Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Another Major Merger of American Alcoholic Beverage Distributors, Are We Headed toward a Monopoly?

      The mega distributor Southern Glazer looks like it is going to have some huge company with the proposed joining of Republic National Distributing and Breakthru Beverage Group.  The completion of this deal will mean that 56% of the American alcoholic beverage distribution will be controlled by two distributors.  Many of the larger producers and looking toward having only one distributor in the United States, a trend that is being spearheaded by Bacardi and Campari, but we will see where this leads.  We question whether there will be pressures on other suppliers to consolidate their distribution networks to one wholesaler or continue with a portfolio approach. A sole supplier could lead to better coordination on retail activation and branding, lower inventory (better readings for stock levels), cost savings (simpler organizational structure). On the other hand, a sole supplier could lead to improved bargaining power of wholesaler over supplier.

    "The merger of RNDC and Breakthru will create strategic opportunities that will benefit our associates and our business partners in a rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace. Much more than a growth opportunity, we are entering this venture to create something that is different, sustainable and transformative," said RNDC President & CEO Tom Cole. "Together, our deep bench of focused, diverse associates will bring great and unique advantages to our suppliers, our customers and the consumers who enjoy the products we represent."  Proposed Merger to Allow Greater Focus on Innovation and Differentiation in Rapidly Changing and Competitive Marketplace

     Breakthru Beverage Group President & CEO Greg Baird commented, "Breakthru looks forward to joining forces with RNDC to establish an even stronger foundation of industry knowledge, talent, history and heritage. We see this as the launch pad to bring innovation to life and to usher in a new era for our business and industry."   
"Across North America, the combined company of RNDC and Breakthru will benefit from a broadly expanded footprint, a passionate and progressive team, and an uncompromising commitment to providing innovation, value and service to all our stakeholders," added Cole.   The transaction is expected to close late in the second calendar quarter of 2018 subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Unique Aging and Finishing Processes

Oloroso Sherry Casks
     There are many ways that are known throughout the world for  finishing spirits.  They take in the factors of altitude, temperature, humidity, and even consistency of all of these.  For me, there are many of these that are very unique.   For instance there is one rum distillery in Thailand that places the rum casks in an open grid rick over a spring that gives off a cooling effect that keeps the aging bodega at a constant cool temperature.  There others that have their aging bodegas high in the mountains of Central America to get the aging dynamic that they are looking for.

     One of the most interesting that I have run across is in Grand Cayman where the Cayman Spirits Company places their casks down in the ocean at seven fathoms and leaves them there for two years .  This method keeps the casks in motion the whole time and a a very constant temperature and pressure.  I've als heard of companies that place their casks on ships and sen them on a year long journey that speeds the aging process because of the motion of the ocean and the ship cruises.

Seven Fathoms Special Edition and Seven Fathoms
     Cayman Spirits Company has taken their process one step farther, by putting the rum that has spent two years under the sea into a Oloroso Sherry cask for another year to put the final finish on the rum.

    These days there are many distilleries that are using different wine casks to put the final finish on their rums.  Richard Seale has used Zinfandel, Madeira, Oloroso Sherry and other casks for years to put the finishing touches on many of his fine rums.   Diplomatico and others have been doing the same thing for many years as well.
.  This adds a subtle finish to the rum that makes it really special.

     It seems that these days that the place you age your spirit is just as important and yield as big of an effect on the finished product as how you distill it and where you source your raw materials.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Local Sourcing for your Spirits, How Important is It?

     Today people are seriously concerned about where their foods and yes, spirits are made from. They want to be proud of the spirits that they are drinking, thus the rise of the small artisan distilleries across America are starting to become so popular.

     Just a few short years ago there weren't many local distillers, most of Americans were drinking their spirits made in huge factories.  Many of these especially in the rum industry were made in places other than America.  Today there a re a growing number of rum distilleries popping up right in your back yard. 

     Many brands like Siesta Key, Bayou, Fwago Rum, Koloa, Richland Distillery,Wicked Dolphin, Tailwinds Distilling, Savanah Distilling and many more around the country are producing premium quality rum with locally sourced raw materials.   By making their spirits this way, they are not only supporting the local farmers, they are adding a very special local terroir to their rums.  Craft distilling offers this ability that the large spirits factories aren't able to provide.

