In the years we’ve been running TheFloatingRumShack.com we have attended quite a few rum tastings. Some were specifically brand lead with a formulaic approach, others more informal and served from a variety of drinking vessels, everything in fact from a plastic thimble through to a beautiful tasting glass taking in wine and highball glasses, paper and plastic cups included. We’ve learnt a bit along the way, so I think it’s time to write these down and share them.
Let’s Raise a Glass of Havanista to Celebrate!
On 22nd November 2013, Havana Club International celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Museum of Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba. Amongst the guests were the senior management of the two business partners, Pernod Ricard Group and Cuba Ron S.A., as well as many of the key people who have contributed to the success of the brand over the years. The perfect opportunity as well to present the new 'Havanaista' branding.
It’s The Real Deal…
RumFest provided several good finds for us this year and The Real McCoy rum was one of them. The brand launched in the US early in 2013 to great acclaim from all whom tried it. To me, it’s not exactly surprising as the team behind the brand worked with the Foursquare Distillery and have ended up with a range of truly authentic and wonderful Bajan rums.
Now whilst it’s all well and good for the US to have these fine expressions readily available to them, the thirsty rum fans here in the UK need The Real McCoy team to hook up with a UK partner. Failure to do so is going to result in me having to meet with my “man” at a liquor store three miles off-shore and I’d prefer to not have to do that…
The Perfect Christmas Countdown!
I think that the Master of Malt’s “Drinks by the Dram” option is a great way of sampling something a spirit, be it rum or something else for a reasonable price, before committing to spending the full spend on the bottle. Safety first if you will. Master of Malt made the innvoative step to creating a Ginvent Calendar a few years ago using their drams as the daily revealled present, something that appears to have been so popular that they have a Rum one now. In fact, no one should feel left out as they also have Craft Gin, Cognac, Whisky, Premium Whisky and Tequila versions available too.
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