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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2017 Key West Lighted Boat Parade

     This Friday is the Key West Lighted Boat Parade an annual affair that is combined with the Harbor Walk of Lights celebrating the Christmas Holiday.  Each year a variety of boats decorate their sails, masts and hulls with Christmas Lights and festive cheer.   

     There is an official judge’s stand along with a serious competition for the Best Nautical Holiday Decorations in Key West. 2017 will mark the 27th annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade. The judge’s stand is located at the Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley, and the lighted boat parade travels through the Key West Bight.

     On Friday, festivities will start at 6:00 p.m. with the children of the Gerald Adams Elementary Steel Your Heart Band and House of Pan Steel Drum Band of Bahama Village are starting the evening’s magic!  Then the Parade starts at 8:00 p.m. Vessels of all shapes and sizes will dazzle the crowd. The judging stand is at Schooner Wharf Bar and is the best place for viewing! 

     Come early to get an up-close look at all the beautiful vessels and take a stroll along the Harbor Walk of Lights. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Koloa Introduces a New Coffee Expression

     This new expression is Distilled, blended and bottled by Koloa Rum Company Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii.  The new Koloa Coffee Rum is made from the mash of raw Cane Sugar, distilled in an impressive vintage 1210 gallon steam powered copper pot still and cut to proof with filtered water from the ancient Mount Waialeale.  The Spirit itself is a collaboration between the Kauai Coffee Company and Koloa Rum Company.

     The Koloa Coffee Rum offers a deep brown opaque hue highlighted by a light mahogany rim of highlights.  Swirling this rum in the glass reveals a small amount of real coffee particulate gathering in the amber legs moving slowly down the sides of the glass.  The aroma of freshly brewed Aribica and Robusto Bean coffee.  There are notes of molasses and rich dark chocolate to lead you into this exciting expression.  This intensely rich coffee flavored rum exudes an amazingly complex flavor profile, initially there are highly robust espresso coffee notes that are balanced with sweetness to carry you to your favorite coffee shop.  Initially it presents itself as an espresso cocktail and then it takes you home with a dry finish of light vanilla with hints of chocolate and coffee flavor.  Additional sips of Koloa’s Coffee Rum exhibits hints of tropical fruit and a long finish highlighted by hazelnut and stone fruits. 

     Koloa Coffee Rum is presented at an impressive 34% ABV or 68 proof, following the rum being distilled two times.   This is a nice product with a good natural flavor that will keep you coming back again and again.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Will This Battle Ever End?

     Pernod Ricard has accused Bacardi of making “misleading statements” with the introduction of its new “Forever Cuban” campaign for Puerto Rico-made Havana Club rum.  These two competitors have been this what seems to be a forever lasting trademark battle over the Havana Club brand.  Bacardi produces a expression of Havana Club rum, created in Puerto Rico to be sold in the US, while Pernod Ricard owns the international rights to the Cuba produced Havana Club brand that is sold to the rest of the world.  The United States has still got a ban on Cuban products being brought to the United States and this is the real Issue, because Bacardi owns the trademark for the United States.
     February 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office did overturn a Supreme Court decision and gave Pernod Ricard the trademark for the next 10 years.  This is what set off the latest rounds of the battle and what looks to be another lengthy legal challenge for Bacardi.   
    Tensions have come to the surface once again with the launch of Bacardi’s “Forever Cuban” campaign.   Experiences of Cuban exiles at the center of the campaign along with the use of Cuban-American actor Raúl Esparza are all causing the rift to become larger.  
     Havana Club International is holding firm when it comes to the authenticity of its rum portfolio, including white, dark aged and premium rums, all exclusively produced in Cuba.   Pernod Ricard and Havana Club International make it clear that “Havana Club rums are distributed globally except in the USA, due to the ongoing trade embargo.   “The Cuban Havana Club rum, produced through a joint venture between Cuba Ron S.A. and Pernod Ricard and crafted in Cuba, from local sugarcane to the glass, with the knowledge and expertise of Cubans that has been passed down from generation to generation of Maestros del Ron Cubano. 
     Bacardi has issued a statement in response to Pernod Ricard 's Statement about  Bacardi's accuracy.
“In 1959, the Castro regime seized the assets and confiscated the distillery of the Arechabala family, the original owners of Havana Club rum,” the spokesperson continued. “But, they could not steal the Arechabala’s recipe or strip the family of their soul, which is rooted in the craftsmanship of their product and solidifies their continued family legacy.
“After the Cuban regime unrightfully and forcefully confiscated the brand from the Arechabalas, Ramon Arechabala personally transcribed the recipe and gave it to Bacardi as an agreement between the two families – both of whom were exiled from their homeland.
“The ultimate convergence of two Cuban families coming together to continue an iconic brand’s legendary heritage with an authentic product, Bacardi is committed to continuing this legacy.

“It does not matter where Havana Club rum is produced, which in our case is Puerto Rico. Its Cuban authenticity is based on the original recipe, great-taste, craftsmanship, technique and passion since the brand was crafted in 1934.”

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I Guess I'll Take the Thunderstorm Over the Snow

     I hate it when you guys up north start getting snow, because when that cold front comes through down here in the Keys, it translates to a day of ominous clouds and temperatures down in the Sixties. This is not what the tropical life is suppose to be all about.  Mid Seventies are wonderful, but without heat in the house or in my case on the boat, it is time for fleeces and other warm things and for the most part staying inside out of those "raw" winds.  Enjoy your snow, but in a couple of days we will be back in the mid Seventies again and we all will be smiling again.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It Could Cost You $10,000 to Fly a Drone While Under the Influence Over New Jersey

     Lawmakers in New Jersey have proposed a bill that would make it illegal to operate a done while under the influence of alcohol in a bid to reduce irresponsible use of the remote-controlled devices.  If passed, the bill would prohibit the use of drones under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or using a drone to harm wildlife or endanger people or property Just think, it can be just as expensive to sit on your patio having a few beers and be arrested for flying your drone.  WOW, or toys are finding more and more ways to get us thrown in jail.
      The bill would also make it a fourth-degree crime for drone operators to interfere with emergency services, or endanger the security of a correctional facility. The bill, which passed out of a New Jersey assembly committee on Monday, will go before the full senate on Thursday.   Such crimes would be punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.  
      “This bill sets specific guidelines for how New Jersey’s residents will be allowed use these devices and to establish some order, to prevent many of these dangerous situations.”     Consumer drone sales in the US has increased exponentially over the past few years, and not expected to slow down in the near future.  The Consumer Technology Association projects drone sales will pass the $1 billion mark by the end of 2017.   Most of drones sold weigh less than 0.55 pounds, the limit before registration is required with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Spirits Proof Down with Water Drawn From the Clouds

Cloud Water Generator
     Hilton Head Distillery in Hilton Head, South Carolina is using a unique water supply for its rum and vodka making.  They are condensing the water from the very humid air around the distillery and then using it to proof their spirits down to bottling proofs.   Their Aermoor Vodka is handcrafted from fresh molasses, it is then distilled 49 times before being proofed down with water sourced directly from the clouds above Hilton Head Island.
     Distillery owner Joe Fenten said, water that is used in the making of our spirits is a product of Hilton Head’s radiant environment and we’ve used the finest water source there is, water sourced directly from the atmosphere.   The result is crisp and delicious vodka and rum that will appeal to most everyone.”
     The process created by Fenten, uses an atmospheric water generator.   This is one of the most unique ways to make the pure water needed to proof down spirits anywhere and offers a very special cleanness to all of their products.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Avoid the Holiday Legal Hangovers of This Years Parties

     This is my annual plea for everyone going to or having a holiday party this year to be aware of the potential for serious liability.   'Tis the season for holiday parties, but there are risks to hosting these parties.  Parties can boost friend’s morale, however, there are inherent risks that accompany hosting this type of party, particularly during the holidays and when inhibitions are lowered with alcohol and a festive atmosphere. Here are some tips to avoid legal "hangovers" from hosting holiday parties and mitigate the risks to you and your friends.

1. Lessen the Risk of Inappropriate Liaisons

     Consider allowing guests to bring a spouse or other guest, or perhaps make the party a family event. Although expanding the guest list increases costs, it also may result in guests behaving more appropriately with your other guests. Generally, people are less likely to engage in offensive behavior when they are accompanied by their significant other/

2. Ensure Safe Transportation and/or Lodging Options

     The host should encourage responsible drinking, use of designated drivers and public transportation options.  The possible of a place for guests to stay if they have had too much party to get home safely. 

3. Serve Alcohol Responsibly

     One of the simplest ways to mitigate risk is to avoid serving alcohol at all, but alcohol should be served only by professionals who will check IDs and respond appropriately to guests who may be consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or drugs. 

4. Set a Hard-Stop End Time

     The event should have a definitive start and end time. This also provides an opportunity to reiterate the message to travel home safely and lay out alternative methods of transportation/lodging rather than driving under the influence.

     While following these tips cannot guarantee an issue-free event, it certainly can reduce the risk of having troubles that come back to haunt you afterwards.   With careful planning and oversight, it is possible to have a great and fully appropriate office party.

     Here is to all of you having really fun holidays, and the fun staying inside and off of the streets where your parties can be ruined in a heartbeat and leave you with some awful legal hangovers.   Have a great time and be safe.  Cheers!