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  1. Hey Ian,

    Glad to see the site back up. Any chance of a new book coming out. Loved the last one.


  2. Thanks
    It will take a while to put all the links etc back up… if you can think of any suggestions that I can run past my agent, I’d be happy to indulge. Rum was fun to research and write!

  3. Great site, Ian. I guess I had forgotten that we both are children of colonialist nations–hence the rum connection. Oh, well–it dilutes the guilt! Look forward to reading the book.


  4. Hi Ian,

    I think the website is pretty cool. To borrow a bad sci-fi pun from Bradbury, “you have my Vogt of thanks” for such an interesting place to visit. (Sorry I couldn’t help myself as I just had to get an obscure reference to two of my favourite Golden Age authors in there)

    Anyway, I added you to my Blogroll, which should have been done long ago.


  5. Morning, Manager,

    We, Lykwell International specialized in all kinds of Wine Packages.

    Each item can be custom made in high-end quality. Besides, our Price + Freight < Your Local Price

    Sir, if you are interested, some of our newly made items will be sent over for your reference.

    Or if there is anything we can help with your better business, please feel free to contact me. Anything anytime…..


    Joan Liu
    Sales Manager
    Lykwell International Co., Ltd

  6. Ian,

    I can’t find your business card anywhere, and therefore your email. If you get this please email me. Heading to RumFest at your suggestion!


  7. As you may know the current massive subsidies to Puerto Rico and especially the USVI threaten the survival of Caribbean rum as we know it, and smaller distillers in the United States as well. Phil Prichard, among many others, has spoken out vigorously against these stupendous subsidies (totaling over $4 Billion). All smaller distillers, here and in the Caribbean may not survive.

    Please know that a number of rum websites are organizing to fight back. An formal petition has been established, as well a Press Kit. If you would like to receive a press kit, please respond by email, and we will email it to you. We assume you care about this issue, and are pleased to supply you with all relevent data.


    Capn Jimbo
    The Rum Project

  8. Hey Ian,

    Do you have an email address we could contact you on? I was trying to find something on the site but wasn’t having much luck.


  9. Hi Richard, you can get me at rum@igc.org

    I have been ill and under serious pressure for some time now and am only just surfacing. Happy to talk. Skype is Palaeologus and phone is 001 917 362 1477

  10. Dennis, thanks, I have been bowled over with life for some time and only just surfacing now! Hope to see you soon and to maintain the site better!

  11. Hi ‘Pundit…I surf by every few months to see if you’re up and about again. Hope all is well. Will you continue adding content here in the near future? Certainly hope so.

  12. Thanks for enquiring. I have had a horrendous time that not even rum could cure. But coming back and hope to revive activity on the site soon.

  13. Hi Ruminsky,
    I am back to life after three years trying to rewrite the book of Job as an autobiography. Wrote Tequila, a Global History, worked on the history of Appleton Estate, and am considering a updated version of Rum: A Social & Sociable History.

  14. I wondered if the following might be of interest;

    The latest auction from whisky.auction has many rare and old bottles of rum up for sale.
    The rum highlights include:
     rums dating to the 1930s and 1940s
     a 25-year-old bottle of Wray & Nephew bottled in 1987 to commemorate the 25th
    anniversary of Jamaica’s independence – never released for sale and the first time this bottle
    has ever appeared at auction
     a Royal Navy flagon filled in 1953
     a bottle of the rare 1940s’ Extra Strong 90° Proof rum from Caroni, the Trinidad distillery
    that closed permanently in 2002.
    Buyers must register to participate in whisky.auction’s online auction:
    https://whisky.auction/buying. The current auction started on Sunday 24 April and will close on
    Tuesday 3 May at 7.30pm BST.
    Note to Editors
    Over the past few years, the demand for whiskies and fine spirits has increased considerably, with
    many people now choosing to buy and sell their bottles at auction as an alternative to using
    specialist retailers. http://www.whisky.auction is a new site that aims to simplify the auction process for
    Behind this site is a team of industry experts whose knowledge and expertise will bring honest
    guidance to sellers. What’s more, their contacts in the spirit industry bring to auction some of the
    rarest bottles in the world, with the aim of achieving the highest selling prices for the rarest bottles.
    Whisky Auction Ltd is a newly registered company based in London. You can deliver your bottles in
    person to our offices or send them in by post, and we also offer a collection service. Similarly, you
    can collect your winning bottles from our offices or take advantage of our delivery service with some
    of the best shipping rates for both UK and international customers. We also offer FREE insurance on
    all UK deliveries.
    For more information, visit http://www.whisky.auction.
    If you have whiskies or other fine spirits to sell, or even an entire collection, please get in touch by
    emailing info@whisky.auction or by calling +44 (0)20 8838 9381.

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