Billy Dee Williams. Cary Grant. Marvin Gaye. Sam Cooke. Paul Newman. Miles Davis. Sugar Ray (Robinson and Leonard). Shaft, as played by Richard Roundtree. Roger Federer. Marcello Mastroianni. Michael Holding. Duke Ellington. Bobby Orr. John Holt. What’s the common denominator? What connects these individuals, born in different countries, real or fictional, dead or alive, giants in different eras? What trait unifies these masters of different trades?
Well, aside from possessing a Y chromosome, all of these characters are unequivocally, indisputably, inexplicably smooth. So smooth it hurts. So smooth they’ve become touchstones. Their names have morphed into adjectives, descriptors of not just pinnacle achievement but of states of being, states of grace. If you’ve ever seen Roger Federer run around a backhand and hit an inside out forehand or Michael Holding take a wicket with the nonchalance of a Sunday driver, if you’ve heard Miles Davis’ ‘Sketches of Spain’, listened to Marvin Gaye sing ‘Trouble Man’ or just merely seen Paul Newman being…well, himself, then you know what I’m talking about. Then you know smooth.
And if you understand this idea, this concept, this thing called smooth, you’ll also understand what it is to drink Angostura 1919. I’m not about to say it’s the smoothest rum out there, but I can’t remember drinking one smoother. With tender, sweet, caramel undertones this rum is such a delight to consume, I had no choice but to add it to my list of favourite rums. It is an all-rounder, a first ballot hall of famer. I imagine pouring Angostura 1919 over the finest vanilla ice cream would elevate the famed dairy product to new heights.
So as tribute to this rum and to the aforementioned distinguished gentlemen, I’ve prepared a musical mix that is as smooth as it is warm and as warm as it is easy. Click here to take a listen. I encourage you to sit back, put up your feet and fill your glass with your favourite spirit. (Better yet, get yourself a bottle of Angostura. Don’t worry, we’ll wait for you) and let us say a toast to all things smooth, warm and easy.