small+still.jpg As I go looking for new distilleries, new Rums and revisit others we've met earlier, I stop to think how far we've come. Back in October we marked a year (Spirit Tastes) and in the 7 months or so since we've continued growth and experimented in some taste testing and some great times in our journey of discovery. That in mind - Let's see what we can see from Email and stuff:

Found a great article at Hub Page s,  Rum Made in America.... I am following the Author, Mark Spivak and  passed on to him how much I enjoyed it. Here is a sample of the article:

Domestic Craft Distillers Come of Age

Sailor+Jerry.jpg When we think of rum, the West Indies automatically come to mind. Certainly, some of the world’s best rums hail from the Caribbean: Mount Gay, Barbancourt, Ron Zacapa, Bacardi and 10 Cane, just to name a few.
Increasingly, some of the finest rums are being made in an unlikely place---the U.S.A. A great deal of the credit goes to the craft distilling industry, which has grown explosively over the past decade. More Americans are inclined to purchase an artisanal, hand-crafted product...... (click to read all)

The article mentions a number of Distillers - most, if not all in our directory and some already tasted and rated (RumRatings)

My find of the day is:
Owney's Original New York City Rum
Distilled by The Noble Experiment

We will let them tell us all they know....

Owen “Owney” Madden, Grew up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City at the turn of the 20th Century. He was a rambunctious young man. By his early 20's the leader of the West Side's Gopher Gang.

Owney-portrait.1.jpg By the time Prohibition was enacted, he was experienced in the ways of NYC's underground economy. Despite the treat of heavy consequences, he too full advantage of illicit entrepreneurial opportunities that the change in legislation provided.

Nicknamed “The Killer” for his bad temper, Owney rose to power. He operated some of the illustrious Harlem speakeasies and bootlegged his own hooch. However, most endearing to us, Owney was a Rum Runner. He smuggled Caribbean made rums into the US via the shores of Rockaway Beach, NYC.

Thanks to him, rum began regaining popularity amongst Americans for the first time since the Colonial Era. Our Rum pay Homage to Owney as a figure in an important era in NYC's rich History of imbibing. Cheers!

Here is a Classic Drink recipe right from their web page:

The Smash

  • 2 oz Owney’s
  • 2-3 sprigs of Mint
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1 bar spoon of sugar
  • muddle sugar, lemon and mint at bottom of rocks glass, add Owney’s then ice and club soda floater

So next thing I need to do is find out what it takes to get a taste!! We will report back!