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Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2016

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The Golden Rum Barrel Awards

A 10 Year Review…  

The Golden Rum Barrel Awards return after a two-year sabbatical and offers a mix of categories that look back over the last 10 Years and at 2016. These awards have always provoked discussion but only the most hard-hearted would deny that getting some recognition is most welcome. Things sure have changed for us since we started in 2009. It’s been fun for sure!

The Rum Kitchen Notting Hill Re-Opens

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The Rum Kitchen Notting Hill

Looking Good!  

The original Rum Kitchen site re-opened a week or so ago after an extensive refurbishment. And despite the multiple invites, I only just got along and I’m really glad I did. Happy to share our thoughts on the refit if you’re interested?

Spirit of Tiki Re-Launches in London

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Spirit of Tiki

Aloha London!  

When: 7th October 2016
Where: Langham Hotel
1C Portland Place
Regent Street
London W1B 1JA
After the excitement surrounding the launch of Spirit of Tiki back in July, the news that it had to be postponed due to a fire at the venue was taken stoically, but with sadness. We were all looking forward to it - but the good news is that the event has arisen from the ashes (no pun intended) and looks set to join the fun as a part of the London Cocktail Week celebrations.

Woods Navy Rum Twitter Tasting

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Wood's Navy Rum


When: 27th September 2016 7.30pm 
The Summer Holidays are done, the kids have gone back to school and it is time for our rummy learnings and exploration to continue. With this in mind, we are going to deconstruct Wood’s Navy Rum, one of the more well-known rums commercially available here in the UK. 

Sailor Jerry Launches The Ride Inspired Bartender Cocktail Competition

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Sailor Jerry. The Ride 2016

Balls to Wall Cocktail Making!  

Following on from this years ‘The Ride’, Sailor Jerry has just launched an online cocktail competition for the UK’s bartenders, challenging them to create a Sailor Jerry serve inspired by one of the teams who took part. Video clips are online now at, encouraging bartenders to post their creations to enter.

The Real McCoy Rum To Gain John Lewis Listing

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The Real McCoy Rum

Partnership Rum Running…  

It’s always pleasing to hear that the availability of authentic rum increases, meaning regular people and not just rum fans are likely to encounter it. So its good news to hear that a large number of John Lewis stores across the UK and online via John Lewis Direct, will soon be stocking The Real McCoy rum from Foursquare Distillery, Barbados.

Tiki Weekender at Urban Beach

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Urban Beach - Tiki Bank Holiday

Aloha Bournemouth!  

When: 26-29th August 2016
Where: Urban Beach
23 Argyll Road
Couldn’t help but give our friends at Urban Beach a shout-out as they are throwing a bit of tiki weekender fun this coming Bank Holiday. Sporting a core selection of fantastically priced cocktails, which we fully expect to be delicious and an entirely appropriate sharing platter – it’s difficult for us to stay away! See you there?

10th UK RumFest 2016 Preview

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RumFest 2016

Down For A Ten Stretch…  

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!

Aroma Academy Training Sessions

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Aroma Academy 1 Day Foundation Courses

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!

The Rum Kitchen Brixton

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The Rum Kitchen Brixton

A New Home of Rum in Brixton  

Ever since we started 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! 

Cocktail of the Week El Dorado Demerara Swizzle

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El Dorado Demerara Swizzle

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?

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