|One of the first barrels of Bambarra Rum Gold.
Bambarra Rum is the latest line of rums to be launched in
the Turks and Caicos Islands. These fine rums are the very first to be blended, bottled and labelled in the islands. They are
available in a Two Year Old Silver, Two Year Old Gold and an Eight Year Old Reserve.
of this rum have searched all over the Caribbean for many years, looking for only the best available rums. They are confident
that the rums will compete with the best rums in the market and will also be very reasonably priced. They hope that these
rums will become the spirit of choice for the Turks and Caicos Islands and its people.
range of rums was officially launched at the Nikki Beach Resort at Leeward Marina, Providenciales, on November 29th,
Thanksgiving weekend. This was what can be described as a grand affair, with everybody wearing black clothes to
represent the main colour of the bottle's label.
There was also be a special rum sampling
event at the annual Conch Festival in Blue Hills earlier in the day.
The rums had previously been
available in very limited amounts for special tastings. The reaction to these rums was very favourable from all those lucky
people who have had the opportunity to taste them. Now they are on sale to the general public and are receiving rave reviews,
especially the 8 Year Old Reserve. Hopefully all the rums will be available in every bar and restaurant in the Turks and Caicos
Islands very shortly.
|A Junkanoo Skirt with the Bambarra Logo Mask.
Bambarra Production Photos
|The new rums await bottling and labelling.
|Blending tank and production line of Bambarra.
Bambarra Rum Launch November 29th 2008
The official launch
of Bambarra Rum occurred Saturday 29th November at the Nikki Beach Resort, at Leeward, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.
This was a grand all black affair, where all attendees were expected to dress in black clothes, to match the
Bambarra bottle labels, which are predominately black.
Many local dignitaries and restaurant
owners and managers were present, where they were treated to fine rum cocktails, fire dancers, a Junkanoo group, speeches and
a Bambarra Reserve Rum tasting and education bar.
To see a brief video of the local
TV station's report on the launch click on the link below.
|A Junkanoo Rush at the recent Bambarra Launch.
|A Bambarra Welcome Cocktail Bar.
|The ladies who will be selling the rum.
|Local Fire Dancers Welcome Bambarra Rums.
Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve Rum
Official Tasting Notes:-
Bambarra 8yr Reserve is a select blend of Caribbean rums aged to a minimum 8 years in American
oak barrels. Its smooth and delicious flavor is highlighted with delightful vanilla notes and complimented by its rich amber
colour. Bamabara 8 Year Old Reserve is excellent on ice or as an ingredient in any premium rum drink.
|The Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve.
Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve Review
first thing you notice about the Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve Rum is the distinctive French glass bottle the rum comes in.
It is a very solid heavy bottle with a silver cap.
The locally designed label has a very colourful design, that shows
up well on the black background. The dancers on the label appear to be jumping out of the rum with their musical instruments.
the rum is poured in a snifter the colour of the rum really begins to display itself, it shows up as golden brown/amber, obviously
obtained from the over eight years in contact with used charred American oak barrels.
After a slow swirl of the snifter
the legs finally form and roll slowly down the inside of the glass, like wax running down a candle.
The aromas appear
to change the more you ingest. They go from light sweet, caramel, vanilla notes to heavy woody, delicate spicy, oak.
palate confirms these tastes and its almost chameleon like, where the tastes begin light and smooth and finally finishes
up with a heavy, pleasant long finale, with very little burn.
When Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve is tasted alongside many
famous rums, some much more mature in terms of age, this rum has managed to hold its own and has outshone the vast majority
of the competition. This is truly a classic rum that is clearly meant for sipping on the rocks, maybe with a splash of water,
if you are too impatient to wait for the ice to melt.
Sit down after dinner and fill your favourite glass with a generous
pour of this rum and enjoy a unique rum tasting experience. This rum would be at home on the top shelf of any rum collection,
and will outshine rums at twice or three times the price.
Suggested retail price US$16:99
|The African Heritage of Middle Caicos.
Bambarra Reserve Rum Gets Rave Reviews
The newly launched
Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve Rum is receiving rave reviews from rum lovers all over the Turks and Caicos Islands.
People everywhere who have been lucky enough to taste this newly launched rum have done nothing but heaped praise on it. Even
people who are not normally rum lovers are being converted to this rum daily.
