Since I've been a long time reader but never made a posting, I figured I would introduce myself.
My name is Luis. I was born and raised in Venezuela and am now living in Massachusetts, USA. What I do so far from my tropics, I have no idea - especially during these (still) cold months. Mind you, anything below 75 is rated as cold
in my thermometer.
I was fortunate enough to come to age in a place where great rums are produced and therefore a very cheap
. As a matter of fact, I grew up in Maracay, a city about 60 miles SW from Caracas, and just a few miles from Haciendas Sta. Teresa - where Santa Teresa rums are made. I use to drive by about twice per week, and watch the cycle of planting, growing, burning and harvesting the sugar cane season after season.
In any case, rum options as I grew up were pretty limited to local brands, and I got to know them quite well during my college years, if you get my drift
. It wasn't until I moved to the US - some 15 years ago - that I started exploring other options, and, man, there is some great stuff out there.
Up here in MA it seems like the single-malt thing still has a strong grip. Nevertheless, I have taken it upon myself to educate people here at work on the wonders of the noblest of all spirits; and boy, have they been surpised about the variety and amazing subtlety of many of the rums available. Probably about once per month I hold a little get-together in my office and sample a few rums, or make a few good cocktails for those who are not into neat spirits. These meetings and the rums profiled have been a hit.
Those of you working in companies where this sort of thing can be done should try doing the same. It's really worth it, and once they get into it, people start exploring on their own and start bringing their experiences (and rum) to the gatherings.
I can't say how glad I am of having found this little cyber-corner of people with a common affinity towards rum. Immense thanks to Ed for putting this place together. I mean, the poor man is constantly suffering on his boat while sampling rums from island to island.. I mean, I could never live like that