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April 22-23, 2017
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April 22-23, 2017 -- 9th Annual Miami Rum Festival
and International Trade Exposition for Rum
Press Release and Media Coverage

Media Contact: Robert Burr

Miami Rum Renaissance Festival adds luxury VIP Tasting Bar

The addition of select luxury, vintage and limited edition rums will offer a new level of excitement for serious rum enthusiasts at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Expo.

Miami Rum Festival - 100 words

Presenting the largest rum festival in the world -- attracting rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts from more than 30 countries. The annual Miami Rum Festival offers an opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond during three days of Grand Tasting events at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center on April 22-23, 2017. Celebrity seminars, live entertainment, island lifestyle vendors and interactive cocktail demonstrations round out the activities associated with this unique celebration of the best rums in the world.

Miami Rum Festival - 75 words

The annual Miami Rum Festival offers an opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond during three days of Grand Tasting events at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center on April 22-23, 2017. Celebrity seminars, live entertainment, island lifestyle vendors and interactive cocktail demonstrations round out the activities associated with this unique celebration of the best rums in the world. Admisssion begins at $50.

Photos: Link to Photos for press use

Associated Press: Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum

An article about the changes in US-Cuba policy and how it might affect consumers and the rum industry, featuring expert commentary by Robert Burr.

Similar quotes from Robert Burr have appeared in many news outlets around the world, including: NY Times, LA Times, New York Post, NBC News, Fox News, CBS News, U.S. News and World Report, USA News, Houston Chronicle, Miami Herald, WIOD Radio, Macro Insider, The Detroit News, Poughkeepsie Journal, Fox News Latino, The Detroit News, Lewiston Morning Tribune, Greenville News, WTOP News, The FLorida Times-Union, NWA Online, Texarkana Gazette, My San Antonio, Lewiston Tribute, The Day, KIRO TV, KCTV 5, KOIN 6, USA24, and other outlets.

Miami Rum Fest Announces International Trade Expo for Rum

This trade industry exhibition brings rum producers together with importers, distributors, retailers and media to exhibit rums and related products.

Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo welcomes new rum brands

Emerging rum brands from South Florida, Georgia, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Austria, Denmark, Japan, Philippines and India make their U.S. debut at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo...

Local, National, International Press Coverage

Florida State Homes
August, 2016

Miami Traveler

Florida Today

Carib Seek Events Calendar

Boy Drinks World, Ram Udwin
4/30/2015/, Atomic Grog

El Sol Latino

Digest Miami

Miami New Times



CBS4 Miami

Miami Herald (Via Associated Press)

Miami Herald (Via Associated Press)

Florida Fairs and Festivals
April 2015

Macon Daily Telegraph (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2018

Columbus Ledger Enquirer (Via Associated Press)

Island Packet (Via Associated Press)

El Sol

My San Antonio (Via Associated Press)

Bellville News Democrat (Via Associated Press)


Idaho Statesman (Via Associated Press)

Bradenton Herald (Via Associated Press)

Centre Daily Times, Pennsylvania (Via Associated Press)

Bellingham Herald, Washington (Via Associated Press)

Kansas City Star (Via Associated Press)

South Florida Caribbean News
April 2015

The Triton
March 2015
April 2015

March 2015

You Tube – Yolo Rum
April 2015

April 2015

WSVN-TV (Via Associated Press)

Tri-City Herald

Premier Guide Miami
April 2015, Biloxi-Gulfport, MS (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2015 (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2015
April 17, 2015

Cape Coral Daily Breeze
April 18, 2015

Daytona Beach News Journal (Via Associated Press)
April 18, 2015

The Rum Trader

April 2015

April 2015

Chilled Magazine
April 17, 2015
April 24, 2015
April 2015

Caribbean Journal
Bar Business Magazine


National Public Radio:
Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation

NPR: Why Caribbean Rum Is The New Cognac – And Why Miami Is Its Showcase

KeraNews: Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation

GPB News: Rum Renaissance Revives The Spirit's Rough Reputation

Forbes Travel Guide: An Insider's Guide To The Best Rum In Miami

Miami New Times: Rum Renaissance Festival 2014: Top Five Coolest Rum Backstories

Miami New Times: Ten Rums We Loved at Rum Renaissance Festival 2014

Miami New Times: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer

Miami Herald: Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival

Miami Herald: Prepare for a rum-soaked week as the Rum Renaissance Festival returns to Miami

Miami Traveler: Exploring the Magic City -- Miami Rum Renaissance Festival 2015 by Hal Peat

Rum Journal: Miami Readies For World's Largest Rum Festival

Rum Journal: Pusser's, Don Q, El Dorado Among RumXP Winners - Rum lovers unite: Festival returns to Miami rum_lovers_unite_festival_returns_to_miami.html

