If you follow the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition, then the fact that Iain Griffiths was crowned as the UK champion a few weeks ago will not come as news to you, but I’ve held off posting the result because I wanted to try his serve properly and now that I have, I’ve got some thoughts I'd like to share.
Rum and Carnival…
Date: 30th April / 1st May 2016
Time: See event Schedule
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!
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.
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.
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