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Howling Highlight: The Rum Chums (First Edmonton Chapter)

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 11, 2010

Its great having blog all about rum and whisky.  I get to meet all sorts of cool people.  One of the coolest I have met lately is Bill Allan.  He found my blog and wrote me a little comment in the contact section talking about his rum club, and would I be interested in meeting attending one of his meetings.    Oh and by the way he wrote,  we have about 200 different rums from all over the world, that we can talk about.

How does one say, “Yes!” fast enough.

Bill sent me his rum list, (245 rums and counting) and I attended the first meeting of 2010 for The Edmonton Chapter of the ‘Rum Chums’.   I met the guys, 14 in all, and learned a little about the club.

It all started a few years back when Bill and a few friends wanted to start to explore good rum and enjoy themselves.  They went to a few bars, but quickly discovered that in the local bars, the selection was not good, and the price for swill in these bars is pretty high.  So they changed gears and went to a few rum tastings.  Trouble was,  the atmosphere was a little stuffy for their group, and the selection, even at these tastings was… shall we say… disappointing.

So they changed gears.  Bill and his friends started meeting on their own.  Every time someone went traveling somewhere in the world, they would bring back interesting rums which were not available locally.  The Edmonton Chapter of the Rum Chums was born.  Their stash of rums from all over the world grew!

Here are a few more cool things I learned about the club:

1)  They have their own Flag:

2) They wear cool T shirts:

3) And, of course, they have their own Rum:

4) And some of their rum is really, really cool!

Now I am the fifteenth member of the group.  My only problem is,  how am I going to find time to review 245 different bottles of Rums?

Life is Good!

5 Responses to “Howling Highlight: The Rum Chums (First Edmonton Chapter)”

  1. Tiare said

    Not a bad collection they have there!

  2. Andre said

    I just noticed in one of the pictures that there’s a bottle of Smuggler’s Cove from Cape Breton Nova Scotia. It’s a rum from the Glen Breton Distillery. I’d love to have some tasting notes from you, Jeff and the gang. It has a pretty steep asking price and have been putting it off because i had never heard of it before.


    • Jeff Allen said

      We have both the Smugglers Cove retail rum and the limited edition.
      The retail rum is just plain common and OK. The limited edition numbered product is very good. Excellent sipping rum. I personally like it a lot. Well worth having in the collection.

  3. Jeff

    I had a great time, the Rum Chums are a wonderful group of fellas!

  4. Jeff Allen said

    Glad to see you out at the meeting last night.
    Hope you had fun and learned a little about the club.
    “Just a few fellas that appreciate a rum or two”.
    Lots of opinion and interesting comments on each.
    Jeff Allen

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