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

The Rumcast Will Hoekenga and John Gulla

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 97 Ratings

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

    S.B.S Rum, Advent Calendars, and Emerging Rum Regions with Joshua Singh of 1423 Spirits

    S.B.S Rum, Advent Calendars, and Emerging Rum Regions with Joshua Singh of 1423 Spirits

    In this episode we sat down with Joshua Singh, co-founder of 1423 Spirits and S.B.S Rum, an independent bottler based in Denmark that's doing some very interesting things right now. Since it's the holiday season, we also talked about the making of 1423's annual rum advent calendar and what goes into selecting 24 different rums for it every year. Topics discussed included:

    The rum advent calendar selection and feedback processes

    Why 1423 adds sugar to some of their rum brands (but not S.B.S)

    The problems with the EU's decision to cap the allowable amount of sugar added to rum at 20 g/L

    The challenges of introducing rum to new people
    S.B.S's new origin series dedicated to interesting unaged rums (and how the first 4 were selected)

    Convincing a Dominican Republic distillery to make a grand arome (or aroma grande) rum

    Sourcing cane juice rum from Ghana

    Emerging rums from India

    The type of barrel that Joshua believes works like magic when aging high ester rums

    And more

    You can learn more about everything Joshua is doing at the 1423 website: https://www.1423.dk/

    P.S. Did you know you can support The Rumcast on Patreon now and get bonus episodes, happy hours, and more? You can! Head to patreon.com/therumcast to check it out.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    67: The Stories of Providence Rum and Clairin, the Spirit of Haiti with Herbert Barbancourt-Linge Jr.

    67: The Stories of Providence Rum and Clairin, the Spirit of Haiti with Herbert Barbancourt-Linge Jr.

    In this episode we sat down with Herbert Barbancourt-Linge Jr. of Providence Rum / Distillerie de Port-au-Prince and The Spirit of Haiti. Herbert took us deep into the making of one of Haiti's newest distilleries, which has already put out interesting releases like Providence First Drops and Providence Dunder & Syrup. We also talked all things clairin, which Herbert has helped rum enthusiasts across the globe discover through his involvement in The Spirit of Haiti with La Maison & Velier. Topics discussed included:

    The process of building a new distillery from scratch in Haiti

    Defining Providence's style of Haitian rum (and how it's different from clairin)

    How they ended up partnering on Providence with La Maison & Velier

    How The Spirit of Haiti was formed

    The early days of searching out Haiti's best clairin producers

    Clairin culture around the island

    How clairin's export success has been received in Haiti

    What to expect from Providence's aging program

    Cane juice vs. cane syrup

    The Barbancourt family backstory

    Misconceptions about Haiti

    And more

    You can learn more about Providence Rum at their website: https://www.providence-rum.com/

    This episode is sponsored by Down Island Spirits, a brand new independent rum bottler that has just launched the first releases in its Single Cask Rum Series in the U.S. Go here to check out and order their initial 4 releases: https://www.downislandspirits.com/

    P.S. Did you know you can support The Rumcast on Patreon now and get bonus episodes, happy hours, and more? You can! Head to patreon.com/therumcast to check it out.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    66: The Making of Matt Pietrek's New Book: Modern Caribbean Rum

    66: The Making of Matt Pietrek's New Book: Modern Caribbean Rum

    In this episode we sat down with the Cocktail Wonk himself, Matt Pietrek, to dive into his and Carrie Smith's new 850-page opus on Caribbean rum, Modern Caribbean Rum: A Contemporary Reference to the Region's Essential Spirit. Along the way, we also discussed his journey from software engineering to full-time rum work, the current state of rum, and much more, including:

    Which rum-making countries proved to be the hardest to write about

    Surprising things learned in the course of writing the book

    Lessons learned from multiple adventures in self publishing

    What makes this book different from other commonly recommended reads on rum

    How working with WIRSPA has broadened his perspective on rum

    The future of molasses production

    Assessing past rum predictions

    Whether he likes Star Trek or not

    And more

    If you'd like to check out the book, head over to: https://www.wonkpress.com/products/modern-caribbean-rum

    This episode is sponsored by Down Island Spirits, a brand new independent rum bottler that has just launched the first releases in its Single Cask Rum Series in the U.S. Go here to check out and order their initial 4 releases: https://www.downislandspirits.com/

    P.S. Did you know you can support The Rumcast on Patreon now and get bonus episodes, happy hours, and more? You can! Head to patreon.com/therumcast to check it out.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    65: The Rumcast Guide to Puerto Rican Rum (Part 2)

    65: The Rumcast Guide to Puerto Rican Rum (Part 2)

    We're back early with the follow-up to Part 1 of our Guide to Puerto Rican Rum. In Part 2, we dig into the wave of new distilleries popping up across Puerto Rico that are trying atypical things such as producing fresh cane juice rum, aging with new American oak, distilling with pot stills, and much more. Distilleries discussed include Destilería Coquí, San Juan Artisan Distillers, Destilería Cruz, and several others.

