Rum & Cocktail News Of The Week 9/18/15

Smoky Quartz Distillery Limited Edition
Smoky Quartz Distillery recently announced the release of Granite Coast Aged Rum. Granite Coast Aged Rum is an aged in the distilleries used, V5 bourbon barrels for 3.5 months. This 200 bottle release contains rum distilled from Grade A Louisiana molasses and fermented using Champagne yeast. It has tasting notes of sugar, floral notes, and vanilla frosting.

Granite Coast Rum is only available at Smoky Quartz Distillery in Seabrook, NH. Smoky Quartz Distillery is located at 894 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, New Hampshire. (


Master Distiller and Blender Don “Pancho” Fernandez of Panama and Ekko Fine Wines and Spirits of Houston, TX have announced the United States release of Ron Duran Rum. Named in honor of Hall-of-Fame boxing champion Roberto Duran, Ron Duran has been aged for 12 years in used white oak whiskey barrels. Don Pancho created this rum specifically to represent the strength and character of the Panamanian boxing hero.

The rum contains a nutty, buttery aroma with hints of vanilla, orange blossom, and toffee. Tasting notes include coconut husk, dark fruit, custard, and toasted oak.

Ekeko plans to distribute Ron Duran throughout North America.(

Puerto Angel Organic Rum (PRNewsFoto/Double Eagle Imports Ltd)
Puerto Angel Organic Rum (PRNewsFoto/Double Eagle Imports Ltd)
Double Eagle Import Ltd proudly announces that both age expressions of its Puerto Angel rum – Puerto Angel Blanco and Puerto Angel Amber – were awarded a 5 Stars “Classic” rating by F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.

We are thrilled that the exceptional quality of Puerto Angel rum has been recognized and validated by the esteemed industry experts. These accolades will be instrumental in developing distribution channels and creating consumer awareness – Marina Wilson, the President of Double Eagle Imports Ltd.

Puerto Angel rum is distilled using fermented organic sugar cane juice cultivated at the distillery-owned plantation located in Oaxaca Mountains, Mexico. Double Eagle’ traditional pot still combined with the terroir of the localized sugar cane provide Puerto Angle with an exotic flavor profile. The Blanco rum is aged for 6 months in American oak barrels, while their Amber rum matures over 3 years. Puerto Angel is one of the very few rum brands that are honored by a USDA Organic certification. (

Lost Spirits THEA One. Photo courtesy of
Original Lost Spirits THEA One. Photo courtesy of

THEA One Glass Cylinder. Photo courtesy of
THEA One Glass Cylinder. Photo courtesy of
Earlier this year the owner of Lost Spirits Distilling made waves in the spirits industry when he announced that their new ageing reactor could create spirits with the same profiles as ones that had been barrel ageing for 20+ years. Since the announcement, industry insiders have been waiting to get a peek at the equipment that can reduce ageing times from years to mear days. unveiled photos of the first photos of Lost Spirits’ THEA One Aging Reactor. THEA is short for Targeted Hyper-Esterification Aging. The original goal was to make a single-body, self-contained reactor but through multiple design phases, Lost Spirits’ founder Bryan Davis determined that dividing it into multiple pieces would work best. The entire reactor can now be constructed by a single company and shipped directly to individual distilleries.

The four stage, multi-day ageing process begins by adding charred wooden blocks to the barreled spirit as well as the tubes leading to the reactor. Add new-make spirit and the computer software takes over pumping measured amounts of spirit through the system exposing it to intense light at appropriate times and lengths. Everything can be monitored via the software locally (and remotely). Each stage contains 30-gallon batches for a total of 120-gallons throughout the system’s process. Distilleries who license a reactor will pay an upfront cost and a monthly licensing fee.

Bundaberg Tropics
Bundaberg Tropics

Australia’s largest rum producer Bundeberg announced via Facebook that their new Queensland-produced Tropics rum line will be released on October 10th just in time for Australia’s Summer. At least two flavors infusions will be available: Pineapple & Coconut and Mango & Passionfruit.

Facundo Rum Collection is talking which super-premium rums are worth sipping and why.


Ron Abuelo Centuria ($140) Launched in 2011 to celebrate the Varela family’s 100 years of rum making, it’s rich and spicy, with notes of coffee and gingerbread.

El Dorado 21-year-old Demerara ($100) Made in historic 200-year-old wooden pot stills, this rum smells of mocha and tobacco and has a velvety texture.

Facundo Paraíso XA ($250) Thick, concentrated, and subtle, this rum is finished in XO cognac barrels. The complex, heady Exquisito ($90) is almost as good.

Brugal Papá Andrés Alegría (2015) ($1,500) Created by a fifth-generation member of the Brugal family from rums aged in different types of casks, it’s light, silky, and subtle, with aromas of dried fruit and caramel.

Origenes Reserva Don Pancho 30-year-old ($250) Legendary Cuban distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez made this sensual-tasting rum in Panama. Only 600 bottles were produced. says that spirit drinkers need to be reprogrammed on how to enjoy rum. First you need to choose a quality spirit. They suggest Haitian Rhum Barbancourt Réserve Spéciale. Next you need a good, simple recipe. They were kind enough to include a few.

White Rum Punch


  • 2 cups white rum
  • 2 cups fresh pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • Zest from half an orange
  • Directions: Mix ingredients in a punch bowl and chill before serving in glasses.

    Rum and Black


  • 5 blackberries
  • Wedge of lime
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Directions: Muddle blackberries and lime wedge in a shaker. Add ice and rum. Shake and pour over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Serve with a twist of lime.

    Rum and Coconut

    Prepare in Advance: Fill an ice sphere mold with coconut water and freeze until solid.


  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Directions: Pour lime juice and rum over coconut water ice sphere in an Old Fashioned glass. Allow the ice sphere to melt some before sipping.

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