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The Singleton of Glen Ord

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 09 October 2011 12:36

 

Singleton of Glen OrdOne of the many good things in writing about spirits is that you often get invited to launch parties and private tastings for products before their official release to the market. Refined Vices was happy to join the tasting of the Singleton of Glen Ord lineup in the Galley Room at Melbourne's Waterside Hotel.

 

At the door I was welcomed in by Sean Baxter from Diageo, who guided me to the bar where I was introduced to a few other guests and Sven Almenning from Eau de Vie who would be taking us through the tasting of 12, 15 and 18 year old Singleton whiskies.

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Bacardi Rum Club

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 02 October 2011 12:09
Bacardi Ron SuperiorSelling over 200 million bottles a year, Bacardi’s widely spread presence can be seen almost anywhere you go in the world, from the northern to the southern hemisphere.

 

Since the founding in 1862, Bacardi has grown to be one of the biggest rum producing companies in the world and continues to be successful in their campaigns.

 

On 4th of July Bacardi’s representative, Martin Newell took us through a tasting of a rum that needs no introduction - the Ron Bacardi Superior.

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Perryn Collier impresses while taking the QLD Championship

Written by Steven Cipriani   
Sunday, 02 October 2011 00:03

Peryn CollierTiki was the theme at the home state of rum, Queensland. To the cheerful crowd in attendance, Queensland’s finest put on quite a show, however it was The Laneway’s Perryn Collier who shone.

 

Right behind in the standings was an inspiring Krystal Hart, who stands in contention to receive a wild card entry to the National Final.

Brisbane’s premier waterfront venue, Byblos Bar & Restaurant played host to an unforgettable night to complete the nationwide search for Australia’s finest bartender.

 

A vocal and supportive crowd were kept methodically bewildered by the steps each finalist took to render their creative and enhancing cocktails.

 

The adjudicators of the finals were Brendan Osmar from The Bowery, Cal Moore from Canvas and Ryan Lane from The Bowery.

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October is a RUM and WHISKEY fuelled month!

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 24 September 2011 19:05

The UK RumFest 2010If you haven't seen them already, I've put up a few banners on rotation on top of the page advertising some of the hottest rum and whiskey events coming this October!

 

So What's On?

October 2011 is filled with tons of fabulous events for the rum and whiskey connoisseurs alike who can't wait to dip their tongue in some of the most amazing spirits in the world!


Starting with the London Cocktail Week you have the chance to get some amazing deals for cocktails throughout the week in the participating bars and to attend tastings, master classes, cocktail tours and some of the best parties out there.


During the week you might want to pop into Vinopolis for the Whisky Show to discover your ultimate dram of whisky or if in Germany, don't forget to check out the Berlin Rum Festival and the Berlin Bar Convent.


If you're looking for some more excitement you could fly over to London and finish the month with the biggest rum party in the world known as the UK RumFest with over 400 rums try, not forgetting the fantastic seminars, rum launches and mind blowing (literally) afterparties revolving around the RumFest!


If you have to travel, do it! If you can't afford it, work overtime! If your boss won't let you, it's time to take advantage of that sick leave! - These are the hottest booze events this year, and they are not to be missed!!!

 

Check out some of the photos of recent and last years events on Facebook!

 

Go to EVENTS for more information about the events.

 

South Australian Finals reveal Simon Sleep as State Champion

Written by Steven Cipriani   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 22:18

Simon SleepIn pure Trinidadian style, Adelaide played host to bright evening of entertainment as Simon Sleep of Beach hot spot Palais swept the field to claim the title of State Champion after Monday night’s South Australian Final.

 

Close behind was Nittin Terari from The Stamford, who stands in contention to receive a wild card entry to the National Final.

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Angostura Cocktail Challenge 2011 Victorian State Final

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 18 September 2011 21:15

Nathan Beasley, Owen Westman, Jason Lindsay31st August 2011 saw the second state final of the Angostura Cocktail Challenge at the Byblos Bar & Restaurant on Melbourne's scenic riverside.

 

Finalists had gathered from all over the state to compete for the spot in the upcoming National Final. Familiar faces from local establishments such as Black Pearl were also seen behind the bar.

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Melbourne Rum Club 5th Anniversary

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Sunday, 11 September 2011 23:00

It's been five years since the first ever Rum Club was held at the multiple award winning cocktail bar Golden Monkey in Melbourne and though I have not been around for the most part until recently, I can easily understand why the Rum Club is so popular and why it continues to grow with each passing month.

 

The celebration was held on 6th of June in the usual place, located on the busy restaurant filled Hardware Lane where an impressive amount of Rum Club members and professionals of the hospitality industry gathered for a good time.

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