St Lucia Distillers set to travel the UK

st lucia distillers the fat rum piratThis 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!)

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931, plus a selection of the distillates from which they are blended.

In 1931, the Barnard family founded a distillery at Dennery, St Lucia. Now based on the other side of the island at Roseau, the distillery has been considerably modernized and new technologies and improvements constantly incorporated. The installation of pot stills in 1998 added considerably to the variety of rums being produced in this highly regarded distillery which received the accolade of Individual Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge, one of six trophies received in six years – a unique achievement.Chairman's Reserve St Lucia Distillers the fat rum pirate

With the premise of a flavour experience, the tour sees an approach to the range that offers bartenders and key industry figures invited to not only learn about St Lucia, but ideas on how to embrace the versatility of St Lucia Distillers, from the Spiced variety to the rare 1931.

Cities on the tour include Manchester, London, Leeds, Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Reading, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow, with Emporia Brands looking to strengthen their campaign as they look ahead to the next instalment of the ‘Chairman’s XI’ with their ever-expanding sales team seeking out some of the UK’s best and brightest to follow in the footsteps of some of the industries key figures, including Lyndon Higginson of The Liars Club in Manchester, Danny Murphy of Aloha in Liverpool and Adam Binnersley of the MOJO Group.

Places are limited for each session, due to the rarity of gaining the exclusive 1931 and distillates for the tasting’s. To secure your place, please contact Dave Marsland at [email protected], stating the session you wish to attend from the list below.

Manchester Mojo, 9th March, 1:30pm

London Burlock, 15th March, 2pm

Leeds Mojo’s, 15th March, 1:30pm

Brighton Oki Nami, 21st March, 1pm

Liverpool Maya, 23rd March, 1:30pm

SLD On Tour by the fat rum pirateBirmingham Island Bar, 4th April, 2pm

Nottingham Brass Monkey, 5th April, 3pm

The Queen of Bradgate, 6th April, 2pm

Newcastle Alvino’s, 11th April, 1pm

Edinburgh Reekie Tiki, 16th April, 4pm

Cardiff The Dead Canary, 21st April, 2pm

Aberdeen Bos’n, 23rd April, 3pm

Dundee Draffens, 24th April, 4pm

Reading Milk, 26th April, 2pm

Glasgow Distill, 26th April, 4pm


About Emporia Brands:

Emporia Brands is a spirits importer, exporter and innovator which is relentless in seeking, around the world, distillers who respect artisan traditions of quality.

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