Miami Rum Renaissance Festival: Ten New Rums You Haven't Tried Yet
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Some rum is meant to be poured directly into mouth.|
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival at the Deauville Resort concluded last evening with a 6:45 p.m. "last call", prompting event goers to rush to their favorite rum booth for one last mojito or shot of the elixir favored by both pirates and yachtsmen.
The true highlight of the festival is the introduction of new and rare rums to Miami spirits aficionados. Both rums from brand new distilleries and products from boutique distilleries from the Caribbean and beyond were sampled at the festival. We've put together a list of the best rums you've yet to drink.
While cachaca may not be a true rum to Americans, it is the official cane sugar alcohol of Brazil -- by presidential decree! This means that true cachaca can only be produced in the country that brings us Carnival and tiny bikinis. Poesia is a non-blended cachaca, aged in native cariniana tree barrels ($48-60 retail).
Clarke's Court rum comes from the tiny spice island of Grenada. The small family-run distillery makes Grenada's most popular rums, but the only way to get Clarke's Court was to visit the country and bring some home -- until now. Clarke's Court will be introduced to Miami within the next few months, starting with the 80 proof Old Grog ($19.99). Soon to follow is the light rum, filled with distinct herbal notes ($12.50).