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The Week in Rum

Celebrations of rum, Botran gets creative, Old New Orleans turns 20 and much more in this week’s news.


imageA celebration of great food, great music and great rum is happening today with the Spirit of Bundaberg Festival gearing up for its second event of the year. Click here for the where and when.

From The Dieline Blog: Part of what makes going to a cocktail bar so enjoyable is watching skilled bartenders at work. Now, you can be that talented mixologist in the comfort of your own home. Casa Botran, the traditional Guatemalan Rum house, wanted to create something extra special for their 75th anniversary, so Botran & Co has released a set of rums that is “an invitation to co-creation.”

Renowned New Orleans painter and sculptor James Michalopoulos began building small test stills for distilling rum in the Bywater and Lower Seventh Ward areas some 20 years ago. His experiments led to the creation of Celebration Distillation, and in 1995, he purchased a 150-year old cotton warehouse to house his distillery. Celebration Distillation now proudly produces three varieties of Old New Orleans Rum. The Tales blog has full details.

The spirit of the Caribbean will be created in the heart of Oxford, UK when a new restaurant opens. Turtle Bay will bring rum, reggae and jerk chicken to the city next Friday when the new eaterie opens in Friars Entry off Magdalen Street. Oxford Mail has the details.

This man invented his dream job… and now travels the world drinking rum.” Ian Burrell sits down with to talk about cocktails, rum and the upcoming rum festival in London. Click here for more.