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Clement Ti-Punch Cup

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Clément Ti' Punch Cup

The 2016 Global Finals – A Preview  

Initially drawn by the relative simplicity of the Rhum Clément Cocktail Competition brief two years ago, I have to say that I was pretty pleased to be asked to be involved in judging the UK heats in 2015. Last July (2015), I rocked up at Tales of the Cocktail for the first time – and got involved with judging that lead to the selection of two of the three US finalists. Having seen the qualities of four of the finalists first hand, coupled with the reputations of some of the others and the bars they represent, I’m super excited to see how the global finals will play out.
 
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2016 Rum Festivals

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Rum Festivals in 2016

2016: A Year Of Rum!  

Same drill as last year: if you are organising a rum, other spirits, cocktail or tiki festival (both trade and consumer focused) anywhere in the world, please do let us know so we can add your details to the list.

 

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Valentines with FAIR Rum

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Cherry Velvet made with FAIR Rum

Rum Lovers (Part 2) – The #LOVEAFAIR  

The team at FAIR Spirits have come up with a worldwide project to celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a series of themed serves at a large number of bars that you can track down using the #LOVEAFAIR hashtag.
 
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Valentines with El Dorado

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The Montague by Cloud 23 Bar, Manchester

Rum Lovers (Part 1)  

It's at this time of year our inbox always turns up a few ‘Cocktail d’amour’ suggestions, and of course not all are worth sharing – especially when they don’t contain rum! This one (however) contains a favourite of our: El Dorado 12 Year-Old and is being featured by Cloud 23 in Manchester and includes a relatively new liqueur to the UK market: Lanique
 
Ladies and Gentlemen – the Montague!
 
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South Coast Rum Club

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Rum Club at The Library

It's Rum Time at The Library  

We like to drink rum… We also like to encourage other people to drink rum, by helping them to appreciate all the good things that our favourite spirit category can bring to their drinking experience. Let’s face it, a Rum Club (the ultimate social rum drinking experience) is right up there with the best of times right?
 
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UK Release for Havana Club Essence of Cuba

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Essence of Cuba

…At Last! Well Nearly…  

So a few weeks back (saying last year makes it seem so long ago right?) we took part in a Twitter Tasting along with The Cocktail Lovers that explored the concept and use of the Essence of Cuba drink flavourings. The effect on an Old Fashioned style serve was pretty remarkable – and of the four flavours, it’s a sure-thing that one or two will appeal more than the others. 
 
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Lost Spirits Technology Takes Home Global Prize for Innovation

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Lost Spirits

World's Top Alcohol Trade Industry Publication Announces Lost Spirits Has Been Awarded First Prize in Innovation Worldwide for 2015

The Lost Spirits team really have been making waves and this award is a great recognition of just how far they have got. For my two pence, having the spikes on the analysis line up with an authentically aged spirit doesn’t automatically mean that all rum companies will be scrapping their barrels in the future – it’s pretty good, but not the ultimate solution. It could be a great way of kick-starting the traditional process for added maturity of course, but a number of companies set great store in the notion of their aged stock and other spirit categories – such as cognac or Scottish whisky – are highly unlikely to sanction the use of the technology. That said, the rum ‘wild west’ could well go balls deep and who knows where that will get us? What I’m 100% sure of is, that this is a company to watch and that any opportunity to hear Bryan and Joanne speak should be taken wholeheartedly as they really are super interesting and lovely people!
 
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Chairmans Reserve Spiced Rum Punch

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Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Punch

It’s Party Time St Lucia Style!  

Our friends at Emporia have shared a fab Chairman’s Reserve Spiced rum serve that ticks all the boxes for your Christmas and New Year’s parties. The Spiced rum is based on the same high-quality spirit as the award-winning Chairman’s Reserve and has been infused with authentic Caribbean spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and local speciality bois bandé and forms a great base on which to build a cocktail.
 
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Classic Cocktails and Cuban Cocktails

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Cuban Cocktails

A Tale of Two Cocktail Books  

A few weeks back we found ourselves at the launch of Salvatore Calabrese’s Classic Cocktails book. Technically it was the relaunch as the book was originally released in 1997. This release has Salvatore revisiting and revising the original, adding a great deal more detail and depth to some sections. Whilst we were there, we found out from the distributor (GMC Distribution) about another book: Cuban Cocktails that sparked our interest as well. As it turns out they offer complimentary approaches to the subject of cocktails and so I thought I’d take a moment to consider both.
 
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The Periodic Table of Cocktails

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The Periodic Table of Cocktails

GinMonkey Goes Hardback…  

I'm taking a moment to feature The Periodic Table of Cocktails, a book written by Emma Stokes (widely known to many as GinMonkey) who is our best-est Gin-drinking buddy. How she had time for it given the vast amount of everything else she seems to fit into her life is beyond me, neither-the-less she has still produced a book that in my opinion is a perfect starting point for those starting to explore the world of cocktails. It should be top of the list of for anyone wondering what to get for a friend or family member who loves booze this Christmas.
 

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