Interview with José Fuentes – Founder of SoloRum

José Fuentes
The man behind SoloRon

1) Bucket List items for this upcoming year.

Don’t have a bucket list but I do want to visit Cuba soon. Both of my parents are Cubans and I would really like to go but I want to go with them. They still have not returned since they left in the 60’s.

2) Biggest achievement you personally feel you have accomplish for the rum industry.

I’m just a regular joe who likes rum….but I do feel accomplish every time I see a tourist at a local liquor store and trying to decide what brand of rum they want to buy and I give them some advice and guide them in the right direction.
Plus, teaching family and friends more about rum and the many brands, varieties and aging methods  that exist.

3) Favorite Drink + Recipe

I have a few and they are very simple recipes:

  • Don Q Crystal with Diet Coke
  • Don Q Añejo with Coconut water
  • Barrilito 2 Estrellas with Acerola juice
  • Plantation Dark Rum + Ginger Beer + Splash of Coconut water
  • Dark & Stormy but only with Mountgay rum
  • Rum Old Fashioned

4) Where do you see the rum industry today and in the next 5 years?

Today the rum industry here in the island I would say is in a good place and I’m only saying this from a customer side of view. I see people more interested in trying good rum. Old distillers are making a comeback (Ron Superior). Lots of new rum brands have reached the island and with that people can see that local rum can go head to head with any brand that is out there. Also as with micro brewers I can see people doing the same with mini rum distillers. I can def see a trend of mini distillers forming as in the case of what has happened in the States. I think it is a good time for good rum.

5) Share some (2-3) of your mentors and how they have helped you.

Don’t have any mentors but I do admire certain people from rum world:

  1. Edward Hamilton
  2. Don Pancho
  3. Edmundo Fernandez
  4. DON Q RUM…….my first!

6) Any last words?

Salud and #drinkbetterrum

6)Learn more about José Fuentes

Rum aficionado, graphic artist, photographer, father of twins….
For info of rum bars, transportation on the island or photography services look me up @ólo-Ron-900676423291097/

Author: Fede

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