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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Connected Across The St Lucia Channel!
It seems the booze industry is the worst place to keep secrets, and once again the tip that the group behind Rhum J.M and Rhum Clément has proved to be true. They weren’t the only ones though – St Lucia Distillers (SLD) was sought by a number of interested parties.
When: 2nd-4th April 2016
Where: Parc Floral, Paris
The good news for us is that the first major rum festival of the year is almost upon us and we can’t wait to get involved. There’s certain ‘something’ about the rhummy environment – Parc Floral may be a bit of a pain in the ass to get to from the middle of Paris, but it’s a really attractive location and adds the pleasing aesthetic to proceedings. For me, it’s an opportunity to get to grips with the cane juice option in a volume of different expressions that Rum Festivals in other countries tend to lack.
The 2016 Global Finals – A Preview
Initially drawn by the relative simplicity of the Rhum Clément Cocktail Competition brief two years ago, I have to say that I was pretty pleased to be asked to be involved in judging the UK heats in 2015. Last July (2015), I rocked up at Tales of the Cocktail for the first time – and got involved with judging that lead to the selection of two of the three US finalists. Having seen the qualities of four of the finalists first hand, coupled with the reputations of some of the others and the bars they represent, I’m super excited to see how the global finals will play out.
- Valentines with FAIR Rum
- Valentines with El Dorado
- South Coast Rum Club
- RumRatings Best Rums of 2016
- UK Release for Havana Club Essence of Cuba
- Lost Spirits Technology Takes Home Global Prize for Innovation
- Chairmans Reserve Spiced Rum Punch
- Classic Cocktails and Cuban Cocktails
- The Periodic Table of Cocktails
- Be At One Bar adds the Pussers Painkiller