Manchester Rum Festival Returns For Its Second Year

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MANCHESTER RUM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ITS SECOND YEAR

Manchester Rum Festival to host round two at Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Rum Festival, the cities only official festival of its kind for the rum category, is returning Friday 1st June 2018, heading to the iconic Manchester Cathedral.

With the 2017 launch of Manchester’s first dedicated rum festival turning out to be a sell-out success, organizer and owner Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast has turned to the historic venue to house over 75 brands of rum from all over the world, a dedicated cocktail bar for classic signature serves, and the chance to purchase via local independent retailer Riddles Emporium’s on-site shop.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Tuesday 28th November at 9am, priced at £20 for the full session, and will be available via the official Manchester Rum Festival website.

The festival will be a weekend long affair, with the main festival positioned on the Friday 1st, whilst the Saturday and Sunday will offer up a host of rum focused events, tastings and cocktail specials. The return of the rum brunches will see city centre venues collaborate with the likes of Chairman’s Reserve from St Lucia, whilst the cities tiki bars and cocktail haunts will work their Caribbean magic by putting on festival special menus for the weekend.

New Polynesian venue Mahiki will be hosting the official Manchester Rum Festival after-party on the Friday evening, kick-starting what Dave hopes to be a weekend of rum interaction between novices and enthusiasts across the city.

For more information on the current exhibitors and extra events, please visit www.manchesterumfestival.com

Manchester Rum Festival can be followed on Twitter @McrRumFestival

Facebook and Instagram at ManchesterRumFestival / ManchesterRumFestival

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Having attended and enjoyed this years event immensely, we can’t wait to see what Dave and helpers have lined up for 2018……The Rum brunches are also well worth checking out! Keep an eye out and with last years event selling out in a matter of hours, grab your tickets quickly!

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Silver Seal Dennery Superior St Lucian Rum

This is a bottling that I have little to no information on. I have tried to source information online but aside from a few pointers leading to a 1988 distillation, there is nothing….no reviews, no literature and the only mention appears to be on auction websites. I’ve also tried emailing Silver Seal to obtain information but again have drawn a blank. So we’re flying blind on this one which makes it interesting. To start with, this Rum is not from the closed Dennery Distillery on the East Coast…this entity closed in the early 1970’s so the Dennery aspect is pure marketing. It will be from the site that is now St Lucia Distillers. It is also highly likely being a Silver Seal product…Silver Seal being an Italian Independent bottler that ages and bottles in Scotland…that this Rum has seen little to no Tropical age. It is also a Rum that I have struggled with since first opening it…..but I shall cover this below…

Silver Seal Dennery Superior St Lucian – 43%

Upon first opening the striking dark green / black bottle, I have to say that the aromas emanating from this Rum were very, very bitter. It’s colour, mixed with the bitterness initially made me think that it had seen an overdose of caramel colouring….an opinion that has not changed much. I have experienced bitterness previously in long continental aged demerara’s and in that instance, it was close to killing any enjoyment. I’m happy to report that the Rum opened up a little….and even more so once the fill level traveled past the shoulders of the bottle.

Tasting Notes

Glass: The Rum is dark amber in the glass and it is accompanied by the ever-present bitter edge. Initial aromas are quite earthy with an off note of wet corrugated cardboard boxes. Hazelnuts and wet earth follow. Very light antiseptic cream. Wet wood and an underlying caramel. Sour vegetal aromas and a hint of menthol. A little messy. I’d say that its light enough to be mostly column but it does seem to have a little backbone that hints at pot still content. I just can’t help thinking that they’ve dumped a huge measure of spirit caramel into it.

Mouth: Dry and bitter entry with hints of raisins and hazelnuts. Mouthfeel is a little light but still oily. Quite herbal and menthol. Still has wet wood but no real enjoyable oaken notes. Over roasted coffee beans. Mildly medicinal. Light citrus. But its all dominated by that unpleasant bitterness. Stewed celery and fennel seeds right at the end. The lacklustre finish is of medium length and starts dry, soon developing a nutty quality before that off bitter caramel note begins to dominate. Right at the back-end there is a hint of bonfire toffee.