Washington Times: Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival

Food & Beverage Magazine - Tanduay Silver Asian Rum Intrigues Experts at World's Largest Rum Festival

BarBizMag: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in Year Six

BarBizMag: Miami Rum Renaissance Continues Growth

A Mountain of Crushed Ice: Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

Atomic Grog: Upstart spirits share spotlight with major players at sixth annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

Atomic Grog: Cocktails reach new heights of creativity at Miami Rum Festival

Atomic Grog: Step up your game at Miami Rum Fest

Atomic Grog: Six reasons to look forward to the sixth annual Miami Rum Fest

Bahama Bob: 2014 Miami Rum Festival a Review in Pictures

Floating Rum Shack: Bacardi Tiki Take Over 2014 UK Team Confirmed

Soul Of Miami: 2014 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival

CBS4 Miami: Rum Connoisseurs Tasting New Flavors In Miami

Kansas City Business: Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival

Fox35 Monterey: Miami Rum Festival will make the city of the sun in the 'capital of the ron'

Customer Experience Report: Guyana Rum Takes Best in Class at 2014 Rum XP International Tasting Competition

BevNet: Selvarey Rum Announces California Distribution Through Southern Wine & Spirits

The Garden Isle: Koloa Rom brings home the gold

Hawai`i's Kōloa Rum Company Brings Home The Gold From The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

Cheers: Real McCoy Wins Awards in Miami

Facebook Miami Rum Renaissance Photos by Rod Deal

Chilled: The Real McCoy Rum Makes a Splash at Miami Rum Renaissance - Rum lovers unite: Festival returns to Miami

Floribrew: Miami Rum Renaissance Celebran el Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

Radio Interviews

Interview 1 - National Public Radio
Rob, Robin and Robert Burr are interviewed by Tim Padgett, Americas Editor of WLRN Public Radio about tasting rum.

Interview 2 - Robert Burr on By The Glass
Brett Hubbard and Friends interview Robert on their weekly show about spirits, wine and beer.

Banners and Logos for Miami Rum Festival

for a complete set of graphics, visit the banners page.

Testimonials by Exhibitors

Dear Robin,

I am writing to you personally to say thank you soo much for the amazing and professional experience I had prior to getting to the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and while at the rum festival. Your organization skills on this event were fantastic. You and your team really have something special going! I am floored by how cool this event was and also how much interest we got from so many awesome people! I am personally writing all of you individually on behalf of our whole team because it was truly an outstanding event! Thank you very very much!!!!

Joanne, Bryan & James
Lost Spirits Distillery
Monterey County, CA


Just wanted to send you a email to say THANK YOU !! I know your busy with a thousand emails as questions but I just wanted to take a minute and say thank you for all your help !!

We posted this video for the Miami Rum Festival, thought you would enjoy it .. We have Jack Sparrow coming lol…

Basil DeStefano, CEO
Shark Bait Co.
D.B.A Tiburon Rum

From: "JoAnn "
Date: April 29, 2014 at 12:09:09 PM EDT
To: "Robin Burr"
Subject: Thank You

I know you have been very busy. We just wanted to Thank you for doing another outstanding job at the Miami Rum Fest.

I was a little worried about Sunday but it worked out very well. You had it all planned.
Thanks again and can't wait to have RumShine at the next event.

All the Best,

JoAnn and the team
Cape Spirits Inc.
Cape Coral, FL. 33991

From: Jeanne Toulon
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 2:28 PM
To: Robin Burr

Hi Robin,

Congratulations to you Rob and Rob on a job well done! Bob said it was fantastic and you were such a great help to him, thank You!


Jeanne Toulon
Director of Business & Public Relations

2014 Miami Rum Festival Photos

by Tatu Kaarlas

2014 Miami Rum Festival Video

by Jochen Hirschfeld

Rum Is Fun -- Miami Rum Festival 2014

92 booths
69 rum brands
166 expressions of rum

Grand Tasting Attendance:
Trade Friday 3,316
Saturday 5,356
Sunday 1,888
Total 10,560

During our survey we asked attendees about the level of kowledge of rum.
12.53% considered themselves expert/professional
24.09% considered themselves above average
37.44% considered themselves average
12.11% considered themselves having slight knowledge
13.83% considered themselves novice

World Tiki Team Competition:
Saturday was the scene of the Bacardi U.S. versus Bacardi U.K. World Tiki Team Championship
Bacardi U.S. team won for 2014.

The 2014 RumXP Blind Tasting Competition included:
12 RumXP judges along with 12 Guest judges
six tasting sessions over three days
17 categories of rum with 133 entries
17 Best in Class awards, and 31 Gold awards were presented

Celebrity Seminars were well attended.
Nice Presenters: Phil Greene, David Cid, Bryan Davis, Shaun Caleb, Tyler Kok, Bernhard Schåfer, Ian Burrell, Paul McFadyen, Paul Senft with topics from Tiki Cocktails to the History of Falernum to "How to Taste Rum Like a Judge" over the course of three days.

