The Cartel Hour
The Cartel Hour
Apr 15, 2020
Cartel Hour by Cask Cartel 13: Grander Rum and Lost Spirits - A Coronavirus Quarantined Look at Pirates
Play • 1 hr 28 min

Rum: is it still a sticky sweet pirate’s drink or is there far more nuance to the spirit? On this episode, we’re diving into the world of rum with Taylor Persh, head chef at Lost Spirit’s restaurant Fish or Flesh and Jordan Fattal, bar director for Baldy’s Restaurant Group, both rum lovers and have a bit more rum knowledge up both of their sleeves than we do.

We tasted a wide range of the spirit with a lineup from Grander Rum, the love child of a native Kentucky whiskey drinker and a small rum distillery in Panama. Their lineup challenged what we thought the spirit was capable of with unique barrel aging and different aged blends. We ended with a big one two punch from Lost Spirits including their Navy Style Rum and a collaboration they did with Rational Spirits clocking in at 141 proof.

The story and history of rum is a lot more complex and region specific than you may have imagined, so while we did indeed explore the classic tiki drink side to rum, we also dive into the influence of the European colonies and how their histories influence the types of rum we see today.

One more interesting aspect to this podcast is the fact that we are in the middle of the coronavirus quarantine which is strongly and uniquely affecting the service industry. We talk Taylor and Jordan about what is happening in the hospitality industry, their hopes, their fears, and how we are emotionally handling this period in history. 


Click on any of the following links to purchase the spirits. Here is a full list of what we drank:


Grander Rum 8 Year Old

Grander Rum 12 Year Old

Grander Rum 8 Year Old Single Barrel 

Grander Rum Trophy Release

Grander Rum Barrel Series Rye Finished

Grander Rum Barrel Series Single Barrel Sherry Cask Finish

Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

Rational Spirits Cuban Inspired 141 Proof Rum


If you’re local to Los Angeles, check out Taylor Persh’s restaurant Fish or Flesh, a private seating multi course booze inspirited meal that includes a tour of Lost Spirits:


Jordan Fattal’s bar can be found here, make sure to give it a look when quarantine ends:

3811 Grand View Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90066


And the spirits and bartending academy mentioned can be found here:


Finally, here are the links to the charities Taylor mentioned at the end of the podcast:

Few For All


No Us Without You

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And speaking of those live tastings, for those living in or visiting the Los Angeles area that truly are intrigued, if you’re interested in drinking along with us, we would love to have you to come enjoy an evening at the Infusery to drink through a carefully selected assortment of spirits. We offer custom flights and have a robust library of over 700+ spirits to choose from. And you get to drink with Seth and I, pick our brains, learn a ton, and generally have a blast. Visit for more information.


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Thank you everyone for listening and remember to drink responsibly, and in good company.

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