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Once You Go Black: Big Black Dick Rum Review

…..One of the biggest advantages of traveling is being able to eat and drink some unique products found only in foreign lands. A few months back I was lucky enough to take a trip to the Caribbean and like any alcoholic I found myself searching for some good rums to take back with me. As my wife and I walked past the many local shops, each with very “aggressive” tactics to get us to come in, we were caught a bit off guard when one yelled “You have to try some Big Black Dick”… What? “Come Try some Big Black Dick, as many samples as you want”… After we got over the initial shock we realized she was talking about a rum, popular in Grand Cayman yet relatively unknown in the states. Much like many other popular rums, this too comes with an interesting back-story that inspires it’s creation. According to their label:

“It is believed that Big Black Dick was born of ‘Royal’ African parentage before being kidnapped by French slavers who gave him the name of “Richard Le Noir”. Unable to subdue his efforts to regain his freedom, his French captors, tossed Richard overboard near a Caribbean island, which may have been Grand Cayman Island. Miraculously reaching land, he served for several years labouring in a sugar cae field where he learned the secrets of how to turn the sugar cane into the Caribbean’s finest rum. His kindly Caymanian master recognizing his hard work and hoensty awarded him his freedom in the early 1700’s.A free man and a skilled seaman, Dick tossed away his French name and became known as Big Black Dick. He soon earned the rank of captain of a three-masted-square rigger named “Caymanus”. She was a ship carrying 20 cannons with a crew of near 200 men that were known as the best in the Caribbean. History tells us that “Big Black Dick” was a dashing and handsome figure of a man, wearing a bright purple velvet coat and four pistols in his red silk sash. Those who knew him most immediately, know how much of a man he, indeed, was… possessing certain physical attributes unequaled by most ‘all’ other men of his gender.After a successful career, Big Black Dick retired to a more peaceful venture of making the best original pirate rum in the Caribbean.”

Cool story right? Captain Morgan and Sailor Jerry who? Whether or not a lick of it is true is not the point, but listening to that history would be enough to arouse my curiousity. The double entendre possibilities alone when whipping Big Black Dick out at parties would be worth $31.99 price tag. See what I mean? And so after sampling several of the varieties they offer (Light, Dark, Coconut, Vanilla), as well as downing a few complimentary rum cakes made with Dick, we decided to go with the Dark rum.

Presentation: Kudos to the marketing team for this one. From the overly darkened glass bottle to the exaggerated “length” of the bottle neck, this one plays well to it’s name. Though the cartoon like labeling screams of cheap, I think with this particular rum it works well for the gimmick.

Taste: The labels claim of “Stiff yet Tasty” didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. I’ve always lived by the rule to never buy a bottle based off a name/bottle design but this one I thought would be different. Coming from an area known for great rums, and having such a bold gimmick, I was looking for an equally bold flavor that could live up to the hype. Instead Big Black Dick started strong with a huge load of rich caramel/chocolate flavor that eventually died down and and left a funny taste in my mouth. All in all I definitely wouldn’t call this a bad rum, it just wouldn’t be my first choice to pour into a glass w/ ice and sip on. What I WOULD highly recommend is using this one as a mixer or float for some amazing tropical and Tiki drinks (Try some of Beach Bum’s recipes).

Grade: C+ (The conversations that the gimmick will provide make it worth the purchase so don’t be to scared by the C+ grading, it’s still a step above Bacardi)

So next time your out combing the beaches and visiting the Caribbean make sure to stop in the Grand Cayman and try some Big Black Dick. I promise, that’s my last innuendo. For more information on Big Black Dick Rum or any of their other products visit their parent website at www.BlackBeards.KY .As always don’t forget to Like us on Facebook. Until next time, class dismissed.

 

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Wall Street Plaza Presents: Rum Fest 7

For those in the Central Florida area, tomorrow is the 7th annual celebration of RumFest in downtown Orlando. What is RumFest? Only an amazing block party 3 hours long complete with live music, unlimited samples of some of the finest rums you can find and plenty of friendly people to interact with. With more rum than ever before, you can expect punches, daiquiris, concoctions, libations and more! Rums from around the world will be showcased, including: Don Q SilverAppleton Estates Jamaican RumBacardi SuperiorBacardi OakHeartMount Gay Eclipse,Ron AbueloJack Flavored RumsSailor JerryBrugalMargaritaville Spiced10 CaneMalibu, and Kraken Black Spiced Rum, just to name a few!

