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Diplomático Distillery Collection launches in USA

Diplomático Distillery Collection - batch kettle, barbet column stills

Diplomático Distillery Collection rums, labeled “No. 1 Batch Kettle Rum” and “No. 2 Barbet Rum” each contain a unique bottle number, batch number, and the date of the distillation marked on the label, as well as an illustration of the still.

A pair of rums that spotlight the distinctive production process used by the popular Diplomático Rum from Venezuela — the Diplomático Distillery Collection — have been released in the United States.

The distillery in La Miel, Venezuela has a long history of producing fine rums, using traditional copper pot stills, as well as modern column stills. One additional asset that sets them apart from others is their batch kettle still, a hybrid configuration best known for producing whiskies.

The new Diplomático Distillery Collection highlights these distillation systems with two new limited edition expressions: a Single Batch Kettle rum and a Single Barbet Column rum.

This new pair allows consumers to better understand and distinguish the various production methods and unique personalities of the stills used to make many of Diplomático’s fine blended expressions.

“We are excited that the Distillery Collection gives rum lovers the chance to explore the history and distillation know-how of Diplomático, and what goes in to making our rums so special.” — José Rafael Ballesteros, Diplomático’s Chief Executive Officer

Batch Kettle Still

Batch Kettle Still at Dilomatico Dstillery in Venezuela - Destileria Unidas

In the world of rum, this Batch Kettle Still is unique to Destileria Unidas in La Miel, Venezuela.

A Batch Kettle still was brought to Diplomático’s distillery in 1959.

This semi-artisanal batch distillation method was originally employed in Canada for the production of American whisky.

The distillate is made from sugar cane honeys, and is aged in American white oak barrels, resulting in a deliciously complex medium-body rum.

Aromas of warm brown sugar, baked cereal, toasted oak and a hint of cola lead to a subtle caramel note. On the palate, charred wood leads to green apple and black banana before a very long warm finish.

Barbet Copper Column Still

The Barbet Column distillation system, originally created in France was also brought to the distillery in Venezuela the same year, 1959. This Barbet column is made of 100% copper, a type of metal that enables the elimination of undesirable sulphur compounds which form in the fermentation process.

Using high quality sugar cane molasses, then aged in American white oak barrels, the Barbet Column system produces a distillate with a strong fruity profile.

Aromas of brown butter and delicate fruit are followed by charred wood and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, toasted oak over butterscotch, juicy fruit, faint brown sugar and vanilla precede a semi-sweet finish with notes of ripe banana.

Short History of Diplomático

“While the Diplomático brand name has become familiar to lovers of fine dark spirits, few are aware of the history of the company behind the brand, Destilerías Unidas S.A. (DUSA). DUSA’s distillery was originally created in 1959 by local rum producers and Seagram’s International Ltd., at that time the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in the world. We recognize that the rich distillation heritage left by Seagram’s is at the heart of Diplomático’s elaboration process today,” said José Rafael Ballesteros, Diplomático’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited that the Distillery Collection gives rum lovers the chance to explore the history and distillation know-how of Diplomático, and what goes in to making our rums so special.”

Diplomático Distillery Collection

Diplomático Distillery Collection rums, labeled “No. 1 Batch Kettle Rum” and “No. 2 Barbet Rum” each contain a unique bottle number, batch number, and the date of the distillation marked on the label, as well as an illustration of the still.

These limited edition rums, bottled at 94 proof, are available throughout the USA with a list price of $79.

http://rondiplomatico.com/


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10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival Announced

Rum Renaissance Festival - a celebration of cane spirits in the new world

Celebrating ten years, the Rum Renaissance Festival is poised to be bigger and better than ever with a new location on the water in Ft. Lauderdale.

The hosts of the popular Rum Renaissance Festival in South Florida have recently announced details of their tenth annual event, to be held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on the weekend of June 9-10, 2018.

The move from Miami-Dade County to Broward County offers a more convenient centralized location for residents of the eighth-most populated metropolitan area in the nation, currently surpassing six million people.

South Florida is the number one rum market in the world. It’s also the gateway to the Caribbean, Central and South American regions, where more than 90% of the rum available in the United States is produced.

The host hotel is the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, located right on the water next to the convention center, with discounted room rates starting at $119 a night. Reserve online now to assure your reservation.

