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Industria De Licores Del Valledistillery

Published on April 10, 2016

Producer of the Marques del Valle Brand.

Founded in 1921 with the help of Spanish distilling expert Diego Zafra Delgado. It started life as an income generator for the local government, but was privatized in 1945, the same year in which they started planning a new distillery with modern equipment. Work started in 1953 and continued uptill 1956. On the 7th of august of that year a couple of truckloads of dynamite accidentaly exploded next to the plant, but luckily nobody got injured, and the distillery survived.
The distillery was updated in 1976 and 1977, and in 1980 the company acquired the San Martin distillery. All of the production was moved to the San Martin plant in 2003, and nowadays the site uses three collum stills with a total capacity of 60.000 liters of alcohol a day.

Contact info for Industria De Licores Del Valle:

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Public email address: [email protected]
Public telephone number: +57 26836300
Visiting address: Kilometro 2 via Rozo
corregimiento Palmaseca

Ron Viejo de Caldas 15rum

Published on March 31, 2016

Premium matured Colombian rum made by Industria Licorera de Caldas.

Contrary to what you might think when reading the front label, Viejo de Caldas 15 is a blend of matured rums between eight and seventeen years old. It’s a very decent rum, with surprisingly many fruity notes aromas and a relatively sweet taste.

Many rums tend to develop in character when the bottle get closer to the half way mark, and this one is no exception. The initial one dimensional fruityness develops into notes of soft fruits and pears.

Like many of the rums made by ILC it’s bottled at a pretty low 35% abv, which is the standard in their home market of Colombia.

A Mountain of Crushed Icecommunity

Published on March 31, 2016

If you're into cocktails, tiki-culture, or rum in general, a Mountain of Crushed Ice is another one of those 'must read' blogs.

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.

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Public email address: [email protected]

RhumFest Parisevent

Published on March 30, 2016

Large rum event in Paris, France.

With 2200 professionals, 2700 visitors and 500 rums to sample, Rhumfest Paris is one of the biggest rumfestivals in the world. It’s also very French, so unfortunately their website is of little use for those who don’t know French (or Google Translate). Luckily, there is the Floating Rumshack, who wrote a great preview.

Tickets cost €35 euros for a single day ticket and €60 for a two day ticket.

Contact info for RhumFest Paris:

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Public email address: [email protected]
Visiting address: Parc Floral de Paris
118 route de la Pyramide
75012 Paris 12

Rum Diary Barcommunity

Published on March 15, 2016

Rum bar in Melbourne, Australia, with a selection of over 200 types of rum.

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

Contact info for Rum Diary Bar:

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Public email address: [email protected]
Public telephone number: +61 3 99390616
Visiting address: 334 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, Melbourne

Rumclub Berlin / Drum Cigarclubcommunity

Published on March 9, 2016

Rum and cigar club in Berlin where you can try 300 different types of rum.

300 different types of rum, straight or in a cocktail. Sounds like a great place to visit when you happen to be in Berlin. Make sure you have a reservation though, because you’ll need one.

According to their website, they offer a prohibition-era cocktail experience, and they have a ‘chimney room’ where you can choose from a wide selection of cigars. You can probably also smoke them there too.

Open from monday to friday from 8pm (20:00), but only if you have a revervation. For more info and reservations call the number in the contact info below.

Contact info for Rumclub Berlin / Drum Cigarclub:

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Public telephone number: +49 1709369316

Rum Diaries Blogcommunity

Published on March 8, 2016

Hugely informative weblog written by Steven James, with lots of well written reviews, news, and in depth reports of rum events.

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.

Bahama Bob’s Rumstylescommunity

Published on March 8, 2016

Bahama Bob Leonard is bartender and active rum blogger from Florida. His blog keeps you up to date with the lastes news in the rum-industry.

Besides being a bartender, Bahama Bob Leonards also finds the time to maintain a really interesting rum blog, as well as writing some books about the fine art of cocktail making.

He’s blogging very actively, and regularly posts interesting and newsworthy updates.

Havana Club launches new super-premium rumpost

Published on March 8, 2016

Yesterday, Havana Club introduced introduced a new member to their family of super-premium rums. The 'Tributo Collection' is a no age statement blend of rums from different casks and with only 2500 bottles worldwide it is a limited release.


Havana Club, the global leading rum in the super-premium and above category, is to launch the Havana Club Tributo Collection on the 29th February 2016, with packaging designed by Nude Brand Creation.

The new series of limited editions created with exceptional rum reserves are set to be unveiled annually at the Cuban Habanos Festival.

A rum for collectors and connoisseurs

With only 2,500 bottles of each rum being released, the Havana Club Tributo Collection is set to appeal to spirits connoisseurs and collectors alike. As a tribute to the best that Cuban rum has to offer, Havana Club Maestro Ronero, Asbel Morales, will personally select the finest aged bases from cellar reserves to create each release.

The 2016 limited edition is led by a base of rums aged in 80-year old casks, which have been carefully blended with other rums to give an aromatic and intense taste with defining notes of dried tropical fruits and a deep amber colour.

Inspired by Cuba’s architecture

Co-founder of Nude Brand Creation, Bernard Gormley, says: “The packaging was inspired by the wide variety of architectural styles in Cuba, in particular the Spanish baroque and the neoclassical, which complement each other so perfectly, just like the blend of different rums selected to make the product. The filigree and detailing intrigued us and influenced the graphics, along with the colour blue – the national colour of Cuba, and gold that enhance the luxury cues and on-shelf standout.”

Continues Gormley: “The background pattern on the bottle label and gift pack was inspired by the ceramic tiles found in walkways, walls and floors of Havana.  The signature of Maestro Ronero Asbel Morales and the individual number of each bottle is displayed on the intricate premium label.”

Asbel Morales, Maestro Ronero for Havana Club, comments: “Creating the Havana Club Tributo Collection is a fascinating process, as each release will provide a new and unique taste experience, achieved through experimentation with rum bases from our reserves.

“By blending rums using very old and rare casks, we have been able to create an expression for 2016 with a luxurious amber glow, full-bodied fruit flavours and a long finish.”

The Havana Club Tributo Collection 2016 is bottled at 40% ABV and will be available in ten markets, including Cuba, UK and China, from March 2016 at the RRP of $350 USD.

The Rum Masters 2016 results are inpost

Published on March 7, 2016

The results for the annual Rum Masters competition are in, with a surprising first place for Havana Club 3 years old.

The Rum Masters is an annual spirits competition organised by The Spirits Business and is dedicated solely to rum.  Three groups of judges from the UK blind tasted rums of all types, and the outcomes are sometimes surprising.

Click here for the results and more info about The Rum Masters