When: 2-11pm 6th August 2016
It’s a tenuous rum link, but we had to share the fact that Wray & Nephew are taking over the Bussey Rooftop Bar for a jerk BBQ competition on the 6th August. There will be DJs playing Jamaican vibes, rum and rum punch. And it was the last two details that ticked the box!
Oh F*ck! That's O.F.T.D.
Plantation Rum, headed by the ever-creative Alexandre Gabriel have recently launched their replacement for the Trinidad Original Dark Overproof rum. We wrote about the 40%ABV version of Original Dark changing from Trinidad rum, to a blend of Trinidad and Jamaica rums and at the time there was no firm indication that the Overproof version was going the same way. Subsequently, an ‘insider’ source at Plantation indicated that Alexandre had something special planned, and the rest (as they say) is history!
We are super happy that El Dorado 5 year old rum will become available nationwide through Sainsbury’s from the end of July 2016. ED5 is a versatile and tasty rum – and UK rummies are better off for having it more widely available. We’ve all the details and a few tasty serves to help you get the best from your bottle!
"Let’s make the difference together"
It’s not very often that the topic of conversation veers away from rum here at TheFloatingRumShack.com, but when it does, I like to think it’s for a good reason. The bartending world of which I’ve become very close to tends to produce some big-hearted people and it’s for that reason I’m writing about the Behind Bars Akademia.
The World of Spirits Finds a New Home!
When: 9th & 10th December 2016
Where: Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH
As a chap who is passionate about promoting the category of rum, the biggest issue that anyone has is getting in front of people in a meaningful way. Websites, social media and anything electronic are good – but actually sampling and sharing the story face to face is really important. With the arrival of The Spirit Show, we might just be ticking all the boxes.
When: 14 & 15th August 2016
Where: Beach 338,
338 Boord Street
London SE10 0PF
The US (of A) can quite rightly claim the ownership of tiki and whilst the Brits and others around the world have done their best and quite often, done extremely well at making it their own, they can never claim it’s place of birth. Donn Beach and Trader Vic started a craze that has found its way to the modern day. In fact, the tiki subculture is in very good health – not since its heyday has the drinks scene seen so many new tiki bars opening around the world. But with the exception of one or two events, the US enjoys so many tiki celebrations it verges on the sickening. Tiki Oasis, Tiki Con and the Hukilau to name but a few. Fortunately, the UK in its own small way is getting a foothold – this summer, The Spirit of Tiki hits the ground running in London.
Be Part of The Legacy
As I’ve followed the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition for years now, I feel I have the right to say it needed a shake up – and I’d certainly not have bothered covering it this time around had it remained the same, but as things have been given a frisk down and rearranged in a few key ways (i.e. not as drawn out and increased scope in terms of rums to be used), I can’t help but be drawn back into the drama… So folks, here we go again as the competition returns for its ninth edition in 2017 and Bacardi invite you all to be a part of the legacy!
Ready, Steady, Blend with The Duppy Share Rum
The Duppy Share are inviting you to join their masterclasses this summer and create your very own rum. Our friends Jess and George at The Duppy Share are asking “Mastered the mojito? Now's your chance to craft your own spirit. We're sharing the secrets of rum blending with a series of masterclasses at Youngs and Geronimo Pubs this summer”
...With A New Look!
Not long after we started our rummy quest back in 2009, TheFloatingRumShack.com was introduced to Elements Eight Rum. I have to admit it was via the rather fun/crazy/hilarious ‘Reinvent a classic’ series of competitions at Trailer Happiness, rather than in any serious, highbrow kinda way – but we’ve been in contact ever since and so as soon as the details of the new look for E8 hit the headlines, we got in contact with Brand Owner, Carl Stephenson to get more of a feel for the thinking behind the move.
When: 19th July, 7.30-9.00pm (BST)
It’s very eye for my eye to be caught by something new or hard to find, but one thing I’m completely guilty of is not checking back with old favourites – our latest Twitter Tasting aims to remedy that. I look back with fondness on some of the Goslings Rum Masterclasses we enjoyed and chatting with Malcolm Gosling the 7th generation of rummy Bermudian folks. We’ll be sampling the relatively new Goslings Gold Seal, Goslings Rum Black Seal and Goslings Family Reserve Rum. We’ve also got something else – but I’ll keep that to myself for now.