“South Florida is the number one rum market in the world.”

Rum Renaissance Festival Presents Rums Of The World

Rum Renaissance Festival draws rum collectors, experts, enthusiasts and professionals from across South Florida and from around the world, offering a stellar assortment of fine rums to sample.

“We’re going all out to bring the world of rum to South Florida once again,” said festival organizer and publisher Robert Burr. “The rum category is experiencing explosive growth and renewed appreciation as producers are bringing their finest rums and special expressions to market. This two-day Grand Tasting event is tailor-made for those that truly appreciate discovering the depth and breadth of the world’s best rums.”

Rum Renaissance Festival

With two days of unlimited rum sampling, it’s a unique opportunity to experience, savor and discern many fine rums from producers near and far.

Rum Reputations Are Made Here

Rum Renaissance Festival is the place where rum reputations are made. Countless brands have launched their latest new products to an eager audience of spirits journalists, retailers, distributors and importers, as well as serious rum collectors.

A growing trend is the number of American rum producers releasing an impressive range of boutique rum products and hand-made small-batch craft spirits.

Attendees are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to expand their rum knowledge, discover new products and experience the latest expressions from the world’s finest rum producers.

Two Days of Grand Tastings

Rum Tasting eventTickets for the annual Rum Renaissance Festival are priced at $50 per day for samplings of rums from more than 40 countries. General admission includes unlimited samples of rums on display.

There’s also a special VIP Tasting Bar for the most serious rum fanatics to taste rare and limited edition rums for a small fee.

The event includes master classes and seminars by rum luminaries and key influencers.

RumXP Tasting Competition and Awards

The International Rum Expert Panel judges will be on hand to announce the winners of their annual RumXP Tasting Competition and present these esteemed awards.

Rum and Tiki Culture

Hukilau

The Hukilau

On the weekend of June 9-10, the Rum Renaissance Festival celebrates its coexistence with the annual Hukilau tiki event at the neighboring Pier 66 Hotel. The combination of Polynesian-theme cocktails and fabulous exotica is a perfect match for a weekend featuring America’s largest rum tasting event.

The Hukilau draws an impressive crowd of tiki fanatics who appreciate the allure and delights of tropical cultures and fantastical cocktails that reflect the enchanting Polynesian lifestyle.


Complete details are available on the Rum Renaissance Festival web site at http://www.rumrenaissance.com

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Skotlander Rum aging in WWII bunker

An award-winning boutique brand produced in Denmark, Skotlander Rum will age some of its distillate in bunkers built during World War II.

Skotlander Rum - Cask Aged RumBut why? Isn’t the best location for aging rum the tropics? Anders Skotlander, owner of Skotlander Rum explains: “The cold climate in Denmark offers us something different. Previously we have tried aging rum at sea on an old schooner — the movement of the sea and the difference between summer and winter gave us a really interesting rum. Now let’s try the complete opposite — this rum is being kept still and the temperature in the bunker is 10˚c night and day, all year round. I think we’ll spend much longer ripening the rum, maybe twice as long as the tropics, but in turn, the taste may be much more refined.

This limited edition Skotlander Rum begins with a slow four-week fermentation in the cold Nordic climate to develop complex flavor components. The distillation in pot stills ensures the majority of these flavor compounds remain.

The Bunkers

The old bunkers, located at Aabybro Dairy Farm in North Jutland, have remained unused for 70 years. The year-round humidity averages 80%. In combination with the low temperature, the environment will offer this unique Skotlander Rum a taste profile that faithfully reflects the Danish terroir.

Skotlander Rum aging in WWII bunkers

Skotlander rums are aging in oak barrels in cold moist climate.

The Danish Food Administration approved Skotlander to install 10,000 liters of rum and the first small batches will be ready for sale in 2018.

Skotlander Rum aging in barrels stored in old bunker

Bunkers located at the Aabybro Dairy Farm in North Jutland.

http://www.skotlander.com/handcrafted-rum.aspx


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Barcelona Rum Awards to launch at 2017 Barcelona Rum Congress

Now celebrating its second year, the Barcelona Rum Congress has announced the establishment of the Barcelona Rum Awards.

