Trader Vics Grog – Cocktail of the Week

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Trader Vic's Grog

An Uncomplicated Favourite…  

2015’s Cocktail of the Week feature is my opportunity to share some serves that make me happy, or bring back happy memories or are technically brilliant (or whatever)… This week’s one is very simple, I first encountered in when I purchased Beachbum Berry’s Remixed: A Gallery of Tiki Drinks and it’s become a firm favourite despite its simplicity.

Diplomático World Tournament 2015

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It’s not just about winning… 

…It’s also all about the Beach!  

Are you thinking about entering the Diplomático Rum World Tournament cocktail competition? Not sure if you’re going to do it? Let me share a few things with you that might just help sway you in the right direction.

Limited Edition Single Cask Clément Rhums

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Limited Edition Single Cask Clément Rhum

Something Special For 2015!  

Recently we visited the Amathus Drinks Soho shop to taste the recently released Rhum JM Cuvée 1845 (and were not all at all disappointed in that regard). Whilst we were there Emilie (the Brand Champion for Clément and Rhum JM) introduced us to two rather special Single Cask expressions, namely the Vanille Intense and 100% Canne Bleue Trés Vieux Rhum Agricoles. 
And yes, they were both lovely… 

Bam Bam Ron Abuelo Raspo Cocktail Competition

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Bam Bam

Bam Bam!  

The New Year brings a new challenge: the goal is to feature a cocktail a week and I wanted to start with a fab serve that recently won the UK Ron Abuelo Raspao Cocktail bartenders competition. In order to enter, the competitors had to make use of a traditional Panamanian Raspao; a tool used by street vendors to shave ice for use in drinks. A simple premise perhaps, but the competition revealed all manner of imagination in the serves.

Creating A Rum Legacy

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Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition

A Sense of Family…  

‘Family’… It's a much-used marketing term these days with Bacardi, but the other day when Metinee (May) Kongsrivilai confirmed her promotion to UK Bacardi Brand Ambassador* the realities became so much more apparent. 

A Look Back At The UK RumFest 2014

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The UK RumFest

All Change!  

A few months may have past since the show, but I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to pass comment on the last UK RumFest. We wrote previously that 2014 was going to see some changes and in some corners of the rum social media, there was some fairly vociferous comment about the increased costs and statements of betrayal.

Christmas Rum 2014

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Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum

Gifting or Treating?  

If you are in the market for last minute ideas, we’ve put together a few rummy suggestions that that we think are either hidden gems or our firm favourites that you really shouldn’t overlook. With so many choices, it was tough to narrow it down and we’d certainly love to hear about any you’d recommend of course, but I don’t think you’ll go too far wrong with these.

2015 Rum Festivals

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Rum Festivals in 2015

A Year Of Rum!  

Same drill as last year: if you are organising a rum, other spirits, cocktail or tiki festival (both trade and consumer focused) anywhere in the world, please do let us know so we can add your details to the list.
Email us at: thefloatingrumshack [at] gmail [dot] com

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Gift Packs

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Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum at Christmas

Christmas Gifting Suggestions  

Countdown to Christmas… Stuck for ideas? If you are like me, you don’t want to be stuck with ‘crappy’ stuff that just clogs up the living space and don’t want to inflict that sin on others, then a consumable present is going to tick all the right boxes. Sailor Jerry have released two solutions this Christmas Season that are bound to be a perfect fit with a friend or relative.

Penny Blue XO Rum Batch 003

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Penny Blue XO Rum Batch #003

A Mauritian Exclusive…  

Hot on the heels of Batches #001 and #002, comes Batch #003; a Penny Blue XO release exclusive to Mauritius. By good fortune, a bottle arrived at RumShack HQ, so I was eager to fill a glass and see what this release brings to the table.

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