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National Rum Examiner Robert A. Burr

Robert A. Burr

Robert Burr is the National Rum Examiner. He travels the world in search of the finest rums.

Together with his wife Robin and son Robert they publish Rob's Rum Guide with notes on hundreds of fine rums.

Rob's Rum Guide

They also host the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and The Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise

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2017 RumXP Award Winners announced at Miami Rum Festival

April 27, 2017 at 2:15pm

The International Rum Expert Panel today announced the list of outstanding rums from their 2017 RumXP Awards competition and Consumer Rum Jury trials held at the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo.

The event brought together a vast selection of rums from the Caribbean and beyond, plus a fine selection of American Rums made by craft producers from across the country.

The distinguished panel of International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP) judges were sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions carefully organized by the experienced competition staff before being analyzed and compiled by a veteran team of statisticians.

In addition, the Consumer Rum Jury, consisting of serious rum enthusiasts from across America and around the world, convened to sample and evaluate many fine rums for their own awards based on consumer preferences.

The results of these two international rum blind tasting competitions based on the categories and styles of rum judged by the International Rum Expert Panel are as follows...

read more: Robs Rum Guide

Miami Rum Fest returns April 22-23, 2017

April 14, 2017 at 5:15am

The annual celebration of cane spirits and global gathering of rum experts in South Florida — Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo — returns to the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center for the weekend of April 22-23, 2017 from 1 to 6pm.

Presenting hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean region and beyond, it's the ninth year that the world's largest rum theme event has chosen Miami as it's central location.

As the name implies, this two-day Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo is both a consumer-focused Grand Tasting event, and an opportunity for rum producers, importers, distributors and other professionals in the spirits trade to convene for a look into the future of rum.

Highlights of the 2017 Miami Rum Fest include the new American Rum Portfolio section, featuring the work of many fine rum producers from across the USA; the VIP Tasting Bar, offering samples of rare, limited edition and vintage rums from private collections; a host of celebrity seminars by noted authors and rum experts; and the annual RumXP (International Rum Expert Panel) blind tasting competitions. An additional set of savvy rum collectors make up the Consumer Rum Jury, evaluating and awarding top prizes from the discerning consumer's point of view.

During the week preceding the big rum tasting event, Miami Rum Fest Cocktail Week offers a number of special events to celebrate rum culture and to present new product launches. On Wednesday evening, it's a gathering at the world-famous Mai Kai Polynesian bar and restaurant. On Thursday evening, Rum Java launches at the Langford Hotel's Pawnbroker Bar. On Friday Evening, a gathering at Circa 39's Wunderbar celebrates rum cocktails. On Saturday evening, a big VIP bash at the DoubleTree Hotel celebrates the launch of Yolo Rum Clear.

The Miami Rum Fest web site features long lists of participating brands and bottles to be sampled, as well as complete information about the events surrounding the rum festival weekend.

In order to limit attendance to the Grand Tasting events on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, tickets are available for sale in advance online, starting at $75 per day, or $125 for a two day VIP pass.

For more information, visit the Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo web site at


Cannabis Cocktails Seminar coming to Miami Rum Fest

April 6, 2017 at 5:15am

Attendees of the Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo might be sampling some cocktails of a different ilk at the Cannabis Cocktails Seminar.

Warren Bobrow, mixologist, chef, and writer known as the Cocktail Whisperer is a freelance mixologist specializing in Craft Spirits and the implementation of specialty bar, cocktail and ice programs. Among his most popular books is "Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics."

Cannabis Cocktails Seminar

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo will be presenting a unique seminar featuring "special cocktails" with Warren Bobrow and Fwaygo Joe on Sunday, April 23 at 5pm. This is a free seminar for attendees of the Grand Rum Tasting event from 1 to 6pm.

Cannabis Cocktails: The Book

Cannabis Cocktails (Fair Winds Press / $22.99) is a collection of 75 recipes of cannabis-influenced cocktails -- from cocktails incorporating cannabis infused liquors to drinks featuring cannabis bitters and tinctures, as well as drinks flavored with cannabis smoke.

