Date: 8th / 9th August 2015
Time: See event Schedule
Venue: The Kia Oval
Kennington, London SE11 5SS
This year, the first ever Carnival Expo launches as a prelude to Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street carnival event. If you’ve a mind to play mas, or want to find out more – this is the event for you. We’ve a stand at the show, so we can share some rum love and education through some tutored tastings of rums both familiar and new. Come on down and say hi!
…and to help things on the ticket front, we’ve a wonderful 75% discount for you and your friends when they use our promotional code. Click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carnival-expo-tickets-15058313822?discount=TFRS or use code TFRS if you buy your tickets through the official website.
Jamaica Rum Tings Returns This Summer
‘Jamaica Rum Tings’ now in its third year and is looking bigger, better and bolder than before; a true celebration of Jamaican Independence. ‘Jamaica Rum Tings ’ comes to London’s legendary Big Chill House in Kings Cross for a Carnival warm up whilst wrapping up this summer’s series of events for a unique day and night takeover and we’ve four pairs of tickets (which includes 2 free drinks tokens each) to give away so you can get involved – details at the end of this article!
Jamaica Rum Tings – Carnival Warm-Up Party
Big Chill House, Kings Cross
Saturday 29th August 2015
Entry 12pm -3am
So Who’s For Grog?
This year is the 45th Anniversary of the very last Royal Navy Rum Ration being issued aboard Her Majesty’s ships. It seems odd to celebrate such an event, but truth be told even back in the 1960’s the notion of a regular ration of high strength booze being issued to those in charge of day to day operations on board a vessel capable of making war (and don’t forget some vessels could actually fight a nuclear war!) was more than a little off. It might have taken a fair bit of argument through parliament, but after a couple of years finally an act of parliament was passed and on the 31st July 1970, the final rum ration was issued.
Rémy Cointreau Have the Complete Package Now
The latest press release from Rémy Cointreau confirms that Mount Gay Distilleries have purchased the historical Mount Gay plantation to pursue the creation of luxury ‘terroir’ rum. In January 2015, Mount Gay Distilleries acquired a 134-hectare land around its distillery, in the Northern Parish of St Lucy, Barbados.
Life’s Still a Beach…
…at Camden Beach! Pusser’s Rum returns to Camden Beach (The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH) this coming Friday 31st July to mark the 45th Anniversary of Black Tot Day. It’s ‘Up Spirits’ from 5pm. There will be rum and masterclasses – it’s a great opportunity to try the rum and find out a little more about the history and traditions that underpin Royal Navy Rum! But if that’s a little too far away for you, then the events tab on the Pussers.com/blacktotday website might help you find the nearest to you.
Bartenders Take Note…
The El Dorado Demerara Rum Cocktail Competition is now open to enter! The team at Lovedrinks have shared the details with us and we wanted to pass them along to you all. The prize is a trip to Guyana where you’ll get to visit the Diamond Distillery where the award-winning range is made. You’ll also get the chance to experience some the most natural and beautiful surroundings in Guyana including Kaiteur Falls, the world’s largest water single drop waterfall.
The ‘New Single Malt’ Rum?
An Exclusive Launch in Travel Retail
Bacardi have been in the drinks industry news quite a lot of late. The sad news of a large number of lay-off’s due to restructuring. The decline in white rum sales meaning Drinks International ran the article “King of rum Bacardi falls to (Indian Rum) McDowell’s” (BTW I’m not yet totally convinced we are comparing apples and oranges as far as definitions of rum are concerned). Then there was the open letter to Facundo Bacardi, in which a former Bacardi President urged ‘focus’… All very negative… However in the last few days we’ve seen news stories indicating Bacardi have just purchased the Banks Rum ‘brand’ and taken full ownership of the cachaça brand: Leblon (they previously had a minority investment for a number of years).
Now this: the exclusive launch in Travel Retail of two single estate rums, given a ‘single malt’ status. Wow! What is going on?
When: 7pm (BST+1), 29th July 2015
All rum fans will know that Black Tot Day is now only a few weeks away and to mark passing of the Royal Navy Rum Ration, we’ve got together with Pusser’s Rum to host a Twitter Tasting which will take you through the full range currently available here in the UK; Namely Pusser’s Spiced, Blue Label 40%, Gunpowder Proof 54.5% and 15 Year Old. It’s an opportunity to find out a little more about Navy Rum, put your questions to the team behind the brand and (of course) sip some very fine rum! We might even chat cocktails…
Do You Like Piña Coladas?
…and getting caught in the rain?* Scratch that – it’s really not important - but if you’re a) female and b) interested in making love at midnight – please email us on the usual address. The countdown to National Piña Colada Day - 10th July – is on. We’ve no idea whose nation is celebrating it (and probably don’t care either) as far as I’m concerned it’s always time for a Piña Colada…
*In typically English Summer style, it’s raining now…
Twisted Piña Colada…
Given we are on a countdown to National Piña Colada Day, it seems entirely appropriate to report on some of the recent fun that went down at The Liar’s Club. El Dorada Rum and Coco Lopez sponsored a Bartenders Cocktail competition, one part of which was to produce a serve featuring the rum and cream of coconut in a Hamilton Beach Blender and the other part was to offer a twist on a piña colada! Yeah – that sounds like fun right?
The Road To Rio 2016
Abelha Cachaça are to launch a competition inviting bartenders, artists and members of the public to submit designs for a label for limited edition run of Abelha Organic Cachaça which will be launched before the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. As a part of this celebration, Abelha Organic Cachaça commissioned celebrated female urban artist Ananda Nahu, to design Abelha´s new label.
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