Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Another Fun Rat Key Taster's Association Get Together.

     It just seems to bet better and better, The quality of the rums and friends that we share it with.   This week was no different.   With 10 of us out there, we had a great selection of rum and people that really enjoy it.   We had two friends from Houston join us this week, Brian and Karen Yates are serious rum enthusiast and were thrilled to be invited to the island.  They were joined by the rest of the regulars, Carl, Don, Patty, Randy, Bob, Mike and Sam, all got to enjoy sharing the rum event with us.

     We were treated to a great group of rums
from Columbia, Bahamas, Japan, Trinidad, and Venezuela.   We all enjoyed the variety of rums that  were presented this week at the tasting and were really surprised at the differences in the rums from all of these different places.

     It was a pleasure to have guests from Houston to come and enjoy the rums with us.  We are receiving guests from all over the country each week and rums from all over the world.  This is what makes the Rat Key Tasting Association such a fun thing to be involved in.   Producers are sending their products from all over the world for us to enjoy on Mondays and to give our feedback as to their qualities and  how the expressions are perceived by the group.

     If you have a rum expression that you would like for the group of ru specialists to taste and tell the world about, you can send it to:

Bahama Bob Leonard
5555 College Road
Key West, FL 33040

     We will be happy to share it with out rum people and let you know how we enjoyed it.   We can also send you an evaluation by the four of the International Rum Judges that attend each week.  This is a great platform to have your rum tasted and presented to our following of rum lovers.  ;o)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Along With US - Cuba Detente Comes a Battle Over Trademarks

     The long standing battle over the Havana Club trademark is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are cigar, restaurant and American coffee just to name a few that are close of the same names. Despite the United States' 53-year-old trade embargo against Cuba, companies from both countries have continued registering trademarks and patents in the other.   Since 1966 about 1,500 U.S. businesses have filed nearly 6,000 trademarks in Cuba, including renewals, according to data from Saegis, the online trademark database from Thomson Reuters.   I found this article to be quite enlightening as to how the 50 plus year gap in communication has caused some very serious issues that need to be resolved.
     When Julio Manzini decided two years ago to name his small restaurant McDonald's after the famous fast-food chain (MCD.N), he had no idea it could cause any trouble. He has since been frightened into removing the name.   "I don't even know what McDonald's tastes like, I just thought the name was striking, like Shakira or something," he said at the lunch counter of what used to be "Cafeteria La McDonald's Camagueyana" in the Cuban city of Camaguey, about 300 miles (500 km) east of Havana.This month, Manzini stripped "McDonald's" and the famous golden arches from his handcrafted sign as a precaution after he claimed his establishment was visited by a lawyer sent by the company.   The place is now simply called "Cafeteria La Camagueyana."
     His counterfeit McDonald's illustrates a potential battlefront between Cuba and the United States over trademark and intellectual property rights as Cuba's economy opens up to more private enterprise and closer ties with the United States.   The two countries restored diplomatic relations this year after half a century of Cold War hostility and are now working to improve ties. Trademark and intellectual property issues will be on the negotiating table, both sides have said.

     Both have grievances. The United States has denied Cuban companies the same trademark protection enjoyed by brands from everywhere else, forcing marquee names such as Havana Club rum and Cohiba cigars into long, expensive court battles.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Day the Sky Caught Fire

     The day the sky caught fire,  the late afternoons looking west from the dock.  Life on the boat brings you views that a lot of people never get the opportunity to enjoy.  This is one of the late afternoons when the clouds and the sun worked together for an incredible view to come home to.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Westerhall 10XO Premium Rum

     One of the highlights of the Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival in St. Maartens was the Westerhall Distillery booth.   Westerhall is a legendary distillery from Grenada that has been producing top quality rums since the 1700's.  They have a long history of making fine rums at their historic distillery.

     Westerhall's 10XO is a ten year old premium rum that has already earned it status with a Gold Medal at the Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival  earlier this month.   This beautiful mahogany colored rum catches your eye immediately and when you open the bottle and the aromas start to catch you nose, you know that you are going to be in love with it once.

     Westerhall 10XO greets you with a taste of  caramel and smoky oak initially with a sweetness of honey, vanilla later joined by a combination of spices that you would expect from a rum that originates in the spice islands.   This is a rum slowly that finishes dry with a lingering flavor mocha and spice that fades at the end.

     Keep your eyes open in your favorite liquor store or cocktail lounge for this one.  Don't let it get away from you without tasting it.   ;o)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday: Great Day to Change it Around to a Black Rum Friday

     If you are as tired of the mega merchandising media blitz bombarding you with their get something for nothing rantings.  I've got a better idea, lets all stay home and create a great new "Black Rum Day" concoction.

     Why don't you follow suit with me and head into the special place where you create your cocktails and put on that thinking cap and make something new using a black rum.  This should be very fun and the rewards are consumed for a real fun afternoon.

     There are a lot of choices from the very sweet like Cruzan Black Strap abd Gossling Black Seal; the spiced Blacks from Captain Morgan and Kraken; British Navy Rums like Pusser's and Smith and Cross.   Many are available at your local liquor store and perfect for making you "Black Friday" a whole lot more enjoyable rather that banging heads with millions of shoppers in over crowded stores.

     You might want to give this idea try if you are not getting any inspirations standing infront of the bar.

Black Friday Relief

  • 1 1/2 oz. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
  • 1 oz. Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Half and Half
  • 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters
Place all ingredients into a shaker and shake until chilled and strain into an Old Fashion glass or a twelve oz. tumbler filled with fresh ice.  Garnish with a lemon wedge.

    Avoid the Black Friday mess if you can, but if you can't, enjoy the relief when you get home.  ;o)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

     This is a day that is as American as American can be.  It is a day to share with your friends and your family.  It is a day of reflection and giving thanks for all that your have been able to accomplish.   Traditionally a day of feasts and sharing of your bounty with your friends, family and neighbors.  The first Thanksgiving took place in Massachucetts in the 1620's, a day of giving thanks and sharing.

     Today the principles are the same, but how we celebrate it has changed.   It is a morning of preparation of the first and getting the tables and chairs in place for everyone to be able to join in at the table for our feast.   We also spend a lot of time in front of the television watching the Macy's Parade and then the football game as soon as the table is cleared.

    How are you going to spend the day this year?  No matter how you do, I just hope that you get to spend the time with the people nearest to you and a lot of fun getting together and sharing with everyone.  ;o)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Celebrating a Friend and Sharing Fine Rum

     Windy and blustery, but one of the best tastings yet. So many fabulous rums and so little time. With only seven of us it was a chance to sit and ponder the taste and qualities of all of the fine rums that were present.
     Yesterday we took a little time to raise our glasses to a friend that was lost on November 12th. Patrick Shank, you are really missed around here, and I think you would have enjoyed sitting with us and enjoying a fine rum.
     It is going to be hard to keep up bringing so many quality rums for the enlightenment of everyone. It is such a fun time to sit on the key looking out over the Gulf of Mexico and sip really great rums. This week was no exception with rums that span the range of 2 years to 25 years old and all were just wonderful.
     The cool weather and the warmth of the rum, a really great concept and on that should be repeated throughout the winter.