We like to drink rum… We also like to encourage other people to drink rum, by helping them to appreciate all the good things that our favourite spirit category can bring to their drinking experience. Let’s face it, a Rum Club (the ultimate social rum drinking experience) is right up there with the best of times right?
The Top 5…
Our friends at RumRatings have shared some interesting insight on what are proving to be the most popular rums featured on the website. Very interesting that all of them are of the ‘sweeter’ style… Read on and let us know what you think by tweeting us (@FloatingRumShac) and @rumratings with your thoughts.
…At Last! Well Nearly…
So a few weeks back (saying last year makes it seem so long ago right?) we took part in a Twitter Tasting along with The Cocktail Lovers that explored the concept and use of the Essence of Cuba drink flavourings. The effect on an Old Fashioned style serve was pretty remarkable – and of the four flavours, it’s a sure-thing that one or two will appeal more than the others.
World's Top Alcohol Trade Industry Publication Announces Lost Spirits Has Been Awarded First Prize in Innovation Worldwide for 2015
The Lost Spirits team really have been making waves and this award is a great recognition of just how far they have got. For my two pence, having the spikes on the analysis line up with an authentically aged spirit doesn’t automatically mean that all rum companies will be scrapping their barrels in the future – it’s pretty good, but not the ultimate solution. It could be a great way of kick-starting the traditional process for added maturity of course, but a number of companies set great store in the notion of their aged stock and other spirit categories – such as cognac or Scottish whisky – are highly unlikely to sanction the use of the technology. That said, the rum ‘wild west’ could well go balls deep and who knows where that will get us? What I’m 100% sure of is, that this is a company to watch and that any opportunity to hear Bryan and Joanne speak should be taken wholeheartedly as they really are super interesting and lovely people!
It’s Party Time St Lucia Style!
Our friends at Emporia have shared a fab Chairman’s Reserve Spiced rum serve that ticks all the boxes for your Christmas and New Year’s parties. The Spiced rum is based on the same high-quality spirit as the award-winning Chairman’s Reserve and has been infused with authentic Caribbean spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and local speciality bois bandé and forms a great base on which to build a cocktail.
A Tale of Two Cocktail Books
A few weeks back we found ourselves at the launch of Salvatore Calabrese’s Classic Cocktails book. Technically it was the relaunch as the book was originally released in 1997. This release has Salvatore revisiting and revising the original, adding a great deal more detail and depth to some sections. Whilst we were there, we found out from the distributor (GMC Distribution) about another book: Cuban Cocktails that sparked our interest as well. As it turns out they offer complimentary approaches to the subject of cocktails and so I thought I’d take a moment to consider both.
GinMonkey Goes Hardback…
I'm taking a moment to feature The Periodic Table of Cocktails, a book written by Emma Stokes (widely known to many as GinMonkey) who is our best-est Gin-drinking buddy. How she had time for it given the vast amount of everything else she seems to fit into her life is beyond me, neither-the-less she has still produced a book that in my opinion is a perfect starting point for those starting to explore the world of cocktails. It should be top of the list of for anyone wondering what to get for a friend or family member who loves booze this Christmas.
... And We're Feeling Better Already!
Good news for Pusser’s Painkiller fans. From this month, the world famous Painkiller will be making an appearance at Be At One venues across the country. I don’t normally post about a bar chain like Be At One adding a serve to the menu, but given it’s one of our personal fav’s it’s newsworthy in our eyes. It’s also good to know that there is a better chance of us getting a proper rummy option on our travels.
Featured Post By Richard Seale, Foursquare Distillery
I was very disappointed to read the November editorial of ‘Got Rum’ magazine by publisher Luis Ayala. It seems as though Luis is responding to hearsay rather than making a substantive commentary on the Gargano Classification of Rum. It is not about Pot v Column; it is much more nuanced than that. Luca Gargano of Velier, Italy is one of the leading independent bottlers of rum and considered one of the category’s foremost authorities. He is not “lacking in the knowledge to push the concept”. I am confident once Luis has it properly explained, he will support the initiative.
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