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Old 04-29-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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In regards to caramel color, I chose a DS400 which is actually DoubleStrength. I could have used a caramel made from corn or sugar. I chose the more expensive Florida, sugar-based caramel because I don't really want to put a processed corn product into a bottle of rum.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:47 AM   #12
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Here's the latest update

  • Confirm payment to the distiller - April 29
  • Confirm shipping - date May 8
  • Truck rum to Kingston to be loaded in a container and taken to the port for loading on a ship.
  • Pay the freight consolidator in Kingston
  • File ISF security papers 48 hours before the container is loaded.
  • File pre-entry customs and FDA papers - the good news is that I have a very good customs broker in NJ who has never let me down.
  • Pay the shipping company
  • Pay customs, FDA, security inspections, etc.
  • Have the container picked up from the port in NJ and taken to the warehouse in NJ.
  • Ship the rum to MA to be bottled.
  • While the rum is being diluted -
  • Purchase 1100 cases of bottles
  • Purchase 13,000 closures
  • Print labels, capsules and have them delivered to the bottle. The label approval was submitted April 11, hopefully that will go through without any problems.
  • Ship 5 gallons of caramel to the bottler
  • Color the rum after dilution
  • Bottle and ship the rum back to the NJ warehouse
  • Register the rum in those states in which it needs to be registered
  • Take orders and ship to distributors
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:11 PM   #13
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I don't really want to put a processed corn product into a bottle of rum
Thank you!

Can we hope it wil be distributed in Europe too?
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:14 PM   #14
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In regards to caramel color, I chose a DS400 which is actually DoubleStrength. I could have used a caramel made from corn or sugar. I chose the more expensive Florida, sugar-based caramel because I don't really want to put a processed corn product into a bottle of rum.
Or you could have skipped the coloring all together.

What exactly is gained by adding coloring? How does it benefit the spirit? Isn't it only for me too marketing?
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:49 AM   #15
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Or you could have skipped the coloring all together...
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The closer to it's pure form the better I think. Makes me feel better when I drink spirits.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #16
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In regards to color, traditionally, color was added to rum to make them black or a shade of gold/brown to make them more consistent and appealing to the eye. Though I've never read this and I wasn't around a couple of hundred years ago, I believe that adding color took care of any fogginess or lack of clarity after distillation.
I'm going to bottle this as a Black rum as that is what bartenders across the country are asking me for. Last week I was asked for a Gold rum so this could be used in things like daiquiris without coloring the drink too much. A black rum in a drink like a daiquiri doesn't have the most eye appeal.
On the other hand, tiki drinks commonly call for Black rums, and since that was the first market demand I identified I am going in that direction.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:23 PM   #17
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It's been a busy week and I haven't been able to keep this updated as quickly as I would have liked, so here's the latest update

  • Confirm payment to the distiller - April 29
  • Confirm shipping - date May 8
  • Truck rum to Kingston to be loaded in a container and taken to the port for loading on a ship.
  • Pay the freight consolidator in Kingston
  • File ISF security papers 48 hours before the container is loaded.
  • File pre-entry customs and FDA papers - the good news is that I have a very good customs broker in NJ who has never let me down.
  • Pay the shipping company
  • Pay customs, FDA, security inspections, etc.
  • Have the container picked up from the port in NJ and taken to the warehouse in NJ.
  • Ship the rum to the bottler. Scheduled for mid-June.
  • While the rum is being diluted -
  • Purchase 1100 cases of bottles. Quote is in place and account with vendor has been established.
  • Purchase 13,000 closures
  • Print labels, capsules and have them delivered to the bottle. The label has been approved.
  • Ship 5 gallons of caramel to the bottler
  • Color the rum after dilution
  • Bottle and ship the rum back to the NJ warehouse
  • Register the rum in those states in which it needs to be registered
  • Take orders and ship to distributors
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #18
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I'll add another thread about coloring over the weekend.
In regards to Europe, I have had a few inquiries from importers and distributors and am looking forward to exploring the European market as soon as I have something bottled in the US.
As you can imagine this is a lot of logistics work, not to mention investment in time and money. As the old saying goes, RUM wasn't built in a day.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:36 PM   #19
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Thanks for the update, it is nice to see how things are progressing.

I can't wait to give some of it a try.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:35 PM   #20
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There are still a lot of things to be done, but this is coming together and I should have a bottling schedule some time next week.
Since this project began I've been asked about a Gold rum under the same label.
What do you think? Would you like to see a gold colored Jamaican rum that is full of flavor?
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