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How a Mai Tai should NOT be and how it should be

Demerara Rums from Guyana


Demerara Rums Part Two


Demerara Rums Part Three


Cachaca and Rhum agricole, what`s the difference?


CACHACA – Around Brazil in 40.000 Alembics

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Tahitian Vanilla Syrup


Hibiscus Grenadine


Gomme syrup


Learn how to easily open a coconut and mix up a tasty Coconaut.


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FIBAR 2015 and the European Tiki Experience

FIBAR is the biggest bar Show in Spain and was held in Valladolid in a pretty cool building that looks like a giant football, the Cúpula del Milenio on november 17-19.

The first ever European Tiki Experience took place there on the tuesday nov 17th and it was for that I was invited to […]

A Tale of Two Stills – A Response

Featured post by Richard Seale of Foursquare Distillery:

I was very disappointed to read the November editorial of ‘Got Rum’ magazine by publisher Luis Ayala. It seems as though Luis is responding to hearsay rather than making a substantive commentary on the Gargano Classification of Rum. It is not about Pot v Column; it […]

UK Rumfest 2015!


This year was without doubt the best Rumfest ever! such great selection of rums and classes, tastings and good people. The venue, the ILEC Conference Centre is a good place for this and I don`t think it felt too crowded this year. With over 400 rums to try a rum enthusiast will […]

A Peek at Rational Spirits First Rum – Santeria

Picture credit for this awesome picure of the Santeria bottle surrounded by two of Mark Holts tiki mugs: Cocktail Guru


So how to tame this beast?? that was my first question to myself when I had my first sip of the Santeria rum that was made by the Lost Spirits distillery for Rational […]

Hamilton Jamaica, Demerara and Saint Lucia Rums!

Up for review I have here three bottles of Hamilton rums from the Ministry of Rum Collection – a pot still Saint Lucian rum from 2006, aged 7 years, the Jamaican Pot Still Black Rum and then the 86 proof Demerara rum. These are rums I was wanting to review for a very long […]

A Tour to the Donner-Peltier Distillery

On the last day, after Tales, we went on a distillery tour to the Donner-Peltier Distillery in Thibodaux and that was just the right thing to do because it turned out a fabulous day!

Starting at the Palace Cafè with drinks and then into the bus and off we went towards the sugarcane fields […]

Rational Spirits Announces Helena Olsen as Brand Ambassador

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Rational Spirits, a new Charleston, SC based craft distillery announced today that it has hired Helena Olsen to serve as brand ambassador. Olsen, a well-known figure in the rum and tiki cocktail community, and voice of “A Mountain Of Crushed Ice”, which won the 2013 UK Rumfest […]

Tiki Bars – Latitude 29

And so finally I got to go the Latitude 29! I´ve been waiting since they opened with great anticipation and (high) expectancy…..well…I try to not have too high expectations whatever it is, better to have an open mind, but with this one i`s a bit different….because this is the BUM`s place….this is the man […]

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 […]