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The 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 30, 2016

159736The folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (who have produced the very successful Edmonton Whisky Festival for the past 6 years) have teamed up with Lexus Edmonton and Capital FM 96.3 to bring you the Edmonton Rum Festival for the second year in a row!

All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

This is a great chance to taste a strong selection of rums produced from around the world as well as to meet and discuss the noble cane spirit with industry and distillery representatives.

Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

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Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel – Grand Ballroom
4404 Gateway Boulevard

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price: $90.00 each: available online here
(Tickets are also available in-store at Riverbend Wine Merchants (780 434 9444 ))

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What do you receive for the price of a regular admission ticket?

A commemorative Glencairn glass, an event program, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening, over 75 rums to sample, a chance to win a bottle of rum a month for a year and an opportunity to bid on a number of rum themed silent auction items. The price of a ticket includes entrance and rum sampling (you do not have to buy additional sample tickets).

Will the Festival be as crowded as last year?

Based upon the overwhelming success of last year’s festival, the event has been moved to a larger ballroom venue; however the amount of tickets available for sale has not increased. This should ensure a relaxed atmosphere where you can spend time enjoying the noble spirit we call rum.

Are tickets available at the door?

Although tickets will be available at the door, it is strongly advised that you order your tickets in advance to ensure your attendance! Last Year’s event sold out!

Is there parking at the hotel?

The hotel has limited available free parking. However, it is encouraged that you use public transportation and cabs.

Can you get a preferred rate at the Delta as part of the Festival?

Yes! Stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night at a rate of $165. Call the Delta Edmonton South at 780-434-6415 and ask to book in the Rum Festival open block.

How do you find the rums on the list that you want to sample?

The booklet you receive on entering is set out alphabetically by the local agent/importer responsible for each rum company. The tables in the ballroom follow that list in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of the agent/importer to help you find them easily.

Do you need to purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the rums?

Certainly not! Sampling is included in the admission price. However, you will require a stamp book for your samples which will be available at the door.

Should you wear perfume/after-shave?

One of the great joys of any spirit tasting event is nosing the glass to identify subtle nuances and delicate aromas. Unfortunately this experience can be compromised by perfume, cologne and after-shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. So please refrain from wearing any perfumed scents for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Should you keep your ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your stub into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of Nov. 2016 to receive a 10% discount or $10 off, whichever is the better deal on a rum purchase.

___________________________________________________________________________________

VinesThe folks at Vines do a fantastic job every year with both the Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival and the Annual Edmonton Rum Festival.

I encourage you to attend and enjoy yourself. It is a great atmosphere with Rum Insiders, Brand Ambassadors, and Rum Enthusiasts from across Canada and around the World. You might even run into the Rum Howler, as I have my two tickets reserved already!

Note: All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)

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Tickets on Sale: The 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 1, 2016

159736I am pleased to announce that the tickets for this year’s Edmonton Rum Festival are on sale now! The folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (who have produced the very successful Edmonton Whisky Festival for the past 6 years) have teamed up with Lexus Edmonton and Capital FM 96.3 to bring you the festival for the second year in a row!

All proceeds raised at the event will be donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

This is a great chance to taste a strong selection of rums produced from around the world as well as to meet and discuss the noble cane spirit with industry and distillery representatives. And as indicated:

Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

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Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel – Grand Ballroom
4404 Gateway Boulevard

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price: $90.00 each: available online here
(Tickets are also available in-store at Riverbend Wine Merchants (780 434 9444 ))

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you receive for the price of a regular admission ticket?

A commemorative Glencairn glass, an event program, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening, over 75 rums to sample, a chance to win a bottle of rum a month for a year and an opportunity to bid on a number of rum themed silent auction items. The price of a ticket includes entrance and rum sampling (you do not have to buy additional sample tickets).

Are tickets available at the door?

Although tickets will be available at the door, it is strongly advised that you order your tickets in advance to ensure your attendance! Last Year’s event sold out!

Is there parking at the hotel?

The hotel has limited available free parking. However, it is encouraged that you use public transportation and cabs.

Can you get a preferred rate at the Delta as part of the Festival?

Yes! Stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night at a rate of $165. Call the Delta Edmonton South at 780-434-6415 and ask to book in the Rum Festival open block.

How do you find the rum’s on the list that you want to sample?

The booklet you receive on entering is set out alphabetically by the local agent/importer responsible for each rum company. The tables in the ballroom follow that list in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of the agent/importer to help you find them easily.

Do you need to purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the rums?

Certainly not! Sampling is included in the admission price. However, you will require a stamp book for your samples which will be available at the door.

Should you wear perfume/after-shave?

One of the great joys of any spirit tasting event is nosing the glass to identify subtle nuances and delicate aromas. Unfortunately this experience can be compromised by perfume, cologne and after-shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. So please refrain from wearing any perfumed scents for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Should you keep your ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your stub into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of Nov. 2016 to receive a 10% discount or $10 off, whichever is the better deal on a rum purchase.

