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Some but maybe not all of you, will be familiar with Serge Valentin. Serge runs the extremely popular whisky website Whisky Fun. In recent years Serge has begun seeking out “Malternatives” often in the shape of rum.
Serge’s pocket sized reviews and commitment to the website mean that he publishes hundreds of notes every month. New reviews are published pretty much on a daily basis. Accurate, interesting tasting notes and an almost immediate assessment has ensured the sites popularity.
Until recently the only chance of attending a Rum Festival in the UK was at the annual UK Rumfest based in London. In late 2011 Jonathan Rees had a Eureka! moment to create a Rum festival in Cardiff.
From humble beginnings and numerous increasingly sized venues the Cardiff Rum Festival is now in its 5th year. This years event is the most ambitious yet and promises to be the biggest and best to date.
This March and April, UK distributor Emporia Brands have put together a calendar of events involving its award-winning St Lucia Distillers range, after the initial success of last year’s programme.
I attended and throughly enjoyed one of these events last year in Newcastle. Dave is a great host and the rum speaks for itself! My write up is here if you have any doubts about attending (your bar really should have some SLD rum in 2017!)
RUM AT THE READY FOR MANCHESTER’S FIRST
Manchester’s first ever rum festival is coming to town this year, thanks to freelance drinks curator Dave Marsland, aka the Drinks Enthusiast.
Located at Revolución De Cuba, the festival will be held on Saturday 3rd June, and will boast over 40 types of rum including Bacardi, Chairman’s Reserve, Diplomático, Sailor Jerry and Mezan. Brunches, afterparties and shenanigans galore will mean it’ll be a Caribbean affair from dusk ’til dawn.
Tickets cost £15 for the festival (brunches and afterparties not included) which runs from 12pm-5pm, and include a welcome drink by sponsor Coco Re’al, along with a taster from each of the 15 stalls as you work your way round exploring the top brands.
And if that’s not enough booze for you, a team of mixologists and brand ambassadors will be on hand at the cocktail bar serving up a selection of rum cocktail favourites.*
Dave Marsland said “Rum is a staple within the Manchester bar scene, especially with the popularity of venues such as Revolución De Cuba, so I wanted to celebrate it! There’s so many incredible rum brands I felt the best way to celebrate them would be with a festival.
The festival will host entertainment, themed food and drinks offers and gifts, so we really are going all out, plus there’ll be events running throughout the day to get everyone in Manchester involved. I’m just looking forward to meeting guests on the day and seeing how popular the already much-loved brands become.”
Details for brunches and afterparties and further rum promotions will be announced soon, but here’s how to purchase your ticket to the main festival –
*Prices not included in ticket, this is a normal bar operation.
For a full list of exhibitors, please visit https://manchesterrumfestival.com/exhibitors/
In a world dominated by click bait “lists” we will keep things very simple. Each year we will award ONE rum as our Rum of the Year.
The rum which will be crowned as Rum of the Year must have been released that year. It also must be commercially available to the average rum consumer. Any rums which were available prior to 2016 are ineligible. Likewise any bottlings that were extremely limited or are unavailable as of today are also out.
In the first part of this series we touched upon how rums are labelled. I used an example to show how confusing it can be to determine a Premium rum.
Marketing and packaging play a huge role in what the end consumer buys. No matter who you are, you will encounter and be influenced by marketing at some stage. Even if you think you aren’t.
The Golden Rum Barrel Awards are a celebration of 10 years of the London UK Rumfest, ran by Global Rum Ambassador Ian A V Burrell.
The Golden Rum Barrel Awards celebrated the stars of the rum industry with a 3 course rum dinner at the Kensington Crowne Plaza Hotel last night (23rd October 2016
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