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. For $10 extra you can gain access to the exclusive Red Stripe Terrace where you’ll have access to unlimited bottle of Red Stripe lager, an exclusive special rum punch and an assortment of snacks and munchies all while overlooking the crowd down below at rumfest.

For more information, or to purchase your tickets, check out WallStPlaza.net

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Events, Rum

 

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Take The Oak Heart Challenge: Bacardi Oak Heart launches across U.S.

…..On September 15th, Bacardi, the top selling rum in the world will launch it’s newest product, Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum. Are you ready to take the Oakheart challenge? Similar to Jack Daniels recent Honey Liqueur launch, Bacardi is hoping to bring together more then 25,000 fans around the country to collectively try and celebrate its latest product launch. Markets involve in the Oakheart challenge include Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin. Not sure which establishments in your area are participating in the launch? Go to  facebook.com/bacardi where you can view their interactive map and find a participating bar near you. We at Intoxicology have not yet had the pleasure of giving it a taste but you can be assured that when we do we’ll be reviewing it here. From what I’ve heard it is a much better effort then their three previously failed attempts to enter the Spiced Rum department. Stay tuned.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Press Releases, Rum

 

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Rum Renaissance Sets Sail

…..Fans of Miami’s week long celebration of rum known as the Rum Renaissance Festival have an all new adventure to plan for this year. In collaboration with Celebrity Cruises, the hosts of Rum Renaissance have put together a week long rum-themed adventure aboard the luxurious Celebrity Summit taking place Nov. 12-19 this year.

“Join noted rum expert Robert Burr, author of the Gifted Rums Guide and host of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival for a unique week-long rum-themed cruise through the Eastern Caribbean islands. Discover the birthplaces of great rums while savoring the best rums of the region with rum seminars, tasting events and VIP excursions to rum distilleries and visitor centers. Rum cruisers will meet members of the International Rum Expert Panel and rum ambassadors from leading rum brands while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow rum enthusiasts from many countries.”

The adventure sets sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico and takes you through Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas before arriving back in San Juan. What can you expect? Not your typical cruise that’s for sure. Guests of the Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise will enjoy practically unlimited tastings of rum, through various scheduled distillery tours and VIP tastings. Along the way you can also expect to catch some great deals and bargains on specialty rums as well as have the opportunity to try/buy some rums unavailable to us here in the states. My advice? TAKE ADVANTAGE. To inquire about pricing and secure yourself a spot on this guaranteed-fun ship, visit www.rumcruise.com .

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Events, Rum

 

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NFL Inspired Cocktails: Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints

…..The National Football League has returned after a breif hiatus in which we were fortunate to have not missed any regular season games. With the return of football comes the return of tailgating and there’s no better sport to tailgate than Football (I’m sure some “Futbol” fans would disagree). Our opening game is less than 24 hours away and should be nothing short of a great kickoff to the season with the defending Super Bowl champion Packers taking on their Super Bowl predecessors the New Orleans Saints. In honor of this kickoff game I present some Packer/Saints inspired tailgating recipes. Enjoy.

Packer Punch 2.0

1 Parts Apple Pucker
1 Parts Bacardi Cherry Rum
4 Parts Lemonade
Club Soda (Optional)

I created a Packer Punch last year for my NFL inspired cocktails, but have since created a second recipe thus the 2.0. As a Bears fan it almost pains me to make something this good for a team I hate but it goes with the territory. Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and it’s ready to go. Feel free to add club soda for the “sparkling” effect.

Frozen Tundra Cocktail
(Midori Margarita)

1 oz Midori
1 1/2 oz Silver Tequila
1 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Simple Syrup
1 Cup of Ice

Add all your ingredients into a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of lime.



New Orleans Hurricane1 oz White rum
1 oz Jamaican dark rum
1 oz Bacardi 151 rum
3 oz Orange Juice
3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 oz grenadine
Crushed ice
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Combine all ingredients and shake well. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with various fruit wedges.
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Like these recipes? Be sure to check out some of our other NFL Inspired cocktails as well as NCAA College Football inspired recipes. Your favorite team not listed? Don’t worry we’ll be adding recipes to the collection all season, or SUBMIT YOUR OWN TEAM RECIPES!. By the way, have you Liked us yet on Facebook? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR !

