25 episodes

Explore the world of rum by hearing from the people who are shaping it.

The Rumcast Will Hoekenga and John Gulla

    • Food

Explore the world of rum by hearing from the people who are shaping it.

    The Neverending Quest for the Ultimate Mai Tai with Kevin Crossman

    The Neverending Quest for the Ultimate Mai Tai with Kevin Crossman

    In this episode, we kick things off with a quick discussion of some rums from KōHana Distillers in Hawaii before jumping into our interview (18:44) with Kevin Crossman, the creator of UltimateMaiTai.com. Kevin has spent the last couple of decades drinking his way toward the ultimate mai tai, both in bars and at home, and documenting the process on his website. We pick Kevin’s brain on a little bit of mai tai history, the cocktail’s evolution over the years, an ingredient-by-ingredient breakdown (with recommendations for each component), finding the right combination of rums, the bars that’ll make you a great one, and much more.

    Thanks to Holmes Cay for sponsoring this episode. Explore their current releases at HolmesCay.com and keep an eye for new ones coming this year.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Exploring Paranubes and the Vast Category of Mexican Rum with Francisco Terrazas

    Exploring Paranubes and the Vast Category of Mexican Rum with Francisco Terrazas

    In this episode, we kick things off with a listener question on additives in rum, along with a quick rerum, before jumping into our interview with Francisco Terrazas of Paranubes. Paranubes is a fresh sugarcane juice rum distilled in Oaxaca, Mexico, by José Luís Carrera, a third generation sugarcane grower and distiller of aguardiente de caña. Not only does Francisco share the backstory behind the brand and all the details of the unique production process that gives Paranubes its distinctive character, he also gives an overview of the broader category of Mexican rum—which is much bigger than you might realize.

    We came away from this interview with even more excitement for a region that is often overlooked by rum enthusiasts, and think you will, too.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    A Professional's Approach to Reviewing Rum w/ Jay West (AKA t8ke)

    A Professional's Approach to Reviewing Rum w/ Jay West (AKA t8ke)

    In this episode, we talk to Jay West (whom the Internet may know better as t8ke), prolific spirits reviewer and founder of the Aficionados Group, the collective behind the XXX Series of rum releases and a recent string of high ester bottlings, including that DOK release you probably saw everyone talking about. Jay takes us through the stories behind those releases, what he’s learned from reviewing nearly 2,000 spirits, his approach to analytical drinking, techniques for improving your ability as a taster, spirits recommendations for rum fans, what’s next rum-wise for the Aficionados Group, and more.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Catching Up with Ian Burrell: Equiano Rum, The ISS Awards, and More

    Catching Up with Ian Burrell: Equiano Rum, The ISS Awards, and More

    In this episode, we start with some more chatter on Hampden’s latest Great House release and revisit a defunct rum produced in Trinidad (though probably not the one you’re thinking). From there, we jump into our conversation with Ian Burrell, the Global Rum Ambassador and co-founder of Equiano Rum (the world’s first African and Caribbean rum) among other ventures.

    In signature fashion, Ian takes us on an entertaining ride through discovering the rums of Mauritius, his relationship with Richard Seale, how the first Equiano rum blend (Mauritius rum and Barbados rum) came to be, what to expect next from Equiano, developing the International Sugarcane Spirits Awards, adventures in awards categories, overlooked or underrated rum distilleries, his basketball and music careers, and more!

    Thanks to Holmes Cay for sponsoring this episode. Explore their current releases at HolmesCay.com and keep an eye for new ones coming this year.

    • 1 hr 56 min
    The Modern Era of Hampden Estate with Christelle Harris

    The Modern Era of Hampden Estate with Christelle Harris

    In this episode, we start with John’s impressions of the new Great House release from Hampden Estate before jumping into our interview with Christelle Harris, marketing director at Hampden. Christelle’s family purchased the legendary Jamaican distillery at auction from the government in 2009, and she has been instrumental in developing the brands now associated with the distillery itself.

    In a wide-ranging conversation, Christelle shares how she decided to take on a role with the distillery in the first place, Rum Fire’s evolution (and the lessons learned from it), the process of discovering how truly special Hampden is, introducing the world to the first rums aged at Hampden, becoming friends with Richard Seale, the infamous Luca Gargano story, the Great House releases, Hampden’s endemic bird series, some exciting news for Hampden fans in the U.S., and more. Plus, cameo appearances from her grandma.

    Thanks to Holmes Cay for sponsoring this episode. Explore their current releases at HolmesCay.com and keep an eye for new ones coming this year.

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    Inside St. Lucia Distillers, Chairman's Reserve, Admiral Rodney, and More

    Inside St. Lucia Distillers, Chairman's Reserve, Admiral Rodney, and More

    In this episode, we start with a quick edition of Rerums (revisiting rums we haven't had in awhile) before moving into our St. Lucia Distillers interview. In the interview, we talk with CEO Margaret Monplaisir and Master Blender Deny Duplessis about the wide variety of rums produced at St. Lucia Distillers. Known for brands such as Chairman’s Reserve, Admiral Rodney, and Bounty (and Denros Strong Rum if you’re local), the distillery uses its unique combination of stills, base ingredients (both molasses and fresh sugarcane juice), casks, and aging environment to create a style of rum unlike any you’ll find elsewhere.

    Margaret and Deny discuss their personal rum journeys, the qualities that define St. Lucia rum, the complexity of the distillery’s approach to rum making, the advantages and challenges that come with producing such a wide variety of distillates, the distillery’s many stills, the Chairman’s Reserve Master’s Selections, the development process of a rum blend, the legacy of Laurie Barnard and his enduring influence on the distillery, and more.

    Thanks to Holmes Cay for sponsoring this episode. Explore their current releases at HolmesCay.com and keep an eye for new ones coming this year.

    • 1 hr 31 min

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