Distileries and bars and parties, oh, my

As a Krewe of R.U.M. member, you will get invited to Rum distillery tours, tastings at local bars, social gatherings and parties that all have Rum at it's center. Here are a few of our adventures:


I’m not skipping school, I’m on a self motivated field trip
— Meghan Sherwood

Rum Tasting of the new Tricentennial Blend Rum

A couple of us were lucky enough to get invited to Old New Orleans Rum's unveiling and rum tasting at James Michalopoulos' house on January 23rd, 2018. 

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This new rum, celebrating New Orleans 300 year anniversary, surpassed our expectations. We love Old New Orleans Rum, especially in cocktails, but as a sipping rum, we felt that there was room for a new product. Their Tricentennial Rum is it.

it is a blended rum from their best distilerates, with cherry staves and aged in Madeira barrels. We were excited to give it a try.

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It was a real treat to join other Rum lovers for this special, invitation only, tasting of this new product.   In our opinion, this is ONR's perfect sipping rum and we plan on spending many nights sipping on this while thinking about New Orleans past 300 years.

It was a real treat to join other Rum lovers for this special, invitation only, tasting of this new product. 

In our opinion, this is ONR's perfect sipping rum and we plan on spending many nights sipping on this while thinking about New Orleans past 300 years.

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The first thing I noticed when i poured the rum into our glass was that the blend had medium legs and nice light color that was not as dark as I expected. The nose was pleasant with a mixture of sweetness followed by a great "funkiness" that I appreciate. There are hints of honey and vanilla and spice.

The tasting brought strong hints of honey, followed by vanilla and Madeira notes. Just to make sure we were properly tasting this new blend from Old New Orleans Rum, we went back for a second tasting, maybe three. We can't remember, but we do remember that this was a great new addition to their lineup and we hope that they will continue to make this blend even after the Tricentennial is over.

 

Social Soiree at the Ace Hotel

On January 16, 2018, we had a wonderful mixer at the Ace Hotel. It was a chance to unveil our Signature Cocktail for 2018, the Party Cloudy with a Chance of Speaking Up! (a take on the Dark & Stormy). We also had a "Delusion Rum Punch" made with Old New Orleans Rum that was delicious. The Hotel donated portions of these drinks to the Roots of Music Foundation.

In addition to the cocktail tastings, we also showcased our Krewe's throws for the 2018 parade and people really were impressed. 

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After the social, we headed over to Seaworthy to grab a bite of food and try some Rum. They actually had an impressive selection of Rum and the food was good too. I don't know about $3 for an oyster, but overall, we were happy with this restaurant (located next door to the Ace Hotel). 


A trip to the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery

On December 9th, the Krewe of R.U.M. (and some lovely ladies) took a tour of the Old New Orleans Rum distillery. Did you know that this is the oldest rum distillery in the U.S.? We didn't either until we took the tour. You can learn more about their rum and tours at their website: OldNewOrleansRum.com.

Tours are available daily, usually at noon, 2pm and 4pm. 

The distillery is owned by James Michalopoulos, one of the most famous and prolific painters in Louisiana. He is an amazing painter and has donated a collection of beautiful nude paintings for our Krewe Delusion Bedlam Ball taking place on January 27th, 2018. 

Barrels and barrels of Rum

Barrels and barrels of Rum

The ladies posing for a picture

The ladies posing for a picture

Tasting Old New Orleans Amber, Spiced, Gingeroo and Crystal Rums

Tasting Old New Orleans Amber, Spiced, Gingeroo and Crystal Rums

About Old New Orleans Rum:

Crystal Rum:  It is made from the premium cut of molasses from Delta cane sugar grown locally in southeast Louisiana. The crystal rum will have a molasses forward sweetness with a clean body and grassy notes on the finish. It’s great to mix into punches and traditional island cocktails (caprahina, mojito, daiquiri); the rule is always two ingredients or more when using Crystal (for the clear rum lover: ice and lime).

Cajun Spiced: The Cajun Spice Rum is one of our their most popular rums. Unlike many spiced rums, rather than creating a syrup and blending it into their rum, they take the popular baking spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger, vanilla, chicory and cayenne and create, essentially, a tea bag and steep our rum in the seasonings for 4-6 weeks. Producing a flavorful, but delicate bodied rum. This rum is really great in not only holiday cocktails, but in tiki-inspired cocktails. It’s also really great over ice or mixed with their Gingeroo (check out our signature Rum Cocktail our Partly Cloudy with a chance of Speaking Up, a play on the Dark & Stormy).

Amber Rum: They take their Crystal rum, at 140-150 proof, and store it in certified bourbon barrels procured from various bourbon and whiskey distilleries throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. They receive barrels in wet (still with the devil’s cut inside to keep the barrel conditioned) Their Amber is aged for a minimum of 3 years and up to 7 years in this blend. This is your rum and coke rum. It’s also really great in your short cocktails like an old fashion, julep, bramble, It also mixes well with the crystal  to make a New Orleans Hurricane. 

Gingeroo: Gingeroo is a premium, handcrafted, ready-to-drink cocktail, made in New Orleans with award-winning Old New Orleans Crystal Rum. They blend their rum with spicy ginger and pure Louisiana sugar cane to create this bubbly and refreshing cocktail. This was a crowd favorite.