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2023 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival – November 11-12

The 2023 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to Coral Gables on the weekend of November 11 and 12, with another great selection of rums to savor, discern and taste. http://www.rumrenaissance.com/

Rum Seminars on Saturday

First, an exciting lineup of rum seminars are set for Saturday, November 11 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Coral Gables, starting at noon.

Four 45 minute seminars are scheduled, including:

  • Team Bacardí Blenders
  • Legacy and Future Production at Barbancourt – Haiti
  • National Rums of Jamaica – Long Pond and Clarendon
  • The Grand Experiment in Terroir – Renegade Rum in Grenada

For complete details on the rum seminars, visit the rum seminars page. The four seminar series is priced at $89 and tickets are available online.

Rum Renaissance Tasting on Sunday

On Sunday, November 12 at 2pm, the public is invited to discover hundreds of fine rums from around the world.

2023 Rum Renaissance Tasting

Trade tickets allow early entry for those in the spirits business, as well as VIP admission, at 12:30pm.

The Private Collection

Attendees can also experience the ultimate adventure in rum tasting — the Private Collection Tasting Bar featuring many dozens of luxury, limited edition and rare rums from private collections.

Private Collection Tasting Bar tickets ($5) for the luxury rum collection benefit a local non-profit organization.

A Large Selection of Rums to Sample

Exhibit space is sold out — once again — so attendees can expect a wide variety of fine rums from around the world in the two halls of the historic Woman’s Club in Coral Gables.

As always, new rums will be debuted at the festival grand tasting event, offering the first glimpse of up and coming brands and expressions.

The most popular rums in the world will be onsite, offering rum enthusiasts a chance to experience each brand’s latest new offerings.

Last Call for Discount Tickets

Before November 1, Miami Rum Festival General admission tickets are $49, while early entry VIP admission is $59. The four seminar series is priced at $89. Tickets purchased online in November, as well as at the door, are slightly higher.

Details are available on the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival web site. http://www.rumrenaissance.com/


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Banks Rum Connoisseur’s Cut aged rum from Jamaica, Guyana and Nicaragua

A limited edition release, the Banks Rum Connoisseur’s Cut blend of robust aged rums from Jamaica, Guyana and Nicaragua is a noble expression that successfully balances big bold flavors from a multitude of rich authentic Caribbean marques.

From Master Blender Arnaud de Trabuc, Banks Rum, Connoisseur's Cut is a limited edition masterful blend of fine aged rums from Jamaica, Guyana and Nicaragua.

This Limited Edition Connoisseur’s Cut expression from Banks Rum features an intriguing blend of fine aged rums from Jamaica, Guyana and Nicaragua.

These well chosen continuous and pot still aged rums were distilled in 2001 and 2012, then blended in 2007 before returning to oak casks for further aging.

The aroma begins with funky ripe banana over earthy toasted wood. A bouquet of rich dried fruit featuring apricot and citrus rinds leads to cashew and cigar box before resonating with gunpowder, oak and and bright pepper. On the palate, a big bold mouth feel presents initial sweet funky fruit on charred wood, then a delicious bananas foster over cedar plank that continues to evolve through the complex mid palate with notes of green banana and spices. The finish is long, woody and warm.

Founded by master blender Arnaud de Trabuc and R. John Pellaton, the Banks Rum brand is named for the 18th-century explorer Sir Joseph Banks, a noted English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He took part in Captain James Cook’s first great voyage (1768–1771) visiting Brazil, Tahiti and Australia. Approximately 80 species of plants bear the Banks name.

The Banks Rum brand distinguishes itself by creating unique blends of rum from around the world featuring complex and intriguing hybrid mixtures of spirits of many varieties. The unique skill of the master blender is in matching the qualities of various expressions in combinations that will pique the interest of seasoned rum enthusiasts.

Among the most popular Banks Rum products are the Banks 5 Island white rum and the Banks 7 Island gold rum. The Endeavour Limited Edition I is a release of only 1743 bottles featuring a sophisticated blend of two fine old rums individually selected from exclusive Banks reserves with a minimum of 16 years in the cask. Banks Connoisseur’s Cut Limited Edition rums are blends of specific styles of spirit from well known rum territories culled from the finest stocks in the Caribbean, then carefully blended to perfection in small quantities.

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