Hanging With Bahama Bob in Key West, Florida
Yolo Rum now available at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn after a visit to see our friend Bahama Bob Leonard in Key West, Florida
It’s not to often that you get a chance to go out and sing karaoke with Bahama Bob. It’s just not an every day occurrence, so when the opportunity presents itself, then you better be ready to seize the opportunity. All in a days work, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more from our journey to Key West, Florida to link up with one of the most notorious and interesting people in rum, at one of the most storied and widely recognized rum bars in the world. So finally, here we were, with the Yolo Rum Outback parked in front of the the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn on Duval St.
This would be Yolo Rum’s introduction to Key West, and likewise, for many in Key West, this would be their introduction to Yolo Rum. Bahama Bob has had plenty of exposure to Yolo Rum. He was on the RumXP judging panel at the 2015 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival that awarded Yolo Rum Gold a RumXP Gold Medal, and he has also been kind enough to review Yolo Rum for his blog “Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles”. For many others that we had the opportunity to meet and visit with during our tasting at the Rum Bar at the Speakeasy Inn, Yolo Rum might not have been a familiar name yet, but Don Pancho Fernandez was a name that they were certainly well aware of. This is what put us on the radar for Bahama Bob, as his prominence in the rum world has lead to a personal friendship with Don Pancho Fernandez, the Master Distiller and rum blender behind Yolo Rum. In most cases, just knowing that Yolo is a Don Pancho rum was all the info necessary to be accepted with open arms. Each cocktail and sip of Yolo was followed by overwhelming approval, and soon enough we had a room full of believers. And as Bahama Bob carefully crafted cocktail, after Yolo Rum cocktail, it gave us the opportunity to mingle with our new friends.
One question or comment that would come up often would be about the name Yolo Rum, so it provided a great opportunity to educate about the name. “What does it mean, and where did it come from?” was often the line of questioning. Some were not familiar with the acronym “You Only Live Once”. For us, Yolo means to slow down, enjoy the moment, make the most of now, live life, experience the best things because you deserve it. You Only Live Once! Like the roman poet Horace says “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, loosely translated “Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (the future)”. And then the light turns on, and it makes sense. The name. The meaning. The message. The best rum in the world can only be accompanied by a name that embodies what it means to reflect in that moment and be present. Tomorrow is promised to no one.
All-in-all it was an amazing time and a memorable experience that was very special. The bartender and the venue made it a moment that Yolo Rum could be so proud of. We made many new friends, as we usually do at these tastings. There was our new friend Sam, a co-worker and friend of Bob’s from the Speakeasy Inn, and also a fellow member of The Rat Key Rum Tasters Association. She promised to rock one of our Yolo Rum shirts at one of their upcoming weekly rum tastings and snap a photo for us. We also got to hang out with birthday girl Toni, who was nice enough to pose with a shirt and bottle for us. And there were so many others. Thanks so much to everyone that made it down to the tasting at the Rum Bar. Now we just need our own original signature Bahama Bob Yolo Rum cocktail, and then maybe we can be in one of Bahama Bob’s famous cocktail recipe books.