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RUM WORLD CELEBRITIES GATHER AT MIAMI RUM FESTIVAL

May 22, 2013

Rum-themed Programs And Seminars Headlined By The Biggest Names In Rum

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Hosts of the Miami Rum Fest Grand Tasting events, held April 20-21 at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel Convention Center presented a robust schedule of informative and entertaining rum-themed programs.
The annual gathering of experts and enthusiasts at the world’s largest rum festival featured a expanded roster of celebrity seminars presented by luminaries of the rum category from around the globe.

Among the presenters were UK Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell from London, noted tiki author Jeff “Beachbum” Berry from New Orleans, Smuggler’s Cove owner Martin Cate from San Francisco, Hemingway Cocktail Companion author Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail, Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel of Plantation Rum in France and noted spirits expert and international judge Bernhard Schåfer of Berlin.

Scheduled programs for Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 included:
• Ian Burrell – The Tale of Two Rum Islands, presented by Anchor Distilling
• Phil Prichard – Classification of Rum by Feedstock
• Paul McFadyen – Navy Rum
• Ram Udwin – Rum Drinkers Guide To Bitters
• Martin Cate – History of the Tiki Bar and the Rise and Fall of the Exotic Cocktail
• Phil Greene – “To Have and Have Another — A Hemingway Rum Cocktail Companion” presented by Papa’s Pilar rum
• Jeff “Beachbum” Berry – Battle of the Ambassadors
• Nicole Ciani and Trevor Alberts – Rum & Sherry
• Stephen Remsberg – London Dock Rum
• Bernhard Schåfer – How To Taste Rum Like A Judge
• Master Blender Alexandre Gabriel presented by Plantation Rum
• David Cid – Bacardi Rum presentation “What’s in the Bottle?!”

According to festival organizer Robin Burr, “the seminars at Miami Rum Fest feature a veritable Who’s Who of world-class talent in the rum category offering their most engaging and informative presentations.”

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ASK THE RUM EXPERT AT MIAMI RUM FESTIVAL

May 22, 2013

The International Rum Expert Panel announced a staff of notable experts will be on hand at the Miami Rum Festival to answer attendee’s questions about rum.

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A new feature at the Miami Rum Festival is an opportunity to “Ask A Rum Expert” questions about all things rum.
“Stop by and ask us a question about rum. We enjoy engaging in lively discussions about our favorite subject.”

The Miami Rum Festival, which takes place in mid-April with hundreds of fine rums on display in a 40,000 square foot exhibit hall at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel is also an annual gathering of major proportions — now a tradition — for many of the world’s most experienced rum experts.

In addition to their blind tasting sessions in their RumXP competition, the judges of the International Rum Expert Panel announced they will be on hand at the 2013 Miami Rum Fest Grand Tasting events on Saturday and Sunday, to field questions from consumers attending the event.
“Ask The Rum Expert” is a new feature of this annual cane spirit gathering. Participants will tap into the combined expertise of these notable rum hounds — these world travelers and collectors of fine rums — while browsing the isles to evaluate rum samples.

Participants were invited to visit the RumXPs at their “Ask The Rum Expert” exhibit. All questions are welcome, from the most basic to in-depth inquiries about specific products, distillers, brands or countries of origin. They might just have the answer to your rum-related question.

Paul McFadyen is one of the resident rum experts. He’s traveled to many distilleries, tasted hundreds of rums, and operates a very successful rum bar in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London. Along the way, he has learned how to appreciate fine spirits and picked up secrets and techniques for making rum. “We enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for all things rum with people that are Continue Reading…

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MORE RUMS WASH ASHORE AT RUM RENAISSANCE

May 22, 2013

Over 150 Big and Small Rum Brands Exhibited At Miami Rum Festival

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The annual Miami Rum Festival is attracting a growing list of top-shelf rums and popular cocktail spirits to be sampled April 19-21, 2013.

At the Miami Rum Festival the number of leading rum brands exhibiting their spirits at Miami Rum Festival is growing, according to festival organizers. The fifth annual gathering of rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts landing in Miami in April showcased many more products than previous years.

More than 150 expressions were entered into the International Rum Expert Panel tasting competition April 16-18. A larger number of leading brands have chosen to support the event as prime exhibitors with expanded display space, including Diplomatico, Prichard’s, Debonaire, Santa Teresa, Plantation, Papa’s Pilar, Abuelo, Bacardi, Miami Club Rum, Serralles (DonQ) and the Rums of Puerto Rico.

“Leading brands are lining up to participate in our biggest showcase of great rum products,” said festival organizer Robin Burr. “Luckily, our new expanded Doubletree hotel and convention center venue near the Miami Airport offers twice the space as last year’s event. We’ve also expanded the time exhibits are open from two to three days to accommodate the growing legions of rum lovers attracted to this unique event.”

The Miami Rum Festival invited members of the spirits trade to attend Friday, April 19 from 3 to 7pm for exclusive previews of the exhibits before the public grand tasting events of Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 from 2 to 7pm. VIP guests earned early admission at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
“Brands are bringing their products to Miami from all over the globe. It’s the most complete assortment of top shelf sipping rums and popular cocktail spirits under one roof — in the whole world,” said Burr. “We advise rum producers to bring their best products to Miami Rum Fest to let the ever-expanding universe of rum lovers know about them.”

