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2018 Rum Renaissance Festival June 9-10 in Fort Lauderdale

Rum Enthusiasts are preparing to attend the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival for the weekend of June 9-10 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Tickets are still available on the web site before June 1st for $50 a day, before reverting to the regular price of $75 at the door. A two-day VIP pass is on sale for $120, versus $200 at the door.

www.rumrenaissance.com/tickets/

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival in Fort Lauderdale June 9-10, 2018

A Plethora of Rums to Sample

The world’s best rum tasting event features more than 50 vendors sampling more than 200 rums from the Caribbean and beyond, celebrating the continued renaissance of rum.

In addition to all the rum brands on exhibit, the Grand Tasting Bar features a wide assortment of rums selected by the editors of Robs Rum Guide. The VIP Tasting Bar offers samples of rare, limited edition, luxury and collectible rums.

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort

The Rum Renaissance host hotel is the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Resort with special room rates for festival attendees. Call 800-Hiltons, or 800-445-8667. The link is http://www.rumrenaissance.com/hotel-accommodations/

Rum Seminars and Master Classes

This notable rum tasting event also features a number of master classes and interactive seminars, live entertainment and a tasting competition. Rum Experts from around the world are bringing their knowledge and expertise to share with attendees.

Make Plans Now for Rum Fest

Robert and Robin Burr, hosts of the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival, invite one and all to enjoy this unique opportunity to taste, discover and learn more about the best rums in the world in an informative, enlightening and entertaining space.

Enjoy your favorite rums and be the first to see some new expressions. Learn more about rum at the enlightening seminars while meeting up with all your rum enthusiast friends at the Rum Renaissance Festival on the weekend of June 9-10.

Visit the web site for complete details. http://www.RumRenaissance.com


2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced

2018 Rum Renaissance Hotel Special Offers

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Great Rum Challenge In Fort Lauderdale

Attention rum consumers, collectors and fanatics: mark your calendars for Thursday, May 17 in Fort Lauderdale to experience the Great Rum Challenge interactive tasting seminar. It’s a wonderful and enlightening experience for those that know their rums — and for those that want to learn more about the best rums available from these Caribbean countries.

The Great Rum Challenge - many styles of rum are produced around the world

can you discern the aromas and subtle qualities of fine aged rums?

Starting at 7pm at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort, your rum host presents a number of outstanding rums from the Caribbean with expert advice and commentary on the various styles, methods and variations.

Seven exceptional rums will be presented with insight into the production, aging and blending of each expression.

The Nose Knows

Participants in The Great Rum Challenge are invited to discern the aromas and flavor profiles of the various rums from different countries, created in various styles, looking for unique characteristics and differentiators which define their styles.

During the blind tasting session, attendees try to match each rum sample with its corresponding product on display.

http://www.rumrenaissance.com/great-rum-challenge/

Rum Jury Judges and Awards

The Rum JuryThose who are among the most accurate tasters in the event, could be invited to join the Rum Jury as a judge at the upcoming Rum Renaissance Festival.

Members of the Rum Jury are sequestered for two sessions on Friday, June 8, 2018 for expert conducted blind tastings. The results are analyzed and calculated by seasoned statisticians.

The Rum Jury’s tasting session results will be presented as the 2018 Rum Jury Awards at the festival.

Rum Challenge Limited Availability

This unique Great Rum Challenge tasting experience includes the rum seminar, hosted tasting sessions and samples of all the rums.

Space is limited. Reserve early. For a limited time, use the following promotional code to get a special 2-for-1 admission: GRC18A241


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For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.

To stay informed about news and updates in the world of rum, subscribe to Robs Rum Guide.

View insightful and succinct video rum reviews: Rum Minute YouTube Channel.

Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival Hotel Deadline

The May 4th hotel deadline to reserve rooms at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Resort for the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival — held June 9-10 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center — is fast approaching.

Hotel Reservations and Information: http://www.rumrenaissance.com/hotel-accommodations/

You can also call 1-800-Hiltons, or 1-800-445-8667.

This modern waterfront resort is only steps away from the big rum festival, offering comfortable rooms, great amenities, and a fabulous location near world famous Ft. Lauderdale Beach, in close proximity to a plethora of fantastic shops, stores, bars and restaurants.

$119 Rate Good Until May 4

The good news is, rooms at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Resort are only $119 a night, if reserved before the deadline of May 4th, 2018. Act now to ensure you get the best rate — before the hotel is sold out — for the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival.

Rum Renaissance Festival Hotel Deadline

Located directly on the waterfront at Ft. Lauderdale Marine, the Hilton Resort is the ideal location for guests attending the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival next door.

A First Class Resort

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is a stunning resort where guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows delivering amazing views of downtown, the Intracoastal Waterway or the bustling Fort Lauderdale marine port.

