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Week 8 in Review

Don Papa enters the UK, Festival Rum Bahamas has a huge kick-off and more in this week’s news.


imageThe much-anticipated Festival Rum Bahamas kicked off last night in Nassau. Huge crowds will be sipping and sampling their way through Fort Charlotte all weekend. Here’s what you need to know.

“A small-batch rum inspired by a Filipino revolutionary has hit the UK off-trade after Glasgow-based supplier Marblehead signed a distribution deal with Bleeding Heart Rum Company.” Click here for details about Don Papa.

From The Shout: Premium rums priced at hundreds of dollars a bottle are now commonplace, according to global rum ambassador Ian Burrell, who says consumers are slowly warming to the diversity of the category.

Some of our favorite drinking spots make Rum Journal’s list of the World’s Best Rum Bars. Click here to see who made the cut. catches up with Paul McGee, master mixologist and partner at Chicago’s Three Dots & A Dash, to talk rum, tiki, and fine cocktails. Click here for the full story.

“A new rum distillery, which says it is the only one in the state (MD) to craft its liquor from raw ingredients, has launched in St. Michaels. Lyon Distilling Company is the second, new small-scale distillery to open in decades in Maryland, once home to a robust local spirits trade.” Baltimore Sun has the details.

Thrillist pulls together a list of the 17 best tiki bars in the US. Check it out to see if your favorite spot made it.