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A dozen years in the past there have been two American craft distilleries specializing in rum: Celebration Distilling in New Orleans, and Prichard’s Rum in Kelso, Tennessee. I visited each whereas researching my e book, And a Bottle of Rum: A Historical past of the New World in 10 Cocktails. And when the e book was printed in the summertime of 2006 I might relaxation nicely, understanding I had achieved my homework and had included every thing anybody might probably must find out about trendy American rums.
It was the most effective of timing. It was the worst of timing.
Good timing as a result of the e book got here out simply because the cocktail renaissance blossomed, and because the craft spirits growth was gaining momentum. A brand new crop of bartenders, distillers, and critical tipplers wished to know extra about rum, and, lo, right here was a e book for them. It offered steadily and nicely.