jeff murphy, master distiller, bayou rum

Jeff Murphy

Master Distiller

Jeff Murphy joined Bayou® Rum as Master Distiller in 2012. Having served in the U.S. Navy in the early ‘90s,

Jeff earned his stripes in professional brewing through stints at Singapore-based breweries The Pump Room and Archipelago Brewing Company, where he first learned the fine art of fermentation. Upon returning to the U.S., he transitioned to the spirits industry, where he worked with Rebecca Creek Distillery in San Antonio, Texas, fermenting and distilling whiskey and vodka. Soon thereafter, Jeff was recruited to Ipswich, Massachusetts to help launch Privateer Rum.

Prior to his career in distilling, Jeff served four years in the U.S. Navy beginning in 1992. After serving as a hospital corpsman at various commands in the Pacific, he relocated to Maryland, where he spent five years as a police officer. In 2007, Jeff, already an avid homebrewer, relocated to Singapore with his wife and took the leap into professional brewing. It was the first of many steps that ultimately brought him to where he is today.




REINIEL VICENTE DIAZ, master blender, bayou rum

Reiniel Vicente Diaz

Master Blender

Reiniel Vicente Diaz, second-generation rum maker, joined Bayou® Rum as Master Blender in 2013.

Reiniel was born into the art of rum production in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, and raised in a city surrounded by sugar cane fields, sugar mills and a rum distillation facility. From a young age, Reiniel followed in the footsteps of his father Omar Vicente, who was Master Blender of a Cuban rum distillery for 15 years. At age eight, Reiniel’s father relocated the family to the Dominican Republic. At age 16, Reiniel began working alongside his father in the design, preparation and tastings of fine rums at the Oliver & Oliver rum company.

His passion for the study of distillates and the processing of rums led him to study chemical engineering at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. Reiniel’s extensive experience and talent enabled him to work for several Dominican rum companies where he developed numerous products, before ultimately moving to the United States to develop Bayou Rum.