Category Archives: Jamaica

Best Hotels and Resorts of 2016

Nicest digs on the planet? Here are a few of ‘em! 2016 was one of the best years of travel for me yet. What made the year such an amazing time to ramble was, in large part, where I got to lay my head at night. Continue reading

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Jamaica’s Blue Mountains (espressoCrazy)

As ubiquitous as coffee is, it actually can only grow in very limited areas of the world, basically high on mountain slopes in the tropics and a few subtropical regions. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Cheers

Does having firsthand knowledge of what goes into a product and what’s behind its story enhance how we enjoy it? I certainly savour more fully every sip of one of my favourite rums with an increased understanding its origins and the fond memories made touring Jamaica with Appleton Estate and seeing how and where this top shelf spirit is produced. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Master Blender Joy Spence

The highlight of my Cane to Cocktail tour of Jamaica was the opportunity to experience a slice of island living with Appleton Estate Master Blender, Joy Spence, and to savour the rums she created with her there to discuss the science and the craft that goes into making them. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: At the Source

Produced only in Jamaica on one single estate in a small, circumscribed geographic area, Appleton Estate rum is one of the world’s few rums with a terroir. The core event of my Cane to Cocktail tour was a visit to the estate to discover what sets it apart from other rums and gives it such deep flavour. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay

There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little rarefied rest and relaxation now and again. And I’m glad I got to do just that in fine Caribbean style for a few nights of my Cane to Cocktail tour at the splendorous Half Moon resort in Montego Bay. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Blue Mountain Bliss

The Cane to Cocktail tour continued onwards and upwards into the mighty Blue Mountains for a taste of some of the world’s best coffee and sundowner with dinner at a cozy little boutique hideaway. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Screechies, Hellshire Beach

A big shack on a small crescent beach, my morning at Screechies lived up to my years of daydreaming about how a lazy day in Jamaica might play out. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: A Tour of Jamaica with Appleton Estate

An invitation to join a Cane to Cocktail tour of Jamaica hosted by premium Jamaican rum producer, Appleton Estate, with its Master Blender Joy Spence as guide for much of the trip was met with a speedy response and plenty of anticipation about the delicious fun ahead finding out about (and drinking plenty of) one of my favourite rums at its source. Continue reading

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Bonavita 8-Cup Brewer | Blue Mountain Beans

Landing one of the best brewers on the market just before coming into a bag of some of the best coffee beans on the planet seemed like pure serendipity. Continue reading

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