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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.

Contact info for A Mountain of Crushed Ice:

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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

ACR – Authentic Caribbean Rumcommunity

Published on March 5, 2016

Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) is label / organisation that informs people about the quality / provenance of rum from the Caribbean.

The ACR was launched in 2008 as an inititiave of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers (WIRSPA) to promote Caribbean Rums. On paper, the ACR is mainly a visual marc, but they regularly organise informative evenings and tastings, so their also operate as an interest group. In their own words:

The Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque has been developed as a visual symbol of provenance and quality. Designed to help trade customers and consumers identify Authentic Caribbean Rum brands it is also used to promote the development of Authentic Caribbean Rum.

Geography, tradition, heritage, distillation, ageing and blending may vary and therefore provide great diversity to rums from the Caribbean. However, rums bearing the Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque are united in their passion to create rums of exceptional quality.


The Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR) Marque was developed as a symbol of authenticity, provenance and quality for rums within the WIRSPA family.

Our Mission is to see rums carrying the Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque in the top tier of the world drinks market. We want to ensure that trade customers and consumers understand the qualities that make Authentic Caribbean Rum worthy of a place in their portfolio and for consumers to recognize and appreciate the diversity and quality inherent within Authentic Caribbean Rum.

van Zuylencommunity

Published on February 18, 2016

Well established spirits retailer in the Netherlands, that offers shipping worldwide.

van Zuylen specializes in whisky, but they also stock a large selection of rum. They have an excellent online webshop, which can be found here, and their shop is like a treasure trove for whisky and rum lovers. The people at van Zuylen also organize rum tastings.

van Zuylen is a family business, and the shop has been around for a long time.