 15 from Guyana and Zacapa Centenario Solera 23 from Guatemala.
Rum In History- A timeline of what happened in the month of November throughout history from 1504 – 1981.
The Rum University- This month we look at the Classifications of Rum- Part 8.
Rum Techniques- Covering the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 8.
Coming Up- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?" magazine will be covering in the months of December and January.
Tobacco and Rum- Featuring Carlos Toraño Exodus 1959- 50 Years cigar and English Harbour Aged Antigua rum.
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October 2011

October 2011

The Editor’s Page- “Infusions, Percolations and Macerations" by Luis Ayala.
World Rum News- Summary of rum related news from the month of August.
Upcoming Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring VooDoo Spiced Rum (70-Proof), Old New Orleans Cajun Spice Rum (80-Proof), Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum (80-Proof) and Koloa Kaua’I Spice Rum (88-Proof).
The Rum Lab- recipe for making a spiced rum. Spooky Cocktails- great Halloween cocktail recipes furnished by RedRum.
Rum In History- What happened in the month of October throughout history from 1637 – 1900.
Bartender's corner- Dr. Ron A. Ñejo looks at conduct behind the bar.
Featured Rum Book- written by none other than our publishers, Luis and Margaret Ayala.
The Rum University- This month we look at the Classifications of Rum- Part 7.
Rum Techniques- Covering the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 7.
Coming Up- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?" magazine will be covering in the months of November and December.
Tobacco and Rum- Featuring Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes cigar and Brugal Añejo rum.
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September 2011

September 2011

The Editor’s Page- “White Rum or Sugarcane Vodka?” by Luis Ayala.
World Rum News- Summary of rum related news from the month of August.
Upcoming Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
Rum Tasting and Seminar- Premier rum event for Panama Red Rum at Hemingway's Island Grill restaurants in Estero and Pensacola Florida.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Railean Texas Gulf Coast White Rum (80-Proof), Koloa Kaua’I White Rum (80-Proof), Whistling Andy White Rum (80-Proof) and Ron Ricardo White Rum (80-Proof).
The Importance of White Rums- Join us as we explore the foundation of all rums, white rums.
Rum In History- What happened in the month of September throughout history from 1522 – 1883.
USA Craft Rum Distilleries- a list of all rum distilleries throughout the United States.
Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Peter Laurie about his rum book titled "The Barbadian Rum Shop: The Other Watering Hole".
The Rum University- This month we look at the Classifications of Rum- Part 6.
Rum Techniques- Covering the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 6.
Coming Up- A sneak preview of what "Got Rum?" magazine will be covering in the months of October and November.
Tobacco and Rum- Featuring Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story cigar and Panama Red Overproof rum.
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August 2011

August 2011

The Editor’s Page- “Rum Responsibilities” by Luis Ayala.
World Rum News- Rum news that occurred in the month of July.
Upcoming Events- Notices of upcoming spirits events throughout the world.
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Cockspur 12 Bajan Crafted Rum (80-Proof), Pecan Street Rum (80-Proof), Kaua'I Gold Hawaiian Rum (80-Proof) and Ricardo Dark Rum (80-Proof).
Coconut Rum Challenge- Featuring the Most Complex, Smoothest Pleasure, Boldest Taste and Most Aromatic.
Exclusive Interview- Interview with Mr. Roberto Garcia Botran, President of Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala.
Rum In History- What happened in the month of August throughout history from 1492 – 1740.
The Rum University- This month we look at the Classifications of Rum- Part 5.
Rum Techniques- Covering the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 5.
Tobacco and Rum- Featuring Ashton Majesty 6 x 56 cigar and Cruzan Single Barrel rum.
 
