Rum/Agricole/Cachaça Category

Tuesday 09 August, 2016

Finding the Perfect Rum? Diplomatico vs. Santiago De Cuba

It wasn’t that long ago that rum was a relatively downmarket spirit. Despite rum (or ron or rhum in its original languages) being the most popular alcohol worldwide, as recently as 15 years ago it was considered almost exclusively a mixing spirit—even in the smoother version that Bacardi originated in the late 1800s, supplanting most […]

Wednesday 11 May, 2016

What Spirits Will Ascend? Inside the 73rd WSWA 2016

It always takes a few days to digest everything that happens at WSWA—not to mention, sober up—hence why it’s taken me some time to post this wrap up on the convention of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America in Las Vegas  April 18-21st. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Distinct […]

Friday 27 November, 2015

Five Bottles I’m Obsessed With! Unusual Gift Spirits

Need to find a gift bottle for that hard-to-impress cocktail fan? Your answer may be here. I’m lucky enough to get samples of a lot of different spirits, some of which are easier to categorize than others. That can be a detriment unfortunately, in that the more something is an outlier, the longer it may […]

Friday 03 October, 2014

Cocktails and more on

My work at hasn’t been just about food and chefs–I get to write about cocktails and other beverages as well. Here’s a few of my pieces there: Master Mixologist Tony Abu-Ganim on Vodka Distilled A New Holiday Cocktail: The Latketini Vintage Spirits: Are They Trash or Treasure? How the L.A. Cocktail Scene Is Different […]

Thursday 02 October, 2014

Getting Spirited in the Tasting Panel

As Editor-At-Large for the Tasting Panel, I got to explore every corner of the varied world of spirits. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Click on each image below for the full stories as printed! ALSO SEE MY WINE STORIES FOR THE TASTING PANEL HERE OR GO HERE FOR MORE STORIES […]

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Friday 24 January, 2014

In The Doldrums of Winter? What Better Time to Talk Tiki!

We are in the depths of a Winter that has really been hitting hard, especially for my friends in the Midwest and East Coast. So what better time to talk about… Tiki drinks!? Well, yes, actually. The culture of Tiki is all about aspiring to tropical Polynesia (a fantasy one, at that)—not actually being there. […]

Friday 29 November, 2013

Mixologists and Bartenders in The Tasting Panel

As Editor-At-Large for Anthony Dias Blue’s The Tasting Panel magazine, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the world’s best winemakers as well as master distillers, mixologists and other experts of the spirits industry. Here are some of the many features I published (click on each to see the full story): OR CLICK HERE […]

Tuesday 23 July, 2013

Scaling The Heights Of Mt. Gay Rum & Taking The Gold!

Amid the explosion of new craft rums and other cane spirits these days, the classic brands tend to get overlooked–a point probably not lost on Barbados’ Mt. Gay, which happens to be the world’s oldest continuously operating rum distillery. As Global Ambassador Chester Browne points out, they may not be the biggest rum producers (that […]

Friday 05 July, 2013

Minute Mixologist: Mixing with Bols Yogurt Liqueur

I admit I was more than intrigued when Bols–makers of more liqueur varieties than anyone else in the world, I believe–announced they would be making a shelf-stable Yogurt liqueur. What with all the novelty flavors in the liqueur and spirits worlds these days, I wasn’t sure what to think. Luckily Bols was nice enough to […]

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Tuesday 21 May, 2013

Una Piña, Muchas Niñas: Bacardi Fusion Parties!

Yesterday, Bacardi held a roll-out event for its new Pineapple Fusion expression, which combines the flavors of pineapple and coconut in light rum, at the iconic/infamous Hollywood Roosevelt pool. As much as I’m inclined to dismiss any pre-flavored spirit (especially one easily synthesized with fresh ingredient at a typical bar), I can see how this […]