    If you'd like to join The Rumcast in donating to Hurricane Fiona relief, here is a link to the Hispanic Federation's hurricane relief fund: https://www.hispanicfederation.org/fionahelp/

    P.S. Did you know you can support The Rumcast on Patreon now and get bonus episodes, happy hours, and more? You can! Head to patreon.com/therumcast to check it out.

    • 30 min
    The Rumcast Guide to Puerto Rican Rum (Part 1)

    The Rumcast Guide to Puerto Rican Rum (Part 1)

    This is the first of two episodes exploring a category that has much more than meets the eye: Puerto Rican rum. In Part 1, we jump into a quick stylistic overview of the category before exploring its three most well-known distilleries and brands: Destilería Serrallés (Don Q and more), Bacardí, and Ron del Barrilito (Hacienda Santa Ana). Along the way, we also untangle the whole Havana Club thing, offer recommendations, and debate the merits of the "is Ron del Barrilito a spiced rum?" question.

    In Part 2, which will arrive next week, we continue the conversation with the island's new wave of craft distillers and how they are evolving the category.

    If you'd like to join The Rumcast in donating to Hurricane Fiona relief, here is a link to the Hispanic Federation's hurricane relief fund: https://www.hispanicfederation.org/fionahelp/

    P.S. Did you know you can support The Rumcast on Patreon now and get bonus episodes, happy hours, and more? You can! Head to patreon.com/therumcast to check it out.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Behind the Scenes of The Fat Rum Pirate, One of Rum's Key Review Sites

    Behind the Scenes of The Fat Rum Pirate, One of Rum's Key Review Sites

    This week, we sat down with Wes Burgin, the man behind the 800+ rum reviews at The Fat Rum Pirate. If you've ever searched for info about a particular rum online, odds are you've already come across many of Wes's reviews. It's one of the biggest resources out there for rum geeks and we had a blast diving into Wes's approach to reviewing, how the industry has evolved since he launched the site over eight years ago, and much more, including:

    Guarding against your own biases when reviewing rum

    Dealing with angry responses from brands that didn't get favorable reviews

    How he's managed to review an average of 100+ rums per year over the last 8 years

    Standouts (both good and bad) from all the rums he's reviewed

    How far rum has come in terms of transparency (and how much further it has to go)

    The current state of rum distilling in the United Kingdom

    And more!

    Plus, at the beginning, we also reveal the results of The Rumcast Fantasy Rum Draft from Episode 62 and crown our inaugural champion. If you missed out and still want to vote, head to Rumcast.com/Vote!

    P.S. Did you know you can support The Rumcast on Patreon now and get bonus episodes, happy hours, and more? You can! Head to patreon.com/therumcast to check it out.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Larry from OK ,

Thank you, sir, may I have another!

I’m look forward to this podcast nearly as much as I look forward to trying a new rum. We’ll produced and purely enjoyable. Keep it up, gents!

A. Fofanah ,

The Lord’s work

By far, the best podcast for spirits or wine in any category and I’m an advent listener to all of them. Once I started tuning into to this podcast I haven’t listened to anything else. You two have struck gold at the perfect time. The world is ready for rum again and your helping lead the way to unearth something that has always been extremely special. Will don’t feel bad Tennessee will soon get the picture, John keep telling dad jokes your not alone and guys thank you thank you thank you. If I didn’t live in New York I would pay you rent.

J prophet ,

Deeply informative AND entertaining

This might be one of my favorite podcasts even if I didn’t care for rum - it’s that well produced, featuring two guys that really know how to put on a show. It’s like having two perfect drinking buddies beside you in a bar - serious experts in their field but friendly, funny and good natured so you never feel like a total n00b.

They're also able to land one industry legend after another - really impressive insider perspective, often with amsuing anecdotes. I've doubled my rum knowledge and tripled my rum drinking appreciation through this podcast.

My only wish: make the end-of-episode lightining Q

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