The BACARDÍ UK Most Promising Bartender  

On Tuesday 8th of November BACARDÍ, crowned Joe Harper from The Century Bar at Gleneagles as the UK’s most promising bartender to compete at the global final of the ninth edition of its Legacy Cocktail Competition in Berlin in May 2017. Every year it seems the finals get that little bit better and this year the format changed, so that the guests (of which I was one) could sip all the serves – a total of 36* featuring at the NEUR finals – and chat about the inspiration etc.

December Rum Nosing Training  

The team at Aroma Academy have announced the next training day to run in December. It's the perfect starting point for anyone wishing to explore their own sensory abilities and further develop them. Interested? It’s well worth booking a place for you or to gift to an enthusiastic friend or relative!

The UK Legacy Finalists Assemble…  

Bacardi UK have announced the six bartenders shortlisted to compete in the Northern European final of its 2017 BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition. Five regional heats have been held across the nation throughout September, with the regional finalists selected to pass on to the next stage of the competition, the Northern European final, that will take place in London on the 8th of November.

When: 22nd November

“There’s life beyond American Oak…”

It’s true – honestly – it’s quite feasible to mature spirits in something other than once used American Oak, but it seems that just about every spirit producer in the world takes advantage of the bourbon industries predilection for fresh oak and its reluctance to use the barrels more than once. Now I reckon if you age any spirit (and I mean grape, grain, cane and agave) in American Oak for long enough, it all starts to taste the same… But what if there was another option? 

A Moment of Introspection  

Another RumFest weekend has passed, it was our 9th consecutive annual weekender and the events 10th – a milestone worth celebrating for sure. It was also our first where the other half of TheFloatingRumShack.com had the opportunity to look around, whilst I found myself with the very pleasant task of helping the Yaguara Cachaça team on stand who were a man down. The view from behind the counter is very different and I’ll share my perspective on that soon, but it was this notion of working at the event that synched with my emotional look back over the years at the GRB Awards that have inspired this article.

“Ordinary” To “Extraordinary”  

This year at RumFest, the team at Bacardi are partnering with Revolución de Cuba to provide a fully immersive experience for their stand. We’ve been told what to expect, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise for you all, so let’s just say that the journey starts outside the stand at the daiquiri fountain and you really won’t want to miss what comes next!

A 10 Year Review…  

The Golden Rum Barrel Awards return after a two-year sabbatical and offers a mix of categories that look back over the last 10 Years and at 2016. These awards have always provoked discussion but only the most hard-hearted would deny that getting some recognition is most welcome. Things sure have changed for us since we started TheFloatingRumShack.com in 2009. It’s been fun for sure!

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