Monday, April 29, 2013

San Francisco World Spirit Competition

Looking at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition held between March 21 - 24 – looking for rums, made in the USA in any of the winning categories. As I peruse the list based on medals (Double Gold, Gold and on to Silver & through Bronze) I see:

Double Gold Medals

Rougaroux, Sugarshine Overproof Rum as a Double Gold winner. Made by Donner-Peltier Distillers in Louisiana, I must add them to our proud list of American Made Rums.
The next double Gold goes to Papa'sPilar, listed as a US rum (made by various distillers around the Caribbean and other places; blended in the US).

Gold Medals

Miami Club, garners a precious Gold Medal; which generated a greeting from me. Nice to see another Distiller to add to our list!
Next as we slowly move along the Gold Medal winners is Kirkland Signature a Spiced Rum. This is represented by Levecke Corporation. We will explore to find more about them as well.
Another Gold Medal winner is Spirits of Main Distillery's entry of a Rusticator Rum. By quick glance I see they are a winery who have made the move into distillation. Seems they know their way!
Balcones garners the Gold with their Texas Over-Proof Rum. I am making sure I get in contact with Balcones Distilling LLC and welcome them to both Rick The Rum Runners Blog and American made Rum.

Silver Medals

Bully Boy Distillers leads off the US winners in the Silver cattery with their fine White Rum. BBD has been on my list from day one, making a trip to the east portion of these fine states a bigger temptation!
Rock Town Distillery, garners Silver with their Riverboat Rum. Rock Town Distillery is new to me... I can assure you they will be added forth with!! Good to see Arkansas represented!


Starting the list of proud Bronze medal winners is none other than Privateer Rum. Just did a blog on them a few weeks ago – good to see them garnering another award! Their Amber Rum Batch #7 came through and makes me want to taste.... Also they follow that up with their Silver Reserve Rum Batch #9 and gather in an additional Bronze medal!
The rum of Spirit of Texas; Straight Silver Rum was awarded a Bronze as well. I have added them to our growing list of US Rum Makers and pass on our congratulations!
Another Bronze winner is Sherry Cask Rum from Florida Caribbean Distillers. We welcome them to our list as well.
Montanya Distillers' Platino Rum captures a Bronze and our congratulations. They have been on our list of great US Rum makes since our beginnings – Great job!!! Oh wait; even better as their Oro Rum gets its own Bronze as well – Nice doubling!
Tailwinds Distilling Company added a Bronze to their award collection with – Taildragger White Rum. Toby et al – great job!
Another familiar name to us here at Rick The Rum Runner is Desert Diamond Distillery's Barrel Reserve Rum by the great name Gold Miner. Nice to see a bronze medal head out to Arizona!
Another win for Florida CaribbeanDistillers and their Club Caribe Coconut Rum gets them a Bronze.
Rougaroux also pops again in on the Bronze medal scene with a win with their Full Moon Rum.
Don Daniel Rum a Cacao Flavored Rum captures a Bronze – The makers, Cacao Prieto, LLC distill in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Another reason to vacation east!
The final US Rum Maker Bronze medal winner is Rogue Spirits' own Rogue Rum – winner as a Dark Rum.


All in all, a good representation of some great rums – I for one have a lot of testing and telling to do – but also packing as I get ready for The RTRR (Rick The Rum Runner) Southern Tour (or Souther Tour as I mistyped the other day!). Oh and when you visit these Didtillers pages, facebook accounts and Twitter locations, as well as sample their fine Rums, make sure you mention American Made Rums and Rick the Rum Runner. Please! --- More stuff to come – I am
Of course:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Rum and Food Combinations - Big Winner...

Today, I'd like to make you aware of a new book just breaking into print. It is an unusual book, a VERY interactive one as well. So much so the publication is available via iPad, and iPad only. However, don't stop reading as there is so much more to this team than this one book. A lot of it available to us all - iPad or not!!!
Sorry Download link does not work here

Carlton Grooms and his co-author, Geoffrey Blythe have put together a book that has 40 recipes, 29 videos and is fully interactive. Truly a work needing a platform like the iPad. So while I'd love to peruse it, not being a 'Pad owner will sadly have to wait. But, to you Rum Lovers out there who have an iPad - who love to taste Rum, cook with rum and eat things made with rum; Rum & Contemporary Cuisine, is for you!

If dishes like Shrimp Chowder, or Roast Duck Salad, as well as Chicken Tagine, make you hungry or intrigued enough to hear more --- This will take you there and no iPad needed!

