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World's First Antarctic Rumshack to Pop Up soon!

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Monday, 25 March 2013 13:40

Antarctic Rum Shack


We first heard of Ian's plans to conquer Antarctica quite a while ago but it's not only recently until the plans were really locked in and confirmed and as a matter of fact Ian is almost ready to set sail towards Antarctica, after a few good drinks at his first port of call in Ushuaia - Tierra del Duego - Argentina. We should soon expect him to start making some super cold cocktails at what is to be the world's first Pop Up Rum Shack in Antarctica!


We look forward to seeing some amazing pictures and reading more about his expedition to the last great wilderness in the world.

For more, read the full press release below!

Sugarcane Sunday Launches in Sydney!

Written by Tom Bulmer   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 13:09
Sugarcane Sunday

Sunday 24th of March 2013 1-7pm

The Standard - 383 Bourke St - Surry Hills, NSW 2011

Sugarcane Sunday™ is an event for all rum enthusiasts to join together to experience the culture and flavours that makes rum so diverse!

On Sunday the 24th March join the members of Sydney Rum Club for a social afternoon to explore a popup rum market at The Standard in Surry Hills. Come listen to presentations about the nature of rum, and celebrate the evening with the passion that only these Caribbean spirits can inspire.

We will be having tastings and discussing all the different rums, rons, and rhums directly with the ambassadors defining the Australian rum market in 2013. Rum importers will be set up in stalls covering The Standard to discuss each individual rum’s flavour, history and culture with you and your friends in a great Caribbean Market theme.


When you collect your tickets you will be given 10 tokens on arrival to try your favourite rums from around the world.

Click here for tickets and more information!

2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Expands

April 15-21 2013

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2013MIAMI, FL -- The fifth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival -- the largest gathering of rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts in the world -- will span Monday, April 15 to Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center.

Last year, more than 8,000 rum enthusiasts attended the festival with 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. The new space spans 40,000 square feet, twice the size of last year's event. Festival organizers are preparing for 15,000 attendees.



In addition to a week-long series of VIP parties, tasting sessions and celebrity seminars, the rum festival brings together members of the esteemed International Rum Expert Panel (RumXPs) for their annual tasting competition.


The Grand Tasting

Two full days of Grand Tasting events for the public will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. More than 240 spirits from the Caribbean and beyond will be available for sampling, along with a selection of island-style cuisine.



New this year is a half-day exhibit session exclusively for the beverage trade on Friday, April 19. Liquor store buyers, food and beverage managers, bartenders and other spirits trade professionals will be invited to attend.

El Dorado 12 Rum of the Month Winner

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 16:18

El Dorado 12Congratulations to Adam Richardson, the WINNER of the El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum of the Month Competition! We hope you enjoy the rum!


Many thanks to all who participated and a big thank you goes to the sponsors of the competition at Quittin' Time.


And remember you can always buy El Dorado 12 and other rums in the range direct from Quittin' Time!


The Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2012 Nominations

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Monday, 24 September 2012 00:31

Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2012The nominations for this year's Golden Rum Barrel Awards have finally been revealed and we're absolutely thrilled to announce that Refined Vices has been nominated second time in a row for Rum Blogger of the Year!


It is truly an honour being recognized this way and being part of all the nominees.


The third annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards recognizes the achievements of individuals and brands working in the Rum industry and is the first award ceremony of its kind dedicated solely for the rum category.


Being part of the UK RumFest the dinner and awards ceremony is considered the Oscars of the rum industry and it is an absolutely amazing experience to get to sit in the same room with all the big names of the rum industry.


We're really looking forward to the Golden Rum Barrel Awards this year and seeing you all there!


Check out the Nominations for 2012 at www.goldenrumbarrel.co.uk and the video for last year below.


For tickets, dates and times follow this link.

Click here to for video!
Saturday, 22 September 2012 12:06

The UK RumFest 2012!

13th and 14th October 2012 ExCel Exhibition Centre

Bring on RumFest 2012!

Back for its sixth successive year, RumFest is the world’s largest festival dedicated to the celebration of rum and rum culture and boasts two days of unmissable entertainment.


Rum lovers rejoice as London's ExCeL Exhibition Centre, set to host RumFest for the first time on Saturday 13thand Sunday 14th October 2012, will provide the location for an unrivalled combination of the rarest and most delicious rums from across the globe, the ultimate Carnival atmosphere thanks to live music and exotic rhythms, rum-infused delicacies alongside food from across the Carribbean in the Tropical Food Market, the opportunity to delve further into the fascinating history of rum, plus the chance to win a luxury Caribbean holiday for two.

Having sold out last year, RumFest is pleased to announce its expansion in 2012.

Visitors to the 2012 RumFest will be treated to not one, but two events in one, gaining entry to RumFestand the Tropical Food Market, plus the Boutique RumFest running alongside the two days will be open to members of the trade.

Tickets start from only £20 and are on sale now, along with full event information, from the RumFest website.

Read more to find out what RumFest has to offer this year!

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Prime Ministers Reserve

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 22 September 2012 02:40

The Prime Ministers and their RepresentativesKingston, Jamaica. J. Wray & Nephew Limited, on Wednesday September 19, held the barrelling ceremony for the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Prime Ministers’ Reserve – a very special and unique rum blend which will be used to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.

The Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Prime Ministers’ Reserve barrelling ceremony, held at J. Wray & Nephew Limited’s head office on Kingston’s Spanish Town Road, saw Independent Jamaica’s nine Prime Ministers or their representatives, led by current Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, ON, MP, pour a 750 ml bottle of the Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Rum Jamaica Rum – Jamaica Independence Reserve, which is a minimum age 50 year old rum that was created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence, into a barrel containing rum from the 2012 crop year.

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