Rum Boon: 2013

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  • Mal posted 4 years ago

    Nobody respects Martin Cate (and his opinions on rum) more than I do. And I certainly didn't mean to imply that he was on the take. After all, the rums written about are all quality spirits. No problem there.

    The only issue issue here is that with Simon Ford and Dushan Zaric on your advisory board, and with a number of mentions of their new liquor company on here lately, it just casts a bit of doubt on editorial independence. The 86 Company makes great products, but let fully independent voices praise them.

    I love this site, and it is great resource. Just hoping to keep it that way.

  • posted 4 years ago

    According to the brand's where to buy page (, it's not available in Georgia yet, but it is in Florida and South Carolina, which means it should be coming soon! You might try contacting the brand directly to find out.

  • Bill Simmons posted 4 years ago

    Where in the Atlanta area can you find the Kirk and Sweeney Rum?

  • Martin Cate posted 4 years ago

    Nobody from any of these rums or gave me a dime for this list. They asked me for a list of new brands that I thought were quality products. Simple as that.

  • posted 4 years ago

    We pride ourselves on maintaining editorial independence at No advertiser may purchase placement in any editorial content, and all sponsored content is clearly labeled as such. The rums in this story were selected independently by Martin Cate without influence from us or from any advertisers. And for the record, The 86 Co. is not currently and has never in the past been a advertiser.

  • Mal posted 4 years ago

    The line between straight content and paid advertisements has been seriously blurred here lately. I love the 86 Co. spirits as much as anyone, but it's just become too much, too often. It is a credibility issue, fellas.

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