The ‘King of Whisky’ Unveils Exclusive Commemorative Blend

Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition ImageRoyal Salute, the exceptionally crafted and aged Scotch whisky, has launched its exquisite Royal Wedding Edition – a true collector’s item in tribute to the upcoming nuptials of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle.

Continuing Royal Salute’s long legacy of celebrating British royal milestones, just 70 bottles of this outstanding and extremely rare whisky have been created, with each housed in an elegant Dartington Crystal decanter.

This whisky has been carefully crafted by Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, who has brought together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies from the Royal Salute collection to create an exclusive expression like no other. In honour of the bride’s heritage, this unique blend has been fully matured in 100% American oak casks – a first for Royal Salute – resulting in a long and creamy finish.

This exceptional unveiling is not only a tribute to the royal couple, but also a celebration of Royal Salute’s long-standing tradition of commemorating momentous British royal occasions. With an impressive portfolio that includes The Diamond Tribute and 32 Year Old Union of the Crowns, the Royal Wedding Edition is in esteemed company.

Royal Salute Brand Ambassador, His Grace The Duke of Argyll, explained: “The marriage of HRH, Prince Henry of Wales, to Ms Meghan Markle, will be one of the most exciting events this century. Since its creation in 1953 in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Royal Salute has enjoyed a long and proud heritage of celebrating historic British royal events – and we believe this remarkable new blend is a perfect tribute to such a special moment in history.”

The Royal Wedding Edition is fittingly housed within a striking Dartington Crystal decanter engraved with a unique number and displayed in a hand-crafted American Oak box. The decanter is further enhanced with delicate images of roses, thistles and barley, while the inside of the box is adorned with flowers and foliage in a subtle nod to Harry and Meghan’s spring nuptials. Images of vivid daffodils celebrate Harry’s title as Prince Henry of Wales and California poppies feature in tribute to Meghan’s birth place of Los Angeles.

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition presents an incredibly sweet nose with notes of luxurious vanilla ice cream and soft chocolate fudge, followed by mandarin orange and a dusting of spicy cinnamon. Whisky aficionados fortunate enough to sample this stunning blend will discover a rich, fruity, and incredibly well-balanced taste, with flavours of ripe tropical banana and juicy charred pineapple. The luscious syrupy texture rolls into a hint of almonds and indulgent dark chocolate ginger sweets. Its distinctive flavour is complemented by an incredibly long and sweet finish with creamy vanilla in abundance.

Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, said: “It was a pleasure to create such a special whisky for HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. By marrying together some of the oldest and rarest whiskies in our portfolio, and aging them in American Oak casks, I have created a harmonious blend to match the coming together of such an iconic couple.”

The Royal Salute Royal Wedding Edition is available at selected retailers and through special enquiry at an RRP of $10,000 (US) per flagon. For more information, whisky connoisseurs can contact Royal Salute at contact@royalsalute.com.

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Rum-Bar

Rum Bar Gold

To most, Jamaica is seen as one of more recognisable islands of the Caribbean. Whether it’s through your own visits or becoming inspired by the images and videos on social media, the country is rich in culture with the expected tipple of choice being a driving force for many to enjoy when visiting.

A distillery tour is a must when visiting any Caribbean island, especially if originating from Europe or America. The styles of the equipment used to the liquid it produces, it’s a stark contrast of finished product to the selection of home, and it adds to intrigue and buzz when a tour operator has a distillery option to their many packages available.

Saying that, you do only get to enjoy a handful.

A handful in that not all distilleries are open to the public, or indeed able to function with a tour opportunity. You will see and experience perhaps some of the biggest names on the island, Jamaica included with Appleton Estate and Hampden Estate, but you do miss out on many expressions that the islands can offer. It’s understandable that if you visit a distillery and walk away with new-found knowledge and a love for a new bottle, you’ll seek it out in your hotel, the areas local bar or indeed your favourite rum bar once back home. But with the UK especially, there’s so much rum to experience these days that you can easily overlook those ‘other’ distilleries when visiting its home country.

It’s with this that my focus here is on a fellow Jamaican distillery that can be easily overlooked due to its lack of a tour opportunity. Lets take a look at Rum-Bar from Worthy Park Estate.

