The Hukilau will celebrate its 15th anniversary in June with a historic celebration of Tiki culture and the 60th anniversary of The Mai-Kai, joined by a very special guest artist. Shag, aka Josh Agle, will provide his artistic talents and also participate in several special events at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 hotel. Co-founder/organizer Christie "Tiki Kiliki" White promises "a celebration of epic proportions" during the June 8-12 festivities.
The Home of Rum In Grenada!
The eagle-eyed reader might well notice that this website carries a link for the Rumboat Retreat in Grenada. This fab location is the result of the hard work of our friend Lisette who had a specific vision for a place that vacationers to Grenada could enjoy! Actively promoting all the wonderful cultural and natural places on the Spice Isle, but also rum – which is not only the spirit of Grenada but the Caribbean as well!
When: 21st June, 7.30-9.00pm (BST)
It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a Twitter Tasting and as this Summer is going to be all about the Olympic Games in Brazil, we’ve been on something of a cachaça mission of late. Yaguara have kindly stepped up to the mark and agreed to share some of their secrets with us all and offer those involved a chance to taste one expression of cachaça that you’ll just not be able to get any other way.
Two Masters… One Love!
I just had to share this press release from Gruppo Campari, as we here at TheFloatingRumShack have so much love, on so many levels for Joy Spence. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting her a number of times over the years and hope that there will be many more as the ambassador role that she fulfills really is inspiring. To help put her passion into context, I thought I’d share a brief story that arose from the last time I met her.
A Glimpse at The Future…
Given that 2016 is the 50th Anniversary of Guyana’s independence from the United Kingdom, you genuinely could expect this year to contain a few fairly exciting releases from DDL in celebration of the fact. Until now, if you wanted to taste a really old single still, single cask rum produced at Demerara Distillers Limited – your choices were limited somewhat. With the end of the Velier releases, the future looked ‘empty’, but now that the actual producer of the rum has come to realise that there is a lot of kudos to be gained through releasing their own rum, under their own label, I suspect that there will be more to come in future. Especially as these are so good.
Venceremos is the 2016 ‘Legacy’
I think it goes without saying that I’m pretty keen to try the winning cocktail from the recent Global Finals of Bacardi Legacy. Initially more than a little nonplussed about the “inspired by the Piña Colada” line, the subsequent feedback from our Cocktail Wonk buddy has now whetted my appetite sufficiently, though!
Press Release: Sailor Jerry, will be hitting the road once again for round two of “The Ride”. Kicking off on Saturday 2nd July, three bad-ass, bike building teams from across the UK will be tasked with a series of epic challenges and compete against each other on a hell raising journey of balls-to-wall riding.
Pineapple Rum… Is It Near You?
Now that Plantation Pineapple has finally been launched, we are super pleased to be able to share the list of 80 (out of a total of 852) Marks and Spencer stores in the UK that have been allocated stock.
…The UK Leg!
Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but today is the day on which the first of five stops on the UK leg of the Leblon ‘Road Trip To Rio’ tour (ultimately ending up in Rio in time for the Olympic Games) kicks off. It’s the perfect place to learn a little more about Leblon Cachaça and get to grips with the Caipirinha culture that the brand embraces. It will be easy to spot – the Caipivan (decorated in the lime green brand colour) will be leading the way!
A New Direction…
Our friend Dean MacGregor, who is the UK Brand Ambassador for El Dorado rum recently asked Komal Samaroo, Chairman of DDL a few questions about the new Cask Finish range and then kindly shared both the questions and responses with us, so we could share with our readers. Some are a little brief, and I’m sure that a lot of people would like to dive in a little deeper, but it’s a great place to start for now.
- New Look for Woods Navy Rum
- Bacardi Legacy UK Winner and Global Preview
- Carnival Expo 2016
- Spirit Producers of Brazil are Planning a Miami Invasion
- House of Angostura Repackages International Rums
- Havana Club Brings New 7 Year Old Bottle
- Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo 2016
- St Lucia Distillers Set to Travel Around the North of England
- Sailor Jerry Announces Range of Collectable Bottle Wraps
- The 11th Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix