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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.

Havana Club launches new super-premium rum


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 in

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 Rum

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 Zuylen

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.

Master of Malt

Although the nme suggests they only sell whisky, they actually offer a wide range of rums from all over the world. Shipping is fast and worldwide, and their service is good.

Master of Malt also offers a sample service that allows you to try a small 3cl bottles before buying the real thing. Intersting if you’re planning to buy $3000+ bottle of Appleton 50 for example.

Beenleigh Distillery is again open for visitors

Opening hours are from wednesday to sunday, from 10am to 5pm. The distillery offers a guided tour complete with a rum tasting. For more information contact Gavin Butler on 07 3807 3737 or


They offer a quite wide selection of rum and cocktails, and have around 70 rums to choose from. But ‘it’s not all just about the rum’, and they also offer Caribbean coffee, chocolate, cigars and comfort food.

Opening hours are as follows:
Monday: 08.00 – 01.00
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 08.00 – 01.00
Thursday: 08.00 – 01.00
Friday: 08.00 – 03.00
Saturday: 08.00 – 03.00
Sunday: 10.00 – 01.00

Robert Burr

Very active in the Rum scene. Involved in organising the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and the Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

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