Goslings Old Rum Family Reserve: Announcing a New Old Look for Their Old Rum

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The outside is all new. The inside is all old. Goslings Old Rum Family Reserve has a new look!

Judged the number one aged rum in the world*. This award-winning Rum has the same delectable Goslings Old Rum recipe, but with new more contemporary packaging.

In 1806, London wine and spirits merchant James Gosling set out from England with $10,000 of merchandise bound for the Virginias. The voyage was a difficult one. Ninety-one consecutive days of calm left the crew and passengers in dire straits and the charter was fast running out.

The ship eventually made port in St. Georges, Bermuda, where Gosling and his family decided to set up shop rather than press on to America. James Gosling opened a shop in December 1806 and when he returned to England in 1824 his brother Ambrose moved the business to the new capital, Hamilton. In 1857 the firm was renamed Gosling Brothers by Ambrose’s sons. Three years later the first oak barrels of rum distillate arrived in Bermuda and three years after that (after much trial and error) the distinctive Bermuda black rum destined to be Black Seal was formulated and offered for sale. They didn’t call it Black Seal at first. In fact, up until the First World War it was sold straight from the barrel, and most folks brought in their own bottles for a “fill up”. Eventually the black rum was sold in champagne bottles, reclaimed from the British Officer’s Mess, and the corks sealed with black sealing wax. Pretty soon people began to ask for the bottle with the “Black Seal”. Many years later the idea of the iconic barrel juggling “Black Seal” was born.

Appropriately called Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum, it is crafted from the same incomparable Bermuda blend that is used for their renowned Black Seal Rum, left it resting in oak barrels even longer, until it has acquired that luscious, nuanced complexity often compared to a rare Cognac. Consider it the ultimate sipping rum still presented in champagne bottles reminiscent of the past.

Just in time for Christmas this Old Rum has a new, more elegant packaging. Nestled in a box surrounded by the colour reminiscent of the liquid itself. A richer looking, pure black label. Complemented by a few choice words on the Goslings history and a personal signature of Malcom Gosling a 7 th-generation family member himself.

All designed to enhance any shelf fortunate enough to display this sumptuous rum. In store or at home.

Poured carefully at the finest holiday parties for generations.

Sip it neat and savour the same Old Rum taste that has been enjoyed and loved for generations.

Goslings Family Reserve Old Rum is available to buy now from Amazon for £48.32. The rum comes in a 70cl with an ABV of 40%.

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Please Do Tell: Banks Rums And Jim Meehan Share Discoveries With Bars Across Europe

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This October, world-renowned bartender and co-founder of Banks Rums, Jim Meehan, embarked on a European tour to share discoveries and experiences from his time in the industry. Joining Banks Rums, Jim visited key on-trade accounts to recount stories from his newly launched, award winning book, Meehan’s Bartender Manual.

Starting in Amsterdam before visiting Copenhagen and Düsseldorf, the tour ended at Berlin’s one-room, saloon bar Windhorst, during the prestigious Bar Convent Berlin trade show. Each bar created a bespoke, limited edition menu inspired by the rich and complex flavours of Banks Rums.

A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY
Just as Joseph Banks embarked upon a journey that would allow him to discover and share his findings in botany with the world, Meehan’s Bartender Manual provides a rich and layered insight into the bar industry. As an acclaimed mixologist and bar owner who has unparalleled experience in the on-trade, the tour was an opportunity to discuss some interesting stories and discoveries from the tome. Jim covered a range of topics from the history of cocktails and bartending, to drinks mixing, menu development and of course spirit innovation through his own experience creating Banks Rums.

THE CURIOUS, SPIRITED & BRAVE
A true innovator in the bartending world and the embodiment of a modern-day explorer, Jim harnessed his pioneering spirit to open cult New York speakeasy PDT in 2007 before co-founding Banks Rums the following year with the aim of creating a white rum of unparalleled depth and flavour. Mirroring Joseph Banks’ pacesetting voyages of discovery in the 18th Century, Banks Rums has transcended perceptions by using some of the world’s finest rums from the East and West Indies to create its unique blends.

Demonstrating his commitment to pushing the boundaries, Jim was one of the founding partners of nonprofit organisation (P)our; an initiative dedicated to sharing, educating and supporting the global on-trade community. Meehan’s curiosity and passion for cocktails and spirits was recognised at the 2009 TOTC Spirited Awards for “World’s Best Cocktail Bar” soon followed by the “Outstanding Bar Program Award” from the James Beard Foundation in 2012 before being awarded “Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book” at the 2018 TOTC Spirited Awards for Meehan’s Bartender Manual.

DEPTH OF FLAVOUR
Throughout the tour, the selected venues served one-time-only menus that reflected the spirit of Jim Meehan and Banks Rums. From Jim’s Five Island Flamingo creation at Grand Pu Bar, Düsseldorf, to the House Punch made with Banks 5 Island Blend, fino sherry, Napoleon Manderine, rooibos and lemon at House Bar, Amsterdam, each serve showcases the unparalleled depth of flavour that shines through any drink, lending
texture and body.

The tour itinerary was as follows:

1. 3 October: House Bar, Amsterdam
2. 4 October: Lidkoeb, Copenhagen
3. 5 October: Grand Pu Bar, Düsseldorf
4. 8 October: Windhorst, Berlin

Follow Banks Rums on Instagram @BanksRums #BanksRums

Unwrapped – The Other Side of Bartending

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William Grant & Sons’ UK Brand Ambassador team will be hosting the first ever Unwrapped: The Other Side of Bartending event in Edinburgh on 29th October. This event, exclusively for bartenders, features a series of talks aiming to support modern bartenders find their legacy within the industry and equip them with tools, knowledge and insights beyond jiggers and shakers. This will be followed by immersive brand experiences and an evening bar takeover where all proceeds will go to charity partner SANE.

Unwrapped’s focus is centered on Brand Ambassador-led talks, designed to be thought-provoking, engaging and specifically relevant to the on-trade; providing attendees with new skills and perspectives, as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded peers and old friends. Sessions will cover subjects ranging from how to keep up team morale and the power of storytelling, to exploring the link between nature and creativity. Following the talks, Alessandra Brugola from the drinks industry charity, The Benevolent, will introduce their latest campaign #notalone.

Unwrapped will be held at Assembly Roxy, and will include immersive brand experiences in the afternoon – from entering the miniscule yet momentous world of Hendrick’s Gin Tini Martinis to making and photographing Monkey Shoulder’s Lazy Old Fashioned.

On Monday evening, a full William Grant & Sons bar takeover at The Voyage of Buck will take place, where the entire UK Brand Ambassador team will get behind the bar to raise money for SANE. The charity partner was chosen by the Brand Ambassadors due to its focus on mental health – a key topic within the bar industry.

Cocktails on the night will include:

The Disaronno Cherry Apple – Disaronno, fermented cherry, 30/40 and soda. Created by Three Sheets, London.
The Balvenie Pina Colada Specs – The Balvenie Caribbean Cask, Coco Lopez, pineapple Juice, cream, milk and a dash of Angostura bitters.

Fabiano Latham, Reyka Vodka UK Brand Ambassador says: “Unwrapped is a great opportunity for all the brand ambassadors to share experiences and insights from the industry, as well as the passion we have for our brands. We want to create a benchmark for industry training programmes by delivering an engaging and interactive event where on-trade teams can come together and truly benefit in years to come.”

Lachlan Rooney, Manager at The Voodoo Rooms Bar says: “The William Grant & Sons team is coming to town with what looks to be one of the most incredible series of seminars to grace the city since Tales on Tour. Bartenders best bring a notepad and pen for the series of talks and activities that could truly make a tangible difference to a career and the local bar community. From practical engagements to empathetic advice on building yourself as a brand, the event covers every aspect of bartending that you’ve never even thought about. With free food, drinks and transport alongside priceless career advice it’s not one to miss out on.”

Unwrapped agenda: Monday 29th October

UK Brand Ambassador Talks 11:00-15:30

Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador to Scotland presents: The power of storytelling
Fabiano Latham, Reyka UK Brand Ambassador presents: Adventurivity – exploring the link between nature and creativity
EmmaLi Stenhouse, Sailor Jerry UK Brand Ambassador presents: How to be your world’s best bartender
Alwynne Gwilt, The Balvenie UK Brand Ambassador presents: How to train your nose
John Wayte, Monkey Shoulder UK Brand Ambassador presents: /bar:ography/
Sasha Filimonov, Hendrick’s Gin UK Brand Ambassador presents: How to be newsworthy
Calum Fraser, Premium Spirits Specialist presents: Keeping good spirits in good spirits
Rod Elsamieh, Disaronno UK Brand Ambassador presents: From bartender to bar owner – the tips and tricks to opening your own bar
Stephanie Rainbow, Tia Maria UK Brand Ambassador presents: The courage to be happy
Alessandra Brugola from The Benevolent will introduce their new campaign #notalone

Brand Experiences 15:30-16:30

To attend, please email wgsuk.events@wgrant.com or speak to one of the BA team

Takeover at The Voyage of Buck, 19:00 till 11pm

WG&S Takeover with the UK Brand Ambassadors behind the bar with all proceeds taken over the course of the evening being donated to charity partner, SANE. The party is open to everyone, 18 years old and over.

Secret Scotch Whisky Illuminati Comes To Light

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A top secret collective of Scotch whisky industry experts have come together to form an independent whisky bottling brand, known as the Whisky Illuminati.

A collective with over 200 years combined experience, Whisky Illuminati’s members are a panel of the most discerning and respected noses and palates in the whisky industry to showcase one-off series’ of exceptional, limited edition malts.

Whisky Illuminati was established by Scotch whisky industry executive, Keith Bonnington, formerly of Edrington, and digital marketing entrepreneur, Stephen Gorman. On the launch, Keith said: “We’re a group of like-minded, quality-obsessed individuals who have come together through a love for good Scotch whisky to assess and acquire outstanding single cask malt whiskies worthy of the Whisky Illuminati seal of approval”

“Our members don’t crave the limelight, we simply want to bring exceptional whiskies to market. Not constrained by age or style, the Whisky Illuminati’s releases are individually first-class but a complete one-off as a collection.”

The Whisky Illuminati assesses hundreds of single cask samples in a rigorous selection process, hand-selecting less than 10% of all of the malts assessed for bottling. Seeking out malts that are distinct from each other but uniquely can be presented as a series, the collections will include three or more stand-out malt whiskies from distilleries around Scotland.

The collective’s first release, The Candlelight Series, is made up of four single cask malts – three from Speyside and one from the Highland region. Co-founder, Keith, said: “For our inaugural release, we traversed one of the most coveted whisky regions of the world in search of whiskies that we considered to be among the best examples of the chosen distillery’s signature style, from a muscular and bold Sherry-Oak aged Mortlach to a delicately sweet and fragrant Glentauchers.”

All bottled at cask strength with 100% natural colouring and no chill-filtering, the collection is made up of:

· 1998 Spanish Oak Sherry Butt distilled at Mortlach Distillery

· 1998 American Oak Hogshead from Linkwood Distillery

· 1997 American Oak Hogshead from Clynelish

· 1997 American Oak Barrel from Glentauchers

Noilly Prat Serves Up Over 2,800 L’Apéritifs and 1,000 Oysters In 3 Days At BCB

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Noilly Prat, the world-renowned vermouth crafted by the sea, made its first foray into prestigious trade show, Bar Convent Berlin this year. To showcase its proximity to the sea, overlooking miles of oyster tables, and the importance it has on its unique production process, Noilly Prat brought the South of France to the urban surroundings of Germany’s capital. From Noilly Prat deck chairs to fresh lemon trees, guests were transported to the home of this fine French vermouth nestled in the pretty fishing village of Marseillan. Led by Coupette’s Chris Moore, Noilly Prat served over 3,800 industry friends at its debut this week.

A TASTE OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

With its central location in the courtyard entrance to the show, along with sunny 22-degree weather, the Noilly Prat team shucked over 1,000 fresh oysters that were enjoyed with chilled Noilly Prat Original Dry poured over the oyster, which was then either sipped from the shell or devoured in one. Over 2,800 aperitifs were served, including L’Apéritif, Noilly Prat Original Dry over ice with a twist of lemon, Chris Moore’s Maison Highball, featuring Noilly Prat Original dry, green chartreuse, spruce shoot syrup and celery bitters topped with tonic and served with a slim celery twist and Noilly Prat Original Dry served with Perrier and frozen grapes – inspired by Dante’s ‘Vermouth Service’.