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Worthy Park Estate itself can be found within St. Catherine, itself a part of the Vale of Lluidas (or more commonly known as Lluidas Vale), 1,200 feet above sea level and with approximately 10,000 acres of vibrant foliage just 40 miles north-west of Kingston and 28 miles south from the tourist centre of Ocho Rios. The Estate has been a part of the landscape since 1670 when it was gifted to Lt. Francis Price for his services to Oliver Cromwell during the English capture of the island from the Spanish in 1655. Ever since it has slowly expanded to how you see it today.

The production of cane and sugar began in 1720, continuing to this day under the Clarke family, who themselves took over in 1918 from the previous family and becoming one of only 3 families to ever own the Estate. Despite having 10,000 acres of land, approximately 40% of it is currently used for sugar cultivation (where around 20 cane varieties are grown), with the rest for a handful of livestock and other crop production.

January to the end of June is the traditional sugar season, although due to the nature of the 24 hour operation, July to December is perfect to service the equipment within the sugar factory so consistency over the years can be maintained. The sugar cane itself is predominantly harvested by hand for efficiency and to maximise yield, although 20 years ago it was decided to also use cane harvesters to assist in the daily supply needed, resulting in Worthy Park Estate being rated number one on the island since 1968.

Each year, approximately 210,000 tonnes of cane is milled, with 90,000 tonnes of that coming from the Worthy Park Estate itself. The rest is supplemented by purchases from local farmers. It makes sense then that Worthy Park Estate produces all the molasses needed for its rum production, with between 7,000 – 8,000 tonnes per year produced.

Worthy Park Estate’s rum history has been sporadic since the 1740’s, with production in halted by the Spirits Pool Association of Jamaica in 1962 due to an over-supply of Jamaican rum following World War 2. With no rum activity for decades, and with times and attitude to rum changing, 2004 saw the Clarke family deciding to relaunch and in 2005 their new distillery opened, with 2007 seeing the flagship brand Rum-Bar Rum launched.

There’s currently four Rum-Bar expressions available to the market; the traditional Jamaican styled Rum-Bar Rum, a white overproof rum that is a blend of three un-aged rums, all distilled within their copper pot still, Rum-Bar Silver which is a a white, un-aged 40% abv rum, and their Rum-Bar Gold which is barrel aged (Jack Daniel’s) for a minimum of 4 years. Rum-Bar Rum Cream came to be the 3rd expression released, combining Rum-Bar Rum with real cream.

So with this, below I give to you my tasting notes on my Worthy Park Estate journey so far –

Rum-Bar Gold – 40%

Ripe green apple notes come through on the nose, with honey, vanilla and fudge infused molasses ever-present. Plenty of banana flavours come through on the palate, with hints of cedar from the oak, toffee and lingering treacle finish.

A cracking Jamaican tipple here, one that can easily be sipped over ice. Saying that, it wouldn’t go a miss in one of these –

Cane Planter’s Punch

Ingredients – 

90ml Rum-Bar Gold
30ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
30ml Simple Syrup
3 dash Angostura Bitters
Fill with Coconut Water

Method – 

Combine all ingredients in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle and garnish.

A very tasty look at the ‘other’ Jamaican rums that you can come across both on the island itself, as well as within many venues across the UK. I’m looking forward to heading over myself this year, and although there’s no distillery tour, that doesn’t mean I’ll be ignoring it in the local bars! One for your drinks cabinet for sure.

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The Glenlivet Explores New Frontiers With Launch Of Cognac Cask Finish Expression

TGL Captain's Reserve ImageThe Glenlivet is set to re-assert its credentials as the definitive Single Malt Scotch whisky with the release of a contemporary new expression; Captain’s Reserve, a Single Malt selectively finished in high-quality Cognac casks. The launch is set to push the boundaries of modern Scotch through its distinctive cask combination.

Captain’s Reserve is the result of flavour and cask experimentation. This combination of the raisin-rich intense taste of Cognac with the signature citrus notes and creamy smoothness of The Glenlivet offers consumers the opportunity to broaden their Single Malt Scotch repertoire. The new flavour and taste experience also encourages new consumers to explore the thriving Single Malt Scotch category, which is one of the fastest growing spirits categories globally, and is expected to continue its growth at +6%[1].

