Martinique is the overseas department of France and an amazing island located in Lesser Antilles between Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia. On the island, rum is made of agricole, or craft, made only from sugar cane juice. Without doubts on Martinique I have experienced an extraordinary adventure.
I have to admit that receiving a special invitation to Martinique and participating in the event as a juror in the first edition of the Martinique Rhum Awards was a real honor for me. Immodestly I also think that finding myself as a part of the jury is also some kind of appreciation of the work we have done in the last three years in Poland.
The originators of the new Martinique Rum Festival are the world famous owner of beach bars – Guy Fedinand and Rum Embassy. I found myself in a very prestigious group of 10 jury members in which were present rum celebrities such as: Matt Pietrek, Suzanne Long, Annie des Groseilliers, Hugues Labrador, Alexandre Vingtier, Laurent Thirion, Roger Caroni, Dirk Becker and Jean-Claude Padern.
I make no secret of the fact that it was a huge pleasure for me and such a great experience. Telling about the event does not reflect even ten percent of the emotions and adventures we have experienced. As I have already mentioned, the invitation I received and the fact that I was a part of a jury was (and still is) a real honor for me. I have never imagined that I might find myself in such a good company.
I met wonderful people on Martinique – very experienced, knowledgeable on rum as hardly anyone in the world. The Martinique Rum Awards is brilliant and demanding for both: evaluators and assessed. Without doubts, the organizers put a lot of work and commitment to make all the details of the event perfectly matched.
We have assessed rum in twelve categories. The biggest winner of the Martynique Rhum Awards was HSE XO in the Rhum Agricole Extra Vieux category. Immediately behind him, La Mauny is highly rated in the white rum category up to 55 ABV, and Dillon in the best rugby category between 3 and 6 years. Also, I have to mention that the product of the A1710 Renaissance boutique distillery made a great impression with its white rum not belonging to the AOC and the best in the category of molasses rum from 3 to 12 years old.
During the festival, we had the opportunity to experience many attractions that created a great atmosphere of the event. Inter alia, there was a great bartending competition and blind tasting combined with food pairing at the La Case Thai Restaurant.
For people from the world of alcohol, a great adventure is always visiting and learning the secrets of distilleries. Thus, on Martinique we had a chance to visit La Mauny, Trois Rivieres, Depaz, La Favorite and Clement. I think that these distilleries are “must see” places during your visit on the island. In my opinion – always – seeing the core of each distillery and having the opportunity to try rum completely unavailable in Europe is always the greatest experience for everyone in the rum industry. We have also a chance to know a lot of details and secrets of creating rum agricoles and differences in sugar canes.
Martinique Rhum Awards
Category 1 – Rhum white AOC, Martynika do 55 ABV
1. Maison La Mauny – 50
2. Clement – Canne Bleue 2018
3. Heritiers Madkaud – Blanc
Category 2 – Rhum white, AOC Martynika do 55 ABV
1. Dillon – 55
2. HSE – 55
3. HSE – Canne d’Or
Category 3 – Rhum white Agricole non-AOC do 55 ABV
1. A1710 – Reference
2. O’Reizinho – Blanco
3. A1710 – Diamond Rock
Category 4 – Rhum white, Agricole non-AOC, powyżej 55 ABV
1. Pere Labat – 59
2. A1710 – La Perle Brut
3. Karukera – L’Intense
Category 5 – Rhum Agricole, AOC Martynika 3 do 6 lat
1. Dillon – VSOP
2. HSE – VSOP
3. Dillon – Cuvee des planteurs
Category 6 – Rum Agricole AOC Martynika, 6 lat i więcej
1. HSE – XO
2. Trois Rivieres – 12
3. Depaz – XO
Category 7 – Rum Agricole non-AOC 4 lata i więcej
1. Karukera – Black Edition Alligator
2. Clement – Secrets de Futs Gourmand
3. Damoiseau – XO
Category 8 –rhum from molasses from 3 to 12 lat
1. A1710 – Soleil de Minuit
2. Maison du Rhum – Colombie
3. Plantation – Fidji 2009
Category 9 – Rhum from molasses, 12 years and more
1. Plantation – Jamaica 2005
2. Abuelo – 12
3. Abuelo – 15 Oloroso
Category 10 – Rhum Agricole AOC Martynika, Brut de Fut
1. Trois Rivieres – Cask Strenght 2006
2. HSE – 2007 FR
3. HSE – 2007
Category 11 – Rhum Agricole non-AOC, Brut de Fut
1. Mhoba – Select Reserve French Oak
2. Karukera – L’Expression
Category 12 – Rhum from molasses, Brut de Fut
1. Riviere du Mat – 2006 CDR
2. Rum Nation – Worthy Park 2006
3. Plantation – Jamaica 22 ans
Exceptional events need a unique space. Centennial Hall – is the only such place in Wroclaw, which is why we believe that Rum Love Festiwal cannot take place elsewhere.
Centennial Hall is a unique meeting place in Wroclaw.
In 2006, the Centennial Hall along with adjacent areas, the former restaurant pavilion, Pergola and the water basin, was inscribed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List.
Rum Love Festiwal will take place in the Wroclaw Congress Center for the third time.
In the close neighbourhood, there is also the Wroclaw Multimedia Fountain – the largest installation of this type in Poland and one of the largest in Europe.
The most aromatic festival affects Poland with a passion for rum.
Almost 1300 participants, 300 types of alcohol and 35 exhibitors from around the world. Two days of workshops, concerts and an unforgettable atmosphere. This is how it was last year on Rum Love Festiwal in Wroclaw. Organizers decided to affect Poland with rum and make a cyclical event from the festival. What will be a surprise this time?