Emily Says . . . . ‘MFDF18’

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In her tenth feature under ‘Emily Says . . .’, the voice to the Manchester bar scene in Emily Puckering looks at the MFDF’s Gin Lounge;

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2018 is currently underway, and as always, it has a fantastic range of new foods and drinks to offer. Created back in 1998 by Phil Jones, the original concept was to demonstrate that Manchester has much more to offer than just, I quote, ‘meat pies and gravy’! Over the last twenty years, MFDF has achieved a national status whilst watching the drinking and dining scene of Manchester be transformed into the incredible industry it is today.

Naturally, my attention was immediately stolen by the drinking side to MFDF this year, in particular the Gin Festival put together by the Gin Lounge. For two days only, The Gin Lounge held an exclusive event showcasing some of the UK’s favourite gins. With the number of gin distilleries soaring across the UK, the choice of what gin to drink is becoming endless, so The Gin Lounge put on display some new faces to the world of gin.
For any gin enthusiast, The Gin Lounge put on a spectacular event. Sponsored by Fentimans, a range of flavoured tonics were on hand at all times to mix and match with the different gins tasted, ranging from a standard Indian tonic to a Valencian Orange tonic. An ice and garnish station provided an array of herbs and fruits that were designed to complement perfectly each unique gin available. Gin cocktail stands and a gourmet food van finished off the event beautifully, offering something for every gin lover.

As a representative of the North and in particular, Manchester, I found myself leaning towards the Manchester-based distilleries that made an appearance at this year’s gin festival. Three major Manchester distilleries really caught my eye during my time here at the gin festival, so here are the ones that I would truly recommend in indulging in:

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Didsbury Gin
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Created in the heart of Manchester’s Didsbury, Liam Manton and Mark Smallwood went out to create a citrusy twist on the classic London dry gin under just two years ago. Inspiration was taken from the botanical gardens of Parsonage and Fletcher Moss that date all the way back to 1919 since been gifted to the people of Didsbury by a quintessential English village.
Using traditional artisan methods and infusing modern botanicals such as hand-peeled fresh citrus and juniper, Didsbury gin offers a zesty and fresh drinking experience, with strong notes of citrus fruits such as lemon and grapefruit. These citrus notes allow the gin to be easily drank neat, and is mixed beautifully with Fentimans Indian tonic water.
The Raspberry and Elderflower edition of Didsbury gin is something truly outstanding. Rather than a standard raspberry gin (or more commonly known as ‘pink gin’), the elderflower balances out the usual sweetness that is associated with raspberry flavours, delivering a fruity yet crisp gin.

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Thomas Dakin Gin
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A Manchester gin that dates back centuries, Thomas Dakin is surely the household name for gins in the North West. All the way back in 1761, Thomas Dakin began distilling gin in Warrington at the age of twenty five. With Dakin’s inventive and modern outlook upon the distillation process, he created a high quality English gin, despite the negative attitudes towards the distillation of one’s own gin at the time.
Styled around the classic London dry gin, Thomas Dakin is a juniper-led gin created with the use of eleven botanicals. Those botanicals include juniper, orange zest, angelica, grapefruit and English coriander seeds. Whilst the recipe itself remains a well-hidden secret, the knowledge of the botanicals used backs up perfectly the drinking experience that Thomas Dakin provides.
Sweet and citrusy notes dominate the overall flavour, which are beautifully backed up by the spicy and earthy notes provided by botanicals such as angelica and coriander. Mixed with Fentimans pink grapefruit tonic water.

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Manchester Three Rivers Gin
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Manchester Three Rivers gin is exactly what the name says. It is named after the three rivers that ran through the city before Manchester’s famous canals took over: Irwell, Irk and Medlock. It was these rivers that pumped life into the city and allowed for its many industries to develop and thrive.
The distillery was located close to the banks of Irk, which is what inspired the name for this Manchester gin. The area has a rich history of creativity and production, and Three Rivers has certainly paid homage to the area with their fantastic creation.
Produced by hand in small batches only by master distiller Dave Rigby, Three Rivers is a well-balanced gin using eleven botanicals, including vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom and almond. Overall, the gin delivers a smooth drinking experience with a slight sweetness on the tongue. It is finished with a spicy black pepper kick, all thanks to the use of cardamom. Three Rivers was mixed perfectly with Fentimans Connoisseurs tonic water.
Manchester Three Rivers also offers an exclusive Gin Experience, allowing one to distil and bottle their very own unique gin in the Three Rivers distillery.

