Tasting Notes: Ron del Barrilito Rums


The rums of Ron del Barrilito are distinctive in the world of Puerto Rican rums.  The small family owned business of Edmundo B. Fernandez has been producing these unique spirits for over 100 years. Their rum comes in two forms. The Two Star and the Three Star.  For a bit more background please see my account of a tour of the facility here on my blog under the category of Distillery Tours. (more…)

Published in: on November 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm  Comments (4)  
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A Slice of Island Life


El Fortin Conde de Mirassol

El Fortin Conde de Mirassol

Once in a while we all need  to take a break and just enjoy our surroundings. Let’s take a look around this little known Caribbean Island. (more…)

Published in: on October 3, 2009 at 3:13 am  Comments (14)  
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Tasting Notes: Zaya Gran Reserva Rum


Made in Trinidad

Made in Trinidad

I’m not going to get into the debate whether the “old” Zaya made in Guatemala was better than the new iteration being made in Trinidad. I wouldn’t mind having a go at in a proper venue with samples of both present. Alas that’s not happening today. (more…)

Published in: on September 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm  Comments (7)  
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Tasting Notes: Ron Mocambo 20 Art Edition


Viva Mexico!

Viva Mexico!

In the world of spirits today Mexico is not known for it’s rum. There are however a few still producing rum which will bring you back to the old “New Spain”. Here is one example. (more…)

Published in: on September 25, 2009 at 1:00 pm  Comments (9)  
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Tasting Notes: Ron Zacapa Centenario 23


A Wonderful Sipping Rum

A Wonderful Sipping Rum

If you’re looking for a rum nightcap, this may be the one for you. (more…)

Published in: on September 24, 2009 at 10:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Life’s a Beach


A day well spent

A day well spent

Vieques Island is not a large tourist destination compared to many Caribbean Islands. That means the beaches here are uncrowded and often you will have an entire beach to yourself. (more…)

Published in: on September 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm  Comments (2)  
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Local Home Spiced Rum = Yum!


Fruit of the Quenepa Tree

Fruit of the Quenepa Tree

Bili is the name of a home spiced rum very popular here on Vieques Island and throughout Puerto Rico. (more…)

Published in: on September 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm  Comments (9)  
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A Tour Of Ron Bacardi


Bacardi Tasting facility

On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 I met Federico Hernandez, the organizer of the upcoming Puerto Rico Food and Rum Festival along with Ministry of Rum  member Rumelier. We had scheduled a tour of the Ron del Barrilito facility as well as the Bacardi plant. Here is an account of the Bacardi tour. (more…)

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm  Comments (3)  
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Tasting Notes: Ron Diplomatico Blanco


RON DIPLOMATICO BLANCO

Reviewed September 16, 2009.

Ron Diplomatico Blanco

Ron Diplomatico Blanco

A bright, crystal clear and perfectly polished appearance.

Light but distinct aromas of vanilla oak underpin top notes of heavy cream and a floral perfume. (more…)

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm  Comments (3)  
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A Tour Of Ron del Barrilito


The Modest Entrance

The Modest Entrance

On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 I met Federico Hernandez, the organizer of the upcoming Puerto Rico Food and Rum Festival along with Ministry Of Rum member Rumelier. We had scheduled a tour of the Ron del Barrilito facility as well as the Bacardi plant. Here is an account of the Barrilito tour. (more…)

Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm  Comments (4)  
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