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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

San Diego Spirits Festival

August 26 - August 27

San Diego Spirits Festival is THE major Cocktail Culinary and Cultural extravaganza celebrated annually each summer on San Diego Bay. The goal of the San Diego Spirits Festival is to advance the industry and all that it encompasses via market launches, industry advancement and exposure, product innovation, education, and of course, a good time filled with entertainment camaraderie and just good fun.

The San Diego Spirits Festival has been ranked one of the top cocktail festivals in America by Fodors! The two day Cocktail Festival, attracts thousands of people from all over the country and abroad in order to join the fun and entertainment that the San Diego Spirits Festival has to offer.

It’s diverse, it’s exciting, and it’s San Diego through and through. From novice enthusiast to the cocktail aficionado, the San Diego Spirits Festival has something to please everyone’s palate.

San Diego Spirits Festival is all about Lifestyle, make San Diego your Lifestyle Destination and Join us in 2017 for Year 9 and have a taste of San Diego Cocktail Culture!

Think Rum

January 16

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.

Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles

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.

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