Three medals for Yolo Rum at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

DENVER and NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal at the 2017 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. And that was just the first of three medals Yolo Rum took home from the competition held at the Education and Conference Center at the New York Academy of Medicine on August 23rd and 24th. Yolo Rum Silver and Yolo Rum Clear both received silver medals as well.

“There is always some trepidation when you enter a new competition,” says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “But we’re proud of our rum, we think it stacks up against any rum in the world and it’s gratifying when an outside, legitimate source confirms that belief.”

The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition (NYWWSC), the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are considered the “Triple Crown” of contests of their kind. Judges for the NYWWSC come from the ranks of the top food and beverage buyers, beverage directors, writers, educators, columnists, sommeliers, chefs and U.S. Bartenders Guild mixologists.

With its wins at NYWWSC, Yolo Rum continues an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions. Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add three more medals to the trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to high art. Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

SOURCE Yolo Rum – http://www.yolorum.com 

Independent Scottish rum producer lands big contract with Tesco

Small Scottish rum producer Dark Matters Distillers has landed a large contract with Tesco Supermarkets. Owners Jim and John Ewen will soon be supplying 450 Tesco supermarkets with their spiecd rum.

Continue reading at BBC.com

Background: The Birth of a rum giant

This article details recent purchases made by Maison Ferrand (Plantation Rum) and gives an interesting insight in the rum business. With the purchase of the West Indies Distillery in Barbados Maison Ferrand also acquired a third of Long Pond distillery in Jaimaica, wich subsequently has been reopend after being silent for five years.

Continue reading at The Daily Beast: The Birth Of A Rum Giant

California Rum Festival 2017

The Rum Lab has announced the 2017 dates of its third annual West Coast rum extravaganza – California Rum Fest. Benefitting the Operation Helping People (O.H.P.) Foundation, a group focused on youth mentoring in the Bay Area, the anticipated two-day, premier immersive rum event is slated for September 8-9 at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.

“Conceived as a forum to educate beverage trade professionals, media and consumers on the dynamic history, production and applications of premium rum, the launch of California Rum Fest in 2015 was met with unprecedented enthusiasm.” said Federico Hernández, Owner, The Rum Lab. “On the heels of two years of successful rum-fueled events, we are thrilled to bring California Rum Fest back to San Francisco for its third consecutive year.”

Featuring more than 40 premium rum brand expressions from around the world, Friday, September 8 will accommodate members of the beverage trade with intimate access to brand representatives, tastings, seminars and educational breakout sessions. Day two, Saturday, September 9, will culminate in the Rum Bazaar, a five-hour event featuring tropical rum cocktails created by some of SF’s best bartenders, arts & crafts by local vendors and live music from 12-5 p.m.

Marquee industry guest speakers already on tap for Day 1, include:

Richard Seale, “Understanding Rum” – Fourth Generation Master Distiller, Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
Roberto Serrallés, “Don Q Master Class” – VP of Business Development and the Commercial Director, Don Q, Puerto Rico
Bryan Davis, “Rum in the 21st Century” – Owner of Lost Spirits and Inventor of the Davis Method, an innovative alternative method of aging spirits, which has been industry recognized and used by a handful of award-winning producers

For more information on California Rum Fest, including tickets for purchase, visit www.californiarumfestival.com.

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About The Rum Lab
The Rum Lab produces Puerto Rico’s national rum fest – Taste of Rum Puerto Rico – in addition to the California Rum Festival, Midwest Rum Festival and NEW this year, the debut of the New York Rum Festival coming up on September 30. Events produced by The Rum Lab attract hundreds of guests including beverage trade professionals, rum aficionados, tourists and local consumers. Learn more at www.therumlab.com.

Kylie Barnett
Raising The Bar Communications
707-815-7216

Think Rum

Rum Trade Fair organised by Harpers and Off License News.

Whisky and Spirits

They also have quite a lot of super-premium and premium bottlings. Unfortunately their site is only in German or French. Linked to winemerchant Granchâteaux SA.

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La Maison Du Whisky

They offer a range of aged, white and spiced rums including some rare bottlings like the Black Tot and a very nice collection of Rhum Agricole from the (former) French colonies. Every now and so often they do their own bottlings as well, so keep an eye out for new releases.

A Mountain of Crushed Ice

With A Mountain of Crushed Ice, author Helena Tiare Olsen has built up a valuable online resource when it comes to fine art of cocktail making.

What really sets this site apart from the others (in our opinion) is that it covers a wide array of subjects, without ever being off topic. The site features anything from reviews and recipes to interviews and photography tips, all rum and cocktail-related ofcourse.

Higly recommended reading.

Rum Diary Bar

Opening hours are:
Monday to Wednesday — 5pm to 1am
Thursday to Sunday — 5pm to 3am

Rum Diaries Blog

The Rum Diaries Blog is a must-read online resource when you’re intersted in sipping rums. Author Steven James, who in his own words has been drinking rum since way before the legal drinking age, regularly writes in depth rum reviews with usefull tasting notes.

This is one of those ‘must visit’ websites if you’re serious about sipping rums.

Click here to visit the webiste.

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