A very good article about why rum has been getting more (much deserved) attention recently.

howtospendit.ft.com/food-drink

From Jamaica to Belize, the elite new sipping rums that are raising the bar

Rums from Barbados tend to be what I like to sip, but Jamaican rums are the absolute best for mixing.

Everything You Need to Know About Jamaican Rum

esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/

Wow! I just made a mojito with Doorly's 8. It's going to be hard going back to my regular (1/3 the price) rum after this. I may have ruined myself.

This is pretty funny & a good demonstration why you shouldn't drink Plantation .

Irish People Try Caribbean Rum

youtube.com/watch?v=iQqPb-DQX6

Sausage patties, pancakes, blueberry compote, & maple syrup for brunch is followed by . For supper, it's followed by .

I'm going to say it: I absolutely love the no-nonsense labeling uses on their .

(You can just see the Zinfandel in the back of that one picture.)

Some recent purchases. I've tried the Mezan XO before, & it makes a mean daiquiri (Jamaican is awesome for mixing), but the Doorly's 8-year & Premise were new to me.

This Doorly's is an excellent entry-level sipper, but not as good as their 12-year. It's good in an Old Fashioned, but makes Coke taste bitter/astringent. The Premise is fine...but only after a couple drops of water. It sort of tastes like baking spices.

And here's part 2 of the article. Very interesting to know more about adulteration in the beverage industry. I know first-hand about food scandals. More people need to care about this.

forbes.com/sites/fredminnick/2

My 2018 consisted mostly of nonfiction, & only 2 works of fiction (but 1 was ). The topics were mostly about life in the , , & . But I did read a novel, a novel about the in , & a book about . As always I hope to read more next year.

I'm by Mur Lafferty.

bbc.com/news/world-latin-ameri

Caribbean Rum resurgence: 'Hellish liquor' to premium product

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Good article from the BBC. But I've always preferred to whisk(e)y. Like to tea, I find rum has a heavier flavor.

My order from The Book Depository arrived. Plus, I'm drinking a on a day the gov't has given us off because of the rain.

The Manual by Dave Broom

The Fortress by Kaufmann

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punchdrink.com/articles/how-fo

How Foursquare Became the Pappy of Rum

Richard Seale’s vision of affordably priced, “honest rum” has created a frenzy within the spirits world.

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This is a very good article on Foursquare Distilleries & Richard Seale. I've tasted a few of their rums (RL Seale's 10-year, Zinfandel Cask Blend, & 2004), & they definitely are tasty...provided they're not ridiculously priced.

Here's a good writeup on esters in , & may explain why my bottle of Mezan Jamaica XO is only good for a daiquiri & not for sipping.

cocktailwonk.com/2018/05/are-h

I'm not a lush. It's just that is a desert, and I have to stock up.

FYI, this is what rum looks like without added color. Also, these rums don't contain any added sweeteners or other flavors. The says "lightly filtered".

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