To read more about the book and the author's blogs, click here

To go to a page that will make you drool but tell you so much more, you want to go to Rum & Contemporary Cuisine

A bit about the Authors, from their site:

Carlton Grooms has always been attracted to big, bold and outright dangerous adventure.  He got his start as a Naval Aviator, landing on aircraft carriers.  Thereafter he has found his thrills by running with the bulls in Pamplona, completing the world’s highest bungee jump, and running the Death Valley marathon....
Carlton brings professionalism to his evangelical message of rum, mixed with a jigger of fun and two dashes of not taking things too seriously.

Geoffrey Blythe brings a lifelong love of food and spirits to this book. A classically trained artist, he attended the fine arts program at the California Institute of the Arts before embracing his culinary passion at Johnson & Wales and Baltimore Culinary College....
A truly nice guy, Geoffrey is quick with a laugh and garners great loyalty amongst all who work with him.

To read more about these two witty, smart, skilled and inspirational guys -- Visit the Rum & Contemporary Cuisine website

In fact -- Go there and tell them I sent you!

I -- of course -- am

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Our Final Stop On Our Souther Tour

Alas, all good trips come to an end - but our final stop on our tour of some of the Distillers of Rum in the South should leave us with great memories, Richland Rum. Their website is informative. Makes me want to stop by. They have a Facebook presence as well and make sure you Like them there.
After meeting a few Distillers, there is nothing like hearing them talk about their rum. To m, not unlike speaking of a loved one who you wish to impress the stranger and endear them to the very things you find endearing. That in mind here is a note from Jay McCain, Master Distiller of Richland Rum:

Richland Rum bottle"Our rum has a robust structure and a deep precious gold color. The first aromas that present itself reveal caramel, vanilla and espresso."
"The palate distinctly introduces sweet sugar cane aromas with balanced notes of tobacco and field flowers, which combine well with the tannins of oak barrel aging and a dark chocolate finish."
- Jay McCain

You have to admit - a man who loves his work.

Can't leave without attaching this yummy sounding drink recipe:

1 1/2 oz. Richland Rum
1/2 oz. Art in the Age Snap
2 bar spoons brown sugar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Ginger Beer
Place Rum, Snap, Bitters, and Brown
Sugar in Mixing glass and shake with ice.
Strain over ice into an Old Fashioned
glass and top with Ginger Beer.
created by Marc Caballero, Sprig Restaurant, Atlanta
Hope to  blog from Richland Georgia in May.... In the meantime, I remain:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Running the Road -- Headed for Rum!

Another stop on the Rum Runner Tour will be Firefly Distillery. This stop has double interest as I love my rum but also am a vodka fan. Firefly makes Sweet Tea Vodka and Sea Island Rum. First a quick look at Sweet Tea Vodka:

Original Sweet Tea
Created in a small still on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, Firefly became the world’s first hand-crafted sweet tea flavored vodka. Keeping true to its Southern roots, Firefly is distilled four times, infused with tea grown on a plantation five miles from the distillery and blended with real Louisiana sugar cane. It tastes just like real sweet tea, but with an even sweeter kick! Imitators try to achieve the taste of tea with artificial flavors and you will instantly know the difference with one sip. The real stuff just tastes better!

Of course we can not ignore their Sea Island Rum!
Firefly Distillery, the creator of the Original Sweet Tea Vodka, is proud to introduce Sea Island Rums. The all natural rums are handcrafted at Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island, one of the 33 Sea Islands in South Carolina. Sea Island Rums are sold exclusively in South Carolina and include three easy to drink products: Gold Rum, Spice Rum, and Java Rum.
Using sugar cane from South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana, then aging the rum in bourbon barrels creates a unique flavor for Sea Island Rums. A Lowcountry twist is key for Sea Island Rums, which is why we use sugar cane from famed Johns Island resident and Rosebank Farms owner, Sidi Limehouse. Each rum has its own distinct flavor and can be served over ice or mixed in your favorite cocktail.

Sea Island Spice Rum

Sea Island • Spice Rum is handcrafted using sugarcane from South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana.  We then add a blend of spices, including vanilla, to create the smoothest spiced rum with a kick.


Sea Island Java Rum

Sea Island • Java Rum is handcrafted using sugarcane from South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana. We then infuse coffee and spices to create the ultimate spiced rum.

