Join Vizcaya At Old Westbury Gardens for “A Night In Old Havana”

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If you’re a Vizcaya fan who lives on the East Coast, mark your calendars now for May 19, 2012. That’s the date of “Rum & Rumba: A Night In Old Havana,” which is the theme for this year’s Old Westbury Gardens annual Gardeners’ Fair.

Vizcaya is proud to sponsor this event, which is attended each year by hundreds of high-profile attendees from New York’s philanthropic, social and business communities, and to be the only brand of rum that is poured throughout the evening. Vizcaya Cristal and Vizcaya Cask 12 will provide a smooth, delicious basis for signature Cuban cocktails, while Vizcaya VXOP, the ultimate sipping rum, will be on hand for those guests who prefer to savor their rum straight up or on the rocks.

Additionally, a case of Vizcaya VXOP will be one of the featured auction items. Come place your bid for 12 bottles of the very best rum around, with proceeds to benefit a fantastic charity!

Old Westbury Gardens boasts 60,000 annual visitors. Located on Long Island’s North Shore, the 200-acre estate is home to many events, including children’s programs, concerts and festivals, horticultural classes, tours and talks. The Gardeners’ Fair is a much-anticipated annual extravaganza, and the funds raised on the evening of May 19th will help Old Westbury Gardens achieve its goals of providing environmental education and ensuring that beautiful green spaces are available to all.

Vizcaya is a natural partner for the 2012 “Rum & Rumba: A Night In Old Havana” event, since its family of Cuban-style rums, distilled using premium sugar cane and traditional methods, are rich with flavor and character. Anyone who appreciates the sophisticated nuances of a premium sipping spirit will enjoy the taste of Vizcaya VXOP, its smoothness embued with notes of spice, brown sugar and smoke. For fans of classic Cuban-inspired cocktails like mojitos, El Presidentes and daiquiris, Vizcaya Cristal and Vizcaya Cask 21 fit the bill. These, the newest addition to the Vizcaya line, offer the same high quality as Vizcaya VXOP, while maintaining a more subtle flavor profile. This allows them to be made into top-notch cocktails.

Come hobnob with some of New York’s elite society, drink fabulous cocktails inspired by 1950s Havana, bid on auction items like a case of the ultimate sipping rum, Vizcaya VXOP, and dance in the gardens. It’s “Rum & Rumba: A Night In Old Havana” at the Old Westbury Gardens, and it wouldn’t be the same without you!

For more information, please visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.

Published in: on March 12, 2012 at 6:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya Rum Named Best of the “Fifty Best”

For the second year in a row, Vizcaya VXOP–the ultimate sipping rum that continues to garner accolades from around the world–has been honored by the website TheFiftyBest.com. And this year, Vizcaya took first place, and a double-gold medal, in a blind tasting of premium aged rums.

A total of 21 journalists, spirits aficionados and bartenders were invited to the formal tasting, which took place at the NYC restaurant Riverpark. They tasted twenty-six different premium aged rums, awarding them points based on the nose, palate, finish and overall impression.

Those who have tasted Vizcaya VXOP will nod in agreement with the judges’ assessments of the rum’s characteristics: rich, sweet, robust, lovely, classy, flavorful, delicious, amazing, round, well-balanced, smooth. If you’re a newcomer to the pleasures that Vizcaya has to offer, you’ll soon discover for yourself its floral, spicy and sweet nose, as well as its tastes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, butter. This rum starts out complex and intriguing, builds to a crescendo of delectable sensations, and finishes smoothly.

Many aficionados feel that, since it’s a premium aged rhum agricole with such a distinguished flavor profile, Vizcaya VXOP is best enjoyed on the rocks or neat. It’s also an ideal companion for your favorite cigar. If you like to experiment with mixology, why not try the newest additions to the Vizcaya line of rums, including Vizcaya Cristal and Vizcaya Cask 12, which is also an amber-hued, aged rum, but which has a slightly lighter body. Depending on the drink you favor, one of these varieties–both crafted with the same pride and attention to detail as the original VXOP rum–will become the perfect starting point for the perfect cocktail.

TheFiftyBest.com is an online guide to the finest drinks, food, cigars and other luxury lifestyle products. 

