Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Weather has Returned to "Normal" for the Keys

     The winds and weather is finally turning nice and we were able to get back on the water again after a three month hideous.   The warmth of the sun and getting a little tune-up on my tan is a wonderful thing.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

If the Governor Signs, the “Take Down the Wall" Legislation Will be Law

Gov. Rick Scott
     It has been a long road, but it looks like we will be able to buy spirits in the grocery stores and other larger retail outlets in Florida.  The state has a chance to get into the 21st century with 28 other states.

     The Distilled Spirits Council today praised the Florida Legislature for passing SB 106, legislation that would allow spirits sales in grocery stores.   The legislation, known as the "Take Down the Wall" bill, allows spirits to be sold alongside wine and beer in grocery stores. Currently, retailers must segregate spirits into a side store separated by a wall, inconveniencing consumers. 

     "Florida consumers want a modern marketplace where they can purchase spirits, wine and beer at the same time and same place - like in most states," said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Jay Hibbard. "We applaud the Florida legislature for listening to its constituents and urge Governor Scott to sign this pro-consumer legislation." 

     Following Governor Rick Scott's signature, Florida will become the 28th state to allow the sale of spirits, wine and beer in large retail locations such as grocery stores and big-box retailers.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sailor Jerry Teams up with Harley-Davidson

     Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum has signed a multi-year partnership with Harley-Davidson ahead of the motorcycle company’s 115th anniversary in 2018.   To kick-off the partnership, Sailor Jerry will unveil a series of 22 customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles designed by US artists including Harley-Davidson’s own Styling Team, at a celebration this spring.
     Acclaimed tattoo artists Jonathan Valena, Oliver Peck, and Megan Woznicki have designed a selection of bikes as well as Miami-based muralist, Alexander Mijares, celebrated automotive designer, Michael Ramirez and artist L’Amour Supreme.   The artists were tasked with interpreting the flash art style of Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins into their motorcycle designs.   The motorcycles will be unveiled at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on 2 May.
     Following the celebrations, the bikes will be available for viewing around the US all summer at alcohol retailers, Sailor Jerry’s Fleet Week New York celebrations and the Harley-Davidson Museum.   There will be a series of shared events from the two brands in the run up to Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary.

     “Between our shared American roots, values and traditions, collaborating with Harley-Davidson is an exciting and natural fit,” said Sailor Jerry senior brand manager Josh Hayes.   “Harley-Davidson shares Sailor Jerry’s genuine Americana values for freedom and living outside the lines. With Harley-Davidson, we look forward to a long partnership that celebrates our shared brand beliefs.”   Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of marketing, added: “Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Harley-Davidson are all about freedom of expression and customization, whether that is expressed by a Norman Collins tattoo or a bike. We are struck by the natural ties Sailor Jerry has to the motorcycle culture.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Abuelo Finish Collection Tasting Friday at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn

     Friday April 28th, Bahama Bob Leonard will be at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn to introduce you to Abuelo Finish Collection.  The tasting begins at 4:00 pm through 6:00 pm.  This is your opportunity to try these impressive rums.   These are three of my favorite expressions, because of the awesome flavors that the wine cask aging adds to this already fine 12 year old Abuelo rums.

    Ron Abuelo XV Finish Collection is a masterful series rums that is a limited edition created by the master blender at  Panama's Varela Hermanos Distillery. There are three expressions in the series, Napoleon, Tawny and Oloroso.   The names were chosen to reflect not just the character of the finishing wood, but also the places that inspired their creation: Napoleon for Cognac and France, Oloroso for Sherry and Spain and Tawny for Port and Portugal. 

      NAPOLEON: What better name for a rum finished in barrels that have contained cognac!  The French oak of these barrels and the delicate and complex flavor and aroma of cognac, with its characteristic fruity sweetness, give Napoleon its distinctive character, because different notes appear to those that we traditionally have in our rums.  The aroma has notes of wood, fruit and a hint of cacao.  On the palate it has a dry fruit and wood with a lingering elegant finish.

     OLOROSO: Finished in “botas” of Jerez Oloroso (Fragrant Sherry) made of American oak.  The Jerez Oloroso is a really aromatic wine with a lot of body and mildly sweet.  It is perhaps the expression that most maintains the traditional character of our rums, but with a more complex character, which gives it its final finish where the notes of dried fruit can be distinguished.  First pass by the nose give you a complex blend of citrus peel and smokey wood.  In the mouth there are notes of citrus and toasted almonds in the rear of the mouth and a long and enjoyable finish.

