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The US Rum Festival Tour…


Press Release — TheRumLab has announced the 2018 dates for the US Rum Festival Tour, with the intention to continue promoting the education and premiumisation of rum. The events will take place at the metropolitan cities of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and New York City.

The goal is to feature more than 40 premium rum brand expressions from around the world, accommodate members of the beverage trade with intimate access to brand representatives, tastings, seminars and educational breakout sessions.

World renown industry guest speakers already on tap for most of the cities, include:
(1) Richard Seale – Fourth Generation Master Distiller, Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
(2) Ian Burrell – Global Rum Ambassador, Celebrity Judge and producer of the UK Rum Fest.
(3) Bailey Pryor – 5 times Emmy Award winning documentary film producer and CEO of The Real McCoy Rum.

The 1st event for 2018 will be the Chicago Rum Festival which will take place on April 14th at Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, Illinois. Followed by the California Rum Festival which will be on Sept 8th at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, then the inaugural Seattle Rum Festival taking place in Seattle, Washington. Then to conclude the tour, the New York Rum Festival is scheduled to occur the weekend of Sept 29th, in New York City.

For more information on each event visit www.therumlab.com.

About The Rum Lab

The Rum Lab is a creative and production agency focused on the rum industry. The company produces the Puerto Rico’s national rum fest – Taste of Rum Puerto Rico – in addition to the California Rum Festival, Midwest Rum Festival,, New York Rum Festival, and new this year, the debut of the Seattle Rum Festival.. 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.

Think Rum 2018

January 30, 2018


Press Release:After a hugely successful Think Rum 2017 we are delighted to announce that we will be again running Think RUM on Tuesday, 30th January 2018 in central London.

We are delighted to announce that Peter Holland, a.k.a. TheFloatingRumShack.com, renowned Rum expert will be on board Think Rum 2018 as our Co-Chair. Peter will bring to Think Rum his extensive and in-depth knowledge of the Rum category and the latest trends he is seeing coming to the fore.

Think RUM 2018 will offer a fully interactive experience of tasting, masterclasses, networking and debate bringing together the pioneers and innovators of the Rum category, with the relevant on and off trade buyers – from supermarkets, c-stores, online retailers, wholesalers, off-licences and independent wine merchants to mixologists, bar and hotel bar owners and managers and restaurateurs – the key players whose input is critical in ensuring the sales continue to rise and excitement around the Rum category continues.

Grander® rum Debuts Two New Bourbon-Barrel Aged Rums in the US

Orlando, FL (PRUnderground) October 2nd, 2017 – Dan DeHart, the founder of the boutique Grander® Rum brand, announced that it will be releasing two new bourbon-barrel aged expressions – Grander® 12-Year-Old and Grander® Single Barrel.

“We believe it is time for the U.S. consumer to get introduced to well-crafted aged rum that sits comfortably next to the best whiskeys,” said DeHart. “Many consumers tend to think of rums as overly sweetened or only meant for mixing, but we are ready to change this perception.

“Grander® Rums are the product of one producer, from the sugar cane to bottling, and we age in ex-bourbon barrels,” continued DeHart. “We do not use coloring, flavoring or sweeteners, leaving you to savor the quality and authenticity of these world-class spirits.”

The award-winning brand introduced its unadulterated bourbon-barrel aged Grander® 8-Year-Old rum to the market and took home the gold at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, along with a 92 rating at The Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016. Grander® Rum is available exclusively in FL, GA, IL, KY, TN, and TX.

Grander® 12-Year-Old Rum is a beautiful marriage of carefully selected barrels that deliver an exquisite balance of smoothness and complexity. The Panamanian rum has been aged for a minimum of 12 full years in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 90 proof (45 percent ABV).

The extra four years of maturation in the tropical Panamanian climate delivers unique nutty flavors of toasted almond and nutmeg, imparting more density and nuances than the eight-year-old and is meant to be savored neat or over ice.

Grander® Single Barrel Rum is a limited release that has aged for a minimum of eight years in ex-bourbon barrels, bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered. While Grander® 8 Year Old is a marriage of a small number of barrels and bottled at 45 percent ABV, the single barrel is just that – bottled at cask strength.

“We had a number of retailers ask for this and we delivered,” said DeHart. “Each barrel is a unique expression of Grander® 8 Year Old that was personally selected by the participating retailer,” said DeHart. “This is an extremely limited product with less than 1,500 750ml bottles produced.”

The new bourbon-barrel aged Grander® 12-Year-Old and Grander® Single Barrel aged rum provide novices and spirit connoisseurs with exciting options, each with its own unique flavor notes that’s sure to bring more awards and accolades to the boutique rum brand.

About DeHart Spirits

DeHart Spirits is the owner of Grander® Rum which is currently sold in six USA markets and three European markets. For additional information, visit GRANDERRUM.COM or follow them on Instagram @GRANDERRUM.

Salon du Rhum

October 7, 2017 - October 8, 2017


(source: event website) 2017 welcomes our 4th edition of the “Spa Belgian Rum Festival”! After three successful editions, to the full satisfaction of our Rum Aficionados, the 4th edition of the ‘Belgian Rum Festival will take place on 07 & 08 October 2017, at the Centre Culturel de Spa (Belgium).

Thanks to your particiaption, this unique event has become the “Belgian Must be” for Rum lovers and will host, this time again, a great number of distilleries.

This year, no less than 120 producers will be represented… for the pleasure of your tasting buds! A perfect opportunity for you to enjoy, on your own or with some friends, rums from all around the world and discover a wide range of unexpected flavours (agricultural, industrial, spicy, old, rums…) in a spacious, original and elegant venue.

Rum drams will be available either as free tasting or against payment with tokens according to their age and rarity (this guarantees access to really unknown products).

Climate change: a new rum from Scotland

Strathearn Distillery recently launched a new rum called Dunedin Golden Rum. According to their website this is “probably the first Scottish golden rum for over 100 years”.

Dunedin Golden Rum “has a bold fruity nose with notes of dark chocolate. A complex blend of sweet vanilla and spicy flavours gives way to burnt sugar and caramel with an oaky finish”.

Although this probably is an aged rum, it doesn’t carry an age statement. Bottled at 43% abv, Dunedin Golden Rum is available at Strathearn Distillery’s webshop.

Savannah Spirits Opens New Distillery, in Savannah

(Press release) Savannah Spirits Group has announced that it will open a new distillery in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic District in March 2018. The 12,000 square foot building, built in the late 1800’s, will also house an upscale chophouse with multiple dining rooms, a full bar and private event space with a terrace on the upper floors all surrounded by the original brick that has been uncovered during the renovations.

In the meantime, Savannah Spirits is currently producing its first two products off-site, Silver and Amber Rums. The rums are the first in a line that will include vodka, gin and whiskey.

“This has been a long time in the making and to introduce Savannah Spirits to the Low country starting with our rum, we feel,is the most apropos way to honor the bustling spirit of the region and its people, and to celebrate Savannah’s fanciful history,” says co-founder Dean Bell.

Heavily inspired by Savannah’s colorful history and often pit stop location for history’s most notorious rum-runners, both Savannah Spirits rums reflect the distinctive character and provenance of the city and express this through their harmonious flavor infusions. The Amber Rum, made with the guidance of expert distillers from ImperialSugar, fuses the caramel notes of Savannah Spirits Silver Rum with Imperial Sugar-made dark cane syrup to create a welcome addition to the dark rum world with a simultaneously abundant and mellow flavor.

Vienna Rum Festival

September 29, 2017 - September 30, 2017

In their own words Vienna Rum Festival is “the largest rum fair in Austria”. And with 60 brands being represented and 15 rum masterclasses on the menu, this might well be true. There are still some tickets available, ticket prices starting from €19.

The Rum Festival (Edinburgh)

September 29, 2017 - September 30, 2017

The UK’s first travelling Rum Festival is back in Scotland and this time we’re hitting Edinburgh! We’re bringing some Caribbean and Cuban sunshine to Scotland with rum, cocktails, food and music from around the globe.

We will be showcasing over 100 different rums including new and exclusive rums, producers and a variety of entertainment.

On arrival you will be greeted by one of our Rumun’s; handed your Rum Festival glass (a gift for you to take home!) and a brochure, full of information on all the rums you can try, fun facts about each of our suppliers and the suggested garnish to compliment your drink.

Two more medals for Yolo Rum

Even more medals for Yolo rum. Source: PRNewsfoto/Yolo Rum

DENVER and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Fresh off multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal and new boutique blend Yolo Rum Clear won a silver medal at the 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition.

“This is better than we could have imagined,” said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “Of course we believe in our product, but the number of wins we’ve gotten at these many prestigious competitions is a bit staggering. But we’re not going to let it go to our heads — stay humble, keep working, that’s our attitude.”

Held in late August at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, the San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition attracted entrants and attendees from all over the United States and the world. One hundred sixty-two entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America by Fodors, SDISF judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the competition and exposition.

Leeds Rum Festival

September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Source: eventbrite

(source: Eventbrite) Leeds Corn Exchange sees the return of Leeds’ very own Rum Festival! This year we are welcoming even more brands, more masterclasses and an extra day.

Rum brands from all across the Caribbean and South America will be joining us and offering up their wares for you to sample, as well as hosting masterclasses to give you an insight into how their brands are made and the history of them.

We will have food vendors supplying the best Jerk plus some other world cuisines to tickle your taste buds. Our DJ is also booked to supply you with the best and most appropriate soundtrack to your rum filled day.

Included in your ticket price is access to the festival, all rum sampling and masterclasses – and a welcome cocktail if you choose the VIP option.

Born from the passion of 2 Leeds Bartenders, Sam Fish of one of Leeds’ longest running institutions Mojo and Daniel Crowther, one of the founding fathers of the UK’s only constantly changing bar The Hedonist Project.

‘Over a beer and dram of rum one day we were talking about how many amazing drinks festivals Leeds has such as Leeds Loves Cocktails, The Gin Festival and Leeds Beer Festival, so why does this city that loves rum not have its own dedicated Rum Festival?! said Sam

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