The author invites the reader to learn the history of cannabis as a social drug and its growing acceptance to becoming a medicinal. Look beyond cocktails and create successful tonics, syrups, shrubs, bitters, compound butter and exotic infused oil to use in any drink. Start your day with coffee, tea, and milk-based cannabis beverages for healing and relaxation. Get your afternoon pick-me-up with gut healing shrubs and mood enhancing syrups. Make cooling lemonades and sparking herbal infusions to soothe the fevered brow. Then, have an after dinner herbal-based cannabis drink for relaxation at the end of a good meal.

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

The annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo offers an opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond for two days at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Hotel, April 22-23, 2017. Celebrity seminars, master classes, live entertainment, and a VIP Tasting Bar round out the activities. Admission begins at $75.

Seminars and Master Classes

Among the other seminars and master classes offered at the rum festival are Leonardo Pinto on Rum and Chocolate Pairings; noted author Dave Broom on the rum tasting flavor map; Spanish tiki bartender Oriol Elias on the structure of the tiki cocktail; Tiki By The Numbers, a methodical approach to analyzing the critical components of rum cocktails; Theories of Fermentation and Distillation by Bryan Davis of Lost Spirits; and Carol Cortright, Owner of Roadside Attraction fashion accessories on Tiki In The Big Easy.


New Yolo Rum Clear expression launches in Miami

March 24, 2017 at 5:15am

You Only Live Once - so when it's time to celebrate life, enjoy the best rum with friends. That's the message behind the big launch of Yolo Rum Clear at the Miami Rum Festival, April 22-23.

Introducing Yolo Rum Clear

Yolo Rum Clear debutsJoining Yolo Rum Gold and Yolo Rum Silver, the new Yolo Rum Clear expression is a boutique-quality rum that isn't priced like it.

"For a long time now, we've wanted to produce an affordable, connoisseur-worthy rum blend," says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. "And Don Pancho has once again knocked it out of the park."

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world's most-respected and honored ronero (that's "rum blender," for the layman).

The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco Fernandez starts with rare sugar cane strains found only in Central America and the Caribbean. The resulting specially prepared sugar cane juice is fermented and distilled through a complex, five-stage series, and then Don Pancho goes to work, dictating how and how long the rum is stored before choosing the blends he crafts into dark or light spirits. Aging in charred American white oak barrels does the rest.

Yolo Rum features three distinct blends for rum aficionados. Top-shelf Yolo Rum Gold enjoys a 10-year aging process that gives it a rich, tawny color and smooth buttery taste. Two-year-aged Yolo Rum Silver is the world's premium rum for mixing—if you like vodka, you'll love Yolo Rum Silver. And now Yolo Rum Clear is a bridge between the two, ideal for mixing or solo consumption, with a smooth, lightly smoked sweet-oak taste. It is truly small-batch-quality rum available at a real steal.

Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home multiple gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

The Yolo Rum Clear VIP Launch Party at Miami Rum Fest, featuring live music by ¡Suénalo!

The brand has chosen the 2017 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival to debut Yolo Rum Clear to the world.

Yolo Rum Clear debuts with launch party at Miami Rum FestivalMiami Rum Renaissance Festival is the ultimate rum experience, drawing rum enthusiasts, producers, retailers, collectors, judges and rum experts from around the globe. It's the place where rum reputations are made -- and the perfect venue for debuting new spirits to an upscale and affluent audience.

The launch party includes a live performance by Miami's premier Latin rock band ¡Suénalo! on Saturday evening, April 22 at the Miami Airport Convention Center, in the Poinciana Ballroom, from 7 to 9:30pm.

"We were looking for something special to gild the lily, so to speak," says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin, "and we couldn't be more ecstatic to have ¡Suénalo! help us celebrate the launch of Yolo Rum Clear."

Featuring eight dynamic and talented musicians, ¡Suénalo! is Miami's premier Latin rock band. The group blends Latin and Caribbean rhythms with rock, hip-hop, funk, and vocals in both English and Spanish. Honing its craft in the underground Miami club and warehouse scene, the band broke through to mainstream audiences in the mid 2000s. They will perform live for party goers and the Yolo crew and help celebrate the debut of Yolo Rum Clear.

Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails courtesy of Yolo Rum on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Doors open at 6pm in the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center's Royal Poinciana Ballroom at 711 NW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33126.

