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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 Rum Renaissance Fest

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2018 Rum Renaissance Festival Hotel Deadline

The May 4th hotel deadline to reserve rooms at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Resort for the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival -- held June 9-10 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center -- is fast approaching.

Hotel Reservations and Information:

You can also call 1-800-Hiltons, or 1-800-445-8667.

This modern waterfront resort is only steps away from the big rum festival, offering comfortable rooms, great amenities, and a fabulous location near world famous Ft. Lauderdale Beach, in close proximity to a plethora of fantastic shops, stores, bars and restaurants.

$119 Rate Good Until May 4

The good news is, rooms at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Resort are only $119 a night, if reserved before the deadline of May 4th, 2018. Act now to ensure you get the best rate -- before the hotel is sold out -- for the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival.

A First Class Resort

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina is a stunning resort where guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows delivering amazing views of downtown, the Intracoastal Waterway or the bustling Fort Lauderdale marine port.

The property features a variety of delightful dining options. Enjoy Antea morning noon and night. Unwind on the pool deck at The G and gaze out at mega-yachts while you dine and drink. Choose the charming Waterway Room with its open views and walls of glass overlooking the sparkling blue Intracoastal Waterway.

Perfect Location For The Rum Festival

A short walk from the resort beneath the majestic 17th Street Bridge delivers you to the entrance of the fabulous Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, home of the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival. A number of alternate hotel options are available in the neighborhood, but none are more convenient than the Hilton.

From the waterfront dock of the Hilton Marina, take the Ft. Lauderdale Water Taxi to dozens of great locations along the inter-coastal waterway without venturing in street traffic, and without renting a car. The hotel also offers a complimentary guest shuttle to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The address of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort is 1881 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

Discounted Rum Festival Tickets

Discounted tickets to the tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival are available online before June 1 for $50 a day, which includes complimentary samples of hundreds of fine rums.

The world's biggest rum tasting event also features a number of master classes and interactive seminars, live entertainment and a tasting competition. The VIP Tasting Bar offers samples of rare, limited edition luxury rums for connoisseurs.

This event attracts rum enthusiasts and professionals from around the world, as well as local consumers and members of the trade.

Robert and Robin Burr, hosts of the Rum Renaissance Festival, invite one and all to enjoy this unique opportunity to taste, discover and learn more about the best rums in the world in an informative, enlightening and entertaining space.

10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival Announced

2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced

The Real McCoy 10 year limited edition aged rum

March 20, 2018 at 5:15am

The Real McCoy 10 Year Old Limited Edition Virgin Oak Aged Rum is a robust expression from Barbados offering exquisite complexity.

True to it's namesake, this iconic brand hearkens the days of prohibition-era rum running when Bill McCoy refused to compromise on quality. Only 3,000 bottles of this micro-batch have been released.


Crafted at Foursquare Distillery, this expression relies on a higher percentage of copper pot still distillate for a richer flavor profile. Two batches are aged separately. The first spends twelve years in used Bourbon barrels. The second, ages ten years in virgin American oak casks.

Carefully blended to balance flavors, the result is bottled at a hardy 92 proof, an example of the authentic style of fine aged rum that made Barbados famous the world over.

Tasting notes

Aromas of ripe banana, toasted butter pecan, big oak and vanilla are accented by a funky fruit. On the palate, brown butter over charred oak brings vanilla, toasted almond and tart dried fruit with a...

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For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.
To stay informed about news and updates in the world of rum, subscribe to Robs Rum Guide.
View insightful and succinct video rum reviews: Rum Minute YouTube Channel.
Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced

March 6, 2018 at 5:15am

The schedule for the 2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars features a broad and robust range of topics of interest to serious rum enthusiasts, as well as casual consumers.

Rum Renaissance Seminars and Master Classes ar Rum Renaissance Festival

The tenth annual Rum Renaissance Festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-10, 2018 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center offers a large quantity of rum samples from across the globe.

The event is known for attracting high quality speakers to share knowledge and insight with attendees into the realms of rum production, expert tasting and evaluation, international marketing, rum cocktails and more.

Rum Renaissance Seminars

Two seminar classrooms at the Grand Tasting Event can accommodate about 80 participants each. Reserved seating is available for $20 at the festival, or $15 in advance.

The complete seminar and master class schedule is available online at

Rum Renaissance Seminars and Master Classes at Rum Renaissance Festival

The Rum Renaissance Experience

The annual Rum Renaissance Festival is attended by rum consumers in South Florida, as well as professionals and rum experts from around the world. As the largest rum tasting event in North America since its inception, the festival is a global showplace for new and emerging rum brands, with product premiere releases and opportunities to sample rare and limited edition rums.

The host hotel for the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival is the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort located directly next to the convention center. Rooms are available online for $119 in advance.

For more information visit the Rum Renaissance Festival web site or call 707-278-6736.

For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.
To stay informed about news and updates in the world of rum, subscribe to Robs Rum Guide.
View insightful and succinct video rum reviews: Rum Minute YouTube Channel.
Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

Koloa announces Kauai Reserve Rum from Hawaii

February 28, 2018 at 5:15am

Known for their award-winning line of artisanal rums, Kōloa recently announced a new limited edition expression: Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum.

Artfully crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo distillery, Kauai Reserve is aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels and contains no added sugar, color or other ingredients. Only twelve barrels were bottled in this first limited edition release.

"We are thrilled to be launching our newest rum at the dawn of the new year," said Koloa Rum Company President and CEO Bob Gunter. "Kauai Reserve is remarkably smooth with rich, complex flavors that linger long after the last sip."

Limited Edition

Each of Kauai Reserve's 12-barrel batches yields approximately 3,500 bottles that are carefully filled, inspected and numbered to meet the exacting standards for quality and taste that Koloa Rum Company is renown.

According to Gunter, the release of Kauai Reserve is the culmination of more than five years of intensive research and experimentation by Koloa Rum's distillery team. The protocols necessary for the proper aging of rum in Hawaii's tropical environment were not to be found in manuals, but rather learned-by-doing."

"Kauai Reserve is perfect to warm winter's chill and is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks," he added.

Tasting Notes

A delicate sweetness leads to aromas of rich wood and a hint of sherry before a whiff of banana balances the bouquet. On the palate, initial notes of sweetness suggest...

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Diplomático Distillery Collection launches in USA

February 5, 2018 at 5:15am

A pair of rums that spotlight the distinctive production process used by the popular Diplomático Rum from Venezuela -- the Diplomático Distillery Collection -- have been released in the United States.

The distillery in La Miel, Venezuela has a long history of producing fine rums, using traditional copper pot stills, as well as modern column stills. One additional asset that sets them apart from others is their batch kettle still, a hybrid configuration best known for producing whiskies.

The new Diplomático Distillery Collection highlights these distillation systems with two new limited edition expressions, a Single Batch Kettle rum and a Single Barbet Column rum. This new pair allows consumers to better understand and distinguish the various production methods and unique personalities of the stills used to make many of Diplomático's fine blended expressions.

Diplomatico Distillery Collection

Batch Kettle Still
A Batch Kettle still was brought to Diplomático's distillery in 1959. This semi-artisanal batch distillation method was originally employed in Canada for the production of American whisky. The distillate is made from sugar cane honeys, and is aged in American white oak barrels, resulting in a deliciously complex medium-body rum.

Aromas of warm brown sugar, baked cereal, toasted oak and a hint of cola lead to a subtle caramel note. On the palate, charred wood leads to green apple and black banana before a very long warm finish.

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