RumShack Rum Feed TheFloatingRumShack.com represents the modern face of in-depth rum resource and spirit category promotion http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:27 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management - Version 2.5.7 en-gb Tiki Cocktail Box to Launch in the UK http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/439-tiki-cocktail-box-to-launch-in-the-uk http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/439-tiki-cocktail-box-to-launch-in-the-uk

Bi-Monthly Cocktail Subscription Pack: The Perfect Gift?  

There’s no denying that tiki really is gaining popularity – I won’t use the word trendy – because that infers it won’t be trendy at some later point. If tiki is done properly, then it will last and that’s where the Tiki Cocktail Box people are looking to provide a service.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:44:16 +0000
Tales of the Cocktail On Tour Edinburgh http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/438-tales-of-the-cocktail-on-tour-edinburgh http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/438-tales-of-the-cocktail-on-tour-edinburgh

April 1st-4th 2017  

For those in the drinks trade, I think it’s widely accepted that the biggest cocktail and spirits focused event in the world is Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, USA. It’s a seriously large event that’s now set to celebrate its 15th incarnation this year on the July 18th-23rd. For those also in the know, Tales on Tour started seven years ago – taking the seminar format out on the road; giving people a taste of the main event and creating a buzz wherever they could. The good news for us Brits is that Tales on Tour is rocking up in Edinburgh this April (and next year as well) and its set to be the epicentre of awesome as so many super cool drinks industry folks head towards one of the best cocktail cities in the UK.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:00:00 +0000
Chatting Rum Festivals with Lucy Douglas http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/437-chatting-rum-festivals-with-lucy-douglas http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/437-chatting-rum-festivals-with-lucy-douglas

2017 The Year of Rum!  

2016 saw the UK enjoy an expansion of Rum Festivals with individually organised events in London, Cardiff and Leeds and that trend is set continue in 2017, in magnificent fashion with the announcement of a series of twelve (yes twelve) linked rummy events across the UK, all of which are the brainchild of Lucy Douglas, a rum fan and experienced organiser who thinks rum is set to hit the big time.
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Tue, 03 Jan 2017 03:52:47 +0000
2017 Rum Festivals http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/2017-rum-festivals http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/2017-rum-festivals

A Year of Rum!  

If you’re looking for a Rum Festival near you, or are looking to combine some rum-traveling with seeing a new part of the world, then you could do worse than check out our compilation of 2017 dates. Hope to see you along the way!
 
We’ve included some other spirits and cocktail festivals where appropriate and looked to indicate which are drinks trade only focused. 
 
As always – if you’re reading this article and have a festival of your own that you’d like to see featured, please do drop us a line at thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com or via any of our social media channels.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000
SeaWolf Scottish Pot Still Rum http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/435-seawolf-scottish-pot-still-rum http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/435-seawolf-scottish-pot-still-rum

New Rum Adds a Celtic Spin to A Caribbean Classic  

For a rum with such a limited amount of bottles up for sale initially, the PR team have made quite a splash in sharing the story far and wide. Kinda wish I’d run this last Wednesday, as I now look a bit ‘me too’, but whilst I’ve not yet tried SeaWolf yet, the reason I’m interested in it, is far than just the liquid in the bottle.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:06:45 +0000
Think Rum 2017 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/434-think-rum-2017 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/434-think-rum-2017

Think Rum 2017

When: 16th January 2017

A RUM trade show in London. Supported by Off Licence News, Harpers Wine & Spirits and CLASS. http://www.harpers.co.uk/

For all inquiries relating to the show, please email: helen.heppell@agilemedia.co.uk

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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:06:43 +0000
Rum Advent Calendar 2016 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/433-rum-advent-calendar-2016 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/433-rum-advent-calendar-2016

No Need To Cancel Christmas… The RumVent Calendars Are Back!

