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Modern Caribbean Rum

Modern Caribbean Rum

By Matt Pietrek and Carrie Smith

850 pages and 900 images take you deep inside Caribbean rum in a highly engaging manner. The 2023 Spirited Award winner for Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits.

Hardcover - 850 pages

ISBN 978-0-578-27139-2

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Modern Caribbean Rum is the is the ultimate rum guide for enthusiasts and professionals alike. 850 pages and 900 images tell the story of Caribbean rum as never before.

Part One: Chapters on rum basics, rum's history, classifications, and misconceptions.

Part Two: Six chapters covering source material, fermentation, distillation, aging, blending, and flavor science at a deep level while remaining easy to read.

Part Three: The business of rum. Chapters on the types of rum brands, bulk and sourced rum, geographical indications, trade organizations, and much more.

Part Four: Over 500 pages take you inside 75 distilleries in 20 Caribbean rum-making regions, including Mount Gay, Appleton, Foursquare, Bacardi, Worthy Park, Saint-James, and Diplomatico.

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Drinkhacker says:

[L]ightyears beyond other respectably compact rum histories with 850 pages of extensive detail and illustration covering every sticky corner of the complex and complicated world of Caribbean rum..... The distilling section is so thorough and well organized, it should be recommended reading for anyone wanting to understand the basics of spirit distilling, not just rum production.... [I]t’s the “Rum Producers” section that really justifies the significant space this book will require on your shelf.

About the Authors

Matt Pietrek is a rum educator, author, consultant, and historian who collaborates with many of the world's best known rum and spirit companies. Matt's "deep dive" writing style has made his Cocktail Wonk website among the most influential and respected references for rum enthusiasts over the last ten years. Matt is known for untangling complex subjects and making them accessible to both enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

He has been the community envoy for the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association since 2019. In a prior life, Matt was a software architect at Microsoft.

Carrie Smith is a designer at heart—of spaces, projects, and ideas. Her creative vision intertwines several past careers to oversee Wonk Press, a new model of publishing company that partners with independent authors to bring passionate projects to life.

Matt and Carrie previously authored and published Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard (Wonk Press, 2019). They currently live with their boxer dog (Admiral) Nelson in New Orleans, sometimes known as the northernmost city in the Caribbean.