Limited free tickets available; to RSVP, visit:

Must be 21+ with valid ID.

You Only Live Once… Enjoy Responsibly.


Diplomático adds Mantuano aged rum to Tradition Range

February 20, 2017 at 5:15am

Mantuano Ron Extra Añejo rum's name translates as "local nobleman" and is inspired by Don Juancho Nieto Meléndez, the 19th century character that inspirits the legend of Diplomático rums.

Don Juancho used his position of influence to benefit the development of his local region and to pursue his passion for travel and the discovery of new spirits, mainly rums. His significant impact on the rum industry and the appreciation of fine spirits in Venezuela is legendary.

This new expression in Diplomático's Tradition Range combines DUSA's signature column, batch kettle and pot still distillates created from molasses and sugar cane honey.

Aged up to eight years in white oak casks that previously held Bourbon and malt whiskey, Mantuano is precisely blended using 40% heavy pot still rum and 60% light and semi-heavy rums from the column and batch kettle stills for a fine balance.

Aromas of dried dark fruit, oak and a delicate spiciness are revealed. On the palate, a complex entry of dried fruits, wood and vanilla is well balanced, leading to a warm, semi-dry finish.

With a taste profile ideal for mixing in luxury cocktails, Mantuano's rich body and delightful complexity will also appeal to those that prefer to drink it neat.

Mantuano is bottled at 40% abv and priced at $24.

read more --> Robs Rum Guide

Robs Rum Guide database --> Diplomático Mantuano

Rum Minute video review --> Diplomático adds Mantuano aged rum to Tradition Range


Dave Broom Rum Seminars featured at Miami Rum Fest

February 16, 2017 at 5:15am

Attendees of the Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo in April are in for a treat with upcoming Dave Broom Rum Seminars: "Fathoming The Bowl" and "The Rum Treasure Map."

Award-winning author Dave Broom will present his unique and original series of seminars on the weekend of April 22-23 relating to his new book entitled Rum: The Manual.

Dave has been writing about drinks for more than 25 years and has twice won a Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year and for Drinks Writer of the Year.

Rum's Rightful Place In the Spirits World

The new book seeks to dispel any mistaken assumptions about rum and it's rightful place in the pantheon of great spirits.

"This is not just a world spirit; it is a world-class spirit and has been for longer than any of us realized. It's time to celebrate rum's diversity and versatility. Charge your glasses."

Dave Broom Rum Seminars

At 5pm on Saturday, April 22 Dave Broom will present a seminar for attendees of the Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo entitled "Fathoming The Bowl." He explores rum's peculiar history and the drinks which shaped the world. Dave Broom will be leading rum enthusiasts on a gentle wander through key points in rum's complex and convoluted history -- what were the rums, how were they made, what drinks did they make -- and plotting the rums on his newly developed Flavour Map. There could well be singing!
At 3:30pm on Sunday, April 23 Dave offers more details with "The Rum Treasure Map." While we all agree that having an increasing number of rums appearing on a daily basis is great news, it can't be denied that it's getting kinda confusing to work out what the differences are between them all. That's why he created the Rum Flavor Map for his latest book Rum: The Manual. He'll be explaining how it was put together and how it can be used -- by tasting a load of rums from all points. Find your comfort zone, workout where to explore next, see stylistic similarities and differences. It could well change the way you think about rum.

Rum: The Manual

Dave Broom will be on hand at Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo to sign copies of the new book.

It's about how to drink rum of all kinds. It's about classic rums and new-generation rums, about rhum agricole and about premium aged rums, about rums from all over the world. It's about rum enjoyed with cola and ginger beer and about the best rum for a classic daiquiri. And, it's about rum cocktails that ooze style and personality. Above all, it's about enjoying your rum in all kinds of ways.

The days of rum being seen as a minor spirit are over. The category has been reborn in recent years with developments such as the rise of premium aged rums and spiced rums. The range of rums available has widened dramatically, with tiki bars in every major city globally. Add in cachaça -- Brazil's native cane spirit -- and you have a hugely popular distillate. So there's no surprise that the premium rum market is growing at an astonishing rate -- from 23 percent per annum in the US to 74 percent per annum in France, for example.

