Angostura hits Scots first

The fact that they had to identify Angostura as the makers of the bitters suggests Ian Burrell has his work cut out for him! _Rumpundit

Angostura begins European masterclass tour

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Written by Carol Emmas
Tuesday, 09 November 2010
Rum maker and producer Angostura, began a European tour starting in Scotland to educate bartenders in a brand education programme and rum tasting.

John Georges, Angostura master distiller from Trinidad and Ian Burrell, The King of Rum and UK rum ambassador hosted the first masterclass at the Corinthian, Glasgow alongside Scott Gemmell of LA Bartenders.

The event took mixologists through the art of cocktail mixing, the history of the cocktail and the future of the bartender cocktail profession.

Georges, said: “It is important to meet face to face with the people who are leading the cocktail industry to ensure they have an understanding of your brands. Mixologists are constantly seeking out the latest flavours to create their very own unique and inspirational cocktails.”

Georges will spend the next month travelling across Europe including St. Petersburgh, Moscow, Athens, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Dublin and Milan.

Angostura is the owner of global brand Angostura Aromatic Bitters.

Barbados, the place to spend November!

From the 19th to the 22nd November Barbados, the original home of Rum, is hosting two complementary festivals…either of which would be worth travelling there for, but together make it irresistible.  I was supposed to go with RUM XP squad of travelling judges to the Rum and Beer Festival but was diverted to elsewhere in the Caribbean. But my spirit will be with them! And I could not have stayed away from the Rum, Food and Wine competition.

Rum and Beer Festival

Rum, Food and Wine competition.

Fizzie Zombies walk again!

I spoke about Haiti, Rum and Rhum Barbancourt, at the fundraiser for the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, whose work includes making available ethanol stoves in Haiti to stop deforestation caused by charcoal making.
Once again, the big hit on a cold rainy night was the Fizzie Zombie, Barbancourt Rhum Barbancourt, dry New York Champagne, a squeeze of lime, on the rocks. Once again all those who remembered it, said they liked it. Those that didn’t presumed they had!

Golden Rum Barrel Awards

I could not go to the London Rum Fest this year – I was supposed to be judging -and instead had to sample some rums up here in the mountains as a consolation. For the record, the London event is magnificent, definitely the best in the world, as befits the (former) heart of the empire that spread rum around the world – and which never had Prohibition to leave a legislative mess up that stops the USA arranging anything quite as good!

So, belatedly, here are the winners,


Best White Rum

  • Banks 5 Island Rum (Caribbean / Indonesia)

Best Super Premium White Rum

  • Oronoco (Venezuela / Brazil)

Best Flavoured or Spiced Rum

  • Elements 8 Spiced (St. Lucia)

Best Gold Rum up to 6 years old

  • El Dorado 5 (Guyana)

Best Premium Gold Rum up to 12

  • Dos Maderos 5 + 5 (Spain)

Best Premium Gold Rum (over 12)

  • El Dorado 12 (Guyana)

Best Super Premium Gold Rum minimum aged 15yrs

  • Mount Gay 1703 (Barbados)

Best Solera Rum

  • Atlantico (Dominican Republic)

Best Dark Rum, Black rum or Navy Styled Rum

  • Pussers 15 years (British Virgin Island)

Best Agricole Aged up to 4 years

  • Clement VSOP (Martinique)

Best Agricole over 4 years

  • Plantation Guadeloupe (France)

Best Cachaça

  • Beija flor Reserva Especial

Best North American Rum (inc Mexico)

  • Los Valientes 15 (Mexico)

Best South American Rum

  • Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva (Venezuela)

Best European Rum

  • Black Tot Black Tot Last Consignment (UK)

Best Australian Rum

  • Holey Dollar Cask Strength (Australia)

Best Asian Rum

  • Old Monk (India)

Best Caribbean Rum

  • Mount Gay 1703 (Barbados)

Best Central American Rum

  • Ron Abuelo 12 (Panama)

Best New Rum Brand

  • Zafra Master Reserve 21 (Panama)

Best Rum Package

  • St Nicholas Abbey (Barbados)

Spirits Up for Haiti!

Public-Private Alliance Foundation

You are invited….
“Partners Against Poverty” Event
to benefit the

Public-Private Alliance Foundation
and its work in Haiti

Thursday November 4 6 – 8 pm

Since the January 12 earthquake PPAF is helping Haitians revitalize their country by partnering with business, the Diaspora, non-profits, the Government, the United Nations and individuals on key projects that improve peoples’ lives and help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. The fundraiser will help advance this. The Foundation, a recognized non-profit, also works in the Dominican Republic and Madagascar.

The setting for the event is the outstanding exhibit of Haitian paintings on display at Affirmation Arts, on 37th Street in Manhattan.

The Foundation welcomes actor/director Tony Plana (of “Ugly Betty” fame) and pundit Ian Williams to its November 4 Benefit. Ian will turn mixologist for samples of Haiti’s internationally famous Barbancourt Rum. Michael Yarema, Executive Vice President and National Sales Manager at Crillon Importers will comment on the importance of Barbancourt Rum to the Haitian economy.

A current main focus for the Foundation is collaboration with several partners to promote improved stoves and fuel in Haiti. Locally-grown and distilled sugar ethanol will fuel cookstoves manufactured, marketed and distributed in the country. The project aims to improve lives and health, especially for women and children, and reduce the heavy reliance on wood and charcoal that has stripped the country of forest and topsoil. Livelihoods for farmers and small scale entrepreneurs will likewise be improved.

Come enjoy the artwork, learn more about the Foundation’s work, and help Haiti build back better.

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, from 6 to 8 pm

WHERE: Affirmation Arts, 523 West 37th St., Manhattan (1/2 block from the Javitts Center; nearest subway is Penn Station)

REFRESHMENTS: Wine, soft drinks hors d’oevres and a tasting of Barbancourt Rum!

TICKETS: Students and under 30’s — $30; supporters — $50; sponsors — $250 and up. Go to: and click on the “Donate” buttons for PayPal or JustGive. Donations also accepted at the door. Prepaying helps reduce a line at the door!

RSVP: Tel: 914-924-1413 or e-mail

David Stillman, PhD
Executive Director

The Public-Private Alliance Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to reducing poverty in the world by bringing together business, governmental, community, academic, United Nations and other interests. Through collaboration, PPAF helps stimulate entrepreneurship and commerce-related activities and encourage investment for sustainable development. PPAF supports the principles of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Focusing on the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Madagascar, our vision is to make a difference for human betterment. PPAF works closely with the United Nations for policies and actions to advance public-private alliances. PPAF is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact..