RumShack Rum Feed The Floating Rum Shack Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:20:59 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management - Version 2.5.7 en-gb Ferrand Release Stiggins Fancy: a Pineapple Flavoured Rum

Historical Tales of Flavoured Rum…  

FIRST USA TASTING: Tales of the Cocktail, Plantation Tasting Room: Sat, July 19, Bonnet Carre Room, Hotel Monteleone.
Press Release: In nineteenth-century England, a country that knew its spirits, one of the most prized was a thing called “pineapple rum,” a sipping spirit par excellence. Unfortunately, like many good things from the past, it eventually fell out of use and over the years its memory has faded - unless, of course, you’re a reader of Charles Dickens’ immortal Pickwick Papers, in which it features prominently as the favoured drink of the esteemed Reverend Stiggins. 
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:11:18 +0100
The Duppy Share Rum

Just what is the Duppies Share?  

a) The Duppy Share is a blend of golden cask-aged rums from the islands of Jamaica and Barbados.

b) It is said that in the dead of night, when the distillers’ backs are turned, the dark duppy spirits journey between islands stealing a share of the rum left ageing in old oak barrels.  Spirit masters, and skilled in the fine art of blending, the duppies take only the best.

]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:13:32 +0100
The Real McCoy Rum lands on British shores

Rum Running at Imbibe Live!  

We think that this is particularly good news for UK rum fans: Following its successful launch throughout the United States The Real McCoy Rum is to launch at Imbibe 1st & 2nd of July 2014.  We thought it one of the best finds at the London RumFest in 2013 and have since enjoyed it a number of times, particularly in Miami and more specifically at breakfast… 
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:50:56 +0100
Re’al Reveal New Syrups, Nectars and Purees at Imbibe Live

It’s Not Just Coconuts…

Our friends at Cellar Trends are launching the brand new extended range of Re’al fruit infused syrups, nectars and purees at Imbibe Live, taking the range from the much loved Coco Re’al, Coconut Cream to portfolio of nine, diverse flavours that will work in a number of cocktails and drinks.
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:00:00 +0100
Pussers Rum Unveils Two New Expressions at Imbibe Live

Pussers Spiced and 40%ABV Expressions are UK Bound…  

Big things are going down in the Pussers Rum camp and Imbibe Live is the place to find out more! But for those that can’t make it along to the two day show that runs on the 1st and 2nd July at Olympia, then I’m happy to spill some of the beans…
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:07:59 +0100
Ron Prohibido

“Rum So Good They Banned It!” Or So The Story Goes…  

The trouble with a tag line like “So good they banned it” is that if you don’t like it, you can’t help but wonder why it didn’t stay banned. The press information continues with “Traditionally aged in 12 year Solera for delicious aromas and a unique mellow, bitter-sweet taste”. That means I’m now put off by an age statement on a solera rum… Two negatives before I even get started… But, I guess the results of ageing in sweet raisin wine barrels is something I quite fancied trying – and I’m very happy I did.
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:29:37 +0100
Professor Cornelius Ampleforths Rumbullion XO 15 Year Old Spiced Rum

The World’s First Super Premium Spiced Rum?  

The “Professor Cornelius Ampleforth” branded range of spirits pretty good – it covers a broad spectrum and included a pretty good spiced rum: Rumbullion!  Priced at £33.95, it wasn’t at all cheap – but being presented at a higher than normal (for spiced rum) 42.6%ABV the offering worked and I’ve no problem recommending it if you’re in the market for a spiced rum.
The development team have upped the game now though – we’ve received a press release and a small sample of what they are claiming is a ‘Super Premium’ spiced rum; namely one based upon a 15 year old rum and comes with a super-premium price tag as well!  So are these guy’s crazy?  Well…
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:40:46 +0100
Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Launches in the UK

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait (And Wait, And Wait)…  

I’m happy to confirm that Mount Gay recently announced the launch of Mount Gay Black Barrel to the UK market.  This rum has been on’s rummy-radar for such a long time.  First sipped back in April 2013, we were told that it wouldn’t be until 2014 that we would get Black Barrel in the UK.  That was a bit of a blow I can tell you and it was only thanks to our rum-buddy Mike at that we’ve managed to survive so long…
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:31:40 +0100
Abelha Organic Silver Cachaça Achieves Listing in Marks and Spencer

Caipirinha Time!  

