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Week 29 in Review

New brands launched, rum bars expand, cocktail competitions commence and Appleton takes on social media.  The week’s rummy news…


As summer activities and rum events hit high gear, Appleton Estate kicks up their social media presence. Jamaica Observer has the story.

Havana Central, the popular Cuban-themed restaurant and bar, is set to expand into a 9000 square foot space in the New York suburbs.  Click here for more details. reports that Mojito’s Bar & Grill has opened its doors on Esplanade at the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans.  The rum selection is said to be among the best in the city.

Brugal Blanco Especial is to be launched in the UK this August to give drinkers the chance to trade up to a premium brand this summer.”  More news on the big UK launch., a very cool new spirits review website, takes a look at Holey Dollar’s Gold Rum.

Create an original cocktail with Appleton Reserve and pair it up with your favorite song for a chance to win this year’s Appleton Remixology Contest.

The Puerto Rican government is fighting to keep major rum producers in place on the island after Diageo moved production of Captain Morgan to the US Virgin Islands.  Read on.

From the Jamaica GleanerJ. Wray & Nephew Ltd. has announced the appointment of Brown-Forman as the exclusive distributor of the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum and Appleton Jamaica Rum brands in Mexico.

Don Q rolls out a new mint infused rum that they say is “perfect for mojitos.”  Check it out. 

And don’t forget to buy a Rum Connection Tshirt.  They’re going fast!!