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Demerara Rums from Guyana


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Cachaca and Rhum agricole, what`s the difference?


CACHACA – Around Brazil in 40.000 Alembics

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November 2015
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TOTC 2015 – Events, Competitions and Tastings!

It`s fun at the Tales! so many tastings, so much to try and so many events and parties…..well you can only do so much…..and you will STILL be uber busy…. When I try to remember all the things that we did it all get`s a bit confusing, but here are as a sort of Tales […]

TOTC 2015 – Jamaicas Influence on Cocktail Culture and Flor de Cana Tasting

Jamaicas Influence on Cocktail Culture

Jamaica, that tiny island in the Caribbean is internationally known for it’s cultural exports such as Bob Marley, Reggae, Usain Bolt, Herbs* and even Bob-sleighing, but it has also influenced some famous cocktails with it’s biggest and most re-known of exports… RUM. Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell brings to […]

TOTC 2015 – CACHACA – Around Brazil in 40.000 Alembics

“Around Brazil in 40.000 Alembics” is a seminar conducted by Felipe Jannuzzi, a journalist and researcher at Mapa da Cachaça, a reference about cachaça recognized as one of the best cultural projects in Brazil by the Federal Ministry of Culture, and Jean Ponce, one of the most respected mixologists in Brazil with experience commanding […]

TOTC 2015 – Tapping Rum`s Past for Rum`s Future and Clairin Rums of Rural Haiti

There was a clear presence of rum at the Tales of the Cocktail and as a rum enthusiast and rum blogger I tried to get to them all…I almost managed….but here are two of the rum seminars and tastings, more will come:

Tapping Rum`s Past for Rum`s Future

This seminar was talking about rum’s […]

TOTC 2015 – RUM – A Taste of 10 Rare Single Casks

Rum is much more than a liquor in a bottle – it`s a lifestyle and the spirit of a people.

Here is a rare opportunity to experience some fine aged rums from a private collection, never before seen in the United States. Originally sourced in Caribbean casks, these select aged rums were further aged […]

Tales of the Cocktail Announces Spirited Awards Winners

Saturday night, the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers and cocktail experts from around the world were recognized at the 9th Annual Spirited Awards® as part of Tales of the Cocktail® 2015.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – July 19, 2015 – Following the largest nomination pool in the history of the show and a rigorous judging […]

TOTC 2015: Congratulations to the Top 4 Spirited Awards Nominees!!!

Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Top Four Spirited Awards® Finalists

The 9th Annual Spirited Awards® will recognize the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers and cocktail experts from around the world at a ceremony during Tales of the Cocktail 2015.

NEW ORLEANS, LA. – June 16, 2015 – Following the largest nomination pool in the […]

TOTC 2015: The Annual Bar Fight Club at the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail Announces its Seven Finalists

So here they are, the seven finalists to take part in this years Bar Fight Club at the Tales. This was announced by Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal who are very excited to announce the outstanding final seven bar teams competing in this year’s annual cocktail battle — Bar Fight Club at Tales of […]

TOTC 2014 – Dynamic Duos, Tastings, Food and Fun!

Daniele Dalla Pola and Jeff Berry having great fun, Picture Laura Godel

This last post is a picture parade of a FEW of the tastings, parties, dinners and the rest of all the fun that took place on this years Tales of the Cocktail. Sure I missed several events I would have wanted to […]

TOTC 2014 – Tastings – Plantation Pineapple Rum, Appleton Rum Brunch and Bulleit New Fashioned!

Pineapple Rum Stiggin’s Fancy – Picture Laura Godel

Plantation Rum in Shades of Dark, White and Pineapple!

I was waiting with great excitement for the tasting and launch of the Pineapple Rum Stiggin’s Fancy by Plantation Rum – which I need to make it clear right away, is NOT for sale…..because this rum was […]