Show Timetable 2016

MASTERCLASSES AND TASTING SESSIONS

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Please find some of our seminars listed here. You can sign up to these NOW here. Most seminars and masterclasses are free to book on the day. However, they are extremely popular and as spaces are limited you can secure your place in advance by booking online. There is a booking fee of £5 to secure your place at the seminar before the show. If you choose to wait and sign up on the day we cannot guarantee that there will be any spaces left as all seminars are booked on a first come first served basis.

 

Saturday

During Saturdays RumFest you have a selection of Seminars to choose from in Seminar Room 1 as well as in the more intimate Tasting Suite. We are also very happy to welcome Gianluca Gargano who will be presenting Velier with 3 / 4 sessions per day.

Another amazing tasting room with 3 / 4 sessions daily is in our Agricole Suite hosted by Benoit Bail & Jerry Gitany with 12 different Agricole Rhums to sample from Martinique & Guadaloupe.

All sessions and masterclasses are booked on a first come first served basis. Please book online NOW here.

Sunday

During Sundays RumFest you have a selection of Seminars to choose from in Seminar Room 1 as well as in the more intimate Tasting Suite. We are also very happy to welcome Gianluca Gargano who will be presenting Velier with 3 session per day.

Another amazing tasting room with 3 sessions daily is in our Agricole Suite hosted by Benoit Bail & Jerry Gitany with 12 different Agricole Rhums to sample from Martinique & Guadaloupe.

All sessions and masterclasses are booked on a first come first served basis. Please book online NOW here.

Important Info

Please find some of our seminars listed here. You can sign up to these NOW here. Most seminars and masterclasses are free to book on the day. However, as spaces are limited you can secure your place in advance by booking online. There is a booking fee of £5 to secure your place at the seminar before the show. If you choose to wait and sign up on the day we cannot guarantee that there will be any spaces left as all seminars are booked on a first come first served basis.

Venue:
ILEC Conference Centre,  47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD . Find our venue details and map to plan your journey here

 

 

Classes For Saturday 22nd October 2016

Seminar Room 1

12:30 – 13:15 – Rare Rums Hosted by Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell

The Rare Tasting Rum seminar will be hosted by Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell, where he will guide you through 6 rare and expensive rums for you to sip & savour, while teaching about their history. As an added bonus we will be joined by Steve Remsberg from the USA who has one of the rarest private rum collections in the world. No doubt that one of the rums will be from his collection.

 

13:45 – 14:30 –Diplomatico Rum Tasting (World Exclusive)

Join Diplomatico’s Master Blender for a unique insight into the reasons behind the global re-launch of The Diplomatico range scheduled for late 2016. Learn why the 47% abv Planas is replacing Diplomatico Blanco and be amongst the first to taste Diplomatico Mantuano, the replacement for Diplomatico Reserva. Alongside these new releases you will also be given a tutored tasting of some old favourites including Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Diplomatico Ambassador.


15:00 – 15:45 – Mount Gay Rum Masterclass with Master blender, Allen Smith.

Mount Gay, the Original rum from Barbados, is known for producing rums made from a blend of matured pot and column still rums. For the first time in Mount Gay’s history, pure Pot Still and Column distillate rums will be available in a limited edition. Join master blender Allen Smith for the first tasting in the UK and an in depth discussion about his inspiration for these rums.

 

16:15 – 17:00 – El Dorado Rum Masterclass with Master Distiller, Shaun Caleb

We are delighted to announce that for the first time in over 10 years, the El Dorado Master Distiller, Shaun Caleb, will be visiting the UK to host a seminar at the UK RumFest.  Shaun’s seminar will focus on the sensory and tasting of Demerara Rums and will include a tasting of El Dorado’s core range from El Dorado 3 Year Old up to El Dorado 21 Year Old.


Tasting suite

12:30 -13:15 – Rum & Chocolates with Sam Smallman.

Sam Smallman is Retail and Events manager for Rococo chocolates and resident pairings expert. Having worked in the fine chocolate industry for nearly 8 years Sam has worked with a wide range of spirits combining palette with emotion and nostalgia to entice and excite you; to understand the  complexities, contrasts, comparison and simple joy in pairing and tasting. 

Rumfest 2016 is Sam’s third year of pairings with us at Rumfest and promises to highlight some of the most innovative and intriguing combinations yet.

 

13:45 – 14:30 –Whiskies influenced by Rums with Dave Broom

The award winning spirits writer Dave Broom will take you through a tasting of Whiskies that have been influenced by Rum. He’ll make a few references from his new rum book called The Rum Manual.

 

15:00 – 15:45  Introductory Level Aroma Masterclass with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy

Welcome to the world of Rum aromas and flavors – Learn to Nose Like a Professional

Introduce a series of key reference Rum aromas

Educate you regarding nosing terminology and vocabulary

Explain the nosing and tasting process

Identify the key aromas to be found in your favorite Rums

www.aroma-academy.co.uk

 

16:15 – 17:00 – Is Fijian rum the world’s best kept secret? 

Liam Costello, Master Distiller, Rum Co of Fiji.

Come and discover Lautoka island in Fiji and its award winning rums. Learn why hand-cut sugar cane, grown in ancient volcanic soil, produces a richer and purer cane juice. Find out why filtering rum through coconut shell carbon produces a purer and smoother flavor.

You’ll get a chance to sip three beautiful super premium rums and judge for yourself – is this the world’s best kept secret?

