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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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 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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Vizcaya VXOP–Proud To Participate In The Tasting Panel Tour 2010

If you’re a rum enthusiast and a member of the media or the spirits trade who lives in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami or New York, please join Vizcaya VXOP at The Tasting Panel’s 4th Annual Tasting Panel Tour.

The ultimate sipping rum, Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 had the honor of being chosen as one of the June 2010 “Publisher’s Picks” by The Tasting Panel’s publisher and executive editor, Meridith May. At the Tasting Panel Tour, you’ll be able can taste the sophisticated hints of maple, butterscotch and spice that make sipping a snifter of Vizcaya VXOP a truly luxurious experience.

Join Tasting Panel Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Anthony Dias Blue, in a walk-around tasting event featuring a selection of Double Gold Winners, including Vizcaya VXOP.

It won’t surprise fans of the smooth, amber-hued Vizcaya that this delectable sipping rum also took “Best Rum” at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This rhum agricole, which is distilled with pride in the old Cuban tradition, has won a host of awards, as well as the approbation of spirits lovers the world over. For more information about the upcoming events of the Tasting Panel Tour, including dates, times, venues and the opportunity to register, please click on the city in which you are interested:

Chicago

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Published in: on September 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Calling All Rum Enthusiasts! Join Vizcaya in San Francisco

Miss Pearl's Jam House

This weekend marks one of the most anticipated events in the rum enthusiast’s yearly calendar: the San Francisco Bay Ministry of Rum Festival 2010. Hosted at Miss Pearl’s Jam House, located in the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, CA, this event gathers together rum lovers from around the around the globe to celebrate their favorite spirit.

This year’s festival marks the second appearance of Barrie Lynn, the Cheese Impresario. Barrie will show festival goers that the pairing of rum and artisanal cheeses, while unorthodox, can be absolutely delicious. This event proved very popular at last year’s festival, so you won’t want to miss Barrie’s return or any of her delectable pairings.

After partaking of cheese, taste sugar cane spirits from many different makers, including Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Cuban-Style rum. Also on hand will be some of the Bay area’s most respected and experienced mixologists, who will be whipping up rum-based cocktails, both classics and modern drinks.

Of course, you’ll also be able to wax enthusiastic about Vizcaya with fellow aficionados, including Edward Hamilton–considered the world’s top authority on all things rummy and the man behind the Ministry of Rum. All in all, the 2010 San Francisco Bay Ministry of Rum Festival promises to be a rollicking good time that will both educate and entertain all comers.

The festival will be held Sunday, August 8, 2010, beginning at 1:00pm for VIPs and press, then open to the general public from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door on a cash-only basis, and are $50 per person.

We’ll see you there!

The Past, Present and Future of Rum: Vizcaya VXOP and Smuggler’s Cove

Celebrating the past, present and future of rum, Smuggler’s Cove rum bar in San Francisco offers a selection of premium rums and rum-based cocktails, including Vizcaya VXOP, the ultimate sipping rum.

Smuggler’s Cove offers “traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands, classic libations of Prohibition-era Havana, and exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars” in a venue that is reminiscent of historic tiki bars and that also prides itself on nautical décor. When you step into the venue, located at Gough and McAllister Streets, you’ll immediately feel the spirit of the islands, the sea, and the people who have inhabited them throughout the ages.

Of course, Smuggler’s Cove wouldn’t be worth its salt if it didn’t offer an extensive list of premium rums, and it does just that. Try a rum flight or, if you’re truly a connoisseur, ask the bartender for a scorecard. You can keep track of all of the rums and cocktails you’ve tried, and when you’ve worked your way through the menu, you’ll receive an exclusive gift and merit badge—and have your name added to the Smuggler’s Cove Manifest. Another nice touch that the rum bar’s owner, Martin Cate, provides is a tasting notes section of the website, where rum lovers can view the truly spectacular menu and make their own notes as they experiment.

With capacity for only 49 people, Smuggler’s Cove is an intimate experience. The bartenders and mixologists who are here to serve you will take their time crafting a premium cocktail for you, whether you choose one of their specialties from the menu, or give them a little more leeway in making your drink. This is a place to gather with a few good friends, sip a cocktail and enjoy a spirited conversation.

Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum, which prides itself on a robust, complex palate of flavors—including allspice, clove, nutmeg, butterscotch, vanilla and honey—is, similarly, a drink that is best enjoyed when you have a little leisure to fully appreciate its nuances. Smooth, sippable and even sultry, Vizcaya is the ultimate sipping rum and one that will conjure up the remarkable qualities of a traditional, handcrafted Cuban-style rum.

