Bartenders – we are a little late in reporting this, but the 12th Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix is open for business, the prize and the destination remain as awesome as ever (details to follow) – we just need you to enter. Supposedly the deadline is the 15th?? Best move smartly then.
Press Release: Havana Club Shines a Light On “Cuba Moderna” Through Its 2018 Cocktail Grand Prix
When: 23rd January 2018
From: 7.00pm GMT
We’re getting 2018 going in fine style with a Twitter Tasting featuring The Real McCoy, a wonderfully authentic rum-running brand from Barbados. We’ll be enjoying the opportunity to talk and taste our way through the core range of rums as well as the latest Special Edition (not currently available in the UK), and perhaps a little something else as well… Its also a great opportunity to find out about the famous (or should that be infamous?) Rum Running character: Bill McCoy, from whom the brand draws its inspiration.
Last year, the first Think RUM event went very well, and I was very pleased to be involved in some small way – presenting on a couple of topics and voicing an opinion or two as a part of a panel discussion. I’m very pleased to be asked back, influencing topics of conversation in the hope that through greater introspection, the category can continue to grow in a more honest manner.
When: 28th November 2017
From: 7.30pm GMT
La Hechicera, a solera aged rum brand from Colombia (and incidentally, a brand we’ve followed since before they launched), has just celebrated its fifth anniversary and can now be found in 25 international markets. However, in order to launch into the highly competitive US market, they have made a few changes to the way that the rum is presented. Now more than ever enthusiasts are asking (demanding?) more clarity and understanding about how rums are produced, meaning the little-understood process of solera ageing is often a focus of discussion and therefore a perfect fit for our next Twitter Tasting!
I try to point out that the apparently easy/boozy, rum-centric lifestyle I lead is at times quite hard work; early starts, late nights, uncomfortable travel, freelance money, lack of reliable commitments etc… And it’s true. But the flip side it’s not ALWAYS hard work. Sometimes it's bloody amazing and helping to judge the Yaguara ‘Cachaça Me If You Can’ cocktail competition was one of those times!
Seems like ages ago that Diplomático Rum announced the release of what they are marketing as the ‘Tradition Range’, which features their flagship spirit: Reserva Exclusiva and two new-to-market expressions, Mantuano and Planas, which are replacing Reserva and Blanco respectively. Their goal to achieve a cohesive look, but with more clear definition of intent across the range. We completely failed to get around to writing this up at the time, but given they have now have the Single Batch Kettle and Single Barbet Column releases, it’s really time to catch up.
Press Release: The Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is heading back to Barbados on 9 December 2017. After spending years away being hosted in Grenada and St Maarten the annual beverage expo is back on home territory.
It’s that time again folks. Dust off your swizzle sticks and sip a rhum for inspiration. Yessir… the Rhum Clement Ti’Punch Cup is open for action. Winning the regional heat ensures your ticket to Martinique to compete in the Global Final – which kinda feels like winning regardless of the eventual outcome. A week of exploring the beautiful island of Martinique, with the chance to win all the kudos of a Global Cocktail Competition thrown in.
- Carnival Expo 2017 Featured Rums
- Updated Packaging for Chairmans Reserve
- St Lucia Distillers Twitter Tasting
- The Rum Club Interview
- Launch of The All-New Mahiki Coconut Rum
- La Confrérie du Rhum la Mauny 2005
- Havana Club Tributo 2nd Edition
- Maison Ferrand Purchases West Indies Rum Distillery
- St Lucia Distillers UK Tour 2017
- Clairin World Championship 2017