Velier

The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rhum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges. Velier is now seen as the No.1 independent bottle of premium rums in the world.

Rum Ambassador , Luca Gargano will guide you through a tutored tasting of some of Velier’s amazing rum bottlings. Spaces will be limited.

12:45 -13:30 – Session 1 details to be released

14:00 – 14:45 – Session 2 details to be released

15:15 – 16:00 – Session 3 details to be released

16:30 – 17:15 – Session 4

Rhum Agricoles Room

 Rhum Agricoles Room

Agricultural rums or Rhum Agricoles are traditionally made in French influenced tropical islands of the world, with the most famous coming from Martinique and Guadeloupe. These rhums are made from fresh sugarcane juice as opposed to Molasses.

Due to last year’s success, Benoît Bail and Jerry Gitany will come back to the UK Festival this year to host an other Agricole Room, along with Jessica Toumson. The main difference this time is that they’ll come with more brands and more rhum. During several trips on both islands, they managed to collect 48 different agricole rhum references from 12 different brands from Martinique and Guadeloupe. A unique occasion for the UK customers to taste agricole rums like never before from all over the French West Indies.

12:45 -13:30 – Session 1 details to be released

14:00 – 14:45 – Session 2 details to be released

15:15 – 16:00 – Session 3 details to be released

16:30 – 17:15 – Session 4

Classes For Sunday 23rd October 2016

Seminar Rooms 1

12:30 -13:15 Mount Gay Rum Masterclass with Master blender, Allen Smith.
Mount Gay, the Original rum from Barbados, is known for producing rums made from a blend of matured pot and column still rums. For the first time in Mount Gay’s history, pure Pot Still and Column distillate rums will be available in a limited edition. Join master blender Allen Smith for the first tasting in the UK and an in depth discussion about his inspiration for these rums.

 

14:00-14:45 – Rums of Venezuela (DOC…Controlled Designation of Origin)

The 45 minutes tasting session will introduce participants to appreciate the quality of four different rums certified by the D.O.C. label (–Controlled Designation of Origin-.) and learn about COVENIN standards. These parameters specify the production process that must be followed for a spirit to be classified as rum and bear the D.O.C. Ron de Venezuela official designation; they also stipulate an obligatory minimum two years ageing in oak barrels, a 40% alcohol content and the use of sugarcane grown in Venezuela.

Attendees will enjoy a different point of view towards this type of liquor through its combinations in cocktails and tasting.

 

15:15 -16:00 Rum’s Place in the Spirits World

For too long rum has been seen as inexpensive and unsophisticated. Why is this? has it always been this way? Can the best of Rum compete with the best spirits? What can we do to change the status quo? In this seminar we examine these questions and leave you with an appreciation of rum’s rightful place in the spirits world. This class is suitable for all audiences.

Rhum Agricoles Room

Agricultural rums or Rhum Agricoles are traditionally made in French influenced tropical islands of the world, with the most famous coming from Martinique and Guadeloupe. These rhums are made from fresh sugarcane juice as opposed to Molasses.

Due to last year’s success, Benoît Bail and Jerry Gitany are back to the UK Festival this year to host another Agricole Rhum Room, along with Jessica Toumson. This year they have more brands and more rhum. During several trips to the French Caribbean, they managed to collect 48 different agricole rhum references from 12 different brands from Martinique and Guadeloupe. A unique occasion for the UK customers to taste agricole rums like never before from all over the French West Indies.

12:45 -13:30 – Session 1

14:00 – 14:45 – Session 2

15:15 – 16:00 – Session 3

 

Velier

 The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rhum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges. Velier is now seen as the No.1 independent bottle of premium rums in the world.

Rum Ambassador , Luca Gargano will guide you through a tutored tasting of some of Velier’s amazing rum bottlings. Spaces will be limited.

12:45 -13:30 – Session 1

14:00 – 14:45 – Session 2

15:15 – 16:00 – Session 3

Tasting Suite

12:30 -13:15 – Rum & Chocolates with Sam Smallman.

Sam Smallman is Retail and Events manager for Rococo chocolates and resident pairings expert. Having worked in the fine chocolate industry for nearly 8 years Sam has worked with a wide range of spirits combining palette with emotion and nostalgia to entice and excite you; to understand the  complexities, contrasts, comparison and simple joy in pairing and tasting. 

Rumfest 2016 is Sam’s third year of pairings with us at Rumfest and promises to highlight some of the most innovative and intriguing combinations yet.


13:45 – 14:30 – Diplomatico Rum tasting. (World Exclusive)

Join Diplomatico’s Master Blender for a unique insight into the reasons behind the global re-launch of The Diplomatico range scheduled for late 2016. Learn why the 47% abv Planas is replacing Diplomatico Blanco and be amongst the first to taste Diplomatico Mantuano, the replacement for Diplomatico Reserva. Alongside these new releases you will also be given a tutored tasting of some old favourites including Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva and Diplomatico Ambassador worth £200 per bottle.


15:00 – 15:45 Introductory Level Aroma Masterclass with Kim Lahiri, Aroma Academy

Welcome to the world of Rum aromas and flavors – Learn to Nose Like a Professional

Introduce a series of key reference Rum aromas

Educate you regarding nosing terminology and vocabulary

Explain the nosing and tasting process

Identify the key aromas to be found in your favorite Rums

www.aroma-academy.co.uk

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