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Diplomatico Rum Interactive Event E-mail
What We Have Been Told
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:38

Master Tito to be Broadcast Live to the World! 

Diplomatico RumOur friends at Diplomatico in Venezuela have arranged a rather unique event where the rum lovers of the world get to pitch questions at a leading Rum Blender, namely Master Tito Cordero and (fingers crossed) the distinguished fella that he is will answer them directly.

Read more: Diplomatico Rum Interactive Event
Trailer Happiness under New Management E-mail
What We Have Been Told
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:52

West London Ascending… 

Trailer Happiness under New ManagementThe question is… is it too soon to write out about the new ownership of TheFloatingRumShack.com’s spiritual home?  I mean: have we done any research?


Have we spoken to anyone connected with it?


Are we excited about it? 

F*ck yeah!

So “facts” be damned – we’re just happy that it’s worked out the way it has!

Read more: Trailer Happiness under New Management
The Candlelight Club presents Rum-Runners Delight E-mail
What We Will Be Going To
Sunday, 24 June 2012 19:50

Avoiding the Prohibition Agents… 

The Candlelight Club presents Rum-Runners DelightThe Candlelight Club is a regular, speak-easy style clandestine pop-up cocktail bar that seduces its guests with different themed occasions and has been one of the places that we’ve very keen get along to for a while now!  The event on the 29th and 30th of June leaves us no excuses really as it is right up our street: it’s the Rum-Runners Delight!

Taken from The Candlelight Club website: “Rumour has it that a consignment of exquisite Ron Botran rum from Guatemala has been smuggled into the city and has wound up at the Candlelight Club. Come and help us drink it before the Prohibition agents catch up”

Read more: The Candlelight Club presents Rum-Runners Delight
Rum and the Journey of Brand X E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 22:20

But Mum’s The Word... (For now) 

Brand XAlmost a year ago to the day, Pauline and I were enjoying some late evening sunshine London in the company of two strangers outside of our spiritual home of Trailer Happiness.  The notion was to try a brand new, never been seen or heard of, tasted or even smelt rum…  And happily, in this regard we succeeded!

As things conspired, the oh-so-very pleasant company, the very fine rum and the brilliant back story all made TheFloatingRumShack.com very excited indeed and we were keen to spread the word to our dear reader.  The problem was we were sworn to secrecy…

Read more: Rum and the Journey of Brand X
Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2012 Finals E-mail
Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 21:53

Three Finalists, Only One Winner… 

Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 20125th June: The long session of the semi-finals had thinned the field of eager competitors down to just three people: Ryan Chetiyawardana, representing the UK, Chris Hysted for Australia and Julien Escot for France.  The format of the finals saw the three re-present their original two drinks to a reduced and re-grouped judging panel, as well as take on the challenge of a mystery box test of ingenuity and creativity as they were each presented with a number of items of seemingly random ingredients to come up with a third cocktail pretty much on the spot.

Challenge enough?  No… This is of course the finals of an amazing global competition – the finalists really will need to work hard for their chance at the crown.

Read more: Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2012 Finals
Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2012 Semi-Finals E-mail
Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix
Sunday, 17 June 2012 20:17

40 to 3 

Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 20124th June: There is a small group of people walking from our base at Hotel Parque Central where we’ve just attended the judges briefing, down the street a couple of blocks to the very stylish Hotel Sevilla.  The sunshine is bright and the air temperature very hot for the first time since we arrived in Habana Vieja (Old Havana) allowing us to wear our sunglasses with purpose rather than a vain attempt at being cool…  Within the first few metres, the humidity has already undone the good work that the shower did this morning but it’s the best feeling in the world, I mean – here we are – in Havana for goodness sake!

Leading the way we’ve Michael Menegos, the International Brand Ambassador for Havana Club, with the rest of the group comprising such industry dignitaries as Anistatia Miller, Jared Brown, Ian (Rum Ambassador) Burrell and the majority of the other judges, all of which are leading lights in the drinks industry.  We’ve a professional journalist in Hamish Smith of Drinks International and then of course there’s Pauline and I…

Read more: Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2012 Semi-Finals
Plantation 3 Stars Rum Launch E-mail
Where We Have Just Been
Sunday, 17 June 2012 09:59

The 3 Stars of the Party… 

Plantation 3 Stars RumThe end of May saw the launch of the newest expression in the fabulous range of Plantation Rums: 3 Stars, a white rum (well actually a very light straw colour) specifically blended to work very well in cocktails, whilst being interesting enough to stand on its own.  Hosted by Paul McFadyen and the team at Bibendum Spirits, the main trade focused night was held at Le Meriden, Piccadilly with a more informal event at Trailer Happiness the following evening.

Read more: Plantation 3 Stars Rum Launch
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