We’re proud that Vizcaya VXOP is among the offerings at Smuggler’s Cove, and invite you to indulge in a cocktail made with this premium rum, or to savor a glass neat or on the rocks, in the remarkable seafaring atmosphere of Smuggler’s Cove the next time you’re in San Francisco.

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 10:22 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Pairing Vizcaya VXOP with Food

It’s not difficult to enjoy Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 rum—really, all you need is a glass and maybe a few ice cubes. Rum drinkers who like to gild the lily pair Vizcaya with a premium cigar for the ultimate exercise in relaxation.

And then there are those epicurean adventurers who relish the challenge of pairing fine spirits with gourmet food.  A truly inspired match of delicious food and rum will bring out the most vibrant flavors of both—and will make your tasting party a gastronomical event to remember.

The most natural pairing for Vizcaya VXOP, with its complex notes of cloves, cardamom and pepper, may be tropical food—coconut-crusted shrimp, pineapple salsa, jerk chicken or pork, mesquite-grilled fish, sweet potatoes or fried plantains. Don’t be afraid to add some heat, either, as the robust and sweet character of Vizcaya will stand up to spicy habaneros or other fiery peppers, and even temper their fire somewhat.

A similar, yet slightly less expected cuisine to try matching with Vizcaya is southern American barbecue. Slather your next rack of grilled ribs with a peach-chipotle glaze and pour a glass of Vizcaya to go with it. You may find that the smooth, dark sugar tones of the ultimate sipping rum are a natural companion to the unctuous, flavorful pork. Creole and cajun foods like jambalaya, etouffee and blackened meats, when paired with rhum agricole, will also provide the perfect balance of heat and sweet.

Any cuisine that makes use of lime juice would also be an excellent candidate as a companion to Vizcaya VXOP. Spicy Thai food, with coconut, lime and ginger flavors, may not be the first food you’d think to pair with rum, but it’s a surprisingly good marriage.

Don’t forget about dessert! Coconut ice cream with rum-glazed pineapple, a tropical fruit salad featuring mango and papaya with a lime vinaigrette, or even an old classic like pineapple upside-down cake are great partners for Vizcaya. Lastly, experiment with sipping your Vizcaya while nibbling a few pieces of fine dark chocolate—each are complex, intense, with nuances of coffee, butterscotch, allspice and vanilla.

Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Cuban-style rum is a winner right out of the bottle, but we encourage you to experiment with rum and food. You might discover a delicious new combination—and if you do, we’d love to hear about it!

Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Vizcaya VXOP To Be Featured At Premium Rum & Cigar Event

Vizcaya VXOP rum, with its warm, spicy bouquet and robust character, has often been described as the perfect libation to sip while smoking a fine cigar. So it comes as no surprise that TheFiftyBest has named Vizcaya as one of the featured rums at its upcoming Premium Rum & Cigar Tasting event.

Held at Cipriani Wall Street—a landmark Greek revival venue that was once the home of the New York Stock Exchange and the United States Customs House—this tasting will showcase some of the world’s most captivating rums and cigars. A selection of delectable appetizers, provided by Cipriani’s renowned chefs, will further enhance the evening.

Relax on the terrace at Cipriani while enjoying the lush, captivating taste of Vizcaya. One sip and you’ll understand why Vizcaya VXOP recently won “Best in Show” in the rum category, as well as a Double Gold medal, at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Vizcaya’s distinctive complexity and sophistication have garnered it a number of other awards, including a Gold Medal at the 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting.

The hints of smoke that mingle with the spice and brown sugar notes of Vizcaya VXOP are an outstanding counterpoint to highly rated cigars from Drew Estate, such as Acid, Chateau Real and Natural. Vizcaya’s soft finish, redolent of cloves, echoes the warmth of the cigar and leaves a lingering sweetness.

If you consider yourself an aficianado of premium cigars and high quality sipping rums—or even if you’re just beginning to learn about them—you need to mark your calendars and join us at Cipriani for an evening of refined pleasure.

The Premium Rum & Cigar Tasting is hosted by TheFiftyBest.com, an unbiased guide to fine living for those with epicurean tastes. The event will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $65 at the door. Seats for this event are limited; reserve your place on the terrace now.

Published in: on May 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival May 5-9 2010

Vizcaya VXOP rum will be competing in the Grand Tasting Event at the 2010 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. The event will take place May 5th through 9th at the Raleigh Hotel in beautiful South Beach. The Rum Renaissance Festival features several exciting VIP parties, celebrity seminars, the Rum Tasting Competition, the Bartender’s Tiki Face-Off Competition, and the Big Bang Beach and Pool Party. Purchase tickets on their site. See you there!