Entries by Diego

Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Training Kit

Since Christmas I have been spending time with the Aroma Academy ‘Rum’ Aroma Training kit. I was first introduced to this in 2016 when I attended the Rum University as part of Rumfest. Kim Lahiri delivered a session which was very informative and made a lot of sense. The kit is aimed at both industry professionals […]

A Year in Rum!

As 2018 comes to an end I have been reflecting back on all of my Rum experiences this year and also which has been my favourite Rum.     The year started on a high visiting Barbados. Some of my favourite Rums are from Barbados so it seemed a logical decision to spend the New […]

Taste of St Lucia

Every now and again things fall into place and Saturday was one of those days. Travelling to Manchester presented an opportunity to attend one of the monthly Rum tastings at Marigot Bay Bar and Cafe in Altrincham. Opened July 20th 2018, Marigot Bay Bar & Café is the creation from Dave Marsland and his vision of bringing […]

Manchester Rum Festival Returns!

#McrRumFest MANCHESTER RUM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR A THIRD YEAR ‘The perfect Christmas present for rum lovers’ Rum advocate and Manchester based Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast is bringing back Manchester Rum Festival for a 3rd year running, hosting it at the new event and exhibition space Brickworks, within Barton Arcade on Deansgate. Saturday 8th June […]

Gifts for the Rum Lover

As the festive season approaches I thought I would share just a few gift ideas for the Rum lover. Of course there is the option of Rum. This year my favourites have been FOURSQUARE 2005 CASK STRENGTH RUM12 Year Old 70cl / 59% shop now on TWE WORTHY PARK SINGLE ESTATE RESERVE 70cl / 45% […]

What makes the best Old Fashioned?

Whilst enjoying Old Fashioned Week 2018 here at Rumcompass HQ we decided to experiment a little. The Old Fashioned, a prohibition era cocktail, originally consisted of Whiskey, Angostura bitters, a sugar cube and a twist of Lemon. It is a cocktail that when made properly takes time but it is well worth the wait. Today, […]

Foursquare Exceptional Cask Release Tasting (March 2018)

Earlier this year I was fortunate to be invited to the latest Foursquare exceptional cask release at Trailer Happiness. Peter Holland of The Floatingrumshack coordinated the event for Richard and Gayle Seale of Fousquare distillery fame. I had the pleasure of meeting the Seals (Son Christian as well) at the distillery in January. They were […]

Bimber Distillery

Nestled in the west of London is the Bimber Distillery. We happened to discover this micro distillery as they have just released a London Classic Rum distilled from molasses from the Caribbean. Created by master distiller Darius Plazewski, the London Classic Rum is a Single blended Rum distilled in both copper pot and column stills and is […]

Cachaça, more than a Caipirinha

  Cachaça is one of the biggest spirits in the world in terms of production and yet it is relatively unknown as most of it stays in Brazil where it has been produced for the past 400 years or so. There are over 5000 brands available in Brazil including Weber Haus, Avua, Dom Bre, Fuze […]

Hot Rum Drinks

As the clocks go back, the nights draw in and the temperature drops, here at Rumcompass HQ the Hot Rum drinks come out! Here are three to get you started Hot Rum Toddy   60ml Rum, 150ml boiling water, 3 tsp honey, 20ml fresh lemon juice, 1 cinnamon stick and 3 cloves. Mix the honey […]