Sea Island Gold Rum

Sea Island • Gold Rum is handcrafted using sugarcane from South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana. We then age our rum in used Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels to create the most unique and tasteful Gold Rum available.

We will be spending a few days in between and in Both Savannah GA and Charleston SC, so we should be in close proximity to Firefly Distillery. Visit their websites and get a few good looking recipes for their rums as well: Firefly and Sea Island

As time approaches we are getting excited - can't wait to meet distillers, rum drinkers and everyone Down South!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Rick's Southern Swing

We will be driving along after Lexington Kentucky to Belmont North Carolina. Here we will visit Muddy River Distillery. I am looking forward to this place for many reasons -- rum being near the top, but also because when I talked about MRD in an earlier blog post, I called them Muddy Water Distillery. Now, I hope they did not take offense, and their comment mentioning the mistake was very gracious and fun, but when you are from Chicago, you see Muddy, you think Waters, it's a blues thing. But Muddy River it is. Another reason (rum floats to the top) is the fact that their rum is not available near me (I used their search tool and found two stores withing a 500 mile radius, OK near -- but not too near!). Being denied a taste because of distance is so hard to bear....

About Muddy River

Muddy River Distillery - located on the banks of the Catawba River - ferments, distills, bottles and seals every product in-house ensuring a one of a kind flavor that can only be found in North Carolina.
At Muddy River Distillery quality is our number one priority. Every batch of Carolina Rum is distilled in a one of a kind still specifically built by the distiller and then triple filtered for purity while leaving behind the essential taste and aroma of a craft made Rum.
They have worked hard and Muddy River Distillery is proud to say they were “Best of Show” at the 2012 Big Sip Cup....!
I can't let this delicious sounding concoction go by without sharing:

Muddy River Basil Lemonade

  • Muddle a basil leaf and one slice of lemon in the bottom of a pint glass
  • Fill glass 3/4 with ice
  • Add 1-3oz. of Carolina Rum
  • Top off with sprite or soda water
  • Add a splash of simple syrup if you like your drinks a bit sweeter
  • Garnish with a lemon slice

This all in mind, we will be seeing everyone we hope in May.... Follow our progress right on this blog to 4 Distilleries as we travel the Great American South!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rum Runnings..... Lexington KY

If all works out, we will be headed South from Chicagoland, spending time as far South as Georgia. We are driving, so we plan to do it in "chunks". First stop would be Lexington, Kentucky.

Lexington, Kentucky: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Lexington (officially Lexington-Fayette Urban County) is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 62nd largest in the US. Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. In the 2011 Census the city's population was 301,569, anchoring a metropolitan area of 472,099 people and a Combined Statistical Area of 687,173 people.


We will be there just weeks after The Kentucky Derby, a world class- anticipated event, and while seeking a place to stay, we also plan to visit - Barrel House Distillery; home of Oak Rum. I will try and send "live" updates so please be checking this blog often once our trip begins (I will release dates just before we leave). 

 So -- Let's look at Barrel House Distillery and Oak Rum! 

(From their Website) Rum in Kentucky?  Isn’t that a seafaring drink?  Well, that’s a common misconception – but Rum is actually a drink of the Americas – a favorite in early colonial times.  While Kentucky may not be a seaside state – it has more navigable inland waterways than any other state in the lower 48!  Nautical themes are common along many of the lakes and rivers scattered throughout the commonwealth, where the riverboat reigned as king in days gone by. With a hint of Kentucky flavor brought out by bourbon barrel aging, we think OAK RUM will appeal to bourbon and rum aficionados alike!

They have these two, mouth watering, recipes there too... Visit the website to enjoy even more!

Below are a couple recipes to enjoy:

Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz. OAK Rum
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 1 splash water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 orange wedge
Mix sugar, water and bitters in an old-fashioned glass.
Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle.
Pour in OAK Rum, fill with ice cubes, and stir.


Lick The Glass
  • 1 oz OAK Rum
  • .5 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 maraschino cherry
Add OAK Rum and sweet vermouth.
Mix and serve in Martini glass.
Garnish with a cherry, if desired.


Stick with us as we travel, visit Distilleries and sample their rums... As a Rum Runner, it is a tough job, but someone has to do it... The fun begins soon!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Prichard's Distillery -- A Video Visit

In May, Rick the Rum Runner will be traveling though the south -- heading as far as Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky Tennessee. One of the stops we hope to make is in Kelso, TN. We are trying to fine tune our travel times but Tennessee keeps coming up as a Sunday. So we may not get a tour and taste. I have had Prichard's Crystal rum and it is a favorite of mine. I would love to meet and see but it may not work out this time. More on the places we will try to visit as we get closer to the trip.... For now, Let's watch the video!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Video! -- Siesta Key Rum

A great Video from conchbikinis taking us on a tour of Siesta Key Rum. As I sit here with the temperature at 48 degrees in a cold drizzle in Chicagoland, it's nice to see SUNSHINE!!! I am sorry about the Copy/Paste link but I was not able to find and imbed it correctly. Believe me -- it's worth the effort... Click me

My thanks to conchbikinis, the folks at Siesta Key Rum and everyone involved in this video. Made my mouth water, made me feel warmer, made me..... thirsty.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Summertime Plans for the Runner

We have been looking at trips for the Spring summer and also trying to line-up visits to some Rum Distilleries and the chance to buy some rums that are not found in the Chicagoland area. I have been champing at the bit to get out to Journeyman Distillery in Michigan -- literally next door to us. Now that the weather has warmed we have gotten the Roadster out of storage so -- Yeah-baby -- let's roll! That trip can happen on any weekend as Three Oaks is just a bit of an hour away.

Never know who you will bump into
Another place, I have visited but us well worth another trip, as Toby and company make me feel most welcome, is Tailwinds Distillery I see that they have just bottled the second batch of their aged Amber Rum -- so that sounds like a good reason to visit.

May -- looks like towards the middle of the month should find us in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Indiana. Seems like I should be able to find places to visit there, like Prichard's Distillery, Muddy River Distillery, Firefly-Sea Island Rum, Richland Rum and Barrelhouse Distilling.

As you can see -- Lot's of places to try and see, in fact, bet I won't have time to see 1/2 of them! But their brands maybe a bit easier to find in stores, and, I may find MORE!! That could be lots of fun. Plus I will be sampling (or trying to sample) local rums at restaurants in the places I stay - just to see what they offer. 

As part of my journeys, be aware that I will try to post from the road as much as I can -- sending pictures too. I will attempt to keep the Monday - Wednesday - Friday schedule I now have, but the on the road stuff can hit at any time! My only advice? Check often! For you smartphone users, download Blogger's mobile app it makes reading Rick The Rum Runner easy! Then you can show it to your friends as you research rum yourself and get even more readers!!! 

Additionally, I will send updates and photos to our Facebook page, American Made Rum. So go there as well and -- hey -- Friend us!!!

So -- until Friday -- Lick the glass!!!

Monday, April 08, 2013

NCAA Basketball Finals Tonight!

So what do New Holland White Rum and their Superior Single Barrel Rum as well as Big Cedar Distilling's Castaway Rum and their Spiced Rum have against Barrel House Distilling Co's Oak Rum? Well, their teams are playing against each other for the NCAA Basketball Title. Tonight! What a great time to pour a sample of each and savor them as you watch the game unfold. Let's let New Holland speak first:

Representing Michigan!

Freshwater Rum is a series of rums inspired by the majestic Great Lakes. Huron white rum is distilled from a wash of fermented cane-sugar molasses. It is clean, bright rum with a delicate sweetness and hints of vanilla. Freshwater Huron is perfect for cocktails and Great Lakes outings by boat or on shore.
AT A GLANCE Type: White Rum Proof: 80
Base/Wash: Molasses/cane sugar fermentation done in house then blended with high-proof cane spirit prior to bottling.
Bottle: 750 mL, case Availability: Specialty release, check availability on product finder (

AT A GLANCE Type: Single Barrel Rum Proof: 105
Base/Wash: Molasses/cane sugar fermentation done in house.
Bottle: 750 mL, case Availability: Currently out of stock. Limited release scheduled November 2013.

So while you'll have to wait for some of these -- certainly a look into the future. Another Michigan rum, sure to be in stick is from Big Cedar Distilling. Castaway and Spiced rums sound great: like they could be contenders -- Try linking up here --> Big Cedar

Representing Kentucky!

Barrel House Brewing and Distillery is well known for their beers, their Oak Rum is a pleasant addition and ready for enjoying as a Kentucky supporter in tonight's basketball game. Here let them explain:

Rum in Kentucky?  Isn’t that a seafaring drink?  Well, that’s a common misconception – but Rum is actually a drink of the Americas – a favorite in early colonial times.  While Kentucky may not be a seaside state – it has more navigable inland waterways than any other state in the lower 48!  Nautical themes are common along many of the lakes and rivers scattered throughout the commonwealth, where the riverboat reigned as king in days gone by. With a hint of Kentucky flavor brought out by bourbon barrel aging, we think OAK RUM will appeal to bourbon and rum aficionados alike!

Let's hope for a great game and good rum!

Friday, April 05, 2013

A Certified US Rum -- Railean

When I first started blogging about rum - American Made Rum specifically, one does not research too deeply before finding Railean Rum. "Americans now have a choice! In a market dominated by mass-produced, imported rum, RAILEAN is the first women-owned distillery to produce American Rum™ certified as "Made in USA"." Yes, they are proud of it too. I think they should be. As I read more and more about these fine rums the more I liked their whole attitude and focus. Working on getting a taste here in Chicagoland -- I'll let Railean tell its story....
The Resurgence of American Rum
The resurgence of American rum stared when Craft Distilleries became popular like Craft Breweries and Boutique Wineries. Consumer demand for higher quality, locally produced spirits prompted RAILEAN to establish the first rum distillery in Texas. Within a couple of years, RAILEAN became the first American Rum to become certified "Made in USA" in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission regulations. 

Events leading up to the American Rum Revolution™
2012 – RAILEAN® re-brands as Handcrafted American Rum™
2012 – RAILEAN® launches the first Handcrafted American Spiced Rum™
2011 – RAILEAN® becomes first rum to be Made in USA Certified®
2011 – Demand for products Made in USA increase due to poor quality of imports
2009 – RAILEAN® launches first American made “Single Barrel” Rum
2008 – RAILEAN® launches first aged spirit produced in Texas
2008 – Hurricane Ike rips through RAILEAN® Distillery and shuts down production
2008 – Puerto Rican and Virgin Island Rum industry receive $192 million government bailout
2008 – Foreign held Diageo receives 2.8 Billion in tax subsidies from US Government
2007 – RAILEAN® launches the First Texas Rum™
2007 – Craft distilleries become popular like Craft Breweries and Boutique Wineries
2005 – RAILEAN® establishes first and only distillery in Houston/Galveston Texas


My name is Kelly Railean, but most people just call me "RAILEAN". I founded Railean Distillers, LLC and constructed the first and only distillery in the Houston / Galveston vicinity with the vision of re-establishing the American rum industry in the USA. Most Americans don't realize that rum was the "Original" American spirit with over 60 rum distilleries in operation in the 1700's. To see this American tradition taxed and regulated out of existence was a sad day for all Americans.
Family, friends and co-workers thought I was crazy to quit the rat-race and start-up my own company; especially in a world monopolized by mass-produced spirits companies, where very few woman have ventured. However, my fascination and passion for sailing, tropical islands, pirates, parrots (and of course rum and tequila); determined my destiny. Today, my dream of owning a distillery & making Handcrafted American Rum™ has come true but it has taken over 5 years to get to this point. . . . . . . . 

. . . . Americans now have a choice between imported mass produced Rum/Tequila and higher quality Handcrafted American Rum and Handcrafted American Agave Spirits. My original vision to re-establish the rum industry in America is well on its way and the American Handcrafted Rum Revolution has begun. At the same time we are pioneering a new category of American spirit made from 100% Blue Agave.
We are fully committed to providing products Made in the U.S.A.; thus providing jobs, fueling our American economy and aiding in the recovery of our economic system.
I hope you enjoy RAILEAN Rum and Agave spirits - Buy American!!!
President & CEO

Railean Rum Products:


RAILEAN White Rum is distilled multiple times to produce a pure, smooth spirit. It is crisp, clean, refreshing and absolutely perfect for making tropical drinks such as Mojitos, Rum Punch, and Daiquiris.
It possesses an exceptionally dry taste and immediately comes alive on the palate with subtle notes of vanilla, sugar cookie, citrus and spice. The finish is smooth, clean and flavorful.

RAILEAN Spiced Rum

RAILEAN Spiced Rum is aged in small, new, double-charred, American oak barrels with a proprietary blend of spices and natural flavors. It is aged to perfection making it smooth, yet flavorful and perfect when mixed with cola.
The nose is sweet and spicy with vanilla bean, toffee, honey and nutmeg. The palate is of good body with notes of molasses and spice, and a hint of butterscotch. The finish is medium with spice and sweetness.

