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!
We are super happy that El Dorado 5 year old rum will become available nationwide through Sainsbury’s from the end of July 2016. ED5 is a versatile and tasty rum – and UK rummies are better off for having it more widely available. We’ve all the details and a few tasty serves to help you get the best from your bottle!
"Let’s make the difference together"
It’s not very often that the topic of conversation veers away from rum here at TheFloatingRumShack.com, but when it does, I like to think it’s for a good reason. The bartending world of which I’ve become very close to tends to produce some big-hearted people and it’s for that reason I’m writing about the Behind Bars Akademia.
The World of Spirits Finds a New Home!
When: 9th & 10th December 2016
Where: Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH
As a chap who is passionate about promoting the category of rum, the biggest issue that anyone has is getting in front of people in a meaningful way. Websites, social media and anything electronic are good – but actually sampling and sharing the story face to face is really important. With the arrival of The Spirit Show, we might just be ticking all the boxes.
When: 14 & 15th August 2016
Where: Beach 338,
338 Boord Street
London SE10 0PF
The US (of A) can quite rightly claim the ownership of tiki and whilst the Brits and others around the world have done their best and quite often, done extremely well at making it their own, they can never claim it’s place of birth. Donn Beach and Trader Vic started a craze that has found its way to the modern day. In fact, the tiki subculture is in very good health – not since its heyday has the drinks scene seen so many new tiki bars opening around the world. But with the exception of one or two events, the US enjoys so many tiki celebrations it verges on the sickening. Tiki Oasis, Tiki Con and the Hukilau to name but a few. Fortunately, the UK in its own small way is getting a foothold – this summer, The Spirit of Tiki hits the ground running in London.
Be Part of The Legacy
As I’ve followed the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition for years now, I feel I have the right to say it needed a shake up – and I’d certainly not have bothered covering it this time around had it remained the same, but as things have been given a frisk down and rearranged in a few key ways (i.e. not as drawn out and increased scope in terms of rums to be used), I can’t help but be drawn back into the drama… So folks, here we go again as the competition returns for its ninth edition in 2017 and Bacardi invite you all to be a part of the legacy!
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