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Week 18 in Review

Blue Chair Bay’s launch, love for Cruzan, craft cocktails push rum sales and much more in this week’s news.

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The Independent reports: “The popularity of rum cocktails has pushed vodka from the top spot for the first time since the 1960s, according to supermarkets and drinks firms.”

Kenny Chesney‘s new album, Life on a Rock, isn’t his only new product hitting stores these days. He’s also launching his own Blue Chair Bay Rum in 30 states.  Kenny didn’t just lend his name to the new liquor venture — he actually owns the rum brand and was involved in every step of developing the spirit.” Full story at WWPG.

“The world’s most expensive rum, Legacy by Angostura, designed to celebrate 50 years of independence in Trinidad, has been launched in the UK.  A mere 20 decanters of Legacy have been produced, just two are available in the UK and the rum sports a price tag of US$25,000.”  Get the full story at Harpers.

“No trip to St. Croix is complete without getting up close and personal with one of its most famous exports – Rum. The Cruzan Rum Distillery has been making some of the most popular rum in the Caribbean for more than 300 years.”  Jaunted has the details.

Our friends at Caribbean Journal discover the smooth character of R St. Bart, a new line of premium rums distilled in Guadeloupe and already popular in the European market.

The Ledger reports:  ”Just as we wouldn’t lump together all red wines, we also shouldn’t treat all rums alike.  A growing awareness of the differences in regional rums — not to mention variances in how they are produced — opens new opportunities for appreciating each in its own way.”

Yet another rum barrel-aged beer hits the market.  Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Oregon announce the release of Kill Devil 13, a brown ale brewed with two types of molasses and palm sugars and aged in barrels that once carried rum.  Brewhound has the scoop.