RAILEAN Reserve XO Rum

RAILEAN Reserve XO Rum is aged in small, new, double-charred, American oak barrels. It is aged to perfection making it smooth, yet flavorful and perfect for a premium Cuba Libre.
The Reserve XO has fabulous aromas of brown sugar, spice and oak. It is soft and well-rounded, and as it opens up; it reveals an array of chocolate, caramel and toasted walnut notes. The finish is smooth, warm and relaxing.

RAILEAN Small Cask Rum

RAILEAN Small Cask Single Barrel Rum has at least twice the age of the Reserve XO. It is aged in small, new, double-charred, American oak barrels, just like the Reserve XO. However, we hand select each barrel and then filter and bottle one barrel at a time. The Small Cask is rich and sophisticated with notes of oak, leather, and mocha. The first sip reveals toasted sugar notes, with hints of caramel and dark chocolate. The finish is long and full bodied with a delicious earthy and woodsy quality.

This rum is perfect for sipping on the rocks, or with just a splash of water or cola.


Railean Rum has a great website and Facebook presence. They have lots of info there and more of the story I shortened to fit here. I encourage you to visit and read, and try!
If you see Kelly tell her I sent you:

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A virtual trip to the Lone Star State - South Congress Distillery

Sticking with distilleries in warmer climates (we are warming up here, near Chicago -- but not quick enough for this Rum Runner)... We visit a distiller with deep Texas roots and proud of everyone of them....
Let's let South Congress Distillery Introduce --- White Hat Rum.  I'll be drooling in the corner.


When you create something in Texas, you’re bound by an unwritten law of craftsmanship that reaches back for generations. Call it Southern virtue, call it stubborn pride. Either one works for us. 

Likewise, when a Texan reaches for a product which boasts of Texas origin, they best not be disappointed.   The process must not be compromised by haste.

Proudly bound by this standard, White Hat Premium Texas Rum is handcrafted in small batches just outside of Austin in Manor, Texas. We make it with South Texas molasses from plantations that’ve seen our state through all six flags. We add natural water originating from springs residing here long before Texas was ever Texas. We triple distill in an effort to produce the cleanest rum possible. And, once our spirit is allowed to rest in American oak barrels for just the right amount of time, it can be called White Hat Rum.

There’s nothing quick or easy about the way we make our rum. We just try to make it Texas good. And the way we see it, if it were any better, there’d just
have to be more of it.

We hope you enjoy our rum and, if so, buy some more.  If not, drop us a note and tell us why. We’re here. Making  more White Hat Rum.


After all is said and done -- if you are looking for a Texas born aged rum -- looks like a place to taste!    Web ---- Facebook

Monday, April 01, 2013

A Guide To All Things Distilled

Sure our aim here is to keep everyone aware and supplied with great rums made in the US, we find many great items that help in our search for the next wonderful tasting. A few weeks ago on my Twitter page I was followed by Microdbooks. Well we have a nice group of followers and I, as I often try to do, Checked 'em out. Seems they have a book; Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada by David J Reimer Sr.. Gotta tell ya worth the read. The Micro Distilleries are sorted by state and a Canada section. Each distillery Ha all the necessary info, from Owner to Distiller From street address to web address. Even Twitter is included!

If you are traveling or planning to do so, this guide is indispensable. You check to see if the Distiller has rum, what brand and style(s) or flavor(s). You can map the address and see how many you can fit into your road-trip. The text is direct - the descriptions more than adequate. A well done layout. Oh and some really great recipes -- many custom for the brand. Mouth watering.

This addition includes e-reader version which I have. Great for tracking with and adding notes as you go. Notes is what I see is the best use for this book. Take a pencil and add your comments, turning this simple sturdy book into a Rum Journal. In fact, I hope the paper version has enough margin and header/footer space for notes -- or better yet an extra page between entries. Still, your commentary will make the book an even more valuable reference for later purchases and tastings-to-be, tied to the text written by Mr Reimer. Still the tome is a useful reference while at home as I mention later.

A downside, and a minor one as far as I am concerned, is its timeliness. This edition goes to 2010 and I know of more than a couple new additions and, sadly, a few that no longer distill. Still, note keeping would easily make up for any shortcomings and the addition of ample note pages would really come in handy.

So, rum lovers, I recommend Micro-Distilleries in the U.S. and Canada, if you want to include some great distilleries in your travels. Better still, the book comes in handy in finding places that will sell on-line and the Distillers distribution reach, very important when in the throws of a powerful thirst. Just click on the links imbedded here and read while sipping. The website and Facebook page are interesting and can tell you what you need. Highly recommended for your back bar.