This new expression, which will sit as part of The Glenlivet range, is a tribute to Captain William Smith Grant, great-grandson of George Smith, founder of The Glenlivet, the definitive Speyside Single Malt. The Captain not only fought in the First World War in France, but later went on to fight for The Glenlivet, guiding the brand through the difficult Prohibition years and leading the Single Malt Scotch whisky revival in the UK and US. This unique story is brought to life through Captain’s Reserve by uniting the definitive Speyside Single Malt and the opulent rich flavours of Cognac.

Alan Winchester, The Glenlivet Master Distiller, comments: “We know that Single Malt consumers are becoming increasingly adventurous and are seeking to explore new flavour profiles and finishes in the category. Research shows that the global consumption of Cognac is expected to increase by some 2m cases by 2021[2]. By introducing the Cognac casks into our maturation process, we are able to capitalise on the popularity of this flavour and add another dimension to our world-renowned portfolio. The Cognac casks’ influence will bring a real richness to the smooth and fruity style of The Glenlivet, which we’re confident new and existing Single Malt Scotch enthusiasts will enjoy.”

Captain’s Reserve is available globally, with an RRP ranging from £45-48 (or local equivalent).

Redbreast Makes The Redbreast Dream Cask A Part Of The Family

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Redbreast Irish whiskey, which is produced by Irish Distillers in Midleton Distillery, has launched the Redbreast Dream Cask, which will be available to buy through its online members’ club, The Birdhouse, from World Whisky Day (Saturday 19th May). The release follows requests from consumers and whiskey experts over the past 12 months, and becomes the first in a new series planned for the coming years.

Redbreast Dream Cask is a limited edition, 32 Year Old single pot still Irish whiskey – a single cask that was hand-selected last year by Master Blender, Billy Leighton, as his favourite Redbreast whiskey. The cask was chosen for having the perfect balance of pot still, Spanish oak and sherry flavours, which can usually only be achieved through blending – bringing to life Redbreast’s signature sherry style.

The whiskey was originally unveiled during a Facebook LIVE tasting to mark Redbreast’s World Whisky Day 2017 celebrations. Participants and viewers praised the quality and rarity of what is now the oldest Redbreast Irish whiskey ever to go on sale, with many requesting that the whiskey be made available to buy.

Redbreast Master Blender, Billy Leighton, commented: “In almost 40 years as a blender, Redbreast Dream Cask is a real highlight as I am able to select my own, personal dream Irish whiskey and share it with the world. Our inaugural tasting in 2017 was by far the largest whiskey tasting I have ever held, and the feedback we have received from the whiskey community on the liquid has been phenomenal, so it’s an honour to see it bottled to mark World Whisky Day 2018 – and watch this space for our 2019 plans.”

Billy Leighton, Master Blender

The Redbreast Dream Cask represents the perfect contribution of flavours through a careful maturation journey rounded out by a particularly sublime sherry butt. The original date of bonding goes back to 31st October 1985, with single pot still Irish whiskey filled into re-fill American Oak ex-Bourbon barrels. Then, on 8th March 2011, the whiskey was re-casked into a first-fill Oloroso Sherry-seasoned butt. The resulting whiskey is luxuriously smooth with wood resin notes reminiscent of well-polished antique furniture, lots of ripe fresh fruit flavours and an extremely balanced finish that slowly fades.

Redbreast Dream Cask is bottled without the use of chill-filtration at 46.5% ABV and is available in very limited quantities through Redbreast’s online private members’ club, The Birdhouse, for €500 per 50cl bottle. Click here to visit The Birdhouse.

Brendan Buckley, Strategy, Insight, Innovation & Prestige Whiskeys Director at Irish Distillers, added: “What started out as a celebration of Redbreast on World Whisky Day has developed into the release of a limited edition directly requested by Redbreast fans. We didn’t know it then, but World Whisky Day 2017 was just the beginning for Redbreast Dream Cask and we look forward to what Billy Leighton, and his apprentice Dave McCabe, will find in our Midleton warehouses in the years to come.”