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in Events, Rum, Tailgating, Tequila

 

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Celebrating National Pina Colada Day

……..With Summer in full swing, there is no better way to fight off the hot and sticky days of July than to cool down with a nice cold and icy drink. In search of the perfect drink, look no further than the Pina Colada, which celebrates it’s national holiday on July 10th. For years The Pina Colada has gained popularity and notoriety all in the same thanks to cheesy songs, over exposure in restaurant bars, and just plain bad bartenders, but for the sake of the classic cocktail we’ll share the proper ways to make one, as well as some delicious spins on the original recipe.
…..Pina Colada is spanish for “Strained Pineapple”, and has a bit of a muddled history. It’s creations dates back to the 1800’s where Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí, to boost his crew’s morale gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost.
…..The Pina Colada is then re-introduced in Peurto Rico on August 16, 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by its alleged creator, Ramon “Monchito” Marrero. Apparently, the hotel management had expressly requested Monchito to mix a new signature drink that would delight the demanding palates of its starstudded clientele. Monchito accepted the challenge, and after 3 intense months of blending, shaking and experimenting, the first piña colada was born. But it doesn’t stop there, also laying claim to the invention is the Barrachina Restaurant in Peurto Rico which claims in 1963 that while on a trip to South America, Mr Barrachina met a bartender who he worked with to create a drink containing pineapple juice, condensed milk, coconut creme, and ice in a blender.
…..So obviously it’s questionable history has a lot to do with its various recipes now in circulation. In addition to the various recipes claiming to be the original, there are also several variations that are purposefully different replacing specific ingredients or adding in additional ones. These variations include:

Chi Chi – Substituting the Rum with Vodka
The Miami Vice – Half of a Strawberry Daiquiri poured over a Pina Colada
The Staten Island Ferry – Coconut Rum and Pineapple Juice over ice

Today, if you go into 10 bars you will probably taste 10 different recipes, and combine that with the ability to make them at home with “ready to drink” recipes sold at your local package store (I don’t recommend these), and you’ve got a lot to choose from. Here are some of my favorite Pina Colada recipes:

Pina Colada:

  • 1 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces Coco Lopez coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices
Put the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark rums into a blender. Blend until smooth and frosty. Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.
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Banana Colada 
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and quartered
  • 18 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces coconut milk
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
Place bananas and pineapple juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Add coconut milk, rum and ice and mix until frothy. Garnish with toasted coconut.
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Strawberry Colada (Miamia Vice)
  • 2 oz Frozen Strawberries (Or Strawberry Puree)
  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz Coconut milk
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/1 Cup of ice
In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until desired consistency. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a sliced Strawberry.
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Now if this doesn’t keep you busy this weekend than nothing will. Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly. Class Dismissed !

 

 

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Celebrating National Bermuda Day

Memorial day is less than a week away and for those of you who just can’t wait to throw on a bathing suit, catch some sun and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, I’ve got some good news for you. Today is National Bermuda day. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, it originated as a British holiday in 1902 celebrating the birthday of Queen Empress Victoria. It was recognized as Empire day, then changed to Commonwealth day, and eventually became known in Bermuda as Bermuda day during a period of civil unrest as a way to bring Bermudians of difference races together in harmony. Much like any holiday, the day includes loads of activities including the Bermuda Heritage Day Parade, a Marathon Derby, Cycling races, marching bands, dancers and of course RUM. What would an island holiday be without rum. If you can’t make it to Bermuda for the festivities and don’t have any celebrations near you don’t worry, you can start your OWN part by enjoying the National Drink of Bermuda; The Dark N Stormy. The Dark n Stormy has a special place in my heart and as far as I’m concerned National Bermuda day happens often in my house. So pour yourself a glass, sit back, and enjoy.

Dark N Stormy

1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

In a tall glass filled with ice add 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and top with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge (optional).

Don’t forget, while there are many great dark rums on the market, if it isn’t Goslings, it isn’t OFFICIALLY a Dark N Stormy. And you thought the only thing cool about Bermuda was that triangle. For more information and great recipes check out GoslingsRum.com. Class Dismissed!

 

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