I am currently online as we speak, at the Bonham’s Whiskey, Cognac and Rare Spirit auction in New York, waiting for my lot to come up so I can bid on a rare rum I have wanted for a long time…
And here’s why. The bottle with a red wax capsule and label with Presidential Seal reads: “This is the Fourth of Twelve bottles of Jamaican Rum of supreme quality and great age prepared especially to commemorate the visit to Jamaica by The President of the United States and Mrs. Reagan, April 7th, 1982.” The back label then reads: “In 1906, when the twenty-sixth President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for his activities to improve international relations, a quantity of the finest rum from the Mona Estate in Jamaica was sealed in oak casks for ageing. The final parcel of this rum, now more than seventy-five years old, has been used in this unique blend, along with other fine Jamaica Rums, the youngest of which has been aged for over fourteen years.”
I was too young to meet Reagan, and born decades after Roosevelt died. But I am old enough to know that when a rare rum with great history arises, it belongs in my cabinet, Upstairs.
I recently came across Tanduay Gold Asian Rum. The rum was awarded “Best In Class” at this year’s Rum Renaissance festival.
"Rather than putting forth spirits of ordinary character, Tanduay has chosen to deliver a white and gold rum of above-average quality. This will certainly draw attention and impress those that make quality cocktails and appreciate good rum. Like a sleeping tiger now awakened, Tanduay suddenly appears (in the west) to impress and delight, while casting a positive light on the future possibilities for the discovery of well-crafted Asian cane spirits.”