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Week 48 in Review

A toast to Barbados Independence, 50 best rums, craft cocktails examined and more in this week’s news.

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The crew from Berkleyside.com pays a visit to Flora Restaurant & Bar in Oakland for fine cuisine and a sip of their famous handcrafted cocktails. The rum-based Airmail gets top reviews.

TheFiftyBest.com releases their list of Best Aged Rums.  Did your favorite brand make the list?  Tune in to the 50 Best site to find out.

“Rum is believed by many to be the oldest distilled alcoholic beverage. The first commercially distilled variation of this drink is believed to have occurred in this easternmost of the Caribbean islands in 1637, which coincided with the rise of the sugarcane industry, the source of rum and the backbone of its economy well into the 20th Century.” Barbados rum culture – current and past – gets some high profile coverage in Forbes Magazine.

“One of my favorites is the carefully-aged beaty pictured here, Rum Sixty Six from our friends the Seales at the famed Foursquare Distillery.” Patrick and Steve from Uncommon Caribbean celebrate Barbados Independence Day with a bottle of premium Bajan rum, Rum Sixty Six.

Smuggler’s Cove, Cienfuegos, PKNY and several others make Eater.com’s list of the best Rum-centric Bars in the country.  Click here for the rest of the list.