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Week 20 in Review

The future of rum debated, cane spirits in Hong Kong and new digs for Bundy in this week’s news.

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imageFrom The Boot: “Kenny Chesney may not be touring this summer, but his rum is. The singer’s Blue Chair Bay Rum is available for sampling on the Nowhere But Here Tour, which kicked off April 24th.”

The rum festival scene continues to expand with the second annual cane spirits event in Hong Kong. Click here to learn more about this two day party at the Honi Honi Tiki Lounge.

Speaking at last week’s The Distillers City Debate, hosted by The Worshipful Company of Distillers in London, Chris Searle, now retired director of Northern Europe and Asia at Bacardi, argued against the motion that “the future of rum lies with connoisseurs, not clubbers.” Spirits Business has the scoop.

“A decision to relocate Bundaberg Rum’s bottling operations to Sydney will result in job losses in the city that bears its name, its parent company has announced.” Brisbane Times has the full story.

Austin, Texas has a new Cuban-inspired bar that is heavy on Caribbean food and rum drinks. Click here to see what The Chronicle is saying about Pleasant Storage Room.

Coffee and sugar are a classic combination. But La Colombe’s gonzo guy, Todd Carmichael, is taking the duo to an unexpected place – a bottle of Port Richmond-made coffee rum called Different Drum.” Read more at Philly.com.