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How to Contact The Rum Howler to have your Spirit Reviewed!

If you are a member of the spirits industry, and wish to see your spirit reviewed on the Rum Howler Blog, then here is where you should make your initial contact. My email address for such inquiries is:

MAIL.RUMHOWLER@GMAIL.COM

Please leave a short message regarding your inquiry. If you wish your contact request to be kept confidential, please indicate this in your email. Although I am located in Canada, I have made appropriate arrangements to receive samples from the US and abroad.

Please read my Sample Policy found here (Sample Policy) before making contact.

I also provide specialized consulting services to spirit producers and distributors to help assess the quality of their products. My fees for this sort of service are very reasonable (at least I think so), and you may use the above email address to contact me in confidence about such matters.

(Please Note: The email address indicated above is for industry contacts only. I will not respond to other inquiries. If you have questions or comments regarding my reviews, my recipes, or other matters relating to the blog then please use the comments section provided at the end of each article I publish.)

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Republishing My Work

Copyright is inherent when an original work is created. This means that the producer of original work is automatically granted copyright protection. This copyright protection not only exists in North America, but extends to other countries as well. This means that all of the work produced on this blog is protected by copyright, including all of the pictures and all of the articles. These original works may not be copied or reused in any way whatsoever without the permission of the author, Chip Dykstra.

If you are a producer, advertiser or publisher and wish to use, or republish any of the materials or pictures on this website (in full or in part) or have myself submit new material to you for publication, please be advised that all of my articles/reviews/photographs are my intellectual property. Please contact me using the email address above. And yes, I expect to be compensated for such use.

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About Me

I have been writing reviews of distilled spirits for about 7 years now. It began when I posted a few mad ramblings on the Ministry of Rum which gave my views on a few of the more popular Rum Brands. Soon after those ramblings were published, I was contacted by the owner of a website called Rum Connection. He was wondering if I would be interested in writing a few reviews for his website. I decided to give it a try, and the result was my first published review. The folks at Rum Connection apparently liked what I wrote, and during the next year I published about 15 reviews for them.

Reviewing rum was so much fun that I decided to create my website, but not just for Rum. I made the decision that I would discuss all distilled spirits, and when I opened this website in October of 2009, I made sure I added a few Whisky Reviews, some Gin Reviews and a couple Tequila Reviews such that most of the major distilled spirit categories were represented. (Since opening the website, I have expanded the range to also include Vodka Reviews, Liqueurs, Port and Dessert Wines, Brandy and Cognac.) Although my focus is primarily upon Rum and Whisky, it is my belief that acquiring knowledge and skill with respect to all spirits serves to broaden my perspective and is beneficial to my over-all understanding of distilled spirits.

For what it is worth, people (and industry) seem to like what I write. Since opening the website, I have  been asked four times to act as a Spirits Judge for the annual Canadian Whisky Awards; as well I have twice been asked to join the international panel of judges for the International RumXP Competition at Rum Renaissance in Miami. Having said that, I think it would be true to state that the reviews on this website represents more of a knowledgeable layman’s perspective than that of a professional taster.

I hope you enjoy the reviews on my website and find value in them; but always remember that an opinion is just that, an opinion. Do not take my writing too seriously, for opinions vary and in the end, only you can really decide if a spirit gives you enjoyment. Use my reviews as a guide, but trust your own tastes and preferences as well.

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Note: I sometimes receive comments and messages from persons who wish me to comment on the value of bottles of whisky and rum that they have in their possession. And from persons who wish to use my blog as a means to sell such bottles. Although I thank you for reading my blog, I cannot help you in these matters. My suggestion for you is to visit Whisky.com or the Ministry of Rum where it appears help in these matters may be  provided.

324 Responses to “Contact Me”

  1. PeterHun said

    Hey there Chip!
    I am a great fan of your site,i read your reviews daily and especially carefully before buying a more expensive bottle of booze(especially rums,i am definitely a rum-guy,started with whiskies,advancing with cognacs and settling with rum for good),if your ratings been high,i bought/tried various rums and you been almost always right to my satisfaction. Our taste seems to usually match somehow.Thank you for this,and this great,fun-to-read and informative site and all the effort put in this.

    Back to the topic,i am a follower of your great trend of mixing cocktails with high-quality spirits,my friends been as shocked as yours been probably. The very first time:) You might imagine how it worked out.

    So i thought i need to contribute aswell. Here are two of your inventions of cocktails,a little bit modified. Feel free to share it on the main site after you tried/liked them
    I have to admit,i often lack of basic incredients so i had to improvise and take what i found in the shelf:I live in Austria and am born in Hungary.The variety of vodkas ,whiskies and gins differ alot,sadly i am not able to get any of your great canadian whiskies except the commercial Royal Crown and Canadian Club(to be honest,mediocre) ones. Also,i assume you do not know the Stolbovaya Vodka which is the best i ever tried for a reasonable price (cost a liitle bit more as a normal Stolichnaya).That is my daily drinker vodka and great to mix too. If gin,it should be a Plymouth. I prefer it of the London style gins.Eventhough this time i had a Russian Standard and Stoli vodka and a Beefeater gin as main ingredients.I wonder if others would perform better/worse. All of the spirits and fruit juices been already chilled over night in thr freezer,but not subzero

    The first is a stepbrother of Tactical Equilibrium, like a ‘light ‘version of it or’ Citrus Equilibrium ‘as the lime dominated the taste
    -2 oz Stolichnaya Vodka
    -2 oz Beefeater Gin
    -1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
    -1oz freshly squeezed orange juice
    -1/2oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
    -1/2oz pink grapefruit juice
    -2 tsp of Monin Sugar Syrup
    -a dash of Angostura Bitters
    -crushed ice

    Shake it with crushed ice until the shaker frosts,stir and serve
    i took the cucumber slice but also a half of a lime to spice it up.

    The second was the great Mountain raspberry cocktail,one day i lacked some incredients so i did this:
    lets call it The Gentle Hungarian🙂
    it’s an enjoyable cocktail in hot days but ladies like it aswell,tho the cocktail wields more punch as it seems to

    -2 oz Russian Standard vodka
    -1oz Beefeater Gin
    -1 oz pineapple juice
    -1oz freshly squeezed orange juice
    -the juice of 1/24 lime squeezed
    -the juice of 1/4 lