When someone invites you to their restaurant for a rum tasting the words, “does tomorrow work for you?” can’t fly out of ones mouth fast enough. A few weeks ago Justin Fleming, the General Manager of Hemingway’s Island Grill, invited me and my lovely assistant to stop by for dinner and a little rum tasting. The rum that was to be tasted is called Panama Red and is a brand that is exclusive to the Hemingway’s Island Grill restaurants. Don’t the fact that it’s a restaurant rum fool you, it was created by one of the most well known rum distillers in the world, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandes.
Panama Red is an over-proof rum with tremendous flavor. When sipping you get a great burst of flavor and then a strong kick in the pants from the rum’s 108 proof. I got plenty of opportunity to savor the taste of Panama Red because my assistant Erin isn’t a straight rum drinker. I wasn’t about ready to let the 2 glasses that were brought to our table go to waste. Sometimes you just have to suck it up in the name of over-proof research.
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