     This is why it is so important for you to support the spirits distillers in your back yard.  They are giving you all of the fine quality and local flavor that you can't get any other way.  It is important that you get to know your local distiller and start to enjoy the taste of your own back yard.  It is always nice when you support your local distiller.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Fabulous Frigate Bird

     Throughout the Caribbean you will see the fabulous frigate bird, this is a huge magnificent bird that soars over the seas looking like something out of prehistoric times.  Mostly found on oceanic coasts, islands, likes areas over warm waters, usually along coast but also far offshore at times.  Also soars inland in coastal areas like, crossing the isthmus of Panama from one ocean to the other. Strays are rarely seen far inland around fresh water. Nests on islands, usually small islands with dense growth of mangroves or other trees or shrubs.

     The Frigate forages in the air, swooping close to water to take items from on or near surface, making just a slight contact with the water.    They are not aquatic birds in that they do not swim.  Frigates forage over land in the same manner that they do over the water, taking prey from beaches without landing. Frigates are also known for their piracy, chasing other birds and forcing them to drop or disgorge their food.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Papa's Pilar Sherry Cask Limited Production Has Arrived

     We are proud to introduce a limited release of 1,400 special-edition Sherry Cask Finished Rum cases that will hit certain states this week. Our team of Master Blenders created this special edition expression to further bring out the Spanish Sherry flavor profile in our flagship Dark Rum. After the hand-selected rum goes through our unique solera blending process, it is further aged in wet Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, resulting in an entirely new flavor experience.
     In a quest to get rum back to its roots, the Papa’s Pilar Production team chose to embrace a similar methodology used in Scotch Whiskey, with the goal to allow the rum blend to continue to meld together, while also interacting with the Sherry and French Oak. It’s also a method used by Cuban rum makers in their best rums, as they cannot easily source used American Bourbon barrels. The team chose to use French Limousin Oak Sherry casks from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and only for a short period of time, because the grain structure of French Limousin Oak is wider and more open than American Oak Bourbon barrels (300L vs 200L).
     The rum has a mahogany color, with an aroma of caramel and notes of sherry. The flavor profile has sweetness of maple along with a variety of candy like notes and a bit of nuttiness.  It’s y well rounded and balanced, but not without personality. a Pilar that’s richer, more full-bodied, and, well, sensational. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

United States Senators Try to Overhaul Alcoholic Beverage Taxation

     This is something that is long overdue for American winemakers, brewers and distillers.   We offer a similar package for the distilleries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, it is time to start taking of the alcoholic beverage producers at home.

     Almost 300 House members have voiced support for a similar proposal.   The amendment would cut federal excise taxes on beer and spirits.  It also would allow small winemakers to access a larger credit for the wine excise tax, which ranges between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon.

     Groups that represent brewers, winemakers and distillers in Washington said on Monday that the Senate should use its tax reform package to enact long-discussed changes to the excise tax regime which, in the industry's view, would help both large beverage-makers and smaller, craft operations.

     In a Nov. 13 letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), industry leaders said including language championed by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in a manager's amendment to the tax legislation would ease the excise tax regime for alcoholic beverage companies that are also advocating for looser regulations. The Beer Institute, Brewers Association, Wine Institute, Wine America, Distilled Spirits Council and American Craft Spirits Association signed onto the letter.

     "The beverage alcohol industry remains one of the most regulated industries in America," the groups wrote. "Brewers, winemakers and distillers pay state, local and federal taxes on their production. Federal excise taxes, which are regressive taxes, are simply too high."

     Portman's amendment would enact the provisions of S. 236, which contains several changes to how the federal tax code treats the sale and production of alcoholic beverages. The underlying legislation was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee, on Jan. 30. It has bipartisan support from 53 cosponsors, including 24 Republicans and 11 members of the Finance Committee. Hatch is not a cosponsor. An identical House bill - H.R. 747, introduced by Rep. Erik Paulson (R-Minn.) - has 295 co-sponsors.

     Portman's amendment would cut federal excise taxes on domestically produced beer and distilled spirits and allow greater access to a credit for the wine excise tax, which ranges between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Special Cocktail

With Thanksgiving just over the horizon, here is an idea for those hours as the bird is cooking and you gather around to enjoy all those great conversations.   Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the bounty of the years labor in the fields, and this cocktail includes so many of them.  I hope that your Thanksgiving is a really nice one and you can include this cocktail idea in your celebration.

Bahama Bob’s 

Thanksgiving Special

  • 2 oz. Siesta Key Spiced Rum
  • 1 ½ oz. Pilar Blonde Rum
  • ½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • ½ oz. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a tumbler filled with ice and garnish with fresh ground nutmeg.