Introducing the Rum Brand Reference
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Diageo announced today (Jan. 17th, 2023) that it has purchased Don Papa rum. Naturally, we might wonder what this means for the rum market, if anything…
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December 2022

Sliding in just under the wire (less than 12 hours to midnight on Dec. 31st), a recap of important 2022 rum news, plus a few rum-related personal…
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While recently scrolling through the r/rum subreddit, I noticed a post expressing confusion about whether Angostura 1787 was sweetened. (“Dosed” is the…
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It’s been longer than I’d hoped for since my last post, but there are two good reasons! First, I’ve been working on a story about the growing desire to…

November 2022

One of the oft-told, erroneous tales about Royal Navy rum is that Britain’s navy used the “gunpowder test” to test a rum’s strength before the invention…
Something that makes Jamaican rum so unusual is a particular substyle colloquially known as high ester rum. Most hardcore Jamaican rum wonks have heard…
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Last month (October 2022), an important rum-related news story crossed the business wires with relatively little fanfare. Shanken News Daily’s headline…
After three years of research, writing, editing, and laying out, our new book, Modern Caribbean Rum, is off the printing press and for sale at the Wonk…
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A frequent question in rum groups with American members is, “Can I bring Cuban rum home with me to the US?” Unfortunately, the answers provided are…

October 2022

A brief note today to keep Martinique rum enthusiasts updated on where their favorite brands are distilled. TL;DR – per authoritative sources, Rhum…
Brown-Forman’s recent announcement of its planned acquisition of Venezuela’s Diplomatico rum has rum-industry watchers pondering the ramifications…