Chivas Champions Blended Scotch Category

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Chivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, is causing a stir with its new global creative campaign, Success is a Blend. Rolling out through the line globally from October, the campaign celebrates the belief that blended is better, in life and in Scotch.

Chivas’ belief in blending was instilled by founding brothers, James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art in 19th century Scotland. Two centuries later, Chivas is still demonstrating how the art of blending can create a more complex and generous Scotch. Through Success is a Blend, Chivas looks to champion blended Scotch and demonstrate the cultural truth that our own unique blend is what makes us who we are – and when we collaborate with others we can achieve the greatest success.

The Success is a Blend campaign, created in collaboration with McCann London, marks a creative evolution from previous Chivas campaigns, with striking colour and bold text bringing a fresh look and feel for the Scotch whisky category. All Chivas products will be brought under the Success is a Blend campaign, keeping a common thread across the portfolio that talks to both product and brand values. The nature and design of the campaign allows flexibility for bespoke adaptation in markets around the world, with Success is a Blend being activated in over 45 markets in year one.

The campaign made its debut with the launch of the three-year partnership between Chivas and the world’s biggest football club, Manchester United. Just as Chivas Scotches bring together the best malt and grain whiskies, Manchester United brings together the world’s top footballers, a dedicated Club team and a legion of fans all around the world to create one of the world’s most successful teams. Together Chivas and Manchester United aim to show that blended is better – in life, football and Scotch.

Richard Black, Global Marketing Director for Chivas, comments: “Chivas has had a strong year, recording a return to growth with +5%* value worldwide. There is real momentum behind the brand and we believe this new campaign is going to take us to the next level. It’s a bold move for the category, but – crucially – one that speaks to the very heart of Chivas’ DNA.”

Chivas Raises A Glass To Manchester United’s 1968 Victory With Rare 50 Year Old Scotch

Chivas Icon - Bottle in Case LowResChivas, the original luxury blended Scotch whisky, has unveiled Chivas The Icon 50th Anniversary Limited Edition to celebrate Manchester United’s famous cup victory in Europe in 1968. Four bottles of the limited edition, 50 year old Scotch have been created, to represent each of the goals scored by Manchester United on the memorable night at Wembley.

The new Official Spirits Partner of Manchester United, Chivas, will be gifting the first bottle of the exquisite whisky to a fan who has passionately supported the Club through every high and low. To find out how to be in with a chance to win this priceless whisky, please keep an eye on Manchester United social platforms for further details on how to enter.

The second bottle in the limited edition release will be the only bottle in the world available to the public to buy, going on sale with world-renowned auction house Sotheby’s in an online-only auction from 23rd to 30th November. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Manchester United Foundation, reflecting Chivas and Manchester United’s shared belief in using success to enrich the lives of others. To find out how to take part in the auction and have the chance to get your hands on the only bottle of this celebratory whisky available to buy, visit the Chivas website where there will be details of the auction and how to get involved.

Sandy Hyslop, Chivas Brothers Director of Blending, commented: “At Chivas we believe that blended is better – in life, football and Scotch – so we wanted to use our vast expertise to craft a truly unique blend that embodies the values of a truly unique team. To taste this whisky is to experience some of our oldest, most luxurious and rarest whiskies, some from now lost distilleries, hand-selected and brought together for their exceptional richness and fruity character. Ever since Chivas’ founding brothers, James and John, first perfected the art of blending, Chivas has never released a whisky more than 30 years old – this limited edition 50 years old blend really is an iconic piece of history.”

Presented in a hand-blown crystal decanter created by expert craftsmen at Dartington Crystal, the liquid is perfectly smooth with an intense concentration of sumptuous flavours, with rich notes of honey, vanilla and dark chocolate, balanced by subtle hazelnut influences from the cask that develop into an exceptionally long, lingering finish. Each bottle is decorated with a bespoke metal plaque, enshrining the 1968 victory to the bottle’s crest. The fine detail of the plaque has been hand-carved and carefully hand-painted to match the colour of the team’s iconic 1968 shirt, with touches in gold in a nod to their victory.

The third Limited Edition bottle will take pride of place in the Manchester United Museum, before being offered for private sale at an end season event, with proceeds again being donated to the Manchester United Foundation. The final bottle will be placed on display at Strathisla distillery – the home of Chivas in Speyside, Scotland.

Find out more about the Chivas partnership with Manchester United and why blended is better at Chivas.com

The Midleton Very Rare Legacy Continues With 2018 Edition

Midleton_box-open-on-white - sizeIrish Distillers, makers of the world’s most enjoyed whiskeys, has unveiled the 2018 vintage of Midleton Very Rare. The 35th edition in the renowned and highly collectable range, first unveiled in 1984, is a masterfully blended Irish whiskey, crafted at the Midleton Distillery, Co Cork, by Master Distiller Brian Nation.

Midleton Very Rare 2018 is the result of the careful blending of exceptional, rare and hand-selected single pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys. Each cask has been matured exclusively in lightly-charred ex-Bourbon American oak barrels for between 12 and 28 years, imparting a vanilla sweetness which is in keeping with the rich tradition laid down by the series over the past four decades.

The 2018 edition offers a subtle floral note alongside a hint of fresh herbs and citrus from the Irish grain whiskey contribution, which is complemented by the spicier Irish single pot still whiskey characteristics of cinnamon, clove and black pepper. The vanilla sweetness contrasts with the charred oak to deliver a finishing touch of orchard fruit, green banana and a hint of barley sugar.

Bottled at 40% ABV, Midleton Very Rare 2018 is available globally from this month at the RRP of €180 in markets including Ireland, the UK, and the US.

Brian Nation, Master Distiller at Midleton Distillery, commented: “It is a great honour to have my signature on the front of each bottle of Midleton Very Rare, and this acts as the ultimate guarantee of quality from the Midleton Distillery. We set aside very small amounts of particularly fine single pot still and single grain distillates each year so that the Midleton Very Rare legacy can continue. This practice has been going on for over 40 years and today we are the proud custodians of the exceptional distillates with a duty of care to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the pinnacle of Irish whiskey as we do today.”

Spiced Dry Rum Club To Set Sail At Laki Kane

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A spectacular and exciting secret is tucked away above Laki Kane’s tropical escape bar, in the heart of N1. After months of development and refining, the Spiced Dry Rum Club will open its doors for its first official rum experience commencing Friday 12th October. The Spiced Dry Rum Club provides a truly unique rum re-distillation experience by utilising techniques that have not previously been made available to the public including nineteen copper alembic pot stills. Lead by a rotating team of London’s foremost rum experts, guests will embark on a voyage of rum discovery, experiment with flavours and design their very own bottle of rum to take home, completely bespoke to their own tastes.

A charismatic and charming 17th century inspired interior sets the scene for this unique 2.5 hour experience taking place daily at Laki Kane’s Spiced Dry Rum Club. Run by London’s most prominent bartenders and rum experts, rum-lovers and newcomers alike will be taken on a journey through the history of rum, indulge in premium rum tastings, learn about the key ingredients used in rum making and discover the perfect cocktail pairings for this exciting new style of rum.

Each guest will be seated at one of nineteen beautifully hand-crafted, copper alembic pot stills as the Spiced Dry Rum Club master distillers guide each guest through the re-distillation process, experimenting with spices and fruits to create their very own bespoke bottle of rum to take home.

The design of the Spiced Dry Rum Club has been influenced by the 17th century maritime rum trade, tales of large ships sailing high seas is etched throughout the upstairs bar with the main Pusser’s Rum Ship table seating twelve people and the Captain’s Table seating seven.

Experiences are available to book now from £119 (plus booking fees), which includes food and drinks during the session plus the guests own 700ml bottle of rum to take home along with a Spiced Dry Rum Club gift bag containing exciting products from Laki Kane and partners. Bookings can be made at lakikane.com/spiced-dry-rum-club and further bespoke packages will be available on request.

Speaking about the launch of the Spiced Dry Rum Club, Georgi Radev (Creative Director) says: “Rum is such an amazing spirit and to be able to offer others an opportunity to learn about the history and re-distillation process is something I have wanted to do for years. The Spiced Dry Rum Club is an unforgettable experience and one that will allow rum lovers and newcomers alike to be truly immersed in the wonderful world of rum.”

The Spiced Dry Rum Club follows the success of the downstairs Tropical Escape bar, which opened its doors at Laki Kane in early July 2018. The concept was created by life-long Islington resident and businessman Steve Kyprianou, Islington local finance and operations manager, Sam Robson, and ex-Mahiki bar manager Georgi Radev, a leading tiki, rum and cocktail expert with over 16 years experience managing bars and high end spirit brands.