The guys at SWIG recently asked if we’d test drive one of their hip flasks and I accepted as I’ve often found myself taking one for events where the expected selection of booze on offer will be poor. But what to say in review about something that simply holds liquid? Well, I guess it’s more about the experience and in that regard, the hipflask does its thing.
Kan-u-Kolada Your Miami Vice?
Premium Jamaican Coconut Rum Koko Kanu has announced Keivan Nemati and Maxwell Whitney from Zetter Townhouse Bar in London as the winners of its first ever ‘Kan-u-Kolada Your Miami Vice?’ cocktail competition.
Save The Date!
The rummy highlight of the year is back on and we’ve all the details.
Boutique RumFest Friday 16th Octo, 2015, 3PM-9PM
RumFest Saturday 17th-18th Octo, 2015, 12PM-6PM
London's Earl's Court, ILEC Conference Centre
It’s Pedro Calling…
Our cocktail of the week is more of a mixed affair, or rather more about the mixer within. There’s no particular rum leading the way in the serve, in fact the coming weeks mark the beginning of an experiment to find the very best rum of the many that work well. It’s simple, tasty and well within the reach of all and it features Pedrino Alcoholic Tonic.
1st June, 2015 7.30pm (UK)
We now have just two fab Havana Club Icónica Collection tasting sample sets left in the draw for those who want to get involved first hand with the Twitter Tasting we are hosting on the 1st of June. If you’re directly involved, you’ll be sipping and learning all about Selección de Maestros, 15-year-old, Havana Club Unión (not commercially available in the UK) and finishing with the super exclusive Havana Club Máximo. But, please don’t forget it’s open to all to get involved, sip the rums you’ve got access to and (most importantly), use the moment to ask the questions of the people that will be involved.
I'm going to freely admit I've arrived quite late to the World Class party and I’m feeling a little like I’m playing catch-up right now. But it’s a difficult phenomenon to ignore, as over the last few years Diageo's World Class Bartender Competition has proved itself to be the ultimate prize in terms of scope, scale and desirability.
The Paris Rum Festival returns to Park Vincennes Floral this 23rd-25th May, thanks in part to the success of the 2014 show, which saw more than 4,000 trade and consumer visitors. The show has become a serious rum reference not only in France but in Europe well and will host the representatives of the biggest brands, producers, ambassadors, rum cellar masters in stylish surroundings.
1st June, 2015 7.30pm (UK)
If you want to get involved in the exciting Havana Club Icónica Collection Twitter Tasting we are hosting on the 1st of June, you’ll certainly want to be checking out this article in some detail as we've another fantastic tasting sample set containing Selección de Maestros, 15-year-old, the brand new Unión (not available in the UK yet) and super exclusive Havana Club Máximo to be won.
Dates For Your Diary
This summer Havana Club is encouraging the UK to go ahead and make and enjoy their own authentic Cuban mojitos (we wrote about it a couple of weeks ago). Across London’s markets, a series of pop-up Casa Havana Mojito bars will offer the public a chance to make their own mojitos for free, expertly guided by trained ‘Cantineros’ (the word for ‘barmen’ in Cuban Spanish).
Destination St Maarten…
St Maarten has become the latest host country for the roving Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival which will take place on 6th & 7th November 2015. Now in its fifth year, the festival brings together some of the finest rum and beer products from the Caribbean and beyond, in a vibrant setting complete with Caribbean food, culture and entertainment.
- 2015 Diplomático World Tournament Global Finals
- Havana Club Icónica Collection Twitter Tasting Q2
- Havana Club Icónica Collection Twitter Tasting
- Appleton Estate Rum New Packaging
- Diplomático World Tournament Global Finals Preview
- Havana Club UK Summer Mojito Campaign
- Yaguara Blended White Organic Cachaça UK Launch
- Morant Bay Spiced Rum
- Captain Morgan White Rum UK Release
- New Brands Featuring at Miami Rum Festival This Year