Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sampling Caribbean Rums and More

2013 BWS Trade Show 10/5/13 - Blue Chip Casino - Michigan City, Indiana 

Charles Eberhardt - President and Owner, Community Spirits

Over the weekend I attended the 2013 Beer, Wine & Spirits Industry Trade Show as a guest of Community Spirits Liquor

Community Spirits is the largest minority owned liquor store chain in Indiana. They have more than 100 wine selections, 150 beers and countless spirits options in 21 locations throughout the greater Indianapolis metropolitan area.

One of the rules of attending a liquor trade show is "pacing" yourself as you sample liquor from each booth. With approximately 70 liquor companies in attendance , it was not difficult to find yourself "over served" in a short period of time . . . (ˆ◡ˆ)  

As an admitted rum lover, my first two sampling stops were at the Malibu and Mount Gay Rum booths - along with Country mega-star Kenny Chesney's "Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum"  

Malibu is the original coconut rum, and Mount Gay has the distinction of being the oldest rum brand in the world - both are made on the island of Barbados. I might add Malibu Rum was one of the few booth serving full cups rather than small samples. ♥ Malibu 

Mount Gay Rum is just one of the prestigious portfolio of luxury wines and spirits distributed by Remy Cointreau USA

Sean Lothridge, Market Manager for Remy Cointreau USA in Indiana and Kentucky, and I got into a lively discussion about vacationing on the beautiful island of Barbados. We both agreed we were way overdue for another visit to the island where rum was born.  

Remy Martin V - Delicious!!

The House of Rémy Martin has developed a new unique ultra premium clear spirit - it's not a cognac - and is instead new spirit category made exclusively with the finest French grapes and slowly distilled in traditional copper pot stills which enhances the aromas and taste. Rémy Martin V is then ice-cold filtered for exceptional smoothness. It's served ice cold, great on its own, and the perfect mixer for any cocktail. 

Blue Chair Bay Premium Rum
Where Country Meets the Caribbean

Premium Rum Inspired by the Island Life of 
Multiplatinum Singer-Songwritter Kenny Chesney

Kevin Paschke - Regional Manager, Central Region
Blue Chair Bay Rum - Imported and bottled by Fishbowl Spirits, Rochester, NY

Definitely enjoyed meeting Kevin and sampling the Blue Chair Bay White - which has hints of vanilla and oak - along with also sampling the brands Coconut Rum. Both are very smooth, and are on my list of favorite rums.

WET MONEY - Legal (Bar) Tender - Cocktail Recipe

1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay White Rum
3/4 oz. orgeat (almond) syrup
1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Shake ingredients very well with ice in cocktail shaker and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Show off: Skewer a long, curved lime peel on a cool plastic sword. 

Many thanks to Community Spirits for the trade show invite, dinner and lodging. Looking forward to next year!!

We're showcasing the best Caribbean rum inspired cocktail recipes - Head over to our Pinterest page for a few Malibu and Blue Chair Bay Rum recipes - and hundreds more - Caribbean Cocktails 

Happy Travels,

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