Beachbum Berry Remixed: Go all out Tiki!

Historian and flagship of the current Tiki, we probably have Beachbum Berry to thank for this World return of the current Tiki. He is the author of Beachbum Berry's Grog Log (1998) and Intoxica! (2002), combining these two in 2009 in the Remixed which also contains many…

Smuggler’s Cove Cocktails Go Global with Virgin Atlantic

If you’re reading Rumporter, you’re probably already familiar with the name Martin Cate. After opening Smuggler’s Cove, an award-winning rum and tiki bar in San Fransisco, Cate continued to make an impressive mark on the global cocktail scene with a second bar, co-creation of the outstanding O.F.T.D.…

Chairman’s Reserve Unveils Its New Packaging

In March 2016, Groupe Bernard Hayot announced their acquisition of St Lucia Distillers, and now with the news of this packaging update we are starting to see the signs of the new owner’s influence coming though

A brief history of rum in India

Interestingly, India’s connection with distillation goes back to at least 1500 years. While there have been many mythological references to sugar cane as an important crop in India, the accurate history of distillation seems to be uncertai

Mahiki Coconut Rum Liqueur

When Tiki Bars and Rums Brands Collide… Mahiki Coconut Rum Liqueur has been around for a long time and has been previously presented in several different ways.

Havana Club Tributo 2nd Edition

The second instalment of the Tributo Collection, a series of the finest rums from Havana Club’s aged reserves, was recently unveiled at the Cuban Habanos Festival and will have a limited release of 2,500 bottles globally.

Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend

Gruppo Campari have released the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend, a 25-year-old limited edition rum, which celebrates Joy Spence’s 20th anniversary as Master Blender.

Old Man Rum Expressions No 1

October 2016… A unique rum was revealed to the world at the Boutique RumFest in London. An expression of rum that has a rather amazing providence, but is both extremely small batch and not released by a multinational drinks corporation.

Club Rum Amsterdam
A new rum festival : Club Rum Amsterdam – Interview

The spring of rum seems to never to come to an end. As 2016 has been already very rich with the emergence of Manchester, Marseille and Athens as new rum reasons to travel,  2017 is keeping the pace. After Poland has just declared its flame for rum, Amsterdam managed to…

Artificial Intelligence’s rum : Interview with Ian Burrell

In an interesting move for the British rum market, Virgin Holiday has begun production of their own blend - ‘the Virgin Holiday Spirit’ - once again proving that rum is the ambassador of tourism. But of course busy Richard Branson and his team didn’t just follow the…

Meet Alexx Mouzouris, Don Q Global Ambassador

Following the launch of Don Q’s newest rum, Oak Barrel Spiced, we took a moment to speak with the brand’s Global Ambassador, Alexx Mouzouris. Find out a little bit more about this industry superstar as well as Don Q’s introduction of a more sophisticated spiced rum option.

Laodi: Laotian agricole rhum, the dream of Ikuzo Inoue

Did you know that modern day Laos is defined as a result of its historical status as a French protectorate (roughly from 1890 to 1970, or the period of Indochina Wars) and that more than 70% of the country is made up of mountains? Well, I didn’t...…

Top Ten Rums between 80 and 150 Euros

With all the bottles the rhum world has to offer, it's hard to choose a real top ten. Taste varies from person to person and therefore this list is not definitive, but rather a reflection of rums that have been tested and approved by Rumporter in each…

Top 10 Rums between 60 and 80€

With all the bottles the rum world has to offer, it's hard to choose a real top ten. Taste varies from person to person and therefore this list is not definitive, but rather a reflection of rums that have been tested and approved by rumporter in each…

Top 10 rums between 40 and 60€

with all the bottles the rum world has to offer, it's hard to choose a real top ten. taste varies from person to person and therefore this list is not definitive, but rather a reflection of rums that have been tested and approved by rumporter in each…

Top 10 rums between 20 and 40€

With all the bottles the rum world has to offer, it's hard to choose a real top ten. Taste varies from person to person and therefore this list is not definitive, but rather a reflection of rums that have been tested and approved by Rumporter in each…

Seawolf, the first Scottish white rum

Seawolf is the first white distilled on Scottish soil. it is the result of a collaboration between Mike Aikman, Jason Scott (co-owner of Bramble, one of world’s 50 best bars according to drinks international) and the cofounder of vino wines, Gavin Ferguson. This trio is responsobile for…

George Washington and Rum

This statement alone could almost be used to summarise rum trade in the 18th century on the American continent.

The Rum Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar, a German tradition meant to calm children until Christmas morning, could now have an equally calming effect on adults...

Tito Cordero from Diplomatico: the ron with maestria

Tito Cordero, cellar master for the Venezuelan brand Diplomático, is one of the most talented “Maestro Ronero” or Master Rum Blenders of his generation, as can be seen from the numerous awards bestowed on his creations over the past decade. He played a strong role in the…

Meeting with Ian Burrell, the Global Rum Ambassador

Ian Burrell, the Global Rum Ambassador, it’s not necessary to introduce him. He agreed to give us a long interview where he talks about everything with all the freedom of a man who has built his independence. Historical Background Rumporter : Your background is very versatile (bartender, rap…

Vertical tastings of Saint James vintages at the distillery

Sainte-Marie (Martinique), July 2015. Set back from the road which leads us to the north-east of Martinique stand the red cliffs, which flush the Sainte-Marie bay purple. From the barrier beach which links the island and the islet, the Atlantic trade winds intensify and, along with them,…

Australia goes ‘agricole’ with Husk

When you hear “Australia” you instinctively think of the thousands of kangaroos and koalas, Indigenous and Uluru in the middle of the outback, the sails of the Sydney Opera House roof, Mark Richards if you surf or Israel Folau if you are more into rugby. Or maybe…

A suggestion for moving forward: “rhum traditionnel”

It is true that there is a lack of clarity concerning the amount of sugar in certain rums (which could soon be improved by nutritional information labels on spirits), and equally that one often imagines that rum producers use local sugarcane juice, or molasses from local sugar…

When is rum no longer rum? Alexandre Gabriel

To respond to this question directly, a rum stops being a rum if, when tasted, it no longer exhibits the characteristics of its base material, which is sugarcane, in any one of its different forms. This principle is key.

