With every passing year, I wish more and more that we’d known about RumFest when it launched in 2007, that first show was the only one we’ve missed, but we have been pleased to attend every day, of every show ever since. It’s our 9th coming up, but I can only imagine how Ian Burrell feels about his baby turning 10 this October. Pretty special I imagine!
September Training Courses! *Update*
The team at Aroma Academy have announced the next set of training days to run in September. 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!
A New Home of Rum in Brixton
Ever since we started TheFloatingRumShack.com back in early 2009, we kept hearing that rum is going to be the next big thing – whilst the boom/bust fad never did quite materialise (at least so far), I’m always happy to see more and more specialist rum bars opening. The Rum Kitchens on All Saints Lane, Notting Hill and Kingly Court, Carnaby Street have all provided a lot of rummy fun over the years – and I’m sure the new Brixton site will continue in the same vein!
Raise a Glass to National Rum Day...
It’s been ages since we last featured a Cocktail of the Week, but given its summer and something ‘long and refreshing’ is in order and the good news that El Dorado 5YO rum is now more easily available (as it’s just been listed by Sainsbury’s Supermarket), how about a super easy to make, super tasty El Dorado Demerara Swizzle?
A Cuban Experience
Havana Club is set to throw open the doors to Casa Havana, a brand new pop-up experiential space running from 11th-20th August at 15 Bateman Street in the heart of Soho, London. Casa Havana is a versatile space designed to celebrate the authentic Cuba, brought to life through key cultural pillars food, music, and colour.
Time To Register!
Calling all bartenders! Diplomático Rum’s Global Cocktail Competition returns for its 3rd Edition, and it is open to bartenders from 40 counties worldwide, all of which will be vying to compete in the World Finals in London, 2017. But do not worry - holding the World Finals in the UK does not preclude an amazing trip to Venezuela as you will have already visited Barquisimeto for the semi-finals! Do not delay – register your interest now!
6th Year... Strength to Strength…
A visit to St Maarten in November would be great I’m sure you’d agree. Combine with a Rum Festival and you’ve all the makings of a fab ol’ time!
Press Release: The 6th Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is returning to St Maarten on 4-5 November 2016. The one of a kind event is an expo of rum & beer beverages, combined with the 2016 CAB Taste Contest, workshops, cooking demos, cocktail competitions, rum & beer seminars, music, entertainment and pure fun.
Barbados Comes to North London…
Mount Gay Rum have announced that they are hosting their very own bar this year at Camden Beach at the Roundhouse - and it’s now open! The event, running from 29th July - 29th August, has returned for its fifth year as headline sponsor Virgin Holidays bring a touch of Barbados to North London.
The Taste Of The Ocean…
There’s an expression of rhum from Martinique that’s rather special – and given that I think a huge amount of rhum from Martinique is pretty damn good, then please believe me when I say that this one really stands out. It’s not aged for a long time; it’s not even matured at all. It’s special to me because it helps demonstrate that rhum produced from sugar cane juice is fully able to demonstrate a sense of origin.
When: 2-11pm 6th August 2016
It’s a tenuous rum link, but we had to share the fact that Wray & Nephew are taking over the Bussey Rooftop Bar for a jerk BBQ competition on the 6th August. There will be DJs playing Jamaican vibes, rum and rum punch. And it was the last two details that ticked the box!
Oh F*ck! That's O.F.T.D.
Plantation Rum, headed by the ever-creative Alexandre Gabriel have recently launched their replacement for the Trinidad Original Dark Overproof rum. We wrote about the 40%ABV version of Original Dark changing from Trinidad rum, to a blend of Trinidad and Jamaica rums and at the time there was no firm indication that the Overproof version was going the same way. Subsequently, an ‘insider’ source at Plantation indicated that Alexandre had something special planned, and the rest (as they say) is history!
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