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July 2011

July 2011

The Editor’s Page- “Tools of the Trade” by Luis Ayala
World Rum News- Rum news that occurred in the month of June
Upcoming Rum Events- Notices of upcoming rum events throughout the world
The Angel’s Share- Featuring Siesta Key White Rum (80-Proof), Panama Red (108-Proof), Railean Texas Gulf Coast Rum Reserve XO (80-Proof) and Sweet Georgia Belle Prichard's Peach Mango Rum (70-Proof).
Citrus Rum Challenge- Featuring the smoothest sipper rum, the most versatile rum, the freshest aroma rum and last but not least, the fruitiest tasting rum.
Rum Event Coverage- Coverage of MIX: Celebrate Texas Cocktails. Exhibits by: Graham Barnes Distilling, makers of Treaty Oak Platinum Rum, The Spirit of Texas, makers of Pecan Street Rum and Railean Distillers, makers of Texas White, Reserve XO and Small Cask Reserve rums.
Bartender's Corner- Meet our newest member, Dr. Ron A. Ñejo. He is happy to answer questions on topics ranging from mixology to relationships and etiquette.
Rum In History- What happened in the month of June throughout history from 1521 – 1855
The Rum University- This month we look at the Classifications of Rum- Part 4
The Rum Lab- Ingredients and instructions on how to make your very own Lime Rum Liqueur.
Coming Up in "Got Rum?"- A preview of the next two issues of "Got Rum?". Make sure to submit your products and ads in the issues that best suit you.
Rum Techniques- Covering the Organoleptic Assessment of Rum- Part 4
Tobacco and Rum- Featuring Zino Z-Class Series 654-T cigar and Flor de Caña 18 Years Old rum.
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June 2011

June 2011

The Editor’s Page- “Start With The End In Mind” by Luis Ayala
World Rum News- rum news that occurred in the month of May
Upcoming Rum Events- notices of upcoming rum events throughout the world and notice from The Rum Collective of their upcoming meeting
Rum Library- book review by Margaret Ayala of "173 Pre-Prohibition Cocktails" by author Tom Bullock
The Angel’s Share- featuring Zafra Master Reserve (80 Proof, 21 Years Old), Santa Teresa Orange Rhum Liqueur (80 Proof), Ricardo Gold Rum (80 Proof) and Denizen Rum (80 Proof)
Rum In History- What happened in the month of June throughout history from 1509 – 1851
Father’s Day Special- by Margaret Ayala- featuring the top 5 ways to feast your Father on his day
The Rum University- this month we look at the classifications of rum (Part 3)
Rum Techniques- covering the organoleptic assessment of rum (Part 3)
The Rum Lab- making Bay Rum Aftershave
Tobacco and Rum- featuring Royal Barbados No. 3 and Doorly's XO Barbados Rum
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May 2011

May 2011

The Editor’s Page- “Positive Changes” by Luis Ayala
World Rum News- rum news that occurred in the month of April
Upcoming Rum Events- notices of upcoming rum events throughout the world
Rum Renaissance Festival - coverage from Miami, FL
The Angel’s Share- featuring Ron Cartavio Solera 1929 (12 Year Old), Carlisle Reef Barbados Rum (5 Year Old), Tres Leches Triple Cream Liqueur and Angostura 3 Year Old Premium Rum
Exclusive Interview – interview with Mr. Paul J. Arnold, President and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Economic Leadership Council
Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge- coverage of the event held on March 6th in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Rum In History- What happened in the month of May throughout history from 1502 – 1832
Mother’s Day Special- by Margaret Ayala- featuring the top 5 ways to pamper your Mother on her day
The Rum University- this month we look at the classifications of rum (Part 2)
Rum Techniques- covering the organoleptic assessment of rum (Part2)
Tobacco and Rum- featuring Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale and El Dorado’s 12 year old rum from Demerara Distillers Limited
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Got Rum? April 2011

April 2011

The Editor’s Page- “The Return of 'Got Rum?'” by Luis Ayala
World Rum News- rum news that occurred in the month of March
Upcoming Rum Events- notices of upcoming rum events throughout the world
Rum Library- review of "Cuba: The Legend of Rum"
The Angel’s Share- featuring BlackBeard Spiced Rum (86-Proof), Holey Dollar Rum Extra Aged Over-proof (114.4 Prrof, 3 years old), Ron Viejo de Caldas Grand Reserve Oak Cask Aged Rum (8 years old, 80-Proof) and Ron Barceló Gran Platinum (75 Proof).
Rum In History- What happened in the month of April throughout history from 1485 – 1830
The Rum University- this month we look at the classifications of rum (Part 1)
Rum Techniques- covering the organoleptic assessment of rum (Part 1)
Tobacco and Rum- featuring Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Corona and Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera

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