#rumfamily : Favourite Brand Ambassadors-Dave Marsland

Continuing with the #rumfamily series, It’s time to meet our second brand ambassador, Dave Marsland. Not only is Dave a brand ambassador he is also the owner of a quality Rum bar, Marigot Bay Bar and Cafe and the man behind the Manchester Rum Festival. We have enjoyed many an hour enjoying drinks at Marigot Bay Bar and Cafe and also appreciate what he is trying to do to promote the Rum category with the festival.

How long have you been a brand ambassador?
6 years

What brands do you represent?
St Lucia Distillers (Bounty, Chairman’s Reserve, Admiral Rodney and 1931), plus Rhum St Barth

What got you into it?
The love for rum, the flavours within, perfect in cocktails and the ease to find a bottle in every bar!

What is the Best thing about being a rep?
To travel and visit new bars, new bartenders and rum lovers, and ultimately visit the homes of each rum to really understand their presence, and geek out!

What is the worst thing about being a rep?
I look 40 when i’m only 30 . . . .

What advice would you give to someone looking for a career in the industry?
Ask questions, The more you ask, the more you learn, yet gain valuable insight from the folk who have walked the category already.

Can you recommend some bars to enjoy your brand in?
Marigot Bay Bar & Cafe in Manchester (of course!), plus Liars Club, Cottonopolis and Science & Industry. Smugglers Cove, Aloha and Santa Chupitos in Liverpool are also top notch, and of course the London haunts of Trailer Happiness, Rum Kitchen and Laki Kane.

How is the industry changing in regards to rum?
Peoples attitudes towards it are becoming more accepting. There’s more available, brands are diversifying, marketing is becoming more obvious, bartenders are getting creative. It’s gin all over again, but without the crazy flavours.

Is there anything exciting on the horizon we should look out for?
I’m a big believer in the rum and tonic. Easy, simple, looks good too and boy is it refreshing.

What is your drink of choice using your brand?
Cause for Concern; Chairman’s Reserve Spiced, Taylor’s Velvet Falernum and Campari. Equal measures, stirred, poured over ice with a skin of orange. Fantastic in all weathers.