When is rum no longer rum? François Longueteau

When is rum no longer rum? To respond to the ritual question of 2016, François Longueteau decided to choose a positive angle and to spin it differently. His responds by saying “this is what rum is for me”.

Cocktail recipe : El Rey Albahaca de Diplomatico

For the summer 2016, Diplomático suggests El Rey Albahaca, a cocktail with a basil base created by their new Brand Ambassador Kevin Sueiro. A first creation from the 27 year old bartender, the son of a chef who went from medicine to the London and Monaco cocktail scenes.…

A very special tasting with three HSE rums from Martinique

We are stopping over on the shores of Martinique, where the coves and the sea are at times indistinguishable from one another. In a flood of light which seems almost artificially exaggerated, the sailboat whose table we are grouped around tugs on the anchor, the sails silent……

The JM Armagnac Cask Finish rhum comes out on top!

Good news for rum in general and French rhum in particular: following last year’s 7 year old Isauter from Réunion, it is J.M of Martinique who has most recently won the Spirits Selection 2016 Trophy at the awards held in Tequila, Mexico at the end of August.

The barmen’s view on Plantation Pineapple (3/3)

With all the enthusiasm created by Plantation Pineapple stinggin’s fancy, we had a lot of fun asking a group of french bartenders what they thought about the star product of 2016. we continue with Yannick Bucco of willie carter sharpe, a wonderful bar in Montpellier, inspired by…

The barmen’s view on Plantation Pineapple : 2/3 Nico de Soto

With all the enthusiasm created by Plantation Pineapple stinggin’s fancy, we had a lot of fun asking a group of french bartenders what they thought about the star product of 2016. We continue with the modest Nico de Soto, the founder of two renowned bars, in Paris…

When is rum no longer rum? Richard Seale

Richard Seale is undeniably one of the producers who is most present at exhibitions to defend his vision of rum against any alteration. Here he makes his position clear on some other points.

When is rhum no longer rhum? Hervé Damoiseau

This is the question which will be posed by Ian Burrell during a conference/debate at Tales of the Cocktails in New Orleans. For our summer series, we have chosen to give the floor to those who make rum. We will ask each of them the same questions…

JM Rhums: the quintessence

Despite coming from the smallest distillery in Martinique, J.M, rhums are certainly amongst the most reputed and probably the favourite vieux rhums of Martinique. The explanation is quite simple: it is a truly exemplary model of the production of Rhum Agricole in the French Antilles! A sole…

Meet Cyrille Lawson the Black Sheriff of HSE Rhums

Cyril Lawson has been the Commercial Director for HSE rums for 20 years and has accompanied this emblematic brand through its journey for registered designation of origin, becoming one of its formidable ambassadors

Trois Rivières: from the plantation to the still

Thanks to Rhum, this little Martinique hamlet has become famous around the world - even if its distillery has been out of action since 2004. But the 120 ha plantation still provides its sugarcane juice, and the two distillation columns are still active on the Riviere-Pilote site,…

Gourmet pairings with HSE rhums and Frères Lauzéa chocolates

A Martinique marriage with a thousand and one exotic flavours to discover, if you haven’t already, for your end of year celebrations!       HSE rhum and the chocolatiers Frères Lauzéa are two emblematic figures in Martinique today, lauded for their dynamism and innovation in their respective…

An upmarket move for Maison La Mauny

Whilst in 2014 the BBS group decided to review the Trois Rivières range and, to our great pleasure, this year they have decided to revisit the products of the recently renamed Maison La Mauny.

Is sweetened rum still rum?

Many rums originating from countries outside of the European Union are beginning to occupy an increasing share of the European and French rum markets. While the white rum market may now seem close to saturation, the aged rum market is expanding, and it’s a safe bet that…

Meet Grégoire Guéden (Clément rums, J.M)

I think rum’s time has finally come Rumporter: It is the springtime of rhum agricole at the moment. New products are popping up everywhere. You must be pleased, after having worked in this world for 10 years. GG: There is definitely real excitement in the rum sector…

Interview with Emmanuel Becheau of JM rums

Cyrille Hugon: How long have you been working for J.M? Emmanuel Becheau : I began my professional career at Héritiers Crassous de Médeuil in July 1997 where I worked as the Commercial Director until 2002 (when the company was taken over by GBH, the Groupe Brenard Hayot). Following…

Rum Bars: Trailer Happiness

Perhaps it’s not surprising that one of the best rum bars that London has to offer would be found in an area that has a strong Caribbean influence.

Interview with Marc Sassier of Saint James…

Having previously worked for the “Syndicat de Défense” of the Martinique AOC, this oenologist is now responsible for production at the Saint James distillery. He is recognised as being one of the most experienced technical authorities in agricultural rum production. His expertise is such that he chairs…

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