have your cake, eat it and drink it too!

There is a reason why Tortuga Rums from the Cayman Islands has become our top seller here at Vine & Table.

The reason is you and your good taste. Most people who visit Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands will ultimately get to sample the product that is synonymous with the white beach paradise, Tortuga Rum Cake. Of course, many more will get to try the excellent rums that are available and believe me there are a lot of them!

Some of the best are made by The Tortuga Company themselves. I got turned onto them when I visited the islands a number of years ago only to arrive home and find that they were nowhere to be found. So off I went on a search with the importers, and in 2010 we received our first shipment much to the delight of many of our customers who for the first time could satisfy their thirst and relive happy memories of lying on a beach sipping a rum punch!

Tortuga’s flavored rums are in my humble opinion, the best flavored rums on the market. Coconut tastes like fresh coconut unlike many of the other brands on the market. It is fresh and lively with a lovely sweetness on the finish. And the banana is killer with faint whiffs of fruit on the nose and a delicate taste.

This leads me straight into Tortuga’s Spiced Rum. Spiced rums are all the rage at the moment with new brands appearing each week. However, what I like about Tortuga’s Spiced Rum is that it has none of the cloying sweetness associated with other spiced rums on the market. The color is light but the flavor is not. At first it is delicate on the nose but then the palate leads into ginger and white pepper with good spice on the finish.

The even better thing about Tortuga Rums is the price. $15.99 a bottle is far better than you will pay on the Islands!



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  1. Great Blog! I love the rum drinks on the islands especially Tortuga! Does this include the island breeze?

    Very intersting as always!


    • Joe,

      Thank you, it does not include the island breeze but i could whip you up one next time you are at Vine & Table.

  2. How does this compare to Zaya rum? Zaya is my current favorite sweet sipping rum- I think from Trinidad, but my current bottle is coming dangerously close to being empty…

    • Barry, there is no comparison between the Tortuga and the Zaya. They are on entirely different levels. The Zaya is an excellent sipping rum, others that you might like are the Diplomatico from Venezuela and i do know that there are a few bottles left of the Smith & Cross Navy Proof rum which i am all about right now, but you will have to hurry if you want a bottle of that, as we received the entire allocation for the state which was only 18 bottles! Think of the Smith & Cross as having the meatiness of a Mortlach Highland single malt with the complexity of an older armagnac. It is magical. Cheers.

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