Cocktail Parties throughout the week:
Seven cocktail parties took place throughout the week: Caña Rum Bar at the Broken Shaker, a visit to the Mai Kai in Ft Lauderdale with drinks by DonQ, Classic Bacardi Cocktails at the Bacardi Penthouse in Coral Gables, Bayou Rum from Lousiana at Gramps, Papa's Pilar hosted innovative cocktails at the Corner Bar, a Cocktail Walking Tour took place on Saturday on Miami Beach and the festival ended with a BBQ wrap party by DonQ at the Broken Shaker on Sunday.

Brands, importers and distributors exhibited many products at the festival including
Abuelo 12, Abuelo Añjeo, Abuelo Centuria, Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum, Appleton Estate 12, Appleton Estate VX, Arcane Delicatissime, Arcane Extraroma 12, Atlantico Platino, Atlantico Private Cask, Atlantico Reserva, Bacardi 8 Años, Bacardi Gold, Bacardi Mango Fusion, Bacardi Oakheart, Bacardi Superior, Barcelo Gran Añejo, Barcelo Imperial, Barcelo Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario, Barrilito 3 Star, Barritt's Ginger Beer, Bãvaro Grand Brut, Bãvaro Grand Noir, Bayou Silver, Bayou Spiced, Blackheart Spiced, Black Mamba, Blue Chair Bay Coconut, Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced, Blue Chair Bay White, Botran Reserva, Botran Reserva Blanca, Botran Solera, Brugal Anejo, Brugal XV, Brugal 1888, Brugal Papa Andrés, Bundaberg Double Barrel, Bundaberg Two Eighty, Bundaberg Blenders Edition 2014, Caliche, Carta Vieja Añejo, Carta Vieja Claro, Carta Vieja Extra Claro, Centenario 7, Centenario 9, Centenario 20, Centenario 25, Cubaney 25, Cubaney Centenario, Diplomatico Ambassador, Diplomatico Añeja, Diplomatico Blanco, Diplomatico Reserva, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, DonQ Añejo, DonQ Coco, DonQ Cristal, DonQ Gold, DonQ Gran Añejo, DonQ Limon, DonQ Mojito, DonQ Pasion, Dos Maderas 5+3, Dos Maderas PX 5+5, Dzama Amber Nosy-Be, Dzama Amber Cuvée Noire Prestige, Dzama Cuvée Blanche, Dzama Cuvée Blanche Prestige, Dzama Cuvée Noire, Dzama Vanilla 1 yo, Dzama Vanilla 3 yo, Dzama Vanilla 10 yo, Dzama White Nosy-Be, Edward Gunpowder, El Dorado 5, El Dorado 8, El Dorado 12, El Dorado 15, El Dorado 21, English Harbour 5, English Harbour 10, Flor de Caña Centenario 18, Flor de Caña Gran Reserva, Fresh Coconuts - Coconut King, Gosling's Black Seal, Gosling's Bermuda Gold, Gosling's Family Reserve Old, Gosling's Dark N Stormy, Gosling's Ginger Beer, Gubba Gold, Gubba Silver, Hampden Estate Gold, Izapa Platinum White, Izapa 13 Years, Izapa Seleccion del Maestro, Kalani Coconut Rum, Koloa Coconut, Koloa Dark, Koloa Gold, Koloa Spice, Koloa White, Kraken Black Spiced, Lost Spirits Navy Style, Medellin 3, Medellin 8, Medellin 12, Matusalem 15, Matusalem 18, Mt Gay 1703, Mt Gay Black Barrel, Mt Gay Eclipse, Mt Gay Extra Old, Ocumare Anejo, Ocumare Blanco, Ocumare Reserva, Oliver's Exquisto 1985, Opthimus 25, Opthimus 25 Malt Whiskey, Opthimus 25 Oporto, Origenes, Reserva Don Pancho 30, Origenes, Reserva Don Pancho 8, Origenes, Reserva Especial 18, Owney's Original, Papa's Pilar Blonde, Papa's Pilar Dark, Penny Blue, Pink Pigeon, Plantation 20th Anniversary XO, Plantation Grande Reserve 5, Plantation Guyana 2005, Plantation Jamaica 2001, Plantation Original Dark, Plantation Original Dark Overproof, Plantation Three Stars White, Plantation Trinidad 1999, Puntacana Club Esplendido, Puntacana Club XOX, Pusser's 3, Pusser's 15, Pyrat Cask 1623, Pyrat XO Reserve, Quorhum 30, Rhum St Barth Blanc Cool, Rhum St Barth Ambre Chic, Real McCoy 3 White, Real McCoy 5, Real McCoy 12, Rum Fire, Selvarey Cacao, Selvarey White, Skotlander RUM I, Tanduay Chairman's Reserve Intrigue, Tanduay Silver, Tanduay Heritage XO, Tiburon, Unhiq XO Unique Malt Rum, Viejo de Caldas 3, Viejo de Caldas Grand Reserva, Vizcaya Cask 12, Vizcaya Cristal, Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21, Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced, Wicked Dolphin Silver, Ypioca Prata, Zafra 21.


