Rum Archives – LUSHWORTHY

A few weeks ago, I received a bottle of Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum in the mail. Upon receiving the bottle, I immediately knew what my plans would be…boozy apple cider. I love a good rum punch or pina colada, but once fall and winter hit, I’m taking full advantage of boozy apple cider and egg nog cocktails.

I’m sure there’s several, uber-fancy ways of making apple cider. But time and place, folks. Time and place. If you happen to be short on time or don’t feel like picking apples from the orchard, there’s Alpine Spiced Apple Cider. It’s kind of the truth. It was perfect paired with the Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum, and together the two made for an ideal, Lushworthy treat on a cold, Atlanta night.

I was only able to sample Wicked Dolphin Spiced Rum in the apple cider and on the rocks. On the rocks, you get a really nice array of flavors given the distilling process for Wicked Dolphin. Nothing’s too overpowering, and it is a relatively smooth rum.

You love the commercials, you love the rum, and unfortunately you kinda day-dreamed your way through AP U.S. History so you have no idea if the man behind Captain Morgan Rum is in fact real.

Thankfully, the good folks over at Captain Morgan have made my second “Liquor Fact Or Fiction” column quite easy thanks to their Frequently Asked Questions page. Here’s a direct quote from their site in regards to whether or not Captain Morgan is a real person: “Captain Henry Morgan certainly was a real person, a larger than life personality full of the adventure and spice our brand embodies.” There you have it. And here’s a little more info on our dearest Captain Morgan, again taken from CaptainMorgan.com.

In 1654 a young Henry Morgan left his native Wales for the West Indies. He never looked back. A born leader, he quickly made became Captain Henry Morgan and became famous as a legal pirate or Buccaneer, defending British interests and generally rocking the Caribbean. Captain Morgan’s awesome exploits on the high seas earned him a knighthood and by 1680 Sir Henry Morgan was a plantation owner and Governor of Jamaica. There he lived out his final days until his death in 1688.

Centuries later Henry Morgan became the figurehead for a company that became as famous as the man himself… The Captain Morgan Rum Company.

Just like that this has suddenly become an episode of “When Keeping It Lushworthy Goes Wrong.” What stood out to me the most from that brief bio on Captain Morgan was the “plantation owner” part and after a bit of research I found out that he did in fact own slaves. This obviously isn’t terribly surprising given that particular time period, but still a bit disturbing. I think it’s entirely safe to say that Captain Morgan was in fact a real person it’s just he likely wasn’t that fun-loving, charming guy we see in commercials.

I came across these Captain Morgan ads, or “films” as they like to call them, via YouTube a few weeks ago and they’re honestly pretty entertaining. The commercials all come with interesting titles like “To Life, Love & Loot” or “This Is How You Get The Party Started.” I thought it was pretty interesting how each commercial focuses on some kind of chaotic scene and then Captain Morgan comes along to save the day in some uniquely creative way, whether he’s breaking dishes or showing off some impressive platform diving. Check out this latest Captain Morgan commercial which was released about three months ago and has already reached over a quarter of a million views. Obviously there’s a whole slew of people who find their commercials just as entertaining as I do.

Calling all professional and stay-at-home mixologists, how does traveling the country promoting the joys of rum sound? If you aren’t quite sold yet, what if an extra $50,000 was throw into the mix? Well, Tommy Bahama is offering just that as part of their search for the first ever Tommy Bahama Rumologist. As part of the competition Tommy Bahama is offering an absolutely amazing prize package which includes $50,000, a Tommy Bahama wardrobe, the title of Tommy Bahama’s chief rum consultant and rum ambassador for the next year, and of course bragging rights. It must be pretty nice to be the only “rumologist” among your friends.

Now to get into the competition you need to apply via the Tommy Bahama Facebook page. You have until August 22, 2011 to submit your application. After that date the schedule for the competition is as follows:

  • August 29, 2011:  Judges select Top 20 based on their scoring.
  • August 30, 2011:  Top 20 announced.
  • August 30 – September 8, 2011:  Top 20 will be posted for public voting based on first video submission.
  • September 12, 2011:  The Top 10 who received the most votes will be asked to submit a new video. o  Video can be up to two minutes in length and must be posted no later than September 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM.ET.

    o  Applicants will be encouraged to be as creative as they would like to showcase why they should be the Rumologist.

  • September 26, 2011:  Top 5 is announced and voting commences.
  • October 3, 2011:  Voting period for Top 5 ends.
  • October 6, 2011:  Winner Announced (on or around October 6, 2011).

Best of luck to anyone applying!