___________________________________________________________________________________

VinesThe folks at Vines do a fantastic job every year with both the Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival and the Annual Edmonton Rum Festival.

I encourage you to attend and enjoy yourself. It is a relaxed atmosphere with Rum Insiders, Brand Ambassadors, and Rum Enthusiasts from across Canada and around the World. You might even run into the Rum Howler, as I have my two tickets reserved already!

Note: All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)

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Advance Notice: The 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on July 16, 2016

159736The folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants (who have produced the very successful Edmonton Whisky Festival for the past 6 years) are teaming up with Lexus Edmonton and Capital FM 96.3 to bring you their 2nd Annual Edmonton Rum Festival!

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

This is a unique chance to taste selected rums produced from around the world and to meet and discuss the noble spirit with industry and distillery representatives, and more importantly, monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

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Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel – Grand Ballroom
4404 Gateway Boulevard

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ticket Price: $90.00 each: Available online beginning August 1rst here
(Tickets are also available in-store at Riverbend Wine Merchants (780 434 9444 ))

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What do You get for the price of a regular admission ticket?

You’ll receive a commemorative Glencairn glass, an event program, a gourmet buffet throughout the evening and, of course, over 75 rums to sample, a chance to win a bottle of rum a month for a year and an opportunity to bid on a number of rum themed silent auction items. The price of a ticket includes entrance and rum sampling (you do not have to buy additional sample tickets).

Should you wear perfume/after-shave?

One of the great joys of any spirit tasting event is nosing the glass to identify subtle nuances and delicate aromas. Unfortunately this experience can be compromised by perfume, cologne and after-shave worn on your own person or even by somebody else some distance away. So please refrain from wearing any perfumed scents for the duration of the Festival and advise your guests accordingly.

Are tickets available at the door?

Although tickets will be available at the door, it is strongly advised that you order your tickets in advance to ensure your attendance! Last Year’s event sold out!

Is there parking at the hotel?

The hotel has limited available free parking. However, it is encouraged that you use public transportation and cabs.

Can you get a preferred rate at the Delta as part of the Festival?

Yes! Stay at the Delta Edmonton South for the night at a rate of $165. Call the Delta Edmonton South at 780-434-6415 and ask to book in the Rum Festival open block.

There’s a rum on the list that I want to sample. How can I find it?

The booklet you receive on entering is set out alphabetically by the local agent/importer responsible for each rum company. The tables in the ballroom follow that list in a clockwise direction. Each table is marked with the name of the agent/importer to help you find them easily.

Do you need to purchase drink tickets to be able to taste the rums?

Certainly not! Sampling is included in the admission price. However, you will require a stamp book for your samples which will be available at the door.

Should I keep my ticket stub?

Absolutely! Bring your stub into Vines Wine Merchants by the end of Nov. 2016 to receive a 10% discount or $10 off, whichever is the better deal on a rum purchase.

___________________________________________________________________________________

VinesThe folks at Vines do a fantastic job every year with both the Annual Edmonton Whisky Festival and the Annual Edmonton Rum Festival.

I encourage you to attend and enjoy yourself. It is a relaxed atmosphere with Rum Insiders, Brand Ambassadors, and Rum Enthusiasts from across Canada and around the World. You might even run into the Rum Howler, as I have my two tickets reserved already!

Note: All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)

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2016 Edmonton Whisky Festival

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 5, 2016

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(In Support of the MS Society)

Once again the folks at Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants have teamed up with the Alberta Division of the MS Society to bring you Edmonton’s Premier Whisky Festival. This is a unique chance to taste whiskies from around the world and to meet and discuss the noble spirit with industry and distillery representatives. Monies raised at the event will help those affected by MS in our community, as well as help to fund research towards a cure.

Where: Edmonton Delta South Hotel

When: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (7:00 – 10:00pm)

Ticket Price: $85.00 each (purchase online here)

The 2016 Edmonton Whisky Festival is a must for any whisky enthusiast and for those new to the exciting world of whisky. The price of your ticket includes entrance, whisky sampling, and the annual commemorative Edmonton Whisky Festival Glencairn Whisky Glass (see photo).

Please attend and enjoy yourself chatting in a relaxed atmosphere with whisky and scotch principals and enthusiasts from across Canada and around the world (The Rum Howler will be their too).

Master Classes

The always popular whisky Master Classes are brought to you by some of the whisky world’s most prominent luminaries. They begin at 6:30pm (and cost an additional $25 on top of your Festival ticket cost).

The lineup includes:

The Bourbon Masterclass with ‘Whisky Chef’ Matt Jones
The Adelphi Masterclass with Alex Bruce
The Bruichladdich Masterclass with Reed Pettit
The Springbank Masterclass with Ronald Watson

All proceeds raised at this event are donated to the MS Society of Canada – Alberta Division.

For more information please contact:

Vines – Riverbend Wine Merchants (Edmonton)
Telephone: 434-9444
Email: info@vineswinemerchants.com

or visit the Edmonton Whisky Festival Website

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Tickets are now available from Vines or through the event website: (purchase online here)

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A Rum Howler Tasting

Posted by Arctic Wolf on August 31, 2015

On My Deck 2About twice a month I gather my friends together and I host a Rum Howler Tasting. These are normally informal gatherings where I serve various spirits which have been forwarded to me from industry to review upon my website. I ask my friends to contribute by bringing food and fresh fruit for cocktails and we sample four or five spirits in a relaxed atmosphere where each person can take it as seriously or as casually as they like. Sometimes I gather feedback which makes its way onto my website, and other times it is just about sharing a drink with my friends and having some fun and good conversation.

Occasionally, I receive requests from industry, or from persons who have read my reviews to host a more formal gathering whether it be at a licensed social club, pub or even within a retail liquor store. I have no problem helping out with these events, although sometimes those who request my services are surprised that I actually charge a fee for my time and effort. (I think the fee is reasonable although that sentiment is not shared by all.)

Recently I was asked to host a rather significant event at the Derrick Golf and Winter Club to celebrate one of its member’s 50th birthday. I was given a significant budget for the rum, and told to bring a good range of well aged rums which represented not just the  lower priced rums which I considered to be a great bargain, but also would include one or two significantly priced rums one of which should sit atop the rum world as an example of the very best which could be found. I was told that if I felt a particular rum met this criteria, I should bring it along as a salute to the guest of honour.

I gave the tasting some thought and settled upon 5 rums which I believe were not only great examples of the various different styles of rum which can be found in the Caribbean, they also were readily available in my locale such that my guests could search them out after the event. And, I indeed included a particularly worthy rum which I was sure would please our Guest of Honour.

This is the list I came up with, and the order which I served them in:

  1.  Angostura 1919 (Trinidad)
  2.  Brugal Siglo de Oro (Dominican Republic)
  3.  Ron Millonario Solera 15 Reserva Especial (Peru)
  4.  El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve (Guyana)

And the extra special rum which was served at the conclusion of the tasting to salute the guest of honour:

5. Panamonte Reserva XXV – 25 Year Old Rum

You can click on the links to read my personal reviews of each of these special rums, but I also thought I would provide some feedback from my 32 guests as to how they felt about each rum.

The Tasting

The first bit of feedback I asked my guests to give me was to compare the $50.00 bottle of Angostura 1919 to the $115.00 bottle of Brugal Siglo De Oro. I kept the prices to myself so that this would not influence anyone’s decision. These two rums are each good examples of the lighter Spanish style, and they highlight just how good a rum can become after spending a significant amount of time in the oak barrel. The results were predictable as all but three guests chose the Siglo De Oro as the best of the two. This was expected as the Siglo de Oro had been aged twice as long as the Angostura 1919 and it’s price reflected its longer aging time.

Next I asked the same question of the $50.00 bottle of Ron Millonario 15 Reserva Especial versus the $40.00 bottle of El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve. Each of these rums is from South America. They have a sweeter flavour profile, and each is significantly aged. However, the Peruvian rum (Ron Millonario) is a blend of 7 to 15-year-old rums, whereas the Rum from Guyana (El Dorado) has a true 12 year age statement meaning its entire contents must be no less than 12 years old. This time the room was more equally split, however there was a small majority of guests who preferred the less expensive offering from El Dorado.

Finally, I asked my guests to choose their favourite rum from the first four they were served. The sweeter rums from South America prevailed, and the less expensive El Dorado 12 Year Old Special Reserve was the clear favourite with half of the room choosing it over the other more expensive rums. The Ron Millonario 15 Reserva Especial was a close second. There were a few persons who chose the most expensive of the four, the Brugal Siglo De Oro as their favourite, and one of these persons told me afterwards that he did not think the contest was even close. His palate definitely preferred the drier spirits.

After each had given me their preferences, I told them the values of these particular rums here in Alberta, and the room was shocked that the least expensive, the rum from El Dorado was such a stand-out. (I wonder if the guests would have chosen differently if they had known the prices of the various rums they were tasting?)

I ended the tasting with a salute to the Guest of Honour, and we all toasted him with a sample of a rum from a $380 bottle, the 25 Year Old Panamonte XXV Rum. Because this was the final toast, and I did not want to spoil the event with more questions for my guests, I let everyone savour the Central American rum from Panamonte. I did notice however, as I looked around the room after everyone was gone, that the Panamonte XXV was the only spirit to have been completely consumed by every guest. Apparently it was very well received by all.

Note: If you wish to hire the Rum Howler to add a little pizzazz to your next Tasting Event, you may use my Contact Me page to reach out to me. My fee is reasonable (at least I think so).

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