It is believed
that the Reserve is actually outselling the Gold and Silver versions of the rum. The Rumelier often gets stopped on the street
by people who want to discuss the taste of this new rum, and as a result many bars and restaurants are beginning to stock
Bambarra Rum even gets a mention in the "Frommer's
Travel Guide" as one of the top 50 things to do while visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands:-
Another recent review of the Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve
on the "Minstry Of Rum, Rum Lovers Forum" by member Rum
Bluff from South Carolina:-
friend just brought back a bottle of the new bambarra 8 year from The Rumelier home island. He is a lucky guy to have good
access to this spirit as it was cracked and half gone in 30 minutes with my rum running friends. Very good for a brief history"
Another review from Ministry of Rum
member, Rum Runner from Vieques, Puerto Rico, who is a former sommelier:-
"Bob...I've been nosing and tasting the 8 for a few nights now and trying to find something I don't
like about it. And I f*****g can't find anything not to like about this blend. Well done! A very nice nose and palate.
Vanilla, Oak and Cacao are what I pick up on in the nose and palate. The 37.5 % proof makes for a very easy straight drink.
I think the low bottling proof might be a problem in a cocktail for me...But why muck it up in a cocktail??? I love it with
one small cube of ice."
Another review from
Ministry of Rum member Rumdog 007 from California:-
"I received my Bambarra. It's wonderful! I will be needing a lot more of this stuff. I hope there are more
rums which you need from California, for trade! I drew a pint off for Forrest so that he can review it on his blog. I took
a picture of the bottle for him while it was still full. Anyway, great job on the blend."
An indepth review for the Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve comes from Forrest from
California, another Minisry of Rum member and creator of a blog on alcohol and cocktails:-
"In 1841, on the way to Cuba (South East of Barbados) the Trouvadore, a Spanish
slave trading ship, crashed on a reef just off East Caicos. One hundred and ninety-two survivors made it to the shore of this
tropical island to find that under British rule, the slave trade was illegal and they were to be liberated. Hailing from Africa,
they began a new life on the Turks & Caicos as free people and named the settlement "Bambarra" which refers
not only to the Bamberra people of Africa, and the Bambarra Empire that been stolen from, but also “Bambarra”
can be translated to mean: "accepting of no master". Captured from a war torn homeland, sold into slavery, and shipwrecked
on a foreign island to find freedom and hope in a tropical paradise with possibilities beyond all of their experience; from
the chaotic winds of fate opportunity emerges from tribulation and Bambarra the settlement was created on Caicos. Bambarra
the rum is offered to celebrate the spirit of these 'settlers', to commemorate their settlement, and honor the influence
I am looking at the Bambarra 8 year old, and it is good, another gift from a kind friend (who also took the picture
of the Bottle for me!!)!
An aromatic bouquet of vanilla steeped in cane/ corn syrup
is backed up by notes of cola and honeyed lime zest with an undercurrent of fresh slit oak, toasty cedar and cigar box. So
soft and supple an invitation with the earthy must of oxidized fruit dominated by wonderful vanilla (creme brulee after a
lot of air) and hinting at tobacco, new leather and gunpowder tea.
The first approach
of Bambarra 8 follows the hints given by the nosing, but shift quickly in mid palate through burnt spice, chicory, quince,
rhubarb, deep extracted gunpowder tea with honey and damp wood while maintaining its brisk pace as it crosses the back
palate with a bright burst of dried ginger, cinnamon and toasty bitter almond.
with a surprising burst of alcohol and a nice fade of treacle, rich cinnamon, and spice that lingers while pleasantly enlivening
your palate with subtle reminders that reveals each flavor in turn.
Is soft vanilla
washed cut wood, brown bread crust and baking spice.
This is a tasty rum that has been a pleasure to drink neat,
but with an ice cube it gets even lovelier, and in a drink that demands a strong rum presence this is perfect.
I offer a creation to join in the celebration of Bambarra the people that triumphed over many adversities, the people who
are 'accepting of no master'; the place they made their home, and the rum made to honor their influence:
2 Shots Bambarra 8
1 Guava (or whatever you have fresh locally!)
dash of cane/ or simple syrup (adjust to fruit sweetness)
Quarter the Guava (pick a juicy one) and muddle
the Bambarra, shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
To go to Forrest's blog to see the review and other great stuff, click
|Trouvadore, Forest's Amazing Cocktail Creation.
|A tribute to the freedom of the slaves.