City-wide Wine Flights and Royal Wedding Fizz-filled Celebrations For London Wine Week

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The capital is set to be awash with wine-filled delights once again as London Wine Week returns from 14th – 20th May. Back with a brand-new Hub and over 500 wines to try throughout the week, Londoners will be able to enjoy a seven-day adventure exploring and celebrating the city’s diverse wine scene.

Over 125 of the very best wine bars and restaurants will be serving wine tasting flights of wines and delicious ‘Sip & Snack’ food pairings created especially for the festival, which will be available exclusively to festival pass holders. The biggest celebrations of wine of its kind in the UK, it’s the capital’s largest self-guided wine tasting.

The week will also see a full programme of bespoke events taking place across London, including wine tastings, masterclasses, dinners, pop-ups and parties.

FOR A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP…
ROYAL WEDDING SCREENING AT LONDON WINE WEEK HUB | SATURDAY 19TH MAY

To top off the wine-filled celebrations, the London Wine Week Hub at Flat Iron Square will play host to a Royal Wedding garden party on Saturday 19th May, complete with bunting, confetti and of course, plenty of fizz. With a live screening of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day and dedicated menu of Champagne and cake, guests will enjoy a good old-fashioned knees-up throughout the day.

The wedding will be screened throughout the afternoon; starting with the ceremony at Windsor Castle at noon, followed by the carriage procession around Windsor Town. Free to attend, it’s the ultimate fizz-lovers’ celebration of the royal nuptials.

The Details
Address: 68 Union Street, London SE1 1TD
The Royal Wedding screening and celebration is free to attend and open to all (including non-Festival Pass holders) however Festival Pass holders will benefit from a discounted price point for glasses of wine.

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‘A Royal Match’ Wine Tasting Flight at Percy & Founders

Celebrating the pending nuptials of everyone’s favourite royal rogue, Prince Harry, and his beautiful American princess, get in the spirit with a flight fit for the occasion featuring wines from Wales, London and the US of A:

Chardonnay, Ancre Hill, Wales, UK
Chardonnay “Dierberg Vineyard”, Tyler, Santa Barbara, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, “Cabot Square”, London Cru, London, UK

This royal flight will be available throughout London Wine Week for festival pass holders, which are available to buy on the DRINKUP.LONDON app.

The Details
Address: 1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7EY

FESTIVAL PASSES AND TICKETS FOR ALL LONDON WINE WEEK EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW AT DRINKUP.LONDON or FROM THE DRINKUP.LONDON APP
@DrinkUpLDN LWW18

Scottish Gin Caorunn Partner with International Fashion Designer

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The premium Scottish gin Caorunn (pronounced “ka-roon”) is proud to announce a collaboration with multiple award-winning creator of cutting-edge kilts, Siobhan Mackenzie. Siobhan has created a bespoke kilt, the iconic handcrafted Scottish garment, celebrating Caorunn’s contemporary tartan which is officially registered by The Scottish Tartan Authority.

The collaboration will champion Scottish craftsmanship in which designer Siobhan Mackenzie has taken inspiration from the Scottish handcrafted gin Caorunn to create a bespoke kilt.

While the traditional kilt dates to the 1720s, Mackenzie’s extremely eye-catching, contemporary stance, sees her contrast multiple fabrics and colours, leading to unexpected style features. Chiming with her ethos, Mackenzie describes Caorunn as a particularly current brand underpinned by a strong sense of Scottish craft.

Siobhan Mackenzie says: ‘I was filled with inspiration on how to take the Caorunn tartan forward in a way which emulates the beauty aesthetic form of the Caorunn bottle. Master Distiller, Simon Buley’s attention to detail, his commitment to using the highest quality ingredients and the exquisite level of craftsmanship is what makes Caorunn.’

Proudly small batch, handcrafted premium gin distilled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands harnessing pure, natural Scottish water, and is infused with five locally foraged botanicals, being: dandelion, heather, coul bush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berries working in harmony with six traditional gin botanicals.

