The 2020 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival — May 15 and 16 — presents a fantastic opportunity to taste, learn, discover and share a world of fine rums. This two-day Miami Rum Fest event held in Coral Gables features a bounty of new rums revealed and old favorites on display — plus a wide selection of luxury, limited edition and vintage rums for connoisseurs.
The category of rum is vast, with more than 80 countries producing a spirit from some form of sugar cane, molasses or cane syrup. Rum enthusiasts are drawn to the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival to seek out their favorites amongst the plethora of expressions of cane spirit.
“This is my favorite rum tasting event,” said James Monroe of Coconut Grove. “Every year I find something new, meet some great people and enjoy the tastings with my friends. It just keeps getting better.”
Especially popular among the most serious rum devotees is the VIP tasting bar, featuring some rare limited editions from private collections. Small donations for exclusive tastings of the most collectible rums benefit local non-profit organizations.
“We search high and low to bring the most interesting rums to our tasting events,” said Robin Burr, co-founder and organizer of the rum festival. “It really is amazing to see so many varieties of rum in one place.”
Key to the success of Miami Rum Renaissance Festival is that fact that the principals travel widely to discover rums to share with their attendees. “We visit an average of 12 to 15 rum distilleries every year,” said event host Robert Burr, “as well as many rum events to say abreast of all the new offerings.”
The result is an unparalleled opportunity for rum enthusiasts, in the delightful setting of a historic building in Coral Gables. The event takes place on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th from 4 to 8pm at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd in Coral Gables, FL 33134.
Miami Rum Fest general admission tickets are $50 per day. VIP tickets, with early admission, catered meals and a fine tasting glass, are $75 per day. http://www.rumrenaissance.com/tickets/
Some of the specialty rums from private collections available for tastings at the VIP tasting bar at Miami Rum Fest include: Abuelo Centuria – Panama; Abuelo XII Two Woods – Panama; Abuelo XV Napoleon Cognac Cask Finish – Panama; Abuelo XV Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish – Panama; Abuelo XV Tawny Port Cask Finish – Panama; Admiral Rodney HMS Formidable – St. Lucia; Admiral Rodney HMS Princessa – St. Lucia; Admiral Rodney HMS Royal Oak – St. Lucia; Amrut Old Port – India; Angostura Single Barrel – Trinidad; Antelope Island Red Rum – Utah; Appleton 21 – Jamaica; Appleton Master Blender Reserve; Arôme 28 – Panama; Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez 10 – Puerto Rico; Bacardi Reserva Limitada; Barbancourt 15 – Haiti; Barcelo Imperial – Dominican Republic; Barrilito Three Star – Puerto Rico; Bayou Select – Louisiana; Bounty Sorrel – St. Lucia; Botran 1893 Solera – Guatemala; Bristol – Rockley Still ’86 – Barbados; Bristol Providence Estate 1990 – Trinidad; Bristol – Port Mourant 1980 – Guyana; Bristol – Port Mourant 1999 – Guyana; Brugal 1888 – Dominican Republic; Bumbu XO – Panama; Carupano Solera Centenaria – Venezuela; Cartavio XO – Peru; Casa Magdalena Ron Blanco – Guatemala; Chairman’s Reserve Forgotten Cask – St. Lucia; Chairman’s Reserve 1979 Independence – St. Lucia; Chairman’s Reserve 2005 Vintage – St. Lucia; Chairman’s Reserve 1931 – St. Lucia; Charbay Barrel Strength 68.5 – California; Clairin Le Rocher – Haiti; Clement Cuvee Homere – Martinique; Clifton Estate Spice Rum – Nevis; Cockspur VSOR – Barbados; Compagnie de Indes – Fiji Vintage 2004; Compagnie de Indes – Port Mourant Guyana 2005; Diplomatico Vintage 2002 Sherry Finish – Venezuela; Doctor Bird Traditional Pot Still – Jamaica; Don Pancho Origenes 30 – Panama; Don Q Vermouth Cask Finish – Puerto Rico; Don Q 2007 Single Barrel – Puerto Rico; Don Q 20097 Single Barrel – Puerto Rico; Doorly’s 12 – Barbados; Doorly’s XO – Barbados; Dos Maderas Luxus – Spain; Dzama Cuvee Noire – Madagascar; El Dorado 15 – Guyana; El Dorado 21 – Guyana; English Harbour Port Cask; Facundo Exquisito – Puerto Rico; Flor de Caña 25 – Nicaragua; Foursquare 1998 Vintage – Barbados; Foursquare Premise – Barbados; Foursquare Probitas – Barbados and Jamaica; Foursquare Zinfandel Cask Finish – Barbados; Foursquare POrt Cask Finish – Barbados; Gunroom – Gunpowder Proof – Guyana Barbados Trinidad Jamaica; Hamilton Demerara 86 – Guyana; Hamilton Jamaica Pot Still Gold; Hamilton St. Lucia Pot Still 7; Hampden Estate 60% Overproof – Jamaica; Holey Dollar Cask Strength – Australia; Inner Circle Blue Dot 90 Proof – Australia; La Mauny Rhum View Agricole – Martinique; Lemon Hart 151 – Vintage – Guyana; Matusalem 15 – Dominican Republic; Matusalem 18 – Dominican Republic; Matusalem 23 – Dominican Republic; McDowell’s Number 1 Celebration – India; Mount Gay XO Limited Edition Independence – Barbados; Mount Gay 1703 Master Select – Barbados; Mount Gilboa Triple Distilled Pot – Barbados; Nine Leaves Almost Spring – Japan; Nine Leaves Angel’s Half – Japan; Pampero Aniversario – Venezuela; Penny Blue XO Batch 002 – Mauritius; Plantation Fiji 2009; Plantation Guatemala Gran Añejo; Plantation Jamaica 2005 Long Pond/Clarendon; Plantation 2001 Nicaragua; Prichard’s Private Stock – Tennessee; Queen Charlotte’s Reserve – North Carolina; Real McCoy 12 – Barbados; Rhum JM Cuvée 1845 – Martinique; Rhum JM Vintage 1997 – Martinique; Richland Georgia Estate; Richland Georgia Estate – Terrapin Double IPA; Ron Centenario 18 – Costa Rica; Rum Nation Reunion Island 7; Rum Nation Caroni 1998 – Trinidad; Saint James Cuvée 1765 – Martinique; Saint James Rhum Vieux Agricole – Martinique; Santa Teresa 1796 – Venezuela; Skotlander V – At Sea – Denmark; Skotlander IV – Licorice – Denmark; Star African White – Mauritius; Urupan Charanga Banco – Mexico; Velier 1998 Caroni 15 – Trinidad; Velier Forsyths WP 502 – Jamaica; Vizcaya VSOP – Dominican Republic; XM Royal Extra Mature – Guyana; Zabana Single Barrel Reserve – Philippines; Zacapa XO – Guatemala; Zafra 21 – Panama; Zafra 30 – Panama; and Zaya 12 – Trinidad.
For more information about Miami Rum Fest, call 707-278-6736 or visit the web site: www.rumrenaissance.com/