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Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend

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Pure Joy In A Glass!  

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote of my love and respect for Joy Spence as Campari marked her 20 years as Master Blender for Appleton Estate – a person to be admired on so many levels. My little girl might be too young for role models right now, but as soon as she’s old enough – I’ll be telling her all about her ‘aunty’ Joy and if she studies and works hard she ‘can be just like Joy Spence’. 
 
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Carnival Expo 2017

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Carnival Expo

It’s Rum Time at Carnival Expo!  

When: 13-14th May 2017
Where: The Oval, London
 
TheFloatingRumShack.com returns to Carnival Expo this May, setting up our Rum Education stand and furnishing it with a wide range of authentic and tasty rums from all around the Caribbean and beyond. It’s well worth the price of the entry ticket on its own and that’s without all the other wonderful fun and entertainment to be had through the rest of the show.
 
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Doorly’s Rum UK Advocate

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"Just who is that masked macaw?"

Just Who Is That Masked Macaw?  

In the world of rum, there are far too many times when it all seems a bit ‘smoke and mirrors’ and the truth hides behind a well-constructed marketing story. I’ve always thought honesty is always the best policy, so with that in mind… 
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The Virgin Holiday Spirit

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The Virgin Holiday Spirit

Bottled Holiday?  

It’s certainly inspiring to see the projects that everyone’s favourite Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell gets up to these days and The Virgin Holiday Spirit sure is one of them. I’m put off by some of the word usage in the press release, but I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for a V-Room so I can have a taste of the latest spiced rum to hit the market.
 
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Manchester Rum Festival 2017

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Manchester Rum Festival

Interested? Too Late… The Tickets Are All Gone!  

Well, I guess it was always going to be popular! Manchester’s first ever rum festival is coming to town this year, thanks to freelance drinks curator Dave Marsland, aka the Drinks Enthusiast.
 
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Tiki Cocktail Box to Launch in the UK

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Tiki Cocktail Box

Bi-Monthly Cocktail Subscription Pack: The Perfect Gift?  

There’s no denying that tiki really is gaining popularity – I won’t use the word trendy – because that infers it won’t be trendy at some later point. If tiki is done properly, then it will last and that’s where the Tiki Cocktail Box people are looking to provide a service.
 
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Tales of the Cocktail On Tour Edinburgh

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Tales of the Cocktail On Tour

April 1st-4th 2017  

For those in the drinks trade, I think it’s widely accepted that the biggest cocktail and spirits focused event in the world is Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, USA. It’s a seriously large event that’s now set to celebrate its 15th incarnation this year on the July 18th-23rd. For those also in the know, Tales on Tour started seven years ago – taking the seminar format out on the road; giving people a taste of the main event and creating a buzz wherever they could. The good news for us Brits is that Tales on Tour is rocking up in Edinburgh this April (and next year as well) and its set to be the epicentre of awesome as so many super cool drinks industry folks head towards one of the best cocktail cities in the UK.
 
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Chatting Rum Festivals with Lucy Douglas

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The Rum Festival

2017 The Year of Rum!  

2016 saw the UK enjoy an expansion of Rum Festivals with individually organised events in London, Cardiff and Leeds and that trend is set continue in 2017, in magnificent fashion with the announcement of a series of twelve (yes twelve) linked rummy events across the UK, all of which are the brainchild of Lucy Douglas, a rum fan and experienced organiser who thinks rum is set to hit the big time.
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2017 Rum Festivals

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2017 Rum Festival Dates

A Year of Rum!  

If you’re looking for a Rum Festival near you, or are looking to combine some rum-traveling with seeing a new part of the world, then you could do worse than check out our compilation of 2017 dates. Hope to see you along the way!
 
We’ve included some other spirits and cocktail festivals where appropriate and looked to indicate which are drinks trade only focused. 
 
As always – if you’re reading this article and have a festival of your own that you’d like to see featured, please do drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via any of our social media channels.
 
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SeaWolf Scottish Pot Still Rum

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SeaWolf Rum

New Rum Adds a Celtic Spin to A Caribbean Classic  

For a rum with such a limited amount of bottles up for sale initially, the PR team have made quite a splash in sharing the story far and wide. Kinda wish I’d run this last Wednesday, as I now look a bit ‘me too’, but whilst I’ve not yet tried SeaWolf yet, the reason I’m interested in it, is far than just the liquid in the bottle.
 
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Think Rum 2017

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Think Rum 2017

Think Rum 2017

When: 16th January 2017

A RUM trade show in London. Supported by Off Licence News, Harpers Wine & Spirits and CLASS. http://www.harpers.co.uk/

For all inquiries relating to the show, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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