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Modern Caribbean Rum

Modern Caribbean Rum

Unrivaled in scope, 850 pages and 900 images take you into all aspects of Caribbean rum. A mammoth 8 lb. (3.6 Kg) volume.

2023 Spirited Award Winner - Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits

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Modern Caribbean Rum is the ultimate rum deep dive. This 850-page guide to rum and rum makers is an invaluable reference for enthusiasts and professionals. 900 images further tell the story of rum.

Part One: An overview of rum, its history, classifications, and misconceptions.

Part Two: Six intensive chapters covering sugarcane, fermentation, distillation, aging, blending, and flavor science.

Part Three: The business of rum, including bulk and sourced rum, brands, geographical indications, trade organizations, and much more.

Part Four: Over 500 pages covering 75 distilleries in 20 Caribbean rum-making regions.

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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.