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UK RumFest 2018 -

UK RumFest 2018 in Photos

The 2018 UK RumFest, back for its 12 iteration, once again brought together a stellar array of rum brands, industry leaders and hyper-enthusiasts to celebrate…

Two Centuries in a Bottle: Drinking the Harewood House 1780 Rum

Every camera in the room is trained on a lone man struggling to open a rather plain brown glass bottle, unlabeled except for a paper…

California Rum Festival 2018 In Pictures

The 2018 edition of the California Rum Festival saw the four-year old-event hitting its stride. Held in the Soma Arts building for the third year…

A Very Rummy Tales of the Cocktail 2018

Call me biased, but at my fourth Tales of the Cocktail, the global rum family seemed front and center at the annual cocktail and spirits…

Plantation Honors Legendary Rum Collector, Recreates Historic Jamaican Rum, Announces Rum Research Facility

While Plantation’s 2017 West Indies Rum Distillery purchase has received the lion’s share of recent press about the brand, the deal also granted them one-third…

UK RumFest 2017 Panel

Luca, Richard, Alexandre and David Talk Geographical Indications

In the past year or so, the chatter amongst the uber-wonks frequently turns to the perceived friction between Richard Seale of Foursquare Rum Distillery, and…

Velier U.S. Launch Event - Feb. 5, 2018

Velier’s U.S. Launch Event, in Photos

After many years of impatient waiting, rums from Italy’s Velier S.p.A. have finally landed in the U.S. market. Long considered the premiere independent bottler of…

The Cocktail Wonk Top Ten Stories of 2017

As 2017 draws nigh, it’s time for the traditional year end wrap-up, summarizing the highlights of what appeared here over the last 12 months. Some…

UK RumFest 2017 In Photos

For one glorious long weekend this past October, the rum world descended on London to celebrate all things rummy. Industry legends such as Alexandre Gabriel,…

California Rum Festival 2017 in Pictures

A quick post to share some photos from The Rum Lab’s 2017 California Rum Festival, recently held in San Francisco on September 8th. A pre-show…

Tales of the Cocktail 2017

Rummy Overload at Tales of the Cocktail 2017

Dateline: New Orleans. 5:30 PM on Wednesday night, day two of Tales of the Cocktail 2017. I’m perched on my seat at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude…

Seattle Speed Rack 2017

Northwest Speed Rack 2017 in Pictures

So many cocktails! So little time! Such is the nature of Speed Rack–a bartender-organized charity competition, now in its sixth year. It pits an all-female…