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El Dorado Masterclass with Shaun Caleb Oct 06

The Whisky Exchange

This year is the 50th anniversary of Guyana gaining independence from the United Kingdom and El Dorado rum is celebrating.

The Whisky Exchange will be joining in the party with a tasting featuring the celebratory El Dorado Grand Special Reserve, bottled in honour of the anniversary and costing £2,750 a bottle!

Well known for its rich, dark and complex style, El Dorado produces some of my favourite rums. A big hit with whisky drinkers as well as rum fans, it’s dark rum at its best.

Your host for the evening is master distiller Shaun Caleb, who learned the trade under legendary Demerara rum maker George Robinson. A Princeton-educated chemical engineer, Shaun combines a modern take on distilling with the more traditional approach of his mentor, helping him make some of the world’s best rums.

They’ll start with a cocktail and then Shaun will take you through the El Dorado range and the new anniversary release.

El Dorado Rums

El Dorado 12yo
El Dorado 15yo
El Dorado 21yo
El Dorado Grand Special Reserve 50th Anniversary

This is an amazing opportunity to taste some of the world’s finest rum – let your taste buds be wowed!

The tasting will take place on
Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm

£40 per ticket

Tickets are available here.

Venue Details
Browns Covent Garden
The Judge’s Court
82-84 St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4AG

+44 (0)20 7100 0088
coventgarden@thewhiskyexchange.com

Please arrive at the venue
from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

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My Plantation Gran Añejo Rum Journey Oct 03

A few weeks ago I commented on a FB posting of a BBC article about a guy going off on a Rum Journey to track down a legendary Jamaican Rum. It appears that the author, Nick Davis, traipsed high and low around Jamaica like a Canadian Mountie to find his rum. And like any good Mountie, he found his Rum. Now I can appreciate the idea of an adventure, especially when it involves rum and therefore I finished my comment with:

 Personally I like the idea of going on a Rum Journey 🙂

So move forward to last week when an oft-trodden trip to the Whisky Exchange in London to pick up some supplies, started my own Rum Journey.

Plantation Gran Añejo RumOf late in the Charlosa household, Plantation Gran Añejo Guatemala Rum had become the go-to rum for the other half of #RumwiththeMrs. Having all of the qualities of one of Mrs Charlosa’s favourite but somewhat more expensive rums from the same country, but for almost half the price, maintaining a supply of Gran Añejo has always been a bit of a no-brainer. So with the previously purchased bottle lasting no more than a few weeks, I set off to pick up a couple of replacement bottles.

To my surprise, they only had the one bottle left on the shelf. However an even bigger surprise was just around the corner, because when I asked when more stock would be due in, it was pointed out that the Plantation Gran Añejo had changed; that the bottle in my hand was the new blend and that the old “family favourite” had been discontinued with no stock left…

So here was a dilemma; was the last bottle that I’d bought and we’d enjoyed, like there was no tomorrow, the old blend or the new one. You’d think I’d know, but considering I was holding a bottle in my hands and I hadn’t even noticed the difference on the label, how could I remember about the bottle that we’d already put in the recycling bin and had been taken away the day before…

So now my challenge was to try and track down some old stock so at least I could do a taste comparison, both for my own blogging purposes, but also to know whether Mrs Charlosa was going to be happy with the new blend or whether we’d need to find her a new go-to rum for her Rum & Diet Coke’s. And so begun my own Adventurous Plantation Gran Añejo Rum Journey.Gerry's 4th Limited Edition Plantation Rum Guatemala Ice Wine Cask

Now I do wish that this adventure involved a trip to the home of Plantation Rum: Maison Ferrand’s Château de Bonbonnet in the Charentais region of France or even to Guatemala to visit the Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala which is where the rum is originally produced, but that’s not to say that this little adventure wasn’t without peril. So from the confines of my desk I surfed the web looking for alternative suppliers carrying stock.

