The Caribbean’s Top Rum Festival Is Back

caribbean rum festival topGustavia, St Barth.
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A master class in rare bottlings of Jamaican rum. A rum-and-cigar pairing with Davidoff. A blind-tasting competition of the Caribbean’s most sought-after rums. A journey through the world of the Rhum Agricole of Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

It’s the Caribbean’s leading rum festival, and it’s back once again on the island of St Barth this November. 

The Fourth Annual Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth, presented by WIMCO and Tradewind Aviation, are set for Nov. 2-7, headquartered at the world’s top rum bar, the Rhum Room in Gustavia. (Here’s where to stay and here’s how to fly to St Barth). 

“Just when I thought 2020 even with CoPan (sounds better than Covid 19 or Pandemic) was an incredible year for the St Barth Rum Festival and Caribbean Rum Awards, 2021 rolls around and after a summer of furious activity we have an INCREDIBLE line up,” said Christopher Davis, co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth and proprietor of the Rhum Room and Quarter Kitchen and Cocktail Lab.

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The Rhum Room, host of the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth. the Caribbean’s largest rum bar.

“We have Master Classes from Master Distillers, Master Blenders, Ambassadors and the like from some of the most awarded Rum brands Barrilito, Bielle,  Depaz, HSE, Karukera, La Favorite, Montebello, Neisson and of course Velier. The knowledge that will flow with the rum being judged and available at the Expo and Master Classes has never been assembled before in the Caribbean.  Anyone who loves rum, wants to love rum or just plain is a connoisseur of Quality, and I mean from Champagne to Brown Spirits to Wine, should be here to learn and experience what this tremendous spirit has to offer.  It is time for Rum/Ron/Rhum.”

The event kicks off Nov. 2 with a VIP Ti’ Punch cocktail by WIMCO, followed that evening by a cigar and rum pairing seminar with rare Davidoff selections. 

The next day is the judging, which brings together 10 international judges from across the Caribbean and the United States for a blind tasting of rums in 10 different categories. 

A WIMCO villa in St Barth. WIMCO is a presenting sponsor of the Caribbean Rum Awards.

That evening is a cocktail competition of St Barth’s top bartenders, presented by Veritas, the rum blend of Hampden and Foursquare. 

Thursday is the event’s epicenter, a rum expo open to the public that lets guests try Caribbean superstar rums, from Marie Galante’s Rhum Bielle to Puerto Rico’s Ron del Barilito and Martinique’s Rhum Neisson, among others. 

Each night from Thursday through Saturday is a multi-course rum cocktail pairing dinner (reservations required, to do so contact hello@25sbh.com)

And Sunday is a full-fledged Ti’ Punch brunch. 

“This is an essential pilgrimage for those who love the finest rums of the Caribbean,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal and co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards St Barth. “It’s a week of fun-loving, indulgent events and a union of two of the Caribbean’s most famous exports: rum and cigars.” 

For more, visit the Caribbean Rum Awards. For ticket information, see here

For any other questions, contact rum@caribjournal.com. 

The full schedule is below:

TUESDAY Nov. 2

18:00 Ti’ Punch Happy Hour by WIMCO

21:00 Rum and Cigar Pairing With Davidoff

WEDNESDAY Nov. 3  

10:00  Caribbean Rum Awards Judging (Closed to Public)

14:00 Montebello MasterClass

19:00 – 00:00  Veritas Rum Cocktail Competition

THURSDAY Nov. 4
 

12:00 to 16:00 Accutron Rum Expo

13:00 Presentation Bielle

13:30 Presentation HSE

14:00 Presentation Habitation & Clairin

14:30 Presentation Barrilito

15:00 Presentation Neisson

15:30 Presentation Montebello & Karukera

16:00 Ron del Barrilito Masterclass

18:00 Jamaica MasterClass Velier

20:00 Food & Rum Cocktail pairing limited seating

22:30 Cigar & Rum Pairings (Rhum Montebello)

FRIDAY Nov. 5
 

11:00 HSE Masterclass

13:00 Neisson MasterClass

15:00 Velier Masterclass

20:00 Food & Rum Cocktail pairing limited seating 

22:30 Cigar & Rum Pairings (Bielle)

SATURDAY Nov. 6

 12:00 Karukera Masterclass

 14:00 Bielle Masterclass

 16:00 Emerging Market Masterclass: Velier

20:00 Food & Rum Cocktail Pairing Dinner, limited seating    

22:30 Cigar & Rum Pairings

SUNDAY Nov. 7

8:00 Market and Rhum Arrange Expo

10:00 Live Music

12:00  Ti’ Punch Brunch

 

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