Caorunn is created personally, in a unique way by Gin Master, Simon Buley. Simon forages local Celtic botanicals on the hills around Balmenach Distillery and expertly oversees the infusion of Caorunn in the world’s only working Copper Berry Chamber. The slow infusion of this chamber sets Caorunn apart.

Simon Buley, Caorunn master distiller, says; “The terroir, the process and the people ensure passion, innovation and tradition are poured into every bottle of Caorunn Gin. We are proud others are able to take inspiration in what we do. I strongly believe in championing Scottish craftsmanship and Siobhan is the perfect example of what makes it so special.”

The unisex Caorunn kilt is formed of a staple black skirt replete with a swoosh of grey Caorunn tartan running through back pleats, finished with a touch of tartan on the waistband and fringe. ‘It can be taken from day to night in a heartbeat,’ says Mackenzie. ‘The daytime look may be teamed with a cashmere sweater, long riding boots and tights; for the evening, it can be paired with black heels and blouse.’ The menswear kilt, meanwhile, may be worn formally with black or grey Argyll kilt jacket and waistcoat, with black kilt socks and shoes, or casually with boots and a polo shirt or sweater.

Shop the brand at http://www.siobhanmackenzie.com/.

Opland Aquavit Challenges Whisky and Cognac

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Salmon, cheese and the culinary arts put the Nordic kitchen on the map, and aquavit has made an entrance into some of the world’s best bars in cities such as Paris, Berlin and New York. Now is the time to strengthen our international presence, and the re-launch of Opland aquavit marks the start of these efforts.

“The ambition of the re-launch is to establish Opland aquavit abroad as a premium brand and compete directly with exclusive single malts or cognac,” says Arcus CEO, Kenneth Hamnes.

A homegrown favourite for international markets.

Arcus is the world’s largest producer of aquavit and owns many of the traditional brands. Opland aquavit has long been the most popular of the aquavits among Norwegians, topping the sales charts at Vinmonopolet year after year. Kenneth Hamnes is confident that Opland’s round, complex flavour will also be appreciated abroad.

– In addition to its renaissance in Norway, we are also seeing a growing interest in aquavit abroad. The German and the US markets in particular have discovered this Nordic drink, he explains.

The 24-month maturing process in sherry casks gives Opland a round flavour and complexity that is different from other aquavits. The man who has put his signature on the bottle, master blender Ivan Abrahamsen, thinks Opland is an aquavit that should be enjoyed year-round.

– The long maturing process gives Opland a complex composition. Many people connect aquavit and Opland with Christmas, but Opland aquavit is the perfect alternative to cognac or whiskey any time of the year. And, of course, it’s delicious with traditional dishes, particularly lutefisk, he adds.

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New design

To prepare Opland for the international market, London-based Stranger & Stranger, a design agency with an excellent reputation, was given the assignment to redesign the traditional bottle. The agency had previously worked with well-known spirit brands such as Martini and Jack Daniels, but this was the first time it had taken on an aquavit bottle.

– We’ve really enjoyed partnering with the Opland team at Arcus to repackage this definitive aquavit. The team were very open minded from the start, giving us total creative freedom to do what we do best, design! The refreshed packs are designed to give a greater competitive edge, creating a strong recognisable stand-out on shelf and back bar while increasing the quality premium craft cues of the brand, says Ivan Bell, Managing Director at Stranger & Stranger.

The entire Opland aquavit portfolio, including Edel and Single Cask, was given a new look. The bottles now have a more modern appearance that will appeal to Norwegians as well as old and new aquavit enthusiasts all over the world, but many of the brands’ characteristic features have been kept as well. Everyone who loves Opland aquavit will still recognise their beloved brand.

 

Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Campaign Returns for 2018

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Spirits innovator Emporia Brands and award-winning Chairman’s Reserve rum of St Lucia Distillers are proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai campaign.

After yet another successful campaign in 2017, with winners Milk Bar from Reading representing the UK to second place in the 2017 international final, this year see’s the return of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai campaign, a collaboration between the World Spirit Awards 2018 winning Chairman’s Reserve rum range from St Lucia Distillers, and award-winning UK importer Emporia Brands.

Entries are open now and we ask bartenders across the UK to submit their twist on a Mai Tai, a serve closely associated with Chairman’s Reserve, using two expressions of the St Lucian rum (Original, White Label, Spiced and Forgotten Cask) as well as incorporating influence from the local culture of their venue, either the UK or their more specific territory. Entry deadline is June 30th at midnight,

All entrants are required to promote their creation over the two-month period of July and August, earning a variety of points that are rewarded for a combination of Chairman’s Reserve sales, social media activations, media content such as photos and videos, and event collaborations.

Once the campaign finishes, the top four venues who have gained the most points from all the entries will be invited down to London and top event space and bar The Magic Roundabout at Old Street station on Monday 17th September. Here, each venue will be asked to create their winning recipe to a VIP crowd of journalists and rum enthusiasts, with the hope of impressing them enough to vote as their favourite Mai Tai of the evening. The venue with the most tokens win themselves two plane tickets to St Lucia, the home of Chairman’s Reserve, in March 2019 as part of the immersive Chairman’s XI.

To submit your entry, please visit https://www.emporiabrands.com/chairmans-mai-tai

To enjoy a Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai,

– 40ml Chairman’s Reserve Original
– 10ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced
– 25ml lime juice
– 15ml triple sec
– 12.5ml orgeat syrup

Shake & strain over crushed ice. Serve in tiki mug or old-fashioned glass. Add 2 dashes of Angostura and garnish with mint sprig.

Rumfest & The Rumfest Trade Show & Conference Day Return In 2018

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Kicking off a rum-fueled weekend of workshops, tastings and seminars

RumFest Trade & Conference Day – Friday 19th October 2018
RumFest – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018
Golden Rum Barrel Awards – Sunday 21st October 2018

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference returns this October, bringing together some of the most prominent names and exciting newcomers in the industry, all under one roof. Taking place Friday 19th October 2018 at the ILEC in London, over 25 exhibitors will showcase their rums as industry professionals network and sample new releases as well as discuss hot topics affecting the spirit in the second ever RumFest Conference. Exhibitors this year include Rum Java, Mhoba Rum, Real McCoy Rum, Rhum Depaz and more. Registration for the RumFest Trade Show & Conference is open here.

RumFest’s consumer show will open its doors 20th-21st October to host an abundance of tastings, masterclasses, seminars and delicious food. Brands, mixologists, master blenders and specials guests will jet in from the UK and beyond, coming together for a united passion of all things rum. More information on tickets and the event can be found on the website via rumfest.co.uk. On Sunday The Golden Rum Barrel Awards returns to celebrate the best movers and shakers in the rum world.

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference has provided a platform for the industry’s newcomers and independent brands for over a decade, attracting rum wholesalers, distributors, buyers, bar professionals and importers to what has become a key date in the rum calendar. With the evolution of the spirit and consistent rise in popularity in the UK, the one day trade event provides the chance to discover new rums, discuss trends and debate over issues affecting the industry.

The RumFest Trade Show & Conference will showcase rum’s versatility by welcoming the finest producers of the spirit including Atlantico Rum, Real McCoy Rum, Mhoba Rum, Rum Java, Rum Pixan, Rhum Depaz and Kill Devil. Across the day advanced masterclasses, deluxe tastings and more will take place to get even more insight into the spirit.

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At the weekend RumFest opens its doors to consumers, Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st October, to host an extensive showcase of rum-related offerings with leading brands from across the globe. Ticket-holders will get the chance to immerse themselves in all aspects of rum – from seminars and workshops with top brands, ambassadors and leading industry figures to top mixologists, blenders and distillers teaching the art of cocktail making and the ideal pairings for particular rums. Ticket holders will have the chance to purchase Golden Tot Tokens. For visitors interested in premium rums, these tokens will give those a chance to sample higher premium rums retailing from £80-£200. For the first time founder Ian Burrell will also host a tasting showcasing five rare and expensive rums with a combined retail value of £1500.