In the beginning, there was a passion…deep interest in alcohol, which turned into a professional career. Rum Love Festiwal organizers can consider themselves as really lucky people because they do what they love in life.
Rum festivals have been held for years around the world, but in Poland along with tequila and gin, it can be included in niche alcohol categories. However, according to research from the Nielsen Retail Panel in 2015, the value of the rum market in Poland amounted to PLN 91 million. This means that it increased by 10% compared to the previous year. Currently, according to statements of specialists from KPMG, almost 30 percent of Polish consumers, over 11.5 billion people, at least once reach for rum in a year.
Experts predict the steady growth of this segment at the level of 2-3 percent per year. Noting that this is due to the growing popularity of drinks, cocktails (the art of mixology), travel, as well as the influence of blogging alcohol lovers and educating consumers about rum. Therefore, Tomasz Krzyk, Jacek Boniecki and their team decided to organize for the first time in Poland Rum Love Festiwal, which last year has received wide echoes among lovers of various alcohols. This year, as in previous years, the Rum Love Festiwal will take place in the Wroclaw Congress Center, which is located next to the Centennial Hall from the UNESCO list, because exceptional events need a unique space.
The organizers expect about two thousand participants at the festival. There will be MASTERCLASS product training, 34 stands for partners – companies that would like to show their products (in addition to alcohols also cigars). Guests would have an outdoor terrace and a festival shop at their disposal. In the background, guests would hear themed music and in the evening, concerts of music groups in the open air. Last year, the organizers also started the project Rum Love on Tour to break the stereotypes about rum, for two months they visited 30 top cocktail bars and restaurants throughout Poland, where they conducted training. It must be admitted that gentlemen do a great job because the awareness of flavours and aromas of rum in Poland is growing very fast. But that’s not everything what the project’s initiators have up in their sleeve.
The capital of Lower Silesia is also becoming the national capital of rum. The festival organizers have created an amazing place on the cultural map of Wroclaw, where the passion of creation is combined with fashion, classic and the past. BlackBeard Barber & Barrel House is a new place with a classic soul. It is a place where you can buy a limited edition of rum, consult experts and masters in the art of bartending, but also spend time in a unique, industrial space. While the guest enjoys a drink, the barber can take care of hair and beard.
One of the buildings at Teczowa Street is a tribute to the classic. The owners claim that there can be no other place for the craft than the one covered with a thick mantle of history. For a barber, there cannot be any other place, like the atmosphere and space that favours creativity and creating a future from the past. In BlackBeard, in addition to classical crafts, there are also training, lectures and presentations mainly about rum and whiskey. It is certainly a unique place whose atmosphere you just have to taste.
The organizers set themselves the goal of strengthening the awareness and culture of drinking alcohol such as rum or whiskey. Beginning with passion and idea, they started work on the Rum Love Festiwal and BlackBeard. All projects were successful, however, the gentlemen emphasize, that they are just spreading their wings and are not going to rest on their laurels. Since last year they have launched some great projects that do not close only within the borders of Poland. Thanks to such projects, enthusiasts of spirits from around the world thinking “Poland” will see Wroclaw and BlackBeard. We cordially invite you to the Rum Love Festiwal on 7/8 June to Wrocław, as well as to visit the website www.rumlovefestiwal.com and www.blackbeard.com.pl.
Rum Love Festival is a unique opportunity to get to know the new flavours and aromas of the best rum in the world. The festival participants for two days will move to a land full of this aromatic liquor.
Rum Love Festiwal will take place on 07-08 of June 2019 at the Wroclaw Congress Center at Centennial Hall for the third time. Exceptional events need a unique space, which is why we believe that our festival cannot take place elsewhere. The Centennial Hall is inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List – it is one of the most atmospheric locations in Wroclaw.
Over 1,200 people came to Wroclaw for the first and second edition of the festival. During the festival weekend, there were numerous workshops, training sessions, tastings and concerts. All the attractions waiting for guests have undoubtedly stimulated the senses and revealed a real and often unknown world of rum.
We pay homage to the classics in one of the buildings at Tęczowa Street in Wroclaw. There can be no other place for the craft than the one covered with a thick mantle of history. For the barber, there cannot be any other place like this with the atmosphere and space that is conducive to creativity and creating a future from the past.
BlackBeard is a new place with a classic soul. This is the place where a professional will take care of hair and beard, and you will relax with a glass of whiskey, rum or other drink. BlackBeard is not just a barber – it’s a cultural place on the map of Wroclaw, where the passion of creation is combined with fashion, classic and back to the past.
It is a great idea for a business meeting, combined with training, conference or a summary of business successes.
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1* Orange flower (neroli, lemongrass, orange blossom…)
2* Medicinal flowers (linden, hawthorn, verbena…)
3* Honey (acacia, honey, sugarcane, reed flower…)
4* Herbal family Herbal notes are the most frequently represented by dry herbs (tea, hay).
1* Roast (coffee, mocha, chocolate…)
2* Roasted/burnt (toasted bread, burnt sugar, molasses, burnt wood…)
These families come from thousands of chemical molecules. Every stage of rum production is responsible for evolution some of those molecules and it gives final outcome by combining different raw materials and production techniques for our rums.
This also allows us to define three aroma families, which represents which represent rum shortages caused by problems during production, poor fermentation or incorrect temperature during distillation.
1* baked goods (bread…)
2* lactose (milk, butter…)
4* butyric (stale, overly ripe fruits…)
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