Known as “The Rum Daddy”, Paul Artrip is a well known brand ambassador, mixologist, event promoter and all around good “rum guy.” Check out our interview.
How and when did you become interested in rum?
I started out in the industry with tequila, and then became aware of the rich history and variety of rum about ten years ago.
How many rums are in your collection?
Not as many as there were! I recently moved and had to trim down my collection – a very emotional experience. Currently, I have about 250 individual brands.
What is your favorite rum (or rums) in each category and why?
To quote Ian Burell, “my favorite rum is the one in my glass.” I’m partial to quality white rums for modern cocktails, gold and amber rums for traditional cocktails, and well-aged rums for sipping.
Do you have a favorite rum bar?
Any rum bar is good. In the USA, I hang out at Adam Kanter’s Rum Bar in Philadelphia, the Rum Barrel and the Rum Bar/Speakeasy Inn in Key West, and Smuggler’s Cove with Martin Cate on the West Coast. In the UK, it’s Cottons with Ian Burrell in Camden London, Mahiki, and the Trailer Happiness Bar in Notting Hill – I know I was in the UK in 2007 and 2008, but I can’t remember much. I hope there are no pictures! I also tend to end up wherever Robert Burr, Mike Streeter, and the Rum XP guys are going. I will never, ever, try to match up with Forrest Cokley again………………..
What is your regular cocktail?
I’m a traditionalist: good rum and coconut water, with a lime wedge.
Where is the best place to buy rum in your area?
Virginia ABC stores are carrying very nice selections these days. I also order online a lot. I also want to do a guerrilla raid on Robert and Robin Burr’s house.
Which rum would you travel to buy?
The Black Tot, of course!
When did you launch RumDaddy.com and what is your focus?
I launched the website about five years ago. It’s pretty much an organic process. I’ve changed it some, and will again. I love rum, I love all aspects of rum, and I love sharing that love.
What should we watch out for from Rum Daddy in the coming year?
Interesting times, my friend. Lots of irons in the fire, and I hope some of them work out. I am increasing my brand ambassador/marketing work for rum distilleries and distributors. I am also doing more brand ambassador and marketing work in the Florida Keys and the Mid-Atlantic.
Words of wisdom….etc….
1. You can’t drink rum all day, unless you start early in the morning. 2. I truly don’t know why I am so fortunate to have so many friends in the world of rum, but I never cease to be grateful. 3. There is no substitute for honesty – tell the truth, don’t hurt people, and stand up for something. 4. There is no substitute for kindness and humility – as soon as you think you know it all, you’ve screwed up.