Rumfest Berlin 2012

And the month of Rum Festivals officially started! October being the craziest month of them all being full with Rum Fest Berlin, Bar Convent Berlin, London Cocktail Week and the UK Rum Fest. Lots to see and lots to drink. I went to Berlin and this is what i remember.

An event organized by master Dirk Becker the owner of the Rum Depot in Berlin. I met Dirk the first time as a RumXP in Miami we had some rums and talks. Dirk is a real rum lover, his Rum Depot “Rum Club” is a shop full with over 600 rums..impressive i know! As i see it the Rum Festival was only a normal result of his passion for this liquid gold. Even when raining the atmosphere inside was incredible people enjoying all the different rums it was a wonderful rum flavored weekend.

Event Homepage: http://rumfest-berlin.com/

Here you can see the official photos from the RumFest Berlin on their Facebook page. I have put together this video. (Edited with iMovies for iPhone)

It was really a great event i can’t wait to get back next year. Thanks to Dirk and his staff for everything.

As you can see on the video Brugal made a wonderful work on their stand. The bar was shaped as a boat (catamaran) to show the real pleasures of living in the caribbean…really nice. Their pink mojito was a raspberry mojito variant which resulted in a really nice drink..the rum really makes it special.

I was pleasantly surprised when i saw the old Brugal Siglo de Oro bottle..they probably still have some in their warehouses. Of course i took one for me .. its already a collectors bottle!

The results are really interesting..i have to admit i was surprised when i saw them.

White Rum:
Gold: Plantation 3 Stars
Silver: Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
Bronze: Caney Ron Blanco

Gold / Dark Rum:
Gold: Pampero Añejo Especial
Silver: Blue Mauritius Rum
Bronze: Botucal Añejo

Aged Rum 5-9 Years:
Gold: Virgin Gorda
Silver: Pampero Aniversario
Bronze: Chairman’s Reserve Forgotten Cask

Cachaça:
Gold: Delicana Ipé Roxo
Silver: Delicana Silver
Bronze: Delicana Castanha

Flavoured Rum:
Gold: Rum Company Cocorange Old Rum
Silver: Belmont Estate Coconut Rum
Bronze: Saint Aubin Reserve Spiced Rum

Aged Rum 10-14 Years:
Gold: Ron Santiago de Cuba Extra Añjeo 12 Años
Silver: Centenario Gran Legado 12 Años
Bronze: English Harbour Reserve 10 Years

Aged Rum 15-30 Years:
Gold: Cubaney Centenario
Silver: XM Supreme 15 years
Bronze: Gosling’s Family Reserve Old Rum

Solera Rum:
Gold: Centenario Systema Solera 25 años
Silver: Centenario Systema Solera 30 años
Bronze: Ron Cartavio XO

Rhum Agricole Up To 10 Years:
Gold: La Mauny Rhum Vieux Agricole 1995
Silver: Trois Riviéres Cuvée de Moulin
Bronze: Rhum Barbancourt Aged 8 Years

Rhum Agricole Over 10 Years:
Gold: Trois Riviéres 1999 Fût Unique Single Cask
Silver: Secret Treasures Single Cask Old Guadeloupe 1992
Bronze: La Mauny XO

Overproof Rum:
Gold: Smith & Cross
Silver: Tiki Lover Dark
Bronze: Gosling’s Black Seal 151 proof

Best of Show 2012: Ron Santiago de Cuba extra añjeo 12 años

Congratulations to all the rums and of course especially our Cubaney Centenario from Casa Oliver. I used to drink this rum after a hard day. When i asked the master blender Omar Lopez why did he create this rum he said: “I think this is how rum should taste”.

Have you ever tasted these rums?