We had the good fortune of connecting with Mark & Rozlyn Eicker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mark & Rozlyn, what is the most important factor behind your success?
We launched SinShip Spirits Company in San Diego County in 2017. We are a husband and wife team and both of us have always valued hard work. We believe that if you deliver a quality product at a fair price and have the drive to work hard and long, success should follow. As a brand we want to be known for producing unique, high quality products.
What should our readers know about your business?
We think consumers appreciate that we offer the first peat smoked rum produced anywhere in the world. We will be coming out with what we believe will be the first fusion of Guyana and Jamaican rum styles using Demerara sugar and Dunder during the fermentation process. In the near future we will be introducing a ready-to-drink line of Tiki cocktails that are produced using fruit juices and handcrafted ingredients. Most ready to drink cocktails on the market today rely on chemistry to produce their flavorings. Ours will be all natural, using the highest quality ingredients. These will be the same quality you would expect from a high-end cocktail bar.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
San Diego has so much to offer. I would definitely take them to the Gas Lamp and to Altitude Bar for a cocktail at sunset. The views of San Diego Bay and the Coronado Bridge are magnificent. If the Padres had a game that night we would head over to the adjacent Petco Park. We would head over to Little Italy the next day and have breakfast at The Crack Shack and then head to the Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday morning. For lunch and a drink we would head to Bar One and then check out the Midway Museum and then Cloak & Peddle for dinner. I would definitely show them the many museums and amazing architecture of Balboa Park and grab lunch at the Prado. We would hit the Wild Animal Park and go to the beach at Cherry Street in Carlsbad and then grab dinner at 264 Fresco. We would walk down Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach and grab a burger and a beer at Hodad’s. There are so many great breweries, wineries and distilleries in San Diego. We would hit both Lost Abbey and Societe Breweries, Orfila and San Pasqual Wineries and Liberty Call and Oceanside Distilleries.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We want to give a shout out to the author of Noir Afloat. I read the book shortly before we launched our company and we got inspiration for the name SinShip Spirits from it. This is a book that represents thirty years of research by best-selling Southern California author Ernest Marquez. It is a marvelous weave of Mobsters, Cops, robbers, Prohibition, FBI agents and murder. Mr. Marquez does a masterful job taking you through the history of the Southern California Sin Ships and chronicles the gangsters who ran them. The Sin Ships were floating casinos that existed in International waters off the coast just outside the arm of the law during Prohibition. The mob offered free water taxis out to these Sin Ships and food, music and dancing along with illegal gambling and booze on board. A-list celebrities of the time Charlie Chaplain, Mae West and Douglas Fairbanks were known to frequent the party boats. A very fine read indeed.
Charcoal Smoked Rum & Tossing Smoked Rum were photographed by: Bradley Dunn