     TAWNY:  means “amber or dark brown”.  This was the name given by the British in the XVII century to the most aged wines from Oporto, because of their color. As a dessert wine, it gives our rum a special and distinctive sweetness with notes of “berries,” but without notably transforming its characteristics.  On the nose this is unique with a sweet and dryness that is a blend of the wood and the berries.  In the mouth, there is a natural sweetness of a well rounded blend.  The flavors in the mouth seem to remain for an inordinate amount of time with woody and fruited notes at the finish.

    Please join us on Friday afternoon for a couple of hours of rum tasting and education.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Back on the Water after Three Months as a "Landlubber"

     Finally getting my water fix. for the past three months between the work in North Carolina, Miami Rum Festival and a few other things we haven't been out on the "camper".  This morning we headed out to Bahia Honda and after a really nice ride here we are finally relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying the beautiful day.

     Made it to Bahia Honda and the boat is Tied up and the Kayak is
in the water.  Time to head out as see what we can find.  There is a little coral rock about 3/4 of a mile out into the Atlantic side from the old Railroad bridge that we haven't gotten over to in quite a while, so off we go.  A little bit choppy still, but undaunted, we head out to the rock and do some exploring.  The tide pools are really heat, there are many species of young fish riding in and out with the wave action over the pools.  Really interesting.  Several of the succulents growing in the tidal zone are starting to bloom with their tiny purple flowers, along with a few stranded sponges.

     The sunset cruise in the kayak out to one of the marker buoys for sunset is another highlight of every trip out to Bahia Honda and we didn't miss it on this trip.  Two rum cocktails in hand and away we go for an hour or so rocking along with the waves.  After returning it is time to turn on the blue courtesy lights and sit on the aft deck and enjoy the rest of the evening under the blue led lights.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RumJava: The New Rum on the Scene

     RumJava Artisan Crafted Rums are all natural and inspired by the Brian and Mindy Cunninghams’ passion for Caribbean culture, rum, and coffee.   Created from Java'mon Coffee cocktails made in Cruz Bay, St. John bars, RumJava’s handcrafted selection of unique fine Rums are infused with five of their Java'mon coffee blends and other natural flavors. 

     RumJava is twice distilled in a copper stack pot from Florida sugarcane at the Citrus Distillery until it has reached between 80 to 90% ABV.    RumJava has been personally nurtured by the Cunninghams through every step of their proprietary process.  The formulation, mixing, testing, and tasting has resulted in this wonderfully unique expression. The rum is infused freshly roasted Java’mon Coffee beans to yield the perfect coffee flavor and then the natural ingredients for added give the blend a nice depth and balance.  This expression has subtle notes of vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate, caramel, coconut, cinnamon, oak, and coffee.  The result is a unique collection of smooth, silky, flavorful rums and rum creams unlike any other.   RumJava is proudly offered as a 100% handcrafted, hand filled, and hand sealed, and infused product that they are sure you will enjoy. “RumJava is a truly one of a kind expression and yes, it really is rum!”

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The 2017 RumXP Tasting Competition Results

     The 2017 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is in the books.  It was a really fun week as usual in Miami.  Lots of new faces and great to see many of the old ones.  The judging, the parties, and the grand tastings all made for some really fun and interesting times.  Here are the winners in the 2017 RumXP Tasting Competition.

RumXP Award Winners 2017
Antelope Island Rum - Best In Class
Diplomatico Planas - Gold
Texas Silver - Gold
Plantation 3 Stars - Gold
Maggie's Farm White – Gold

Plantation OFTD 69% - Best In Class
Lost Spirit Navy Style 61% - Gold
Mantawny 47% - Gold
Florida Mermaid – Gold

Carmelita's Spiced Orange - Best In Class
Alligator Dark Chocolate - Gold
Plantation Pineapple - Gold
Rumjava Signature - Gold
Rumjava Cacao'mon – Gold

Black Magic Black Spiced - Best In Class
Carmelita's Dark Spiced - Gold
Brinley Gold Spiced – Gold

Maison La Mauny 40% Hors XO - Best In Class
Trois Riveres VSOP 40% Reserve Speciale - Gold
Trois Riveres Rhum Vieux Agricole Hors D'Age 1998 2000 2007 - Gold
Trois Riveres 50% Rhum Blanc Agricole – Gold

Velho Barreiro Cachaca 40% - Best In Class
Paratiana Ouro Cachaca 42% - Gold
Werneck Gold 40% Cachaca – Gold

Monymusk Classic Gold - Best In Class
Maggie's Farm Single Barrel - Gold
Plantation Original Dark - Gold
Tiburon - Best In Class
Plantation Jamaican 2002 - Gold
Monymusk Special Reserve - Gold
Ron Del Barrilito - Gold
Plantiaton Barbados 5 Years – Gold

Premium Aged
Mount Gay XO - Best In Class
Cihuatan 12 - Gold
Centenario 20 - Gold
Plantation XO 20 - Gold
Centenario 25 - Gold