Among the products sampled by attendees were Abuelo 7, Abuelo 12, Abuelo Anjeo, Abuelo Centuria, Appleton Estate 12 year old, Appleton Estate Reserve, Atlantico Platino, Atlantico Private Cask, Atlantico Reserva, Bacardi 8 Años, Bacardi Gold, Bacardi Oakheart, Bacardi Pineapple Fusion, Bacardi Superior, Barbancourt 3 Star, Barbancourt 5 Star, Barbancourt 15 year Estate Reserve, Barbancourt Pango, Barbancourt White, Barcelo Gran Añejo, Barcelo Imperial, Barcelo Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario, Barrilito 3 Star, Barritt’s Ginger Beer, Blackbeard Spiced, Blackheart, Black Roberts Spiced, Botran Reserva, Botran Reserva Blanca, Botran Solera, Brugal 1888, Brugal Blanco Especial, Caliche, Carta Vieja Añejo, Centenario 7, Deadhead, Debonaire Private Reserve 5, Debonaire Very Special Reserve 8, Debonaire Grand Reserve 15, Debonaire Premium Reserve 21, Debonaire Special Reserve Coffee, Debonaire Special Reserve Honey, Dictador 20, Diplomatico Ambassador, Diplomatico Añeja, Diplomatico Blanco, Diplomatico Reserva, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, Domain de Canton, Don Papa, DonQ Añejo, DonQ Coco, DonQ Cristal, DonQ Gold, DonQ Gran Añejo, DonQ Limon, DonQ Mojito, DonQ Pasion, Don Zavier Mamajuana, Dos Maderas 5+3, Dos Maderas PX 5+5, Dzama Amber Nosy-Be, Dzama Amber Cuvée Noire Prestige, Dzama Cuvée Blanche, Dzama Cuvée Blanche Prestige, Dzama Cuvée Noire, Dzama Vanilla 1 yo, Dzama Vanilla 10 yo, Dzama Vieux Rhum XV, Dzama White Nosy-Be, English Harbour 5 YO, English Harbour 10 YO, English Harbour 25 YO, Flor de Caña Centenario Gold 18, Flor de Caña Centenario 12, Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7, Florida Old Reserve, Fresh Coconuts by Coconut King, Hampden Estate Gold, Libre Rum & Cola, Miami Club Rum Plantino, Montanya Oro, Montanya Platino, Mt Gay 1703, Mt Gay Black Barrel, Mt Gay Eclipse, Mt Gay XO, Novo Fogo Barrel-Aged Cachaça, Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça, Ocumare, Origenes Reserva Don Pancho, Origenes Reserva Especial 18, Papa’s Pilar Blonde, Papa’s Pilar Dark, Pink Pigeon, Plantation 20th Anniversary XO, Plantation Barbados 2000, Plantation Grande Reserve 5 year old, Plantation Grenada 2003, Plantation Guatemala Gran Añjeo, Plantation Jamaica 2000, Plantation Nicaragua 2001, Plantation Original Dark, Plantation Original Dark Overproof, Plantation Panama 2002, Plantation Three Stars White, Plantation Trinidad 1999, Poesia, Prichard’s Cranberry Rum, Prichard’s Crystal Rum, Prichard’s Fine Rum, Prichard’s Key Lime Rum, Prichard’s Private Stock, Prichard’s Spiced, Prichard’s Sweet Georgia Belle, R. St Barth, Real McCoy, Roble Viejo, Ron De Jeremy Reserva, Ron De Jeremy Spiced, Rum Fire, Santa Teresa 1796, Santa Teresa Añejo Gran Reserva, Santa Teresa Araku Coffee, Santa Teresa Claro, Santa Teresa Rhum Orange, Santa Teresa Selecto, Shellback Silver, Shellback Spiced, Trigo Reserva Añjea, Veroes, Viejo de Caldas 3, Viejo de Caldas Grand Reserva, Vizcaya Cask 12, Vizcaya Cristal, Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21, Wicked Dolphin Silver, Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Golden Rum, Wild Geese Soldiers & Heroes Premium Rum, Zacapa 23, Zafra 21, and Zaya.

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WARMING: RUM AHEAD!

March 22, 2013

Miami’s 5th Annual Rum Renaissance Grows Even Bigger
By Francine Cohen

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As much of the country continues to get walloped with snow and cold weather with no sign of that lion/lamb thing happening anytime soon the only way to get warm may just be to close your eyes and pretend you’re already in Miami for the 2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

This year, the festival’s fifth, is definitely worth fantasizing about as Rum Renaissance — the largest gathering of rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts in the world — spans Monday, April 15 to Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center. Last year, more than 8,000 rum enthusiasts attended the festival with 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. The new space spans 40,000 square feet, twice the size of last year’s event. Festival organizers are preparing for 15,000 attendees. According to the event’s co-founder, Robin Burr, the Miami Rum Fest has doubled in size each year, a testament to the fact that consumer interest in sugar cane spirits is growing faster than any other category of liquor.

“We’re proud to say that our prediction of rum’s resurgence in popularity was on the money,” said Robert A. Burr, festival organizer and publisher of Rob’s Rum Guide. “An incredible range of fine rums, from casual and fun mixers to luxurious top-shelf sipping rums will be on display. There is no better opportunity for the rum enthusiast to sample such a vast selection of spirits in one place.”

With a selection this big it’s important to remember that Rum Renaissance is a marathon, not a sprint. In addition to a week-long series of VIP parties, tasting sessions and celebrity seminars, the rum festival brings together members of the esteemed International Rum Expert Panel (RumXPs) for their annual tasting competition.

And, new this year, an exclusive Trade Tasting Day; a half-day exhibit session exclusively for the beverage trade on Friday, April 19. Liquor store buyers, food and beverage managers, bartenders Continue Reading…