Please join us in celebrating the announcement that Vizcaya VXOP is TheFiftyBest.com’s number-one premium, aged rum! Cheers!

Published in: on January 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya Cristal Is A Mixologist’s Dream

Whether you are a professional mixologist, or just a rum enthusiast who likes to shake up a cocktail at home now and again, you’ll want to add new Vizcaya Cristal to your repertoire of rums. Cristal, one of the newest additions to the refined Vizcaya family of ultimate sipping rums, is a white rum that can certainly be enjoyed on its own or over a few cubes of ice, but which also lends itself to amazing cocktails. Here are a few classic cocktail recipes to start you out.

Cristal Cuba Libre 

2 oz. Vizcaya Cristal
juice of 1/2 lime
Cola

Combine all ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with lime twist or wedge.

Cristal Mojito

2 oz. Vizcaya Cristal
handful mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
0.5 oz lime juice
2 oz. club soda

Place mint leaves in bottom of glass. Add crushed ice, Cristal, sugar, and lime juice. Muddle. Add soda and garnish with mint leaves.

Ti-Punch

2 oz. Vizcaya Cristal
1 oz. simple syrup
1 fresh lime

Wash lime, remove top and bottom, and thinly slice into half rings. Add lime pieces to glass and crush with the flat end of a barspoon. Add rum and sugar syrup, top with broken ice, and muddle together. Add a short straw, and serve.

Cristal Cubano

1 part fresh lime juice
1 1/2 parts orange liqueur
3 parts Vizcaya Cristal
1 egg white

Pour ingredients into an ice-filled shaker, shake well and strain into a glass. Garnish with fresh lime or mint.
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Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 2:16 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Classic Cocktails Are Even Better with Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

The simple pleasures in life — an exquisite cigar, a perfectly cooked ribeye, the smooth Vizcaya after a long day of work — are undeniable. Yet there are also moments when cocktails a little more complex are called for, and that’s when you’ll pull a bottle of Vizcaya Cask 12 out of your liquor cabinet. Cask 12 offers the same refinement that you enjoy when you drink Vizcaya VXOP, but its smooth mixability means that it’s easy to combine with other ingredients to create refreshing, classic cocktails. Here are a few favorites to get you started — but don’t be afraid to invent your own drinks using Vizcaya Cask 12. If you hit upon something fantastic, please share it with us!

Vizcaya Havana

2 oz. Vizcaya Cask 21 Rum

juice of 1/2 lime

ginger ale

Mix Vizcaya and lime juice in an ice-filled glass. Add ginger ale to taste. Garnish with mint.

Vizcaya Dark and Stormy

2 oz. Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

8 oz. ginger beer

Pour Vizcaya over ice in a tall glass. Add ginger beer slowly. Stir and enjoy.

Vizcaya Rum Sling

2 oz. Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

6 oz. club soda

Combine Vizcaya and Angostura Bitters in a highball glass over ice. Add club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon or lime twist.

Vizcaya Rum Rickey

1 oz. Vizcaya Cask 12 Rum

1/2 oz. lime juice

1 tsp. simple syrup

club soda

Pour light rum, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain into an ice-filled collins glass, and fill with club soda. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve.

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Published in: on August 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Introducing new Vizcaya Cristal!

The makers of Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum—the ultimate sipping rum—are proud to announce a new addition to the Vizcaya family of fine rums. Vizcaya Cristal is a premium quality white rum with a satin-smooth finish, making it a versatile spirit to add to your bar.

Sip Vizcaya Cristal on the rocks or neat, to savor its nuances of vanilla, sherry and walnuts. We like to think of this as the world’s finest white sipping rum, and just like the VXOP, it pairs perfectly with your favorite cigar. Just because this rum can be enjoyed for its own merits, however, doesn’t mean that it’s not ideal for making a wide array of rum-based drinks. A mixologist’s dream, Vizcaya Cristal lends sophisticated undertones to any cocktail, elevating even the most pedestrian of mixers to create a uniquely satisfying drink.

Made with the same dedication to detail as the award-winning Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21, Vizcaya Cristal is distilled from the juice of freshly pressed sugar cane, using time-honored methods. It is rested in carefully selected oak barrels, to give it the signature complexity that characterizes all Vizcaya rums. Yet make no mistake—Vizcaya Cristal is mellow, mixable and ready to drink.