2017 Barcelona Rum Congress, Barcelona Rum Awards, BRAwards, Barcelona Rum Congress, rum festival, Robert Burr, rum awardsThe event takes place in Barcelona, Spain on the last two days of October: the 30th and 31st. Among the featured sections are the Tasting Tunnel, The Showcase Hall and the Distributor Pool. Master classes, seminars, guest bartenders and keynote speakers deliver valuable knowledge and inspiration for all who attend this grand tasting event.

Barcelona Rum Awards

Abbreviated as the BRAwards, the program brings together respected rum judges from around the world to evaluate and recognize the best rums in each category submitted to the competition.

The well known international and independent jurists reflecting a wide range of expertise in the spirits industry include Alexandre Vingtier, writer specialized in rum; Benoît Bail Founder of La Confrerie du Rhum and Managing Partner at The Rum Embassy; Jean-Paul Bouyat, President of Bardinet; Jerry Gitany, co-founder of La Cofrerie du Rhum; Oriol Elías, consultant and bartender and Barcelona’s leading rum expert; Robert Burr, founder of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and leader of the International Rum Expert Panel; and Santiago Bronchales, oenologist, spirits consultant and founder of Blended & Matured.

The jury will be led by Javier Pulido – writer, consultant and Director of Spirits Master in Spain.

The Barcelona Rum Awards will be announced during the afternoon of October 30th, the inauguration day of the BRC’17.

Recognizing Excellence

The special feature of the BRAwards is their aspiration to become the didactic and trend guide for professionals; in addition to a recognizable and trusted mark to be used for the general public when selecting fine rums.

2017 Barcelona Rum Congress

The Barcelona Rum Congress (BRC) is an annual meeting of the rum industry and mixology — a platform for business, inspiration, networking and dissemination of trends, products and practices. Featured spirits are selected by a team of experts and lovers of the sector from the international spirits industry.

The Congress is divided into three vertices: Exhibition, Education, Experience.

In its second edition, BRC ’17 seeks to extend its spirit by creating an atmosphere of growth and appreciation for the rum industry, cocktails and gastronomy.


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Rum Tasting for National Rum Day in South Florida

The Rose Gold Collective is planning a National Rum Day Fest at The Tiki Bar at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida on August 16th from 6 to 9pm.

National Rum Day Fest at The Tiki Bar at Gulfstream ParkTaste The Rums

Featured brands scheduled to participate include Bacardi, Zacapa, Cruzan, Santa Teresa, Don Q, Botran, Appleton Estate, Rums of Puerto Rico, Siesta Key Rum and Mount Gay.

Free admission includes complimentary tastings and cocktails. The event also plans live music, dancers and cigar rollers.

The $30 VIP ticket price includes a limited edition National Rum Day T-shirt.

The premiere sponsor for National Rum Day Fest is Diplomático Rum of Venezuela.

“As the premium-and-above rum category gains further traction, and continues to provide the market with excellent product offerings, we felt it was important to be present at this celebration of all that is good about rum,” said Mark Batey, Global Marketing Director of Diplomático. “It’s a nice opportunity to reach out to the many rum enthusiasts right here in South Florida.” Continue reading

Neptune Three Year Aged Gold Barbados Rum coming to USA

Serial entrepreneur Richard Davies had a dream of creating a fine quality rum based on the legend of Neptune, Roman God of the Sea. He achieved success with Neptune Three Year Aged Gold Barbados Rum.

Having been involved in owning bars, restaurants and nightclubs in Cirencester — a market town northwest of London — for many years,  Richard was looking for an alternative to rums he was serving from large brands that had strayed from their origins. Continue reading

Big 5 Gold Rum evokes wistful era

A trio of rums from Florida — including Big 5 Gold Rum — seek to echo the spirit of rum’s classic era in Cuba’s high society of the 1940s and 1950s.

Modeled in the light bodied Cuban style of aged rums, Big 5 Gold Rum is a fine example of a modern spirit finished by craft distillers in artisan copper pot stills. Continue reading

Mount Gay 1703 Master Select aged rum from Barbados

From one of the oldest rum producers in the world comes one of the finest rare aged rums ever bottled, Mount Gay 1703 Master Select.

