Asay, Team Canada bounces back with win over Puerto Rico

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A Hot New Boutique Hotel in San Miguel de Allende

 

By the Caribbean Journal staff

There’s a hot new place to stay in one of Mexico’s most magical cities, San Miguel de Allende.

The new boutique hotel is called Casa Delphine, and the tiny charmer has five suites in a setting just minutes from the city’s main plaza.

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The beautiful brainchild of Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Amanda Keidan, Casa Delphine has a residential ambience, with bright, airy rooms and meticulously designed inteirors with everything from detailed stonework to hand-laid boveda ceilings.

Keidan designed the property herself, tapping local visual and print artist Ri Anderson to create lampshades for add some “pop” to the hotel’s lighting, along the inclusion of furniture from local artists in San Miguel.

san miguel de allende boutique hotel room

Each suite has a cantera fireplace, hand-designed furniture and balconies overlooking private courtyards.

The centerpiece is a two-floor rooftop suite designed in the style of a Spanish hacienda.

For more, visit Casa Delphine.

— CJ

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Grenada Is Getting a Major New All-Inclusive Resort

 

By the Caribbean Journal staff

Grenada is set for the 2020 debut of a major new all-inclusive resort from the Royalton Luxury Resorts brand.

The new property, which.represents a transformation of the former Grenadian by Rex resort, is slated to open its doors in March 2020, according to a statement from the company.

The resort will open with 269 luxury suites on a beachfront setting on Grenada’s “Tamarind Bay,” on the southwestern corner of Grenada near Magazine Beach, a short distance from Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport.

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A rendering of the entrance of the resort.

The new all-inclusive is the latest in what has been a rapid Caribbean expansion for the Royalton brand and its Blue Diamond Resorts parent company.

The resort will include Royalton’s signature all-inclusive amenities, from 24-hour room service to complimentary non-motorized watersports, free high-speed Wi-Fi and a host of swim-up rooms.

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What some of the swim-up suites will look like.

The latter have become something of a specialty for Royalton, which boasts one of the broadest and most impressive range of swim-up suites in the wider region.

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A rendering of a double room.

The Royalton Grenada, which will also include a spa, will be the first property in the Royalton umbrella to open the new Ma Maison eatery, a French bistro-style restaurant.

It will be the second major opening for Royalton in the Caribbean in 2019, following the late spring debut of the new Royalton Antigua, which recently debuted Antigua’s first-ever overwater bungalows.

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One of the eateries at the resort.

It’s a major addition to the island of Grenada, which has been seeing very strong stayover arrival in recent years, a tourism renaissance that kicked off in earnest when Sandals Resorts International debuted its Sandals Grenada resort on Pink Gin Beach in 2014.

For more, visit Royalton Grenada.

— CJ

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CBP agents seize $17 million worth of cocaine from a rowing boat in Puerto Rico

… cocaine Monday in Humacao, Puerto Rico
CBP confiscated 1,493 … into 20 bundles
A Puerto Rican National Guard helicopter alerted … boat made it to Puerto Rico‘s eastern shoreline … law enforcement agency.
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Rum Journal: Papa’s Pilar “The Lost Cask”

 

The barrels were an afterthought, hidden away in the corner of the rum factory.

And while they were few in number, these “lost” barrels held something rather special.

And now Papa’s Pilar, the rum brand named for Ernest Hemingway’s fishing boat that continues to put out inspired, innovative and just plain satisfying rum blends out of a Florida base, has delivered again.

It’s called “The Lost Cask,” and it’s an extremely limited release of a version of the brand’s “Blonde” rum containing rum from expressions that the company says were “lost” for three years while aging in ex-bourbon casks, then blended by master blender Ron Call.

The brand’s Key West headquarters.

For the uninitiated, the Pilar portfolio (which is owned in part by the Hemingway Estate) has two primary expressions: the “blonde” blend of more lightly aged rums, and the “dark” blend of longer aged rums from across the Americas.

The pair of excellent expressions have spawned several terrific limited-release rums, most notably the Sherry-finish and the higher-proof “Platinum Blonde,” both of which scored very well in these pages.

There are just a few hundred of these “Lost Cask” bottles, which are only on sale at the brand’s Key West flagship location.

And while the the Papa’s blonde is certainly the core, the Lost Cask is its own adventure entirely.

The Lost Cask has a darker amber color than its forebear, with a buttery aroma of vanilla, mocha and caramel.

The flavor profile is marked by butterscotch, a hint of almond, powdered sugar and caramel, with a smooth and round but delicate finish.

The more you sip it, the more its depth emerges, a rum that grabs you by the shoulders like it hasn’t seen you in a decade, a warm embrace of a rum.

It’s bottled at 91 proof, but while the degrees are boldm the experience is not.

In a changing, dynamic world of rum, Papa’s Pilar continues to blend rums from the Caribbean, Central America and Florida and create its own identity of rum, to put its own spin on the noble spirit, in a way that nods to the best of rummaking but also asks new questions and adds new flavors.

The Lost Cask is just a wonderful, endlessly drinkable rum.

Rum Journal Review: 94 Points

— CJ

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