Despite indicating that the Gran Añejo was out of stock at Gerry’s Wines and Spirits I figured what harm could come of phoning them to confirm. While I may not have lost life or limb, my wallet ended up being lighter following that call. See, it turned out that the Gerry’s 4th Limited Edition Plantation Rum had arrived in that day and it was rum from Guatemala that had been aged for nine months in an Ice Wine Cask. So with my arm twisted I made the perilous journey through the jungle that is the West End of London on a Thursday evening in search of the colourful region that is Old Compton Street. While I may not have found the MacGuffin of my quest, I had in the meantime found something equally valuable. The Gerry’s Limited Plantation Rum’s are highly sort after treasures and with it being Guatemalan Rum and only 450 bottles to the cask I’d struck gold with this find. But I still didn’t have my Plantation Gran Añejo Guatemala Rum…

However, there’s a part to this tale that hasn’t been told yet. Shortly after coming off the phone from Gerry’s I’d called The Drink Shop to check whether the stock that they had listed was the new or the old blend. So after taking a yonder through the warehouse to grab a bottle, the customer services maiden was able to confirm that it had only the word Guatemala written in the red strip on the bottle. So having indicated that I was after two bottles, it turned out that there were just three bottles left. How could I in good conciseness leave one of those little fellows by itself. So after the little ones faced the perils of the courier service, travelling thousands of metres from the depths of Kent to the City of London, it would appear that my adventure is nearly at an end.

I say nearly, because now that I have both the new and old blends of Plantation Gran Añejo Rum, I need to open them up and compare them. But that’s a bedtime story for another day…

Sipping Rums of the Caribbean with Stefanie Holt Sep 29

The Whisky ExchangeIn the run-up to the UK’s largest rum-tasting exhibition, RumFest, The Whisky Exchange will be hosting a soirée to look into the world of aged rums.

They’re delighted to welcome Stefanie Holt, International Brand Ambassador for El Dorado Rum, to present a range of sipping rums from around the Caribbean.

Although Stefanie works for Demerara Distillers, makers of El Dorado Rum, she is very much a champion of rum as a whole. Basically, if you’re drinking her rum then that’s great, but so long as you’re drinking any quality rum, it’s all good!

Education is the name of the game and to this end, Stefanie will present a range of seven aged rums. Each has its own unique style and is representative of the island or country that it is from.

Sipping Rums of the Caribbean

The line-up for this exotic Caribbean cruise is as follows:

  • Matusalem 15yo Gran Reserva
  • Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000
  • Barbancourt 15yo
  • Rhum JM 2002
  • Appleton Estate 12yo
  • El Dorado 15yo
  • El Dorado 21yo

The tasting will take place on Monday 29 September, 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £30 each.

As ever, tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to two per customer. Tickets went on sale at 3pm, Wednesday 17 September

To book your ticket, call: 020 7403 8688 or visit the shop:

The Whisky Exchange Vinopolis
1 Bank End, London, SE1 9BU

Sipping Rums of the Caribbean with Stefanie Holt Sep 17

The Whisky ExchangeIn the run-up to the UK’s largest rum-tasting exhibition, RumFest, The Whisky Exchange will be hosting a soirée to look into the world of aged rums.

They’re delighted to welcome Stefanie Holt, International Brand Ambassador for El Dorado Rum, to present a range of sipping rums from around the Caribbean.

El Dorado Rum's Stephanie Holt

Although Stefanie works for Demerara Distillers, makers of El Dorado Rum, she is very much a champion of rum as a whole. Basically, if you’re drinking her rum then that’s great, but so long as you’re drinking any quality rum, it’s all good!

Education is the name of the game and to this end, Stefanie will present a range of seven aged rums. Each has its own unique style and is representative of the island or country that it is from.

The line-up for this exotic Caribbean cruise is as follows:

  • Matusalem 15yo Gran Reserva
  • Diplomatico Single Vintage 2000
  • Barbancourt 15yo
  • Rhum JM 2002
  • Appleton Estate 12yo
  • El Dorado 15yo
  • El Dorado 21yo

Sipping Rums of the CaribbeanThe tasting will take place on Monday 29 September, 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £30 each.

As ever, tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to two per customer. Tickets went on sale at 3pm, Wednesday 17 September

To book your ticket, call: 020 7403 8688 or visit the shop:

The Whisky Exchange Vinopolis
1 Bank End, London, SE1 9BU