Ever since Groupe Bernard Hayot announced the acquisition of St Lucia Distillers, we’ve been awaiting signs of the new owner’s influence. In a reasonably informal chat before the recent Paris RhumFest, we found out that the team have been considering the huge number of expressions produced at SLD – whether to keep them on, to bring them into more of a family context and to even consider which of the local market only expressions (such as Bounty) might well be considered for export. We also heard about the packaging revision and so have been eagerly awaiting the first glimpse.
A World of Discovery
If you’re new to rum and want a helping hand, or perhaps you want to be challenged (in a nice way) and try things that you wouldn’t perhaps normally try. It could be that a subscription service might be what you’re looking for! Regular suggestions – an option to ‘opt out’ if you’re dead set against the next one (or perhaps you’ve already got it) – and lots more support besides.
A Special Edition for The Brotherhood…
The la Confrérie du Rhum is a group of enthusiasts who regularly exchange on social networks around their common passion: rhum. A special vintage for la Confrérie du Rhum has been created every year since 2015 and this time it is the turn of Maison la Mauny. The Limited Edition 2005 vintage, has been matured for 11 years in French oak barrels and complies with the Martinique appellation d'origine controlee (A.O.C.).
Haitian Clairin Encounters the World of Mixology
Now entering its second year, the Velier sponsored Clairin World Championship has just launched and offers a truly experiential, trip of a lifetime to Haiti to complete in the global finals. Just the small matter of the European finals in Paris…
Love it or hate it, you certainly can’t ignore it! The strikingly presented Wild Tiger rum with its orange fur screams ‘look at me’. And the team behind Wild Tiger rum sure as hell can’t be accused of being lazy in their work ethic – Wild Tiger rum is one of the fastest growing rums in terms of availability I know of. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the brand is looking to take advantage of the continued rise in popularity of Spiced Rum and have released: Wild Tiger India Spiced Rum; a Spiced Rum that draws on the fact that India is the epicentre of so many exotic spices.
Pure Joy In A Glass!
It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote of my love and respect for Joy Spence as Campari marked her 20 years as Master Blender for Appleton Estate – a person to be admired on so many levels. My little girl might be too young for role models right now, but as soon as she’s old enough – I’ll be telling her all about her ‘aunty’ Joy and if she studies and works hard she ‘can be just like Joy Spence’.