The mission of this book is to bust some myths and to help drinkers appreciate this complex spirit, find the style they like and discover how this versatile spirit can best be enjoyed. It will help you to understand your rum -- how it's produced (whether from molasses, cane syrup or cane juice) and whether it's dry, sweet, fresh or oaky.

Dave provides a comprehensive history of rum's sticky and storied past, as well as tasting notes for more than 100 different rums, from rich, sweet mellow Guyana rums to the vegetal peppery rums of Martinique and Guadeloupe and contemporary spiced rums.

In addition, he provides scored notes for how each rum stands up to five different preparations – with coconut water, ginger beer, cola, clementine juice and in a daiquiri. This, along with the flavor camp system Dave created, will help you to find your preferred rum and to create the perfect mix every time.

Rum: The Manual is available at books at stores worldwide and online at an other major retailers.

Attendance at the Dave Broom Rum Seminars at Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo is limited.

Purchase tickets in advance online. No tickets will be sold at the door.


More Limited Edition Rums featured at Miami Rum Fest

January 25, 2017 at 5:15am

Robert Burr is searching the world for the most exclusive limited edition rums, rare bottles and exotic expressions to share with his friends at the annual Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo in April.

Now in its ninth year, his annual forum of rum enthusiasts, professionals and experts began as a modest gathering of a thousand rum fanatics enjoying about a hundred rums from a couple of dozen major producers. Over the past decade, The Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo expanded into the world's largest rum event, bringing the best rum producers and the most devoted fans to Miami from all over the globe.

For 2017, the event is focusing it's attention on discovering new rums, upscale expressions, luxury spirits from the farthest reaches of the world — as well as the best American rum producers.

"Florida is the number one market for rum in the world. Miami has been home to the biggest and best rum gathering on the planet for many years," said Robert Burr. "Size is good, but quality is better. Our mission is to gather the very best limited edition rums and invite the most appreciative rum enthusiasts to share our discoveries."

More Limited Edition Rums on display

The establishment of the festival's VIP Tasting Bar set the tone for a more serious sampling of rare, limited edition and vintage rums. Upscale consumers responded positively and enthusiastically to these luxury offerings.

Expanding the depth and breadth of these exceptional rums is a priority for festival organizers in 2017 as more of these limited edition rum products come to market in South Florida.

Among the many fine rums to be sampled at the VIP Tasting Bar are Barbancourt's rare 150th Anniversary edition from Haiti, Mount Gay's very limited 50th Anniversary of Independence Extra Old rum from Barbados; the exquisite limited edition Facundo's Paraiso XA from the Bacardi family private reserves; Zacapa's ultra-rare 30 year old Centenario from Guatemala; Flor de Caña 25 Year Old aged rum from Nicaragua; Rhum Clement XO vintage blend from the 1970s; the rare Matusalem 23 year old Gran Reserva from Dominican Republic; the 1980 vintage El Dorado 25 year old aged rum from Guyana; Don Pancho's Origenes, ultra-rare 30 Year Old aged rum from Panama; and Appleton Estate's rare Master Blender's Legacy Reserve from Jamaica, which is no longer available...

read more --> Rob's Rum Guide


Rum Arôme 28 from Panama

January 5, 2017 at 5:15am

Among the most exclusive and expensive rums on the market, the new Rum Arôme 28 year old presents a luxury aged rum experience for serious rum collectors and connoisseurs.

Rum Arôme 28 is produced by a life-long master of rum in Panama and packaged for the luxury market, this rare rum expression is limited to 500 bottles worldwide.

The rum is distilled in a vintage copper column still and aged in used whiskey barrels for 28 years before a careful blending brings all the elements into a near perfect balance.

Aromas include brown sugar, charred whiskey wood, honey, baking spice, ripe butter and leather, with a hint of black pepper. A very smooth sweet entry builds big warmth at mid-palate before drying out with lingering vanilla and big wood over dried fruit, offering hints cinnamon, cocoa and allspice. Notes of white raisins and butter linger in the long finish.

Rum Arôme 28 is available at select retailers with limited availability online from Passion Spirits. The suggested list price is about $600.

read more --> Robs Rum Guide

Robs Rum Guide database --> Rum Arôme 28

Rum Minute video review --> Rum Arôme 28