St Lucia Distillers Set to Travel Around the UK

Distillers-Final-LogoThis March and April, UK distributor Emporia Brands have put together a calendar of events involving its award-winning St Lucia Distillers range, after the initial success of last year’s programme.

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931, plus a selection of the distillates from which they are blended.

In 1931, the Barnard family founded a distillery at Dennery, St Lucia. Now based on the other side of the island at Roseau, the distillery has been considerably modernized and new technologies and improvements constantly incorporated. The installation of pot stills in 1998 added considerably to the variety of rums being produced in this highly regarded distillery which received the accolade of Individual Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge, one of six trophies received in six years – a unique achievement.

With the premise of a flavour experience, the tour sees an approach to the range that offers bartenders and key industry figures invited to not only learn about St Lucia, but ideas on how to embrace the versatility of St Lucia Distillers, from the Spiced variety to the rare 1931.

Cities on the tour include Manchester, London, Leeds, Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Reading, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow, with Emporia Brands looking to strengthen their campaign as they look ahead to the next instalment of the ‘Chairman’s XI’ with their ever-expanding sales team seeking out some of the UK’s best and brightest to follow in the footsteps of some of the industries key figures, including Lyndon Higginson of The Liars Club in Manchester, Danny Murphy of Aloha in Liverpool and Adam Binnersley of the MOJO Group.

Places are limited for each session, due to the rarity of gaining the exclusive 1931 and distillates for the tasting’s. To secure your place, please contact Dave Marsland at dave@emporiabrands.com, stating the session you wish to attend from the list below.

Manchester       Mojo’s, 9th March, 1:30pm

London                 Burlock, 15th March, 2pm

Leeds                    Mojo’s, 15th March, 1:30pm

Brighton              Oki Nami, 21st March, 1pm

Liverpool             Maya, 23rd March, 1:30pm

Birmingham       Island Bar, 4th April, 2pm

Nottingham       Brass Monkey, 5th April, 3pm

Leicester             The Queen of Bradgate, 6th April, 2pm

Newcastle          Alvino’s, 11th April, 1pm

Edinburgh           Reekie Tiki, 16th April, 4pm

Cardiff                  The Dead Canary, 21st April, 2pm

Aberdeen           Bos’n, 23rd April, 3pm

Dundee                 Draffens, 24th April, 4pm

Reading                               Milk, 26th April, 2pm

Glasgow              Distill, 26th April, 4pm

 

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RedLeg Tasting Notes

RedLeg

Everyone loves trying a new product, and I’m no exception. I’m not fussy or picky to what I try, and I’ll always keep an open mind to a brand that offers unusual ingredients, but one that has stood out recently is a new Caribbean spiced rum named RedLeg.

Launched in the summer of last year in Brighton, RedLeg has set its sight as being the number one premium spiced rum brand available. Becoming involved in events such as the Kemptown Carnival and Pride in Brighton, Playgroup Festival and Crystal Palace outdoor festival in London has meant that many of you may have already had a try of this award-winning brand.

Yes award-winning already! Less than a year old and RedLeg has already won Double Gold at the San Francisco spirit awards this year.

As you can imagine, this has caught the eye worldwide and RedLeg will be available as far away as Australia very soon. Of course the liquid would have swayed them to spread the word, but the bottle itself catches the eye. RedLeg incorporates the motif of the RedLeg Hermit Crab which is native to the Caribbean. Famed for its bright legs, it’s said to ‘capture the spirit of Island culture being laid back with an “Irie” attitude. The RedLeg Hermit Crab is always at home, no matter where he is!’. 

RedLeg itself is infused with Jamaican vanilla, ginger and spices and then left to rest in old oak barrels. But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

RedLeg – 37.5%

Soft ginger on the nose with hints of spice and toffee. Developing sweetness mixes with dry spice, cinnamon seemingly ever present. A light finish with lingering spices that freshens.

A great tot to enjoy neat or over ice, or maybe with one of these –

Apple Shack

Glass – 

Highball

Ingredients – 

25 ml RedLeg rum
25 ml Apple Juice
Dash Cinnamon sugar syrup
Splash of Ginger Beer
Lime wedge

Method – 

Build into an ice filled glass, finishing with the splash of ginger beer.

Simple and refreshing! Even though it’s a baby in the spiced rum category, it’s widely available in and around Brighton, London, the Midlands and Scotland. Of course you may want to grab yourself a bottle quickly, your drinks cabinet is looking a bit empty.

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