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Week 4 in Review

Gold medals for Yahara Bay Distillers, a new Game Day cocktail, Flor de Caña’s big comeback, Havana Club wins Top Brands and more in this week’s rum news.


The Chicago Sun-Times discovers Koval Distllery, a two year old micro distillery known for making high-end organic spirits on the city’s north side.

If you’re passionate about rum, enjoy bars dedicated to quality rum cocktails and want to meet other like-minded rum enthusiasts in the Seattle area, be sure to check out the next Rum Collective meeting.  Click here for details.

“The Flor de Caña distillery nearly went under during the Sandinista revolution — but with that episode past, the rum maker is growing and expanding.”  Public Radio International covers the triumphant return of Nicaragua’s favorite brand.

Havana Club Rum becomes one of the “Top Hot Brands” as named by UK’s Market Research Society.

For game day imbibing, recommends a Santo Libre, a refreshing mix of Brugal Anejo, lime juice and lemon-lime soda. 

“Calling all sailors, pirates, bartenders, rum enthusiasts and drinkers of fine Caribbean spirits — there is a new rum in town.” The Miami New Times covers the launch of Brugal 1888.

Channel 3000 reports that Madison, Wisconsin-based Yahara Bay Distillers won a gold medal in the recent World Spirits Competition for their Premium Rum, beat out only by Don Q for the top prize.