Many of you will have enjoyed the 2018 UK Rumfest at the ILEC, London. It is an event that is always enjoyable and educational and is where those new to the Rum world and those considered ‘geeks’ enjoy a wide array of Rums from around the world. This year we attended the 6th Golden Rum Barrel Awards as part of our Rumfest weekend. The event took place at the Holiday Inn Kensington and was attended by many of the Rum industry producers, ambassadors, influencers and legends.
What is always apparent in the Rum industry is that feeling of friendship and family which was demonstrated when our table was kindly given a bottle of Worthy Park to enjoy.
The evening consisted of a fantastic Caribbean themed meal followed by the main awards. It was extra special for us as we knew some of the nominees well.
The eventual winners were:
Rum Master- Richard Seale
Distillery of the year – Foursquare Distillery
Rum Ambassador of the year – Peter Holland
UK Rum Bar of the year – Trailer Happiness
Rum Restaurant /Group of the year – Rum Kitchen
International Rum Advocate of the year – Luca Gargano
UK Rum Advocate of the year – Peter Holland
Rum Writer/Website of the year – Steven James – Rum Diaries Blog
International Craft Rum of the year – Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve
UK Craft Rum of the year – Greensland Ridge Single Pot Rum
Best British Rum brand – Neptune Rum
Rum and Re’al Bartender of the year – Des Yatigammana
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. We look forward to the next awards evening!