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.
“Our Bottles Changed. Our Rum Hasn’t”
A few weeks ago William Grant & Sons UK officially unveiled the new, ‘premium’ packaging of Wood’s Old Navy Rum. We’d got a sighter of the lovely upgrade to the packaging when we met with the new Woods Brand Ambassador, Stephen ‘Mr Rum’ Rutherford back in February. Secrecy and ‘all that’ meant we hide our gift bottle away to allow maximum impact on the release. Shame – I think it is a great improvement on what was (actually) quite an iconic package before. I say iconic – I don’t mean I particularly liked it…
Countdown To San Francisco!
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.
- The 11th Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix
- Havana Club New Limited Edition Series
- Ron Zacapa Reserva Limitada 2015
- Corby Pernod Ricard UK Lambs Deal
- Groupe Bernard Hayot Acquires St Lucia Distillers
- Paris Rhum Festival 2016 Preview
- Clement Ti-Punch Cup
- 2016 Rum Festivals
- Valentines with FAIR Rum
- Valentines with El Dorado