Master Blender Joy Spence Receives Honorary Doctorate

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 15 September 2012 01:14

Master Blender Joy SpenceSeptember 13, 2012; Kingston Jamaica. J. Wray & Nephew Limited’s Master Blender, Joy Spence OD, has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Loughborough University in England.


Joy, who has the distinction of being the first female master blender in the spirits industry, was awarded the honorary degree in recognition of her contribution to the distilled spirits industry and the advancement of women in the field.


The ceremony took place today, Thursday September 13, at a ceremony at Loughborough University, one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities. Joy graduated with a Masters Degree in Analytical Chemistry (with honours) from Loughborough in 1978.


Joy joined J. Wray & Nephew Limited as Chief Chemist in 1981, and held a series of key positions before she was appointed General Manager, Technical and Quality Services in 1996, a position she still holds along with the position of Master Blender, which she took up in 1997.


July Rum of the Month - El Dorado 12 Year Old

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 21 July 2012 18:37

WIN a bottle of El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum!

El Dorado 12 Year Old

The Competition is now closed!

The Rum Club at the Golden Monkey seems to be getting better and better every time I go there and in fact, just before July they opened the doors to the Rum Club a little bit early as we had a very special guest come all the way from London to give us a presentation on some wonderful Guyanese rums called El Dorado Rum.


Stefanie Holt, the International Rum Ambassador for El Dorado Rum, had prepared us a presentation and a tasting of six different rums all the way from the Dark and Spiced rums to the 3 year old white rum to the superb 15 year old rum.


Of course the tasting included the stunning El Dorado 12 Year Old rum, kindly provided by Quittin' Time, which we are very excited to be giving away this month in our Rum of the Month competition!


Remember you can also buy El Dorado rum direct from Quittin' Time if you can't wait for the results of the competition!

Competition now closed. Click here to continue.

Legacy by Angostura - AUD25,000 RUM

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 01:22

Legacy by AngosturaAngostura has released for auction one of the most exclusive blends of rum in the world.


With only twenty 500ml bottles available worldwide, Legacy by Angostura is expected to go for AUD$25,000 within the next few days at the online auction by Langton's in Australia.

Legacy by Angostura is the result of six years of hard work, passion and 50 years of combined experience between the Master Blenders.


The blend consists of 7 of the distillerys most precious rums with the youngest of the rums in the blend being 17 years old.

“Legacy by Angostura is the ultimate expression of Angostura rum. We set out to create the greatest sipping rum ever produced and we believe we have achieved something that is both unique and unequalled” - John Georges, Master Distiller.


Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 18:11

Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum - Independence ReserveAppleton Estate Jamaica Rum is proud to announce the release of a world first in Rum, the very rare Limited Edition


Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum - Jamaica Independence Reserve

In 1962 just before Jamaica received its independence, several barrels of rums from the Appleton Estate were set aside to age with the edict that these rums were to be used to create a very special blend of 50 Year Old Rum that would celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.

These rums were placed in a special area in one of our ageing warehouses and for fifty years they were carefully monitored, first by Master Blender Owen Tulloch and then by current Master Blender, Joy Spence.   

As the rums rested in the oak barrels a transformation took place as rich, complex flavours and aromas were developed naturally from the interaction of the rum with the oak and the rums also became very smooth and mellow and developed a dark mahogany colour.


World Class Cocktail Competition Winter Round

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 12:04

Chris Hysted, Angus Burton, Joel Persson


Sunday May 20th saw a tough competition at the Blue Diamond bar in Melbourne as nine bartenders competed in the Winter Semi Finals of Diageo's World Class Cocktail Competition, creating some truly amazing concoctions to shake off the cold.

Categories in the competition included Gentleman's Cocktail, Hot Cocktail and Dessert Serve, featuring Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Johnnie Walker Gold Label and Ron Zacapa 23 rum.

Guests were invited to taste all nine cocktails and give their vote as part of the competition in each category to the bartender they thought did best.

Ultimately Joel Persson from the Alchemist took home the prize for the Best Gentleman's cocktail with his liquid gold creation 'Magnum Opus' using a mixture of Ron Zacapa rum, Brandy, agave nectar and Pedro Ximénez Sherry.

Angus Burton from Canvas came first in the Hot Cocktail category with his blazed and deliciously comforting Don Julio Reposado tequila based cocktail that he served together with chocolate coated roasted coconut.

Chris Hysted from the The Attic put a creative twist on the Espresso Martini by combining Ron Zacapa rum with banana, cane sugar, guatemalan coffee, dark chocolate and some flamed orange peels!

The winning bartenders will join the rest of the finalists at the World Class National Final in Sydney from June 11-13, and the overall winner will be sent to Rio de Janeiro to represent Australia in the World Class Global Finals in July.



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WIN a bottle of Stolen Gold RUM!

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Monday, 04 June 2012 11:22

Stolen Gold Rum

The competition is now closed!


You may have already had a taste of Stolen Rum at the Rum Club last month in Melbourne or you may have even tasted the brand new SX9 overproof rum at some of the local cocktail bars.


In case you missed out on the tasting session or have never had Stolen Rum before, worry not as we are giving away one bottle of the award winning Stolen Gold Rum in our Rum of the Month competition this month!


Find the answer to the following question and enter the competition by the end of June 30th for your chance to win some Stolen Gold Rum!


Ron de Jeremy Rum of the Month Winner

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:01
Ron de JeremyCongratulations to Rachel Beilby, the WINNER of the Ron de Jeremy Rum of the Month Competition!

Very soon Rachel will be getting her hands on the very special prize, a bottle of Ron de Jeremy rum, signed by the legend Ron Jeremy himself!

Look for Ron de Jeremy at Dan Murphy's accross Australia for an exceptional price of $64.90.

Special thanks to One Eyed Spirits and Challenger Beverages for their support in the competition and remember to keep an eye out for this space and facebook for our next Rum of the Month competition!
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