To close the weekend of festivities on Sunday 21st October, the Golden Rum Barrel Awards will recognise those making waves in the rum world. Celebrating the exceptional efforts and stars of the industry, categories include UK Rum Brand Ambassador of the year, UK Rum Menu of the year, Best New Rum of the year, Best Single Rum, Best Traditional Column Rum and many more. The nominees for the awards will be announced for National Rum Day in August.

Speaking about this year’s events, founder and Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell, “The RumFest Trade Show and Conference is a fantastic chance to get the inside track on the next big thing in rum as well as try some hidden gems on the market. Last year proved once again that this is THE event for anyone in the business of rum, with the worlds best brands, master blenders, distilleries and aficionados from across the globe. 2018 promises to raise the bar again with a few more surprises”

Registration for the RumFest Trade Show & Conference Day is now open to members of the trade and press. Exhibitors looking to get involved in the event can apply by emailing emma@rumfest.co.uk.

RumFest standard tickets are now on sale from £49.50, which includes access to all areas of the event and tasting from all exhibitors. For press applications please contact tshai@wearefullfat.com . For full information on RumFest and to buy tickets head to rumfest.co.uk.

Laki Kane Launches This Summer

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Laki Kane is a brand new bar launching in London, N1 this summer. Co-founded by ex-Mahiki bar manager Georgi Radev, the concept is inspired by the award-winning mixologist’s passion for all things rum. Derived from the Polynesian ‘lucky person’, Laki Kane will be an escape from the city, with beautifully designed interiors that will transport guests to faraway tropical destinations. Offering a truly unique bar experience, drinks include showstopper cocktails created with rums from all over the globe along with mouthwatering exotic fruits, natural ingredients and, in a bold move – no refined sugar. Laki Kane will also produce its own rums, re-distilled on-site and upstairs in its Spiced Dry Rum Club, where the curious can create and flavour their own spiced rums using real pot stills. Laki Kane opens its doors in June.

Set on Upper Street in Islington, North London, Laki Kane will be spread across two floors and offer two unique experiences.

Downstairs will provide a tropical escape for all those who enter, thanks to a meticulous eye for detail that encompasses everything from the interior and furniture to the menus and even the scents. Inspired by its founders’ adventures to sunnier climes, Laki Kane brought together exciting tropical locations to Islington, including Asia, Polynesia, Indonesia and the Caribbean. To drink, a menu of unforgettable cocktails of the tropics created by Georgi, featuring exotic ingredients from all over the world, sugar cane syrups and the best rums, all served in bespoke vessels and delivered with a theatrical twist. Laki Kane’s expert bartenders will also be on hand to mix up delicious concoctions based on the tastes of their guests. To eat, a menu designed by renowned chef Michael Moore, will feature tropical-inspired dishes to compliment the cocktail offering. Exceptional service will be at the heart of Laki Kane and each table will feature push buttons for guests to call for service whenever they need.

Upstairs the Spiced Dry Rum Club offers the chance to experience the world of rum like never before, as rum-lovers and new-comers are invited to create their own twist on one of the fastest growing spirits in the UK. Through tastings guided by London’s foremost bartenders and rum experts, and experimentation with Spiced Dry Rum Club’s own pot stills, masterclasses will delve into the re-distillation process and explore a multitude of flavours and ingredients. New methods and techniques will allow visitors to create and walk away with their own personalised rum to sip and savour at home. Tickets for Spiced Dry Rum Club will be available from mid-May.

Laki Kane is the collaborative creation of Georgi Radev, Sam Robson and life long Islington resident and businessman Steve Kyprianou. Speaking about the launch Georgi says:

“Over the last 15 years I’ve been travelling around the world, learning and teaching about rum, Tiki and cocktails, and discovering a host of weird and wonderful bars on the way. The exotic destinations I’ve been to have become a big part of my life and now I want to bring a taste of this to London for us all to enjoy, even though we might not get the same weather! Laki Kane is an escape and we’re creating everything with that in mind, from the decor and service, to the food and an exciting cocktail menu made with incredible tropical ingredients that most people will have never experienced before. Rum will of course be at the centre of all of this and we’re excited to also be sharing the knowledge of this amazing spirit upstairs in our Spiced Dry Rum Club.”

Laki Kane will launch in June.
For further information, visit Lakikane.com.