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Week 15 in Review

New rums from Panama, Austin gets another cocktail bar and rum 101 in this week’s news roundup.


image“Rum has come a long way in the past few years, but it hasn’t lost its sexy, swashbuckling vibe, say the Thinking Drinkers, Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland.” Check the Telegraph for the full story.

Austin, TX scores yet another world class bar; this time with a Cuban vibe and a pile of solid cocktails on the bar menu and an impressive collection of high-end rums. Say hello to Pleasant Storage Room. Austin Eater has the details.

From Bevnet: Hailing from the jungles of Panama, Selvarey Rum is breaking the mold with its upscale, single-estate white and flavored rums. The independent spirits company is based in Los Angeles and co-founded by brothers Marc and Seth Gold, and Robert Herzig, who are bringing an elegance and refinement to the category with their White and Cacao rums.

“When Bailey Pryor was making his recent Emmy award winning film for PBS about famed Prohibition rum runner Bill McCoy, he wondered if anyone had every trademarked the phrase “The Real McCoy.” To the surprise of Pryor’s attorney, no one had ever claimed the phrase. So Pryor’s partners did, and last year released a line of three Real McCoy rums that have now garnered 21 awards in rum competitions from San Francisco to London.” Get the full story at

Destileria Serralles, Puerto Rico’s largest distillery, plans to triple its rum production within the next three years. Check out Yahoo News for more.