The property features a variety of delightful dining options. Enjoy Antea morning noon and night. Unwind on the pool deck at The G and gaze out at mega-yachts while you dine and drink. Choose the charming Waterway Room with its open views and walls of glass overlooking the sparkling blue Intracoastal Waterway.

Perfect Location For The Rum Festival

Rum Renaissance Festival - Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina ResortA short walk from the resort beneath the majestic 17th Street Bridge delivers you to the entrance of the fabulous Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, home of the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival. A number of alternate hotel options are available in the neighborhood, but none are more convenient than the Hilton.

From the waterfront dock of the Hilton Marina, take the Ft. Lauderdale Water Taxi to dozens of great locations along the inter-coastal waterway without venturing in street traffic, and without renting a car. The hotel also offers a complimentary guest shuttle to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The address of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort is 1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Rum Renaissance Festival Hotel DeadlineDiscounted Rum Festival Tickets

Discounted tickets to the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival are available online before June 1 for $50 a day, which includes complimentary samples of hundreds of fine rums.

http://www.rumrenaissance.com/tickets/

The world’s biggest rum tasting event also features a number of master classes and interactive seminars, live entertainment and a tasting competition. The VIP Tasting Bar offers samples of rare, limited edition luxury rums for connoisseurs.

This event attracts rum enthusiasts and professionals from around the world, as well as local consumers and members of the trade.

Rum Renaissance Festival

A unique opportunity to taste and discover many fine rums under one roof.

Robert and Robin Burr, hosts of the Rum Renaissance Festival, invite one and all to enjoy this unique opportunity to taste, discover and learn more about the best rums in the world in an informative, enlightening and entertaining space.


10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival Announced

2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced

The Real McCoy 10 year limited edition aged rum

The Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Aged Rum is a robust expression from Barbados offering exquisite complexity.

True to it’s namesake, this iconic brand hearkens the days of prohibition-era rum running when Bill McCoy refused to compromise on quality. Only 3,000 bottles of this micro-batch have been released.

Pedigree

The Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum

The Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum is a robust expression from Barbados created by blending rums aged in both Bourbon and Virgin American Oak casks.

Crafted at Foursquare Distillery, this expression relies on a higher percentage of copper pot still distillate for a richer flavor profile. Two batches are aged separately. The first spends twelve years in used Bourbon barrels. The second, ages ten years in virgin American oak casks.

Carefully blended to balance flavors, the result is bottled at a hardy 92 proof, an example of the authentic style of fine aged rum that made Barbados famous the world over.

Tasting notes

Aromas of ripe banana, toasted butter pecan, big oak and vanilla are accented by a funky fruit. On the palate, brown butter over charred oak brings vanilla, toasted almond and tart dried fruit with a suggestion of burnt sugar. The finish offers long lasting notes of dark buttered toast and plenty of oak.

Quality and Value

The Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Rum appeals to connoisseurs, while remaining accessible to all spirit enthusiasts who appreciate small-batch quality and good value.

The 750ml bottle retails for about $60.

http://realmccoyspirits.com/

See also: The Real McCoy Story.


For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.

To stay informed about news and updates in the world of rum, subscribe to Robs Rum Guide.

View insightful and succinct video rum reviews: Rum Minute YouTube Channel.

Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced

The schedule for the 2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars features a broad and robust range of topics of interest to serious rum enthusiasts, as well as casual consumers.

Rum Renaissance Seminars and Master Classes ar Rum Renaissance Festival

a broad range of seminars and master classes are scheduled for the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival

The tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-10, 2018 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center offers a large quantity of rum samples from across the globe.

The event is known for attracting high quality speakers to share knowledge and insight with attendees into the realms of rum production, expert tasting and evaluation, international marketing, rum cocktails and more.

Rum Renaissance Seminars

Two seminar classrooms at the Grand Tasting Event can accommodate about 80 participants each. Reserved seating is available for $20 at the festival, or $15 in advance.

The complete seminar and master class schedule is available online at http://www.rumrenaissance.com/seminars/ Continue reading

Koloa announces Kauai Reserve Rum from Hawaii

Known for their award-winning line of artisan rums, Kōloa recently announced a new limited edition expression: Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum.

Artfully crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo distillery, Kauai Reserve is aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels and contains no added sugar, color or other ingredients. Only twelve barrels were bottled in this first limited edition release.

“We are thrilled to be launching our newest rum at the dawn of the new year,” said Koloa Rum Company President and CEO Bob Gunter. “Kauai Reserve is remarkably smooth with rich, complex flavors that linger long after the last sip.”

Limited Edition

Each of Kauai Reserve’s 12-barrel batches yields approximately 3,500 bottles that are carefully filled, inspected and numbered to meet the exacting standards for quality and taste that Koloa Rum Company is renown. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival Announced

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.

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 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.”

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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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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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