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Week 15 in Review

Montanya wins big, Shellback makes a push, Chicago’s newest rum and much more in this week’s news.


From The Watch: “Crested Butte is already known as one of Colorado’s premier ski destinations, and after Montanya Distillers was named 2013 Craft Distiller of the Year by the American Distilling Institute last week, it has became known as home to one of the country’s best rums.”

Shellback continues their push to educate consumers and gain market share by hosting a series of glammed-up mixology seminars. Biz Bash has the details.  Check it out.

Can Angostura’s $25,000 rum change perceptions of the category?  Huffington Post examines the trends in the world of super-premium rums.  Click here for more.

From Beach to Bottle, Blue Chair Bay Rum is Raising Sail.  Our friend Rum Shop Ryan covers the launch of Kenny Chesney’s new line of Bajan spirits.  Click here for the full story.

“This week we’re breaking all the rules. This is straight-up contraband. Forbidden hooch that enters the United States in false-bottom suitcases and mislabeled boxes in the bottom of speed boats. A smoky beast that can’t be caged even by all the might of Uncle Sam. But that’s not the worst of it. It’s not even whiskey. It’s RUM!” Daily Meal takes a break from reviewing whiskey and digs into a high end Havana Club Rum.

Good news for all of our readers in Chicago.  You’re about to get yet another local craft distillery.  The former owners of Cafe 28 are firing up their still and creating a small batch rum called Ravens Cane.  Get all the details at

From Deadline News: “The world’s most expensive rum arrived in Scotland today – costing £2,627 a measure. Legacy, a dark rum, was distilled by Angostura and created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of its native Trinidad.”

“Miami Club Rum brought home a gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, capturing “best white rum” accolades. More than 1,400 entries were judged in the 13th annual contest, directed by Anthony Dias Blue and held March 21-24.” Get the scoop from Miami Herald.