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Week 45 in Review

Rarities from Venezuela, Forgotten Casks in St. Lucia, US liquor subsidies and more in this week’s news.

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Jamaica Observer talks rum and cocktails with Patricia Hue at the recent Appleton Estate International Bartenders Challenge. Check it out.

Our globetrotting friend Bahama Bob makes his way down to Venezuela to tour the Ron Diplomatico plant.  As a special treat, he scores a bottle Single Vintage 1997, the latest premium sipper from Master Blender Tito Cordero.

WLTZ 38 News reports: “A growing movement across the country is taking hold right here in our area and its called micro distilling. And the Richland Distilling Company is right at the center of it in Richland, Georgia.” Get the full story here.

Patrick Bennett from Uncommon Caribbean discovers Chairman’s Reserve-Forgotten Casks, a super-limited edition drop from our friends at St Lucia Distillers.  What does he think of it?  Tune in to the UC site to find out.

“There is every indication that the Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM), which includes the Dominican Republic, will likely file a formal international trade discrimination claim against the U.S. in the new year if Washington does not agree to talks over heavy subsidies being given to British and American (rum) producers in the region.”  Amsterdam News covers the ongoing battle between Caribbean and US rum producers.