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Top Ten Rums……So Far

The site is now over 3 years old.  The site as it appears now was “re-booted” back in December 2014. Which was pretty much when it began getting a meaningful amount of views. We’ve now reviewed over 300 different rums, with many more in the pipeline.  Out of curiosity I thought I would see how many rums I have given the 5 star treatment. The search was quite interesting.  I was quite surprised by some of the omissions – only garnering 4 or 4.5 stars.  I’ve also tried not to flood the list with rums from the same distillery to keep a bit of variety. Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

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UK Rum Festivals – Bristol Rum Festival Weekend

Bristol Rum Festival UK Rum Festivals Review by the fat rum pirateUntil just a few weeks ago I had never visited Bristol before.  The first time I visited was for a training course with work.  The second time was to visit the Bristol Rum Festival. Needless to say the visits were quite different……

Bristol Rum Festival was held on the 9th September 2017 at The Paintworks event space.  The event was part of the UK Rum Festivals series of events which have taken on the cities of Cardiff, Exeter and finally Bristol.  Giving the South West of England a taste of the Caribbean. The events were organised by Rum and Tiki Enthusiast and Rum Importer Jon Rees.  We interviewed Jon earlier in the year. Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

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Gargano Rum Classification – Can it Change the Rum World?

Gargano Rum Classification Article by the fat rum pirate Hampden StillIntroduction

I’ve been asked a few times recently why I’m not supporting the Gargano Rum Classification.  By support, I assume people are wondering why I haven’t featured the classification on the site? Or why I haven’t adopted it in my reviews?

Fact is, I have for a long time tried whenever possible to find out how the rum in my bottle has been produced.  Which is exactly what the Gargano Rum Classification involves. Though I haven’t “come out” in favour quite as enthusiastically or as quickly as some, the more information disclosed the better in my book. Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

Rum is Fun but it isn’t Dumb….not anymore

Rum is FunRum is Fun so the mantra goes.  I once asked Dave Broom if rum needed to lose its “fun” tag to improve its image.  Dave’s overwhelming response was a very definite no.  He has even mentioned me posing the question in his latest rum book The Manual.

Dave believes that rum should keep its “fun” tag as it makes people smile when they think of it.  He also felt that when Scotch Whisky forgot about “fun” the industry entered two decades of decline. Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

Manchester Rum Festival 3rd June 2017

Manchester Rum Festival3 rd June 2017 article review by the fat rum pirateManchester Rum Festival was the city’s first real stab at a fully fledged Rum Festival.  Over the past couple of years a few rum events have “sprung” up all over the country. With Rum Festivals being held in Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and of course the original Rumfest in London. Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

An Interview with Edgar Harden – The Old Spirits Company

An Interview with Edgar Harden Old Spirits Company by the fat rum pirateA while back I reviewed a Royal Navy rum from prior to Black Tot Day.  I was able to do this by buying a sample from The Old Spirits Company.

The Old Spirits Company is ran by spirits and cocktail enthusiast Edgar Harden.  It offers buyers the chance to buy scarce and hard to find bottlings from years gone by.  The Old Spirits Company sells aged spirits as in bottled a long time ago rather than distilled a long time ago.  Though in some instances both does apply! Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

The Rum Festival Newcastle 28th and 29th April 2017

RUM FESTIVAL Review by the fat rum pirateThe Rum Festival Newcastle was one of the events organised by Lucy Douglas and her team.  Lucy is behind a travelling Rum Festival. Visiting towns and cities throughout the UK during 2017.

The Festival took place at Hoult’s Yard a office/create hub/venue just 5 minutes drive from Newcastle City Centre in Byker. Yes that Byker of Byker Grove fame.  No before you ask Ant and Dec weren’t in attendance. Neither was Jimmy Nail, Sting or Gazza. Read more to see the fatrumpirate rating

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