What do you get the rummy who has everything? How about a Rum Advent Calendar with which to countdown the Christmas season? OK – So that’s either an early Christmas present, or a generous gift, or perhaps just an indulgent present to yourself… In any event, 24x 30ml drams of delicious rum is certainly going to tick a lot of boxes.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:32:54 +0000
Mount Gay Rum Twitter Tasting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/432-mount-gay-rum-twitter-tasting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/432-mount-gay-rum-twitter-tasting

#MountGayRumTT  

When: 6th December 2016
From: 7.30pm GMT
 
November 30th is the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence and you might have recently read on TheFloatingRumShack.com that Mount Gay have released a Limited Edition, Cask Strength version of their award-winning XO rum to mark the occasion... You might also have read about the new Origin Series release that features rums from their Copper Pot and Column stills… And what about their last release: Black Barrel, also featured here on TFRS.
 
Take a guess at what all of these rums have in common? 
 
Yeap… they will all feature in our last #TwitterTasting of 2016!
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:42:01 +0000
Mount Gay XO Cask Strength 50th Anniversary Release http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/431-mount-gay-xo-cask-strength-50th-anniversary-release http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/431-mount-gay-xo-cask-strength-50th-anniversary-release

A Sip to Celebrate 50 Years!  

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Barbadian Independence (which is on the 30th November 2016), Mount Gay Distilleries, have released 3,000 bottles of XO Cask Strength, a limited-edition of its award-winning spirit: XO.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:25:14 +0000
Mount Gay Origin Series Volume Two Distillation http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/430-mount-gay-origin-series-volume-two-distillation http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/430-mount-gay-origin-series-volume-two-distillation

Mount Gay Showcases its Distillation Process  

Press Release: Mount Gay Rum is proud to present Origin Series: Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection, the latest addition to its exclusive, limited-edition Origin Series.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:08:01 +0000
Alexander & James Luxury Gifting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/429-alexander-james-luxury-gifting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/429-alexander-james-luxury-gifting

Christmas Gifting  

It’s one of life’s certainties - and I’m not talking about death or taxes – I mean the Christmas ‘stressing’ about finding the perfect gift. Something special, with the sort of detail that makes it stand out. Well, I was recently invited to try the luxury gifting option that Alexander & James have to offer and I’m impressed enough to comment on their many solutions.
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:00:00 +0000
Bacardí Legacy Northern European Final http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/428-bacardi-legacy-northern-european-final http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/428-bacardi-legacy-northern-european-final

The BACARDÍ UK Most Promising Bartender  

On Tuesday 8th of November BACARDÍ, crowned Joe Harper from The Century Bar at Gleneagles as the UK’s most promising bartender to compete at the global final of the ninth edition of its Legacy Cocktail Competition in Berlin in May 2017. Every year it seems the finals get that little bit better and this year the format changed, so that the guests (of which I was one) could sip all the serves – a total of 36* featuring at the NEUR finals – and chat about the inspiration etc.
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:46:14 +0000
Aroma Academy Rum Training Session http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/427-aroma-academy-training-sessions-december-2016 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/427-aroma-academy-training-sessions-december-2016

December Rum Nosing Training  

The team at Aroma Academy have announced the next training day to run in December. It's the perfect starting point for anyone wishing to explore their own sensory abilities and further develop them. Interested? It’s well worth booking a place for you or to gift to an enthusiastic friend or relative!
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 09 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000
Bacardí Reveals Legacy’s UK Regional Winners http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/426-bacardi-reveals-legacy-s-uk-regional-winners http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/426-bacardi-reveals-legacy-s-uk-regional-winners

The UK Legacy Finalists Assemble…  

Bacardi UK have announced the six bartenders shortlisted to compete in the Northern European final of its 2017 BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition. Five regional heats have been held across the nation throughout September, with the regional finalists selected to pass on to the next stage of the competition, the Northern European final, that will take place in London on the 8th of November.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Sun, 06 Nov 2016 22:11:48 +0000
Yaguara Ouro Cachaça Twitter Tasting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/425-yaguara-ouro-cachaca-twitter-tasting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/425-yaguara-ouro-cachaca-twitter-tasting
#RawBrazil
When: 22nd November
7.30-9.00pm

