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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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Down Island Spirits Jamaican HD 2012 Rum

The limited edition single cask rum series from Mike Streeter’s Down Island Spirits company includes this ten year aged Jamaican HD 2012 expression, a classic pot still distillate made from fermented molasses at the legendary Hampden Estate distillery in Trelawny.

One of the lightest rums produced at the facility, the OWH marque (named for Outram W. Hussey) is considered a common clean style with ester levels in the range of 40-80 grams per hectoliter, far below the pungent venerable DOK marque at more than 1500.

Down Island Spirits Jamaican HD 2012

Down Island Spirits Jamaican HD 2012

This Spirits Jamaican HD 2012 rum rested in toasted American oak in Jamaica for three years before transfer to Liverpool for an additional seven years.

It was bottled in Florida at the cask strength of 60% ABV.

Jamaican HD 2012 Rum Tasting Notes

Aromas of ripe fruit and cigar box lead to leather with hints of cacao, vanilla and caramel. On the palate, big warm bread pudding, ripe banana, treacle and baking spices precede toasted oak and a lingering musk. The finish is long, warm and dry, with echoes of fruit and bitter wood tannins lasting quite a while.

Hampden Estate

A visit to the distillery is an opportunity to go back in time, with legacy methods in place that deliver the endearing signature hogo style of yesteryear. The cedar fermentation tanks are alive with slow fermentation, emitting rich aromas of ripe fruit. The nearby muck pits contain past wash, rich in bacteria and acids that will enliven the next batch run through the legacy pot stills.

Unlike Appleton and Clarendon, there is no column still here; all the rum at Hampden Estate is made in batches, the old fashioned way.

Limited Availability

Only 238 bottles of this Jamaican HD 2012 rum were produced, so rum enthusiasts will want to keep an eye open for it, most likely at retailers known for their fine collections; and also directly from the Down Island Spirts web site. The 750ml package, bottled at a hefty 60% ABV, sells for $95.

https://www.downislandspirits.com/rums/


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.
Taste The Best Rums: Miami Rum Festival and Rum Renaissance Tasting.
Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.
Ask the Experts: What is the Best Rum In The World?

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