Photos of 2013
Please note: photos are available for usage as long as credit is given as both "taken" during Miami Rum Festival AND by photographer Tatu Kaarlas Please contact us for written permission.

For the latest up-to-date information about Miami Rum Renaissance Festival events, contact Robert Burr.

Robert Burr
phone: 305-443-7973


Rum Cruises to Caribbean Islands Announced

Hosts of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival today announced a series of special Caribbean voyages in November dedicated to the enjoyment and discovery of fine rums of the Eastern Caribbean.

The 2014 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Jewel Of The Seas takes place November 22-28, 2014 during the week of Thanksgiving.

Departing from Puerto Rico, the itinerary includes stops in the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Martinique and Barbados before returning to Puerto Rico.

Robin Burr and her husband Robert are organizing the tour, featuring visits to distilleries, rum tasting sessions, shopping for rare and exclusive rums and unique opportunities to appreciate Caribbean rum culture along the way.

Jewel of the Seas, a dazzling Radiance-class ship, combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wide-open spaces for a delightful cruise getaway.

Members of the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXPs) will be onboard offering insight and expert advice for rum enthusiast passengers.

Another similar itinerary in early November -- The Rum Journey Caribbean Cruise -- will be lead by RumXP member Paul Senft.

This unique eight day repositioning cruise aboard the Carnival Splendor departs San Juan, Puerto Rico on November 1, 2014 and visits five rum-rich islands. The Splendor will visit St. Croix, Martinique, Dominica, Grenada, and Grand Turk before arriving at its new home at the Port of Miami. This itinerary will allow travelers to visit at least four distilleries and welcome centers to learn about the history and methods used to produce rums on their respective islands. These islands will also provide the unique opportunity to experience and purchase rums that are not available in the United States.

Both rum cruises are booked by Deborah Fogarty, a Certified Travel Agent and Elite Cruise Counselor from Be Well Travel, LLC. Contact Deborah at 754-201-1138 to book your cabin or email:

30 Second Video of Miami Rum Festival 2013

2013 Media Links

Here is a link to the 2013 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Press Release.

Seminars bring rum celebrities to Miami Rum Festival
full details of rum seminars

Top Rum Brands Exhibiting at Miami Rum Festival

2013 Miami Rum Festival expands

New Rum Festival Feature: Ask A Rum Expert

Trade Day Announced for 2013 Miami Rum Festival

Media coverage was extensive:

Jennifer Kay - The Associated Press - 305-594-5825

Maria Murriel - SunSentinel -

Laine Doss - Booze Hound - Miami New Times - Ten Rums You Probably Haven't Tried Yet

Lisa Pirro - Roving Reporter

Caribbean Journal - RumXP Award Winners

Caribbean Business - Blackbeard's Revenge at US Rum Fest

Katrina Golobowich - Big Mouth Girlz - 954-903-8877

Jim "Hurricane" Hayward - The Atomic Grog

Ram Udwin - Boy Drinks World - Thoughts on drinking, life and mixing the two

Miami Rum Fest 2012 Movie

Recap of 2012

Photos of 2012 (for promotional use)

Rum Renaissance Trailer 2012

Rum Renaissance Compliation 2011

Recap of 2011
Recap of 2010
Recap of 2009


Rum Renaissance Trailer 2011

Rum Renaissance Hosts on South Florida Today (NBC6 Miami)

Ocean Drive

The Miami Herald

Miami Beach 411

Miami New Times

The Sun-Sentinel,0,2145277.story

Caribbean Travel & Life

South Florida Food & Wine Blog

Soul of Miami

Caribbean Living

The Sun-Sentinel

Local Wine Events

South Florida Gourmet

Caribbean Travel + Life


Rum Howler blog

Bahama Bob Rum Styles blog

Rum Howler blog

Rum Connection

South Florida Nights

Wine Miles

Uncommon Caribbean

Mensajero Turístico, Argentina

Host News: Diario Turístico, Argentina

Diario Turístico Latinoamericano

Caribbean Living

The Sun-Sentinel

Miami Beach 411

Andres Aleman

Rums of Puerto

Interviews on YouTube
Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador, UK Rum Fest, London, England -
Bart Murphy, Owner, Hula, Manchester, England -
Ian Williams - Author, NYC, History of Rum -
Phillip Duff - Lecturer, Amsterdam - Terrior of Rum -


Recaps of previous Rum Renaissance festivals:

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