The Miami Rum Festival takes place in April with hundreds of fine rums on display in a 50,000 square foot exhibit hall at the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel. It's also an annual gathering of major proportions -- now a tradition -- for many of the world's most experienced rum experts.
In addition to their blind tasting sessions in their RumXP competition, the judges of the International Rum Expert Panel today announced they will be on hand at the 2013 Miami Rum Fest Grand Tasting events on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-27 to field questions from consumers attending the event.
"Ask The Rum Expert" is a new feature of this annual cane spirit gathering. Participants will tap into the combined expertise of these notable rum hounds -- these world travelers and collectors of fine rums -- while browsing the isles to evaluate rum samples.
Participants are invited to visit the RumXPs at their "Ask The Rum Expert" exhibit. All questions are welcome, from the most basic to in-depth inquiries about specific products, distillers, brands or countries of origin. They might just have the answer to your rum-related question.
Paul McFadyen is one of the resident rum experts. He's traveled to many distilleries, tasted hundreds of rums, and operates a very successful rum bar in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London. Along the way, he has learned how to appreciate fine spirits and picked up secrets and techniques for making rum. "We enjoy sharing our knowledge and passion for all things rum with people that are interested in the subject," said McFadyen, a member of the International Rum Expert Panel. "We'll be hanging out at the festival, enjoying the great selection of rums and talking to rum enthusiasts. Stop by and ask us a question about rum. We enjoy engaging in lively discussions about our favorite subject."
Tickets to the event are $50 per day ($75 for VIP early admission), which includes evaluating hundreds of fine sipping rums and sampling great rum cocktails, attending celebrity seminars, watching rum competitions on the main stage, browsing the island lifestyle exhibits -- and playing stump-the-band with the rum experts.