Atomic Age Bay Rum has been over 5 years in the making, possibly 15-20 if you take into consideration my years prior being a Bay Rum wearer and connoisseur! "But why another bay rum Doug?"You pose a good question. My answer, I don't think anyone has really delivered yet when it comes to a deep, complex and smooth rendition of Bay Rum. Most fall short and come off cloying to me, sometimes almost "punched in the schnauz" metallic as if it were just clumsily tossed together and rushed to market. Yet we settled...why?While it's certainly true West Indian Bay on it's own, already smells swell, it just has so much untapped scent potential that really needs to be worked and tweaked into a harmonious blend...to just ignore this is a disservice and a crime.
Being the star of the show Bay needs a good cast of supporting actors to lift it up and diffuse some of it's rougher qualities, like any good perfume or performer! [Introducing the supporting cast: Select West Indian Herbs, Spices & Citrus Notes suspended in a harmonious golden ratio.]My mission; Create the BEST Bay Rum on the planet...lofty I know and possibly a tad dramatic, But I DID IT! I kid you not, I actually believe Atomic Age Bay Rum is the last Bay Rum people will ever buy.
"Dude, I am totally loving your soaps right now... But the mind blower is the Atomic Age Bay Rum!!!! Best bay rum EVER, and I have everyone’s bay rum!!!! I’ll be placing a big order for matching splashes as soon as it is released!!!" ~Steve Platts
To test this theory I picked out a few testers that were, in their own words, Bay Rum Haters. Typically I would have no use for people like this, I mean...how can anyone hate Bay Rum? It's like Summer in a bottle or Liquid Paradise...Christmas on Pirate Island even! But in this case, I needed them. If I could turn these guys into Bay Rum lovers, I would have succeeded in what I set out to do! Mind you, I chose Bay Rum Lovers as well and damn if I did not make Uber Believers out of both groups!...But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Not sure how many of you know this, but I lived in Central America for 4 years. I literally lived in a hammock on the edge of the rain forrest on the beach (for real). I didn't know the language, I didn't know anyone there, just saved up a few thousand dollars and left seeking adventure. I might add, my friends and family thought I might be having a breakdown of some sort, lol.At the time I was doing really well, had a great apartment/bachelor pad, had a groovy cat named Max, had a swell job and was in two pretty successful bands...but I needed this and off I went with tent and hammock in tow
It was truly another world, a whole other planet! I was pretty much taken in by the "local" artisans, thus gaining much needed gringo street cred. I use parenthesis because these artisans traveled all around Central & South America setting up their blankets or foldable tables worth of handcrafted wares to sell to tourists.Having an in with the artisans and no time limit, I got to see many things a lot of tourist traveling through don't often get a chance to.
One of the things that was memorable was working on a pineapple farm, believe it or not! I was totally blown away by the fact that a plant would only yield just one pineapple! This hardly seemed like a sustainable crop...but I do love a good pineapple.Then there was the SUGARCANE!I had a few Swedish friends that worked on a farm where cane was grown and processed. The whole lay out looked like Jurassic Park and the juicing machines looked to be fresh out of the industrial revolution...oh man, the noise of those machines!
But that was just the beginning of my journey into the history and traditional process of Rum Making.You see, this farm or "finca" was especially set up for rum makers in Nicaragua where this sweet juice and molasses was to be shipped. [Fun Fact: They have such an over abundance of molasses in Costa Rica its actually sprayed on the dirt roads to keep the dust down!]...Moving on.Being a non citizen in Costa Rica I had to leave the country every 90 days for at least 3 days in order for my visa to renew, so I would make the trek every 3 months to either Panama or Nicaragua. I love Panama but Nicaragua was magical, especially the Island of Ometepe...but that's another story for another time. I will say it has a very Scooby Doo mystery type vibe about the place...but I digress.It was in Nicaragua where I was lucky enough to tour some distilleries and hear the history...what a rabbit hole of Awesome for this gringo to stumble upon.
Geesh, this sales page is turning into a slight memoir...I may have to Cliff Note it.Well, what I'm getting at is RUM. I fell in love with rum in Central America. I thought I understood this golden elixir before I entered the jungle, but I did not. Real Rum is like medicine and should not be mixed or blended with anything, there's no need to when it's made right! I felt an immediate affinity for the stuff, partly do to the fact that I like a good drink, but also because Bay Rum was my signature scent.Back home in the US some people actually thought I naturally smelled like bay rum, I wish...but that's how much of Bay Rum was interwoven with the very fabric of my being.At my old job fellow workers would know I was on the scene before they even saw me...it was the Bay Rum wafting in first as if I held the door for it.So just to be crystal clear, I love Bay Rum.
I always have, I read as much as I could about the stuff, wrote many a blog on it and even made a few How To tutorials on this little olfactory wonder...which also has many a medicinal benefit too I should add!If I was going to create the BEST Bay Rum I was going to need to tap into all that I had learned over the years. I was going to need to approach this challenge differently than others...and so it began. Clove, What Clove?First thing I needed to do was take clove out of the recipe.
There is Absolutely NO REASON for clove to be in a Bay Rum aftershave. For one, the stuff will burn the hell out of your skin, some fellas react worse than others. Two, the West Indian Bay and Clove are cousins from the same family and possess so many similar traits. So much so, most folks assume they are smelling clove when they are just smelling part of the West Indian bay leaf profile.In researching why clove was so often used I was brought back to rum making.
In traditional Spiced Rum, clove as well as many other spices were/are used. Naturally when combining Bay and Rum in early traditional recipes clove would end up in the blend by default...it was infused the rum that was used! Rum that was meant to be quaffed and consumed, not splashed on freshly shaven skin. So for that, you will find zero clove in Atomic Age Bay Rum.I REALLY COULD GO ON FOREVER ABOUT THIS STUFF...I NEED TO WRAP IT UP!
Needless to say I am ecstatic about the release of Atomic Age Bay Rum! Atomic is both timeless and masculine, elegant and smooth, sophisticated without being pretentious, bold but exotically alluring and mellow.In short, Atomic Age Bay Rum is the fruit of my own private, calculated study in Bay Rum crafting and I could not be more proud to add another chapter to the long sailing history of Bay Rum!
Experience the difference, experience the future, experience Bay Rum the way it was meant to be, Atomic Age Bay Rum!