RnD Rum Reviews a widely respected rum review site have recently posted a
review of the Bambarra Reserve.
Roger and Dave gave the Reserve 8.5 flasks out of a possible
Follow this link for the complete review:-
A review from Michael,
from San Francisco, another member of the Ministry of Rum,
Rum Lovers Forum:-
"The Bambarra arrived at the end of the week and we got
a chance to sample it last night, in comparison to Angostura 1919. Thanks again for your generosity.
fighting a seasonal cold at the moment (the high temperature here went from the mid 90s last Monday to 55 on Friday), the
richer nose and taste of the Bambarra Reserve were immediately evident.
It is darker, with more persistent legs
than the 1919. We'll have to spend some time with this one, but the initial impression was quite favorable. The Bambarra was
the distinct favorite over the Angostura. I'll send an update when our taste buds wake up." Michael.
|The Bambarra Girls of Blue Hills.
Latest Bambarra News
Bambarra Trouvadore Finest
Select 15 Year Old Rum Launched
The producers of Bambarra Rum are proud to announce the
launch of their latest rum, Trouvadore. This is a rare select rum made from only the finest Caribbean rums available today.
Initially this rum will only be for a limited release of about 2000 bottles. This rum was named to honour the brave slaves
that gained their freedom in the islands of the Turks and Caicos when the slave ship they were enslaved on, the Trouvadore, ran
aground off East Caicos. They represented a significant increase in the population of the country at their time of arrival.
The rum is a very smooth, easy drinking rum best drank straight or with a cube or two of
ice, similar to a fine cognac. A great addition to anybody's collection of rare rums.
Bambarra Rum Starts
its own Website
Bambarra Rum now has its very own website. This site has just been started
so keep checking back for updates:-
Bambarra Reserve Wins Gold in Puerto Rican Rum Tasting Competition
The Wine Cellar in conjunction with Bambarra Rum is pleased to
announce that Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve Rum won a gold medal in the "Taste of Rum, An International Rum and Food Festival"
held in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 23-24, 2009.
This was the first competition Bambarra Reserve
Rum had entered. It was entered in the "International Aged Rum" category, where it swept the category. Other rums
in the competition included Bacardi, Brugal, Barcelo, Don Q, Malibu, Castillo, Barrilito, 10 Cane, Trigo, Palo Viejo, Ron
Llave, Ron Canita and Ron Granado.
The Bambarra rums are the first rums to be blended and bottled
in the Turks and Caicos Islands and are distributed exclusively by the Wine Cellar, Provdenciales. The Bambarra Rums were
launched in November, 2008, and have since become very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Reserve Rum is one of four rums in the Bambarra range. The others being Bambarra 2 Year Old Gold Rum, Bambarra 2 Year Old
Silver Rum and the soon to be released Bambarra Coconut Rum.
Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve Rum is
a blend of rums that have been aged a minimum of eight years in once used American oak barrels, that previously held aged
Bourbon. The combination of oak and bourbon give the rum a very smooth, citrus, vanilla taste, that is perfect for sipping
straight or over a few cubes of ice and maybe a splash of water. For those who don't like to drink their rum straight this
rum also makes a perfect cocktail where a strong rum taste is desired.
Bambarra Rum is named after
the liberated African slaves who were released after the slave ship, the Trouvadore, they were enslaved on, ran aground off
East Caicos in 1841 on its way to Cuba. These slaves were released in the Turks and Caicos islands, as slavery had been abolished
in the British Empire.
Once in the Turks and Caicos Islands the freed slaves began a new life,
with many working in the salt trade. Several of these former slaves settled in Bambarra, on Middle Caicos, which today remains
the only settlement in the Turks and Caicos Islands with an African name. Bambarra Rums are a salute to the winds of fate
that blew the slaves onto East Caicos and to their subsequent freedom in the tropical paradise of the Turks and Caicos Islands.Bambarra
8 Year Old Reserve Rum retails at approximately $17 to $20 and is available at most liquor stores and restaurants in Providenciales.
