Happy to see rumours circulating last October were true - Pernod Ricard UK (PRUK) will now be behind Lambs Rum in the UK. Interesting to see how Bacardi brought other rum styles under their wing (Banks and their Single Cane Estate Rums and Leblon Cachaça), then the recent acquisition of St Lucia Distillers by the Martinique-based Groupe Bernard Hayot whom own Rhum J.M and Rhum Clément once again brought together different styles of rhum/rum making into a bigger, more diverse portfolio. With the very different Navy / Cuban style rums in its portfolio - PRUK are fitting nicely into what appear to be a trend. It sure is a wonderful time to be into rum!
Read on for more about the Corby/Lambs deal, along with a clarification of brand ownership.
Connected Across The St Lucia Channel!
It seems the booze industry is the worst place to keep secrets, and once again the tip that the group behind Rhum J.M and Rhum Clément has proved to be true. They weren’t the only ones though – St Lucia Distillers (SLD) was sought by a number of interested parties.
When: 2nd-4th April 2016
Where: Parc Floral, Paris
The good news for us is that the first major rum festival of the year is almost upon us and we can’t wait to get involved. There’s certain ‘something’ about the rhummy environment – Parc Floral may be a bit of a pain in the ass to get to from the middle of Paris, but it’s a really attractive location and adds the pleasing aesthetic to proceedings. For me, it’s an opportunity to get to grips with the cane juice option in a volume of different expressions that Rum Festivals in other countries tend to lack.
The 2016 Global Finals – A Preview
Initially drawn by the relative simplicity of the Rhum Clément Cocktail Competition brief two years ago, I have to say that I was pretty pleased to be asked to be involved in judging the UK heats in 2015. Last July (2015), I rocked up at Tales of the Cocktail for the first time – and got involved with judging that lead to the selection of two of the three US finalists. Having seen the qualities of four of the finalists first hand, coupled with the reputations of some of the others and the bars they represent, I’m super excited to see how the global finals will play out.
Rum Lovers (Part 1)
It's at this time of year our inbox always turns up a few ‘Cocktail d’amour’ suggestions, and of course not all are worth sharing – especially when they don’t contain rum! This one (however) contains a favourite of our: El Dorado 12 Year-Old and is being featured by Cloud 23 in Manchester and includes a relatively new liqueur to the UK market: Lanique!
Ladies and Gentlemen – the Montague!
It's Rum Time at The Library
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!
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