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Carnival Expo 2016

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Carnival Expo 2016

Rum and Carnival…  

Date: 30th April / 1st May 2016
Venue: The Kia Oval
Kennington, London SE11 5SS
 
In a few weeks, Carnival Expo returns. The perfect prelude to Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street carnival event. If you've a mind to play mas, or want to find out more – this is ‘the’ event for you. Happily, for us we've a stand at the show, so we can share some rum love and education through some tutored tastings of rums both familiar and new. 
 
We’d love it if you come on down and say hi!
 
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Spirit Producers of Brazil are Planning a Miami Invasion

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Miami Rum Renaissance

“Don't Call It Rum”  

I have to admit to being more than just a little bit fascinated by the category of cachaça – varied, intensely flavoursome and nicely beyond the exclusive use of American Oak. In short – there’s a whole world of something new to sip if only you take a moment to indulge…
 
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House of Angostura Repackages International Rums

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House of Angostura

New Look, Same Rum!*  

It’s not the first time in the last few years that Angostura have made some packaging changes, but it is the first time that the core export range finally has a sense of ‘family’ about its look! I’m thinking it’s a move in the right direction, but can’t wait to get a bottle of the 7, 1919 or 1824 in hand, just to be sure.
 
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Havana Club Brings New 7 Year Old Bottle

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Havana Club Brings New 7 Year Old Bottle

Hmmm… Sensual Curves  

Press Release: Havana Club has unveiled a new design for its 7-Year-Old expression which is renowned for putting Cuban rum on the map as the global leader of the super-premium rum category. The new Havana Club 7 bottle will be available to purchase from May.
 
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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo 2016

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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

Miami 2016…  

Despite our own budget not quite being able to get us out to Florida this year, we have to take a moment to let everyone know &/or remind you that the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns for its 8th outing on the 15th to the 17th of April. You’ll always find your favourite brands of course, but in our experience, it’s always the place to find those exciting new producers as well. Take a moment to check out the Rum Renaissance website for all the details!
 
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Sailor Jerry Announces Range of Collectable Bottle Wraps

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Sailor Jerry Collectables 2016

Limited Edition Artwork!  

Sailor Jerry will be releasing a series of collectable, iconic flash art bottle wraps and cups throughout the duration of 2016. Released exclusively in the UK and Australia, the first two designs from this limited edition release will be hitting shelves from April, with the second two designs to follow later in the year. 
 
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The 11th Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix

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Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2016

Havana Calling!  

PRESS RELEASE: Havana Club is inviting bartenders to take part in the national heats for the 11th biennial Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix. As one of the world’s longest running and largest cocktail-making challenges, bartenders will compete for the honour of representing their country at the global finals in Havana, Cuba where they will be testing their talents against top mixologists from over 40 markets.
 
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Havana Club New Limited Edition Series

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Havana Club Tributo

Tributo Collection…  

I’m rather hoping that the brand new Tributo Collection rums from Havana Club have absolutely no reference to cigars, both implicitly or implied upon the bottles or packaging. At least this way, there is a chance that they will not fall foul of annoying smoking related restrictions that prevent them from being sold in the UK. I (of course) refer to the last amazing release: Havana Club Union that suffered from just that problem. Anyway – this sounds super tasty and something I really want to get stuck into.
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Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada 2015

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Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada

Less Herb Garden, More Re-Charring…  

Last November, Ron Zacapa has announced the launch of its third annual limited edition: Reserva Limitada 2015. Back when we tried the first Reserva Limitada release (2013), Lorena Vasquez told us that certain barrels fall out of the tasting specification needed for regular production – but that didn’t mean they were faulty – just more difficult to work with from the blending point of view. The upside to this was that these spare barrels allowed Lorena to ‘play’ a little more with blending etc. Since then, there has been a 2014 and now, a 2015 release; mostly I guess, because they are proving to be popular and it further reinforces the image that the brand likes to project.
 
We have just received a tasting dram, so thought we’d run the release.
 
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Corby Pernod Ricard UK Lambs Deal

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Lamb's Navy Rum

The Cuban Navy Sets Sail…  

Happy to see rumours circulating last October were true - Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK) will now be behind Lambs Rum in the UK. Interesting to see how Bacardi brought other rum styles under their wing (Banks and their Single Cane Estate Rums and Leblon Cachaça), then the recent acquisition of St Lucia Distillers by the Martinique-based Groupe Bernard Hayot whom own Rhum J.M and Rhum Clément once again brought together different styles of rhum/rum making into a bigger, more diverse portfolio. With the very different Navy / Cuban style rums in its portfolio - PRUK are fitting nicely into what appear to be a trend. It sure is a wonderful time to be into rum!
 
Read on for more about the Corby/Lambs deal, along with a clarification of brand ownership.
 

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