Love it or loath it – the summer’s big news is the Football World Cap in Brazil, starting next week on the 12th June.  We’ve been predicting for ages that every pub, bar and drinking hole will be offering a cachaça based drink – namely Brazil’s national drink: the Caipirinha (pronounced ‘cay-per-reen-yah’ – well close enough to get by anyway).  Some will be awful, some will be wonderful, but in reality – it’s the simplest of serves.  
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:37:49 +0100
Appleton Estate Rum Search for New UK Brand Ambassador

Lonely Hearts: World Famous Jamaican Rum Brand Seeks UK Ambassador For Rummy Fun…  

Joking aside – this is too good a job opportunity to not share spread the rum love:  
Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum is delighted to announce that they have begun the search for a new, London-based brand ambassador for the UK. The position is one of the most coveted in the spirits industry, working with some of the finest rums in the world.  Applicants must be passionate and enthusiastic about rum with strong cocktail and bartending knowledge, excellent trade relationships and the ambition to succeed within a competitive role.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a leading brand steeped in heritage and tradition.
The role will be national, but the Ambassador will probably have to visit Jamaica as well!
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:48:54 +0100
Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum Gets Luxury Repack


The packaging of Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum, something of a luxury offering in the world of Rum, has now been upgraded to include a metal canister (previously a cardboard tube) as part of the overall presentation.  I mention it now, as you may be stuck for ideas when it comes to ideas for Father’s Day presents and assuming your budget will allow, you could do much worse than can consider a bottle for your dear old Dad!
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:00:38 +0100
Talking Rum and Sugar with Richard Seale

Not So Sweet Talk…  

Following along from the recent article featuring Alexandre Gabriel’s viewpoint, I’m pleased to share with you the thoughts of Richard Seale on the subject.  Be under no illusion that I flinched a little when I read this the first time.  If there is chastisement to be taken, I’ll take it.  My viewpoint hasn’t changed from the previous article on the matter although I might take a moment to point out how I see the world of rum – a view borne from the perspective of someone who doesn’t actually produce rum.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome Richard Seale to the mic:
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:17:12 +0100
UK Bacardi Rum News Summer 2014

Bats and Other New Things…  

Following hot on the heels of the Bacardi ‘Untameable’ launch (which I’m sure you can’t fail to have seen in one media format or another?) there are now five important changes being made to the portfolio of Bacardi rums currently available here in the UK. Couple this with further investment in consumer awareness I foresee that will surely benefit the category as a whole.  We consider each in turn and keep an eye out for a Release of Bats…
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Fri, 30 May 2014 18:04:10 +0100
Talking Rum and Sugar with Alexandre Gabriel

Sweet Talk  

I’ve had the pleasure of attending a number of presentations given by Alexandre Gabriel (Master Blender of Plantation Rum) over the years; it’s wonderful to listen to someone whom is passionate about their craft and relishes the opportunity to speak about it.  It’s not an unusual situation to find Alexandre chatting away whilst the rest of the team are tapping their watches…
In the last six months or so, a thread of conversation has been bouncing around on the forums and social media channels about the addition of sugar to rum.  Views vary from the puritanical, modernistic*, militant ‘thou shalt not sweeten’ to the ‘sugar is part of the history and heritage of making rum’ to ‘hey I like my rum this way’ and if you’re planning on getting into a discussion on the subject then listening to all opinions is only polite.  I want to publish some of these and what better way to start than with some of Alexandre’s thoughts on the matter from a source I’ve been given permission to share here on
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 22 May 2014 13:54:31 +0100
Montero Rum Festival 2014

A Three-Day Rum Festival with Ron Montero Launches on the Tropical Coast of Granada, Spain

Following along from forming an intrinsic and valuable part of the first Rum Experience University held last September 2013, local rum producers, Ron Montero are set to launch a 3 day festival dedicated to all things rum (or ron, depending upon the language you speak).  The festival aims to be an annual event commemorating what was once the end of the harvest season, and celebrating the history, culture, gastronomy and local rum cocktail traditions.  It takes place in Motril (Granada, Spain) during the 6, 7 and 8th of June.
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Mon, 19 May 2014 15:52:02 +0100
Merchant House Rum and Gin Bar

Premium Rum and Gin bar Merchant House opens in the City of London  

We are not exactly short of places to get a great rum to sip in London, but it’s pretty cool to have some more options and with the opening of the Merchant House in the City it looks like we will get just that.
Opening: 11th June 2014
Address: 13 Well Court, London, EC4M 9DN.
Directions: Just off Bow Lane, a five minute walk from St. Paul’s, Mansion House and Bank underground stations
]]> (Pete) Rum Chat Thu, 15 May 2014 22:40:20 +0100