Bambarra on Local TV Station, Channel WIV4
Click on this link to see a recent video of The Rumelier talking about Bambarra's medal win in Puerto Rico:-
Bambarra Bar at Da Conch Shack
Da Conch Shack
in Blue Hills that has it's very own Rum Bar has now become the "Bambarra Rum Bar". (pictured below)
The bar which is situated in a seperate building away from the restaurant, has had the Bambarra logos painted on
the front of the bar. Hopefully this will encourage more tourists who visit Da Conch Shack to try some of the fine rums being
blended and bottled right here in Providenciales.
Bambarra Coconut Rum
Shortly to be released will be the first bottles of Bambarra Coconut Rum. This will bring the Bambarra range of rums
to four, the Reserve, Gold, Silver and Coconut. Other rums may be in the pipeline aswell, so keep checking back for more details.
Bambarra Goes Small
Coming soon, all four of the Bambarra rums will be available
in 350ml bottles. It is also hoped that these smaller bottles will be available as a four pack gift-box, designed especially
for the tourists to take home as a souvenir of the islands.
|Da Conch Shack Bambarra Rum Bar, Blue Hills.
|The Boat Dock at Bambarra Beach, Middle Caicos.
Bambarra Rum Recipes
This is the local version of a Caribbean classic cocktail.
1oz Bambarra Silver Rum
1oz Pineapple Juice
1oz Orange Juice
Combine all the ingredients in a glass and pour over ice. Garnish
with a slice of fresh pineapple and a cherry.
1 Shot of Bambarra Reserve Rum
1 Shot of Coconut Rum
Sueeze of lime
Pour the two shots of rum
over ice in a glass and fill the glass with Cranberry Juice. Sueeze the lime over the drink and drop the lime into the glass.
Garnish with a cherry.
A Good Shot of Bambarra Silver Rum
Sueeze of Lime
Fill a glass with ice, pour the rum
over the ice and fill with cola. Squeeze a fresh lime over the drink and drop the lime in the glass. Garnish with another
piece of lime.
This is a version of the famous Cuba Libre.
Only Cuban rum can
be used to make an authentic Cuba Libre cocktail, so this is why this is called a Caicos Libre. Use any white
rum that is available in your market, but here in the Turks and Caicos we use Bambarra Silver mixed
with lime juice and your favourite cola soda. Cola does tend to overpower the taste of the rum, so if you really like
a stronger tatse of the rum it is recommended that you use a gold rum with more flavour, eg. Bambarra Gold.
The Grand Turk
1 Shot of Bambarra Silver
1 Shot of Grand Marnier
Slice of Fresh Orange
Fill a glass with ice and add the Bambarra Silver and Grand Marnier, and fill with orange juice.
Garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
Shot of Bambarra 8 Year Old Reserve
1 Shot of Bailey's Irish Cream
1 Shot of Nassau Royale
Hot black coffee
Pour the liquors into a tall coffee glass and add the coffee. Stir lightly, then top with the whipped cream. Garnish
with a cherry.
1/2oz Banana Liqueur
1/2oz Apricot Liqueur
1/2oz Coconut Rum
1/2oz Lemon Juice
1oz Orange Juice
1oz Pineapple Juice
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and pour over a glass of ice. Garnish with a cherry or fresh
Hair of the Turk
1 Shot of
Bloody Mary Mix
of fresh lime
Fill a glass with ice and add rum, bloody Mary mix and fresh lime juice. Stir well.
Fill the glass with the lemonade and a slice of fresh lime or lemon for garnish.
|Bambarra Beach, Middle Caicos.
Where to find Bambarra Rums
Below is a list of bars, restaurants,
liquor stores and supermarkets where Bamabarra rum is currently availalble in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This list
continues to grow weekly.
Caribbean Beer and Spirits
Club Med Boutique
Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar
Danny Buoys Irish Pub
Bar and Grill
Froggies on Da Beach
Grace Bay Club
Graceway I.G.A. Supermarket
Hemingways on the Beach
Hole in the Wall
Horse Eyed Jacks
Mango Reef Restaurant
Middle Caicos Cafe
Sandcastle Convenience Store
Sharkbite Bar and Grill
The Regent Grand
The Wine Cellar
Turquoise Duty Free Store, Providenciales International
Villa Del Mar
Vino Tiempo Wine Bar
West Bay Club
Wine and Spirits Liquor Store
Grand Turk Liquors
Sarah's Liquor Store
Big Josh's Liquor Store
KGD 7-11 Liquore Store
Pelican Beach Hotel
|Mudjin Harbour Cave, Middle Caicos.