You already know the pleasures of relaxing with a glass of Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21. Now, it’s time to experience Vizcaya rum in a whole new way. Cristal delivers unparalleled flavor, subtle complexities and a polished finish. It is equally enjoyable served neat or as the starting point for cocktails that will make you the toast of the town. And because it carries the Vizcaya name, you know it is made with premium ingredients and a commitment to perfection.

New Vizcaya Cristal—its merits are crystal clear.

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Introducing Vizcaya Cask 12

You’ve been enjoying Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum, the ultimate sipping rum, for years. As an aficionado of fine spirits, chances are that there’s a bottle of VXOP in your bar right now. Well, it’s time to make room for a new variety of Vizcaya—introducing Vizcaya Cask 12, a dark rum that possesses the same rich character and high quality as VXOP Cask 21, but with a slightly lighter body that makes it a mixologist’s dream.

Vizcaya Cask 12 is meticulously crafted with the same superb ingredients and traditional methods as Cask 21. After being distilled from the finest of sugar cane—unlike inferior rums, which are made from molasses—Cask 12 is aged for six years in premium oak barrels and then masterfully blended. The finished spirit sings with a rich, complex bouquet; subtle notes of vanilla, cocoa and maple; and a buttery finish.

Due to its slightly lighter body, Cask 12 is also an extraordinarily versatile rum, and can be enjoyed alone or as a component of delicious cocktails. Try it in all the classic rum drinks, or simply splash some over a few cubes of ice and savor the exquisite flavor.

Another way to enjoy Vizcaya Cask 12 dark rum is to pair it with a meal—think tropical tastes, like seafood, coconut and fruit. Of course, you can never go wrong with the classic combination of a fine cigar and a premium rum, and Vizcaya Cask 12 fits that bill to perfection. Relax, enjoy your cigar, and let the heady, spicy aroma of Vizcaya fill your senses.

It’s an exciting time for those who truly appreciate fine spirits. Versatile Vizcaya Cask 12 rum, a premium sipping rum that also works wonderfully in cocktails, will become an exemplary addition to your rum repertoire.

Published in: on August 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP Featured in Flaunt Magazine

Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum may be distilled and blended using traditional, time-honored methods, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a thoroughly modern tipple, as well. In fact, Vizcaya blends the best of Cuban tradition—premium sugar cane, expert distillation, aging in oak bourbon barrels that are redolent with warm, woodsy spice—into an alluringly complex, yet refreshingly modern rum.

Flaunt magazine, which features writing and photography that dances daringly on the cutting edge of fashion, recently acknowledged Vizcaya VXOP’s well-deserved place in the new pantheon of boutique spirits. Calling it “society’s finest” which holds in store for the sipping connoisseur notes of “nutmeg, cinnamon and surprise,” Flaunt also honored Vizcaya by featuring a photograph of the golden liquid cascading from aloft onto the tongue of a fetching young rum aficionada. It’s an enticing image, and one that is sure to lure a legion of new fans into the fold—but those in the know have long understood what makes Vizcaya such a gem of a rum: its complex and aromatic nose; its subtle hints of vanilla, currant, butterscotch, allspice and smoke; and the way it pairs perfectly with a fine cigar.

Make no mistake: we applaud the resurgent popularity of fine sipping rums and other quality spirits, and Vizcaya’s steadfast fans ought to open their arms to those who think rum is just for pirates and the vagabonds of yesteryear. It’s simple, really—enjoying a glass of Vizcaya VXOP, on its own merits or perhaps enhanced simply by a cube or two of ice, speaks for itself, and speaks volumes. Whether you learned of this pleasure long ago, or are just now discovering how lovely it is to sip from the amber warmth of Vizcaya, is irrelevant. To everyone who enjoys the ultimate sipping rum, we raise a glass.

Published in: on May 6, 2011 at 4:22 AM  Leave a Comment  

Vizcaya Voted “Most Likely To Succeed” By The Tasting Panel!

The Tasting Panel‘s 2010 Yearbook, which reviews the most outstanding wines and spirits of the year, has given high marks to Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum, naming it “Most Likely to Succeed.”

A print and online publication devoted to discovering, discussing and showcasing the best wines and spirits from around the world, the Tasting Panel is an influential magazine which organizes and hosts tastings in major U.S. cities in order to showcase brands, regional specialties, importers, or categories of wines and spirits.

The magazine also prints reviews, interviews, regular editorial features and articles devoted to the liquor industry. It has a subscription base of restaurateurs, mixologists, sommeliers, importers and distributors, hospitality experts, and other spirits industry professionals.

Of Vizcaya, the Tasting Panel says, “burnished copper-hued Vizcaya rum is dazzling. Several layers of aromas waft up from the glass, from salty sherry, oak and cocoa to maple syrup drenched walnuts. On the palate, sumptuous notes of vanilla extract and nougat take this Thoroughbred to the finish line with satin smooth chocolate and maple bliss generously coating the palate.”

High praise, indeed, for the ultimate sipping rum, which we invite you to enjoy with your favorite cigar, paired with elegant small plates for the holidays, or just on its own, either neat or with a splash of water, as you take a break from your hectic routine and relax to enjoy life’s finer pleasures.

On behalf of the entire Vizcaya family, we wish you the very merriest of holidays and a prosperous New Year—from the Tasting Panel’s “Most Likely to Succeed,” Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum.

Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP Wins Exclusive Double Gold Medal in the New York International Spiris Competition

Vizcaya Wins Double Gold Medal!

We’ve done it again!

We’re proud to announce that Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum has been honored with a Double Gold Medal in the first-annual 2010 New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC).

Several factors distinguish this competition from others in the spirits industry. The New York International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition with judges who actually work in the spirits trade—from importers and distributors, to buyers at the nation’s leading liquor stores, to restaurant and bar owners. As you can imagine, the fact that these judges have substantial influence in their industry, and therefore can directly impact the sales of a brand, only adds to the prestige of winning an award and the NYISC.

Secondly, the spirits are categorized not only by product category but by price point as well. Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum, for example, competed in the category of “Rum Dark $26-40.”

Of the 187 submissions, from 28 countries, there were 13 Gold, 36 Silver and 45 Bronze Medals awarded, and one only award of Double Gold—to Vizcaya VXOP.

The ultimate sipping rum, Vizcaya is distilled, blended and bottled with craftsmanship and care, following the traditions of the Cuban rum-making process. This results in a caramel-colored, warm and spicy rum with notes of cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, butterscotch and brown sugar. Try it neat or on the rocks to best enjoy the fulness of its flavor profile—or pair it with your favorite cigar in order to complement the smoky sweetness of Vizcaya.

Held at the Brandy Library, one of the top spirits destinations in New York, the New York International Spirits Competition took place in late November, 2010. It was established by Adam Levy, a spirits writer and authority, and the president of All Spirits Events, which hosts educational spirits tastings at events both private and public.

Join us in celebrating the distinction bestowed upon Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Rum—the only Double Gold Medal winner in the inaugural New York International Spirits Competition. Cheers!

Published in: on December 17, 2010 at 6:54 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Where to Purchase Vizcaya VXOP Rum in New Jersey

Shop Rite Wines & Spirits
120 U.S. 206 South
Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-5352
www.shopritewines.com

Shoppers Vineyard
875 Bloomfield Ave
Clifton,NJ 07012
973-916-0707
www.shoppersvineyard.com

Wine O Land
4110 Route 9 South
Howell, NJ 07731
1-877-WINEOLAND
www.wineoland.com

Traino’s Wine & Spirits
100 Chruch Road
Marlton, NJ 08053
856-983-0056
www.trainoswine.com

Riverside Wine Merchants
9001 River Road
North Bergen, NJ 07047
www.riversidewinemerchants.com

Witty’s Fine Wine and Liquors
870 Saint Georges Avenue
Rahway, NJ 07065
732-381-6776
www.wittyswine.com

The Wine Shop at Short Hills
704 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-7135
www.shorthillswines.com

Beechwood Wine & Liquors
1 Beechwood Road
Summit, NJ 07901
908-277-0202
www.budgetbottle.com

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace
1308 Route 23 North
Wayne, NJ 07470
888-99-GARYS
www.garyswine.com

Published in: on November 1, 2010 at 11:56 AM  Leave a Comment  
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