GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Tortuga Rum Co. isn't resting on
its popular rum cakes. The culinary firm's latest creation is
Tortuga chocolate hazelnut rum truffles.
According to Tortuga's managing director, Robert Hamaty, the new
confection re-creates a centuries-old Viennese hazelnut and milk
chocolate recipe, updated with a Caribbean twist and a hint of
Tortuga dark rum. Visitors can purchase the sweets at Tortuga's 15
retail outlets in the Cayman Islands, at Cafe Tortuga Caribbean Bar
and Grille on Grand Cayman and at the duty-free shops at Owen
Roberts International Airport.
The rum cake, by the way, is the Cayman Islands' most popular
tourist souvenir, according to visitor surveys. It is also the
destination's No. 1 export item and is now available in the
Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and on board Princess Cruise Lines' Sun
Princess. In the U.S., the Tortuga rum cake debuted last fall in
the gourmet section of Neiman Marcus store in Atlanta.
The truffles are the latest addition to the company's line of
private label products which include 10 blended rums, a new coffee
liqueur, fruit punch, drink mixers, gourmet sauces, three varieties
of fudge and chocolate rum mints. Tortuga rums have garnered top
awards in the annual Caribbean Rum Tasting contest, held each
February on Barbados.
Earlier this summer, Tortuga introduced two gourmet,
rum-flavored coffees. In February, the Tortuga chocolate rum cake
debuted for Valentine's Day. The cake is baked daily, along with
thousands of the classic rum cakes, in the company's
1,700-square-foot bakery on Grand Cayman.
The company's 16th retail outlet located will open this fall
next to the Cayman Turtle Farm, featuring a small bakery where
visitors can watch the Tortuga rum cakes being baked and sample the
Tortuga Imports Inc., Phone: (800) 444-0625 for mail orders in
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