“There’s life beyond American Oak…”

It’s true – honestly – it’s quite feasible to mature spirits in something other than once used American Oak, but it seems that just about every spirit producer in the world takes advantage of the bourbon industries predilection for fresh oak and its reluctance to use the barrels more than once. Now I reckon if you age any spirit (and I mean grape, grain, cane and agave) in American Oak for long enough, it all starts to taste the same… But what if there was another option? 
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:05:23 +0000
Listening To Mr Temple http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/424-listening-to-mr-temple http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/424-listening-to-mr-temple

A Moment of Introspection  

Another RumFest weekend has passed, it was our 9th consecutive annual weekender and the events 10th – a milestone worth celebrating for sure. It was also our first where the other half of TheFloatingRumShack.com had the opportunity to look around, whilst I found myself with the very pleasant task of helping the Yaguara Cachaça team on stand who were a man down. The view from behind the counter is very different and I’ll share my perspective on that soon, but it was this notion of working at the event that synched with my emotional look back over the years at the GRB Awards that have inspired this article.
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:42:26 +0100
RumFest News with Revolución de Cuba & Bacardi http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/423-rumfest-news-with-revolucion-de-cuba-bacardi http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/423-rumfest-news-with-revolucion-de-cuba-bacardi

“Ordinary” To “Extraordinary”  

This year at RumFest, the team at Bacardi are partnering with Revolución de Cuba to provide a fully immersive experience for their stand. We’ve been told what to expect, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise for you all, so let’s just say that the journey starts outside the stand at the daiquiri fountain and you really won’t want to miss what comes next!
 
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:39:01 +0100
Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2016 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/422-golden-rum-barrel-awards-2016-preview http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/422-golden-rum-barrel-awards-2016-preview

A 10 Year Review…  

The Golden Rum Barrel Awards return after a two-year sabbatical and offers a mix of categories that look back over the last 10 Years and at 2016. These awards have always provoked discussion but only the most hard-hearted would deny that getting some recognition is most welcome. Things sure have changed for us since we started TheFloatingRumShack.com in 2009. It’s been fun for sure!
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:05:18 +0100
The Rum Kitchen Notting Hill Re-Opens http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/421-the-rum-kitchen-notting-hill-re-opens http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/421-the-rum-kitchen-notting-hill-re-opens

Looking Good!  

The original Rum Kitchen site re-opened a week or so ago after an extensive refurbishment. And despite the multiple invites, I only just got along and I’m really glad I did. Happy to share our thoughts on the refit if you’re interested?
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:25:31 +0100
Spirit of Tiki Re-Launches in London http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/420-spirit-of-tiki-launches-in-london-2 http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/420-spirit-of-tiki-launches-in-london-2

Aloha London!  

When: 7th October 2016
Where: Langham Hotel
1C Portland Place
Regent Street
London W1B 1JA
 
After the excitement surrounding the launch of Spirit of Tiki back in July, the news that it had to be postponed due to a fire at the venue was taken stoically, but with sadness. We were all looking forward to it - but the good news is that the event has arisen from the ashes (no pun intended) and looks set to join the fun as a part of the London Cocktail Week celebrations.
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:00:00 +0100
Woods Navy Rum Twitter Tasting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/419-woods-navy-rum-twitter-tasting http://thefloatingrumshack.com/content/index.php/419-woods-navy-rum-twitter-tasting

#WoodsTT

When: 27th September 2016 7.30pm 
 
The Summer Holidays are done, the kids have gone back to school and it is time for our rummy learnings and exploration to continue. With this in mind, we are going to deconstruct Wood’s Navy Rum, one of the more well-known rums commercially available here in the UK. 
 
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thefloatingrumshack@gmail.com (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:27:02 +0100