Derived from double copper pot and single column still distillates, this spirit is a blend of 10 to 30 year old aged rums. 1703 Master Select is a  deliciously complex and concentrated nectar reflecting the life-long mastery of blender Allen Smith. Continue reading

Lemon Hart Blackpool Spiced Rum from Guyana

A dark, rich  rum, Lemon Hart & Son’s Blackpool Spiced Rum is distilled, aged and blended at a single estate distillery in Guyana’s Demerara region.

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2017 RumXP Awards announced at Miami Rum Festival

The International Rum Expert Panel today announced the list of outstanding rums from their 2017 RumXP Awards competition and Consumer Rum Jury trials held at the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo. Continue reading

Miami Rum Fest returns April 22-23, 2017

The annual celebration of cane spirits and global gathering of rum experts in South Florida — Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo — returns to the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center for the weekend of April 22-23, 2017 from 1 to 6pm. Continue reading

Cannabis Cocktails Seminar coming to Miami Rum Fest

Attendees of the Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo might be sampling some cocktails of a different ilk at the Cannabis Cocktails Seminar.

Warren Bobrow, author of Cannabis CocktailsWarren Bobrow, mixologist, chef, and writer known as the Cocktail Whisperer is a freelance mixologist specializing in Craft Spirits and the implementation of specialty bar, cocktail and ice programs. Among his most popular books is “Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics.” Continue reading

New Yolo Rum Clear expression launches in Miami

You Only Live Once – so when it’s time to celebrate life, enjoy the best rum with friends. That’s the message behind the big launch of Yolo Rum Clear at the Miami Rum Festival, April 22-23.

Introducing Yolo Rum Clear

Joining Yolo Rum Gold and Yolo Rum Silver, the new Yolo Rum Clear expression is a boutique-quality rum that isn’t priced like it. Continue reading

Diplomatico adds Mantuano aged rum to Tradition Range

Mantuano Ron Extra Añejo rum’s name translates as “local nobleman” and is inspired by Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, the 19th century character that inspirits the legend of Diplomático rums.

The Spirit of Diplomático

Mantuano Ron Extra Añejo rum

A rich dark medium-dry blend of aged rums from a traditional pot still, a unique batch kettle still and a modern column still, Mantuano is aged up to eight years and blended to perfection with great balance.

Don Juancho used his position of influence to benefit the development of his local region and to pursue his passion for travel and the discovery of new spirits, mainly rums. His significant impact on the rum industry and the appreciation of fine spirits in Venezuela is legendary.

This new expression in Diplomatico’s Tradition Range combines DUSA’s signature column, batch kettle and pot still distillates created from molasses and sugar cane honey.

Mantuano Tasting Notes

Aged up to eight years in white oak casks that previously held Bourbon and malt whiskey, Mantuano is precisely blended using 40% heavy pot still rum and 60% light and semi-heavy rums from the column and batch kettle stills for a fine balance.

Aromas of dried dark fruit, oak and a delicate spiciness are revealed. On the palate, a complex entry of dried fruits, wood and vanilla is well balanced, leading to a warm, semi-dry finish.

With a taste profile ideal for mixing in luxury cocktails, Mantuano’s rich body and delightful complexity will also appeal to those that prefer to drink it neat.

Mantuano is bottled at 40% abv and priced at $24.

Rum Arôme 28 from Panama

Among the most exclusive and expensive rums on the market, the new Rum Arôme 28 year old presents a luxury aged rum experience for serious rum collectors and connoisseurs.

Rum Arôme 28 is produced by a life-long master of rum in Panama and packaged for the luxury market. This rare rum expression is limited to 500 bottles worldwide.

Rum Arôme from Panama

The rare limited edition Rum Arôme is a luxury rum aged 28 years in Panama

The rum is distilled in a vintage copper column still and aged in used whiskey barrels for 28 years before a careful blending brings all the elements into a near perfect balance.

Tasting Notes

Aromas include brown sugar, charred whiskey wood, honey, baking spice, ripe butter and leather, with a hint of black pepper. A very smooth sweet entry builds big warmth at mid-palate before drying out with lingering vanilla and big wood over dried fruit, offering hints of cinnamon, cocoa and allspice. Notes of white raisins and butter linger in the long finish.

Availability

Rum Arôme 28 is available at select retailers or online from Passion Spirits or Sunset Corners.


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