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Week 39 in Review

Appleton returns to Sandals, Don Q Gran Añejo gets reviewed, NYC’s best mojito is revealed and much more in this week’s rum news.


“The Serrallés family has been producing rum in Puerto Rico since family patriarch Don Serrallés imported a copper still from France and made his first batch in 1865. Almost 150 years later, the Serrallés family continues to produce the Don Q line of rums at their family distillery, Destilería Serrallés.” Check out 6 generations of rum making from The Observer.

Jamaica Gleaner reports that nearly 300 bottles of the super-rare Appleton 50 – Jamaica Independence Reserve rum have been shipped. The additional 500 bottles are are sure to sell within the year so act quickly if you want a piece of cane spirits history.

Sandals Resorts have renewed their rum deal with Appleton after a two year stint with competing brand El Dorado.  All 17 Sandals beach resorts will immediately resume pouring the Appleton line of Jamaican rums.  Travel Weekly has the full story.

Our friends at Caribbean Journal review one of our favorite Puerto Rican rums, Don Q Gran Añejo.  Tune in to the CJ site to see what they think of this mellow sipper.

New York Daily News scours the Manhattan cocktail scene in search of the cities best mojito.  After an exhausting research session they find the most pleasing cocktail at Guantanamera in Hell’s Kitchen.  Here’s how this 8th Ave. hotspot serves it up.

A new cane spirits-focused restaurant and bar opens in Seattle.  Nick Feris from the Rum Collective writes about his first impression of Rumba.  Check it out.