If this was distilled in 1988 and I picked mine up in maybe late 2014, it could realistically be upwards of 22 years old. Maybe it would’ve been more vibrant and enjoyable as a younger Rum? Either way, age has not helped it. I have tried and tried to enjoy this Rum. I just can’t. It has too many off notes and is a little too messy to be enjoyable. These tasting notes are 12 months old and I have recently visited the bottle again to add to them and to be honest, nothing has changed. It’s still disappointing. It is so far detached from anything that St Lucia Distillers are producing currently that I would avoid this completely and start exploring their 1931 series which offers a lot of enjoyment. This bottle wasn’t too expensive when I picked it up but rarity has seen its price jump up. Glad that I tried it, just to add it to my body of experience, but it’s just not worth a purchase…..anything but Superior…

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Reading’s Milk Bar Named Winners Of The Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Campaign

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Reading’s Milk Bar Named Winners Of The Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Campaign

Spirits innovator Emporia Brands and award-winning Chairman’s Reserve rum of St Lucia Distillers, are proud to announce the winning venue for the 2017 Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai campaign.

Milk Bar from Reading were announced on Tuesday 26th September winners at The Magic Roundabout, one of London iconic pop-up sites. The final saw five venues from across the UK recreate their Chairman’s Mai Tai’s to the public and VIP judges, hoping to win a trip for two to St Lucia as part of the prestige Chairman’s XI programme.

Joining Milk at the final were last year’s winners Alvino’s of Newcastle upon Tyne, Colonel Porter’s, also of Newcastle upon Tyne, Ten Mill Lane from Cardiff and wild card entry of Panda & Sons from Edinburgh.

With a secret panel of judges on hand to test out each cocktail, Milk were deemed worthy winners for 2017 and earnt their place on the plane to St Lucia.

Winning Recipe (pictured above)

Pearl of the Caribbean

35ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced

20ml Chairman’s Reserve Gold

15ml fresh lime juice

35ml milk shrub no.2*

3 dash angostura bitters

Shake and strain over crushed ice in up-cycled food tin. Garnish with a thyme sprig, dehydrated lime and desiccated coconut.

*Shrub Recipe

200ml caster sugar

175ml cold water

Whole fig, in 8ths

2 big lime peels

50ml crushed almonds

25ml chairman spiced

15ml orange flower water

50ml red wine vinegar

Method –

Bring sugar and water to boil, dissolve sugar fully. Add figs and lime peel and simmer for 5 min. Remove from heat and add crushed almonds. Bring back to boil and simmer for 2 min. Add Chairman’s and orange flower water. Simmer for 1 min. Add red wine vinegar. Simmer for 1 min, let cool slightly and filter through coffee filter

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Emporia Christmas Cocktails

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Emporia

Emporia Brands HQ asked a number of their award-winning brands to send across their festive recipes, perfect to impress your friends and family with.

Ron Prohibido – ‘the forbidden rum’ – is a unique premium Latino rum from Mexico. Made in a traditional 12 year solera with a unique combination of column still rums, Ron Prohibido was, in the 17th century, shipped in used sweet wine barrels to Spain where the distinctive sweet and bitter taste it acquired during the voyage was much appreciated…so much so that local producers in Spain persuaded King Felipe V to ban it – hence “prohibido”, the forbidden rum. Now, over 300 years later, this delicious rum is available in the UK for the first time.

Try their simple ‘Prohibido’:

Glass: Mug

Ingredients:

60 ml Ron Prohibido

2 tsp caster sugar

½ cup hot fresh coffee

1 cinnamon stick

Orange zest

Method:

Stir the coffee and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Stir in Ron Prohibido and add the cinnamon and the strip of orange zest. Garnish with whipped cream, grated chocolate and grated orange zest.

Prohibido

Osborne is one of the oldest and most prestigious wine and spirit producers in Spain. Founded in 1772 by Thomas Osborne Mann to supply sherry to the UK, it remains 100% family owned, and is now run by the seventh generation.

The brightest vinous jewels in Osborne’s considerable crown are the very old rare sherries (vors). these are exceptional sherries from very special soleras, all of which were established nearly two centuries ago, and the solera for Sibarita is in fact the oldest in Jerez, dating back well over 200 years to 1792. These precious sherries have found worldwide acclaim, and are found on the lists of top restaurants around the world.

Try out their ‘PX Reserve’ recipe:

Glass: Coupette

Ingredients:

40 ml Chairman’s Reserve

10 ml Osborne PX

2 dash Angostura

Method:

Stir all the ingredients within a mixing glass over ice, then strain into a coupette.

PX Reserve

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Both cocktails look pretty tasty! Now we don’t have the Osborne PX here at Rum Diaries HQ but we do another bottle of PX and of course we have Chairman’s Reserve so we are odds on to fire one of those up at some point over the Christmas period!

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Chairman’s Reserve ‘Rovers X1’

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Chairmans BottlesSt Lucia Distillers has recruited a new Chairman’s Reserve X1 who are currently touring top bars in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield giving mixology demonstrations, cocktail tastings and discounted serves to eager customers who want to taste the rums which have won the “Best Rum” Trophy four times in the last six years.

The tour started at Kosmonaut Bar on Tariff Street, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where Tom Higham has invented a new cocktail ‘5 Spice Sour’ to accompany their Spice Club evening when they serve a grand home-style 4 course Indian meal (recipe below).

Montpellier’s Café on Back Turner Street, Manchester organised a “Caribbean Calling” evening and informal food-pairing event with Chairman’s White Rum, Chairman’s Spiced and it included a warm goat’s cheese, pine nut and honey salad paired with a Honey and Walnut Rum Manhattan using Chairman’s Reserve Finest Rum.

Tom HighamThe Almost Famous Bar at 100-102 High Street also in Great Northern, Manchester will also be offering individually created cocktails by four of the new Chairman’s Rovers X1: Adam Binnersley, Jonathan Leathley, Brodie Meah and Tom Higham at the new outside terrace area on Tuesday 26th August, when all four join forces to run the Chairman’s Reserve evening pop-up. Also at Almost Famous, a new Chairman’s Reserve Rum cocktail called ‘Custard Reserve’ specially created by mixologist Jonathan Leathley will be on the drinks menu – for the recipe – see below.

On the same evening, Under New Management, the popular bar in Barlows Croft, Salford M3 5DY will host a late-night session with plenty discounted Chairman’s Reserve Rum serves including Brodie Meah’s new rum cocktail ‘Watermelon Punch 1999’ – recipe below.

Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield will also be hosting in the coming weeks master classes of Caribbean rums from St Lucia showing the blends of pot and coffey still rum from one of the world’s most successful distilleries.

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All sounds pretty awesome and I’ll hopefully be able to nip along to Great Northern on the 26th for a drink or two as they sound well worth checking out…………

Cocktail Recipes

‘Watermelon Punch 1999’ – Brodie Meah at Under New Management , Salford.

37.5ml Chairman’s Reserve Finest

25ml Vermouth

15ml Wheat beer & Coriander Seed Reduction

20ml Citrus

Watermelon

 

‘5 Spice Sour’ – Tom Higham, Kosmonaut Bar, Manchester

40ml Chairman’s Reserve Finest

10ml Mandarin Liqueur

25ml Lime Juice

15ml 5 spice syrup

15ml Mango

Splash ginger beer

 

‘Custard Reserve’ – Jonathan Leathley, at the Almost Famous Bar

50ml Chairman’s Reserve Finest

50ml Cocchi Americano

25ml Lemon

25ml Cooked Custard Cordial

25ml Egg White

2 Dashes Jerry Thomas Bitters

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Chairman’s Reserve ‘Sprint to the Finish’

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Competition

St Lucia Distillers, as a member of a Commonwealth Country, has organised a cocktail competition with a difference in Scotland. In conjunction with their UK distributors, Emporia Brands Ltd, they have invited a number of leading bartenders from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to take part, competing for a chance to go to the 100m finals session at Hampden Park on Monday 28th July.

The bartenders have been asked to come up with an original Chairman’s Reserve cocktail, using any of the four expressions available, which have all been posted on the Chairman’s Reserve UK Facebook site.

The challenge is for these bartenders to market their drinks through their bars and social networks for a week & ‘Sprint to the Finish’. The cocktail creation that has manages to attract the largest number of likes at the end of a week, on Thursday 24th July, will be the winner and we will accompanied to the Blue Ribbon event (men’s 100m finals) by the Chairman of Emporia Brands, James Rackham to enjoy prime seats for the event in a corporate box at Hampden Park.

The runners and bartenders in this race to the Games include:

Danny Whelan – Kelvingrove Cafe (Glasgow)

Alex – Amicus Apple (Aberdeen)

Mike McGinty – Treacle (Edinburgh)

Matthew Ronald – Blue Dog (Glasgow)

Jon Hughes – Bramble Bar (Edinburgh)

Adrian Gomes – The Tippling House (Aberdeen)

James Grant – Bond 9 (Edinburgh)

Lewis Thomson – Clouds & Soil (Edinburgh)

Rosie Paterson – The Voodoo Rooms (Edinburgh)

The only requirement regarding the drinks they have been asked to make, is that the base spirit must be one of the four Chairman’s Reserve expressions (Chairman’s Reserve Finest, Chairman’s Reserve White Label, Chairman’s Reserve Spiced or Chairman’s Reserve ‘Forgotten Casks’).  The nature and style of their creations was left entirely to the participants and as a part of their marketing exercise, to decide whether to appeal to bartenders, consumers, St. Lucians or lovers of the Commonwealth Games.

The Bartenders and their Drinks:

Danny Whelan – Kelvingrove Cafe (Glasgow):

Comerette Cooler – named after the white-sand St Lucia beach Anse Comerette

Comerette Cooler

45ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum

25ml Orange Sherbet

20ml Coconut Syrup

Dash Chocolate Bitters

Topped with a float of Root Beer

Add all ingredients except Root Beer to a mixing tin, shake and pour into a highball glass over cracked ice. Float root beer over the top. Garnish with an Orange Twist, with Vanilla ice cream and Coconut Chocolate on the side. Enjoy while picturing yourself on its namesake beach!

Alex  Muir – Amicus Apple (Aberdeen)

Mai Tai XX

45ml Chairman’s Reserve

30ml Chairman’s Blanco

30ml Chairman’s Spiced

30ml Fresh Lime Juice

15ml Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

10ml Orgeat

10ml Falernum

Hard Shake // Strain // Tiki Glass // Pineapple crisp and Maraschino Cherry

Designed to pay tribute to both the Chairman’s range and the Games by twisting one of the most popular rum cocktails ever created. The spice of the falernum compliments the spiced rum while the orgeat and Pierre Ferrand work to perfectly balance and dry out the drink, leaving you looking forward to more! Finally the big flavours of the rums appropriately lead to a strong and memorable finish

Mike McGinty – Treacle (Edinburgh)

Chairman’s Re-Served

Chairmans Re-served

50ml Chairman’s Reserve

20ml Homemade Falernum

5 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

2 Dash Chocolate Bitters

All put into a metal cup, with a lime cut into a square, covered in Demerara sugar, coffee, chocolate and cinnamon. A light on fire which caramelises the lime and it drips into the drink. Then extinguish the flame with 60ml water. It is a twist on the perfect – rum serve of coffee, lime and sugar, hence the name

Matthew Ronald – Blue Dog (Glasgow)

Bolt from the Blue 

Bolt from the Blue25ml Chairman’s spiced

12.5ml Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

12.5ml GB blueberry

Fresh blueberries

25ml Lemon juice

Lemon syrup

37.5 ml apple juice

Jon Hughes – Bramble Bar (Edinburgh)

DeWitt Cocktail

DeWitt Cocktail

45ml Chairman’s Reserve Forgotten Casks

15ml Byrrh Grand Quinquina

15ml raspberry syrup

15ml lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine-strain into a chilled coupe or small cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange zest and a cherry

Adrian Gomes – The Tippling House (Aberdeen)

Bodega & the Smoking Gun

Bodega and the Smoking Gun

30ml Chairman’s Reserve White Label

15ml Gabriel Boudier Triple Sec Curaçao

15ml Fino Sherry

House-made Grapefruit Zest Tincture

Stir all ingredients and strain into a chilled coupette. Spray flaming tincture over drink surface

James Grant – Bond 9 (Edinburgh)

Chairman’s Hook

Chairmans Hook

40ml Chairman’s Spiced

20ml Cherry Heering

50ml Colloseo PX sherry

5ml Gomme

Dash Angostura bitters

2 orange wedges,

4 pineapple wedges

3 blackberries

Muddle fruit, add all ingredients, shake. Serve in a red wine balloon with crushed ice. Garnish with  orange & pineapple wedge & blackberry

Lewis Thomson – Clouds & Soil (Edinburgh)

The St Lucian Sprint

St Lucian Sprint

37.5ml Chairman’s Spiced

12.5ml Nardini Rabarbaro

12.5ml Bee pollen Syrup

12.5ml Agave syrup

20ml lime

2 Dashes Rhubarb bitters

10 mint leaves

Serve in a julep tin with crushed ice, garnish with mint sprig and bee pollen

Rosie Paterson – The Voodoo Rooms (Edinburgh)

Party Thyme!

Party Thyme

50ml  Chairman’s Spiced rum

12.5ml triple sec

12.5ml lime juice

10ml gomme

2 dash angostura 2 dash orange bitters

Thyme

Egg white

Serve in a Coupe with a thyme sprig garnish

Chairmans Logo

Again, all of these drinks sound awesome……..keep your eyes peeled on the Chairman’s Reserve Facebook page for proceedings….

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Montpellier’s Presents Chairman’s Reserve ‘Caribbean Calling’

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MONTPELLIER’S PRESENTS CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE ‘CARIBBEAN CALLING’

Friday 18th July, 5:30 – 9:30pm, sees the first in a monthly series of ‘Montpellier’s Presents . . . ‘ with Chairman’s Reserve rum taking the reigns and kicking off with a St Lucian takeover, honouring the Caribbean islands most famous liquor export.

The evening is a taste of Caribbean culture and a guide through the St Lucian rum, matching with culinary treats. Guests will be treated to a journey through the full range of Chairman’s Reserve, including the rare and exceptional ‘Forgotten Casks’, entwined with a specially prepared three-course food menu and Chairman’s Reserve cocktails, created by the Montpellier’s team.

The evening will be compèred by John West of UK Distributor Emporia Brands and Montpellier’s own Adam Westbrook, together with Dave Marsland of Drinks Enthusiast and Chairman’s Reserve.

Keeping the laid back ambiance of the Caribbean flowing throughout the evening, guests will all benefit from discounted Chairman’s Reserve cocktails after the event within the venue’s newly refurbished bar, while Montpellier’s provide a quintessential sound track to your night!

Tickets are priced at £20.00 per person, and can be purchased at http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Montpellier%27s/Chairmans-Reserve-Caribbean-Calling/12217376/

For more information, please contact Adam Westbrook on bookings@montpelliers.co.uk or ring 0161 832 3146

 

Montpelliers Poster

 

If the rum alone isn’t enough to entice you, the menu should seal the deal…..

First Course: Warm Goats Cheese, Pine nut and Honey salad paired with a Honey and Walnut Rum Manhattan and Chairman’s Reserve White Label

Second Course: Creole Chicken Rugai paired with a Pickled Ginger & Chilli Daiquiri. A vegetarian option is also available which is a Sweet Potato and Spinach Rugai. Paired with Chairman’s Reserve

Third Course: Poached Pear Flambe in Cointreau with Rum and Vanilla Ice Cream paired with a Raisin and Orange Spiced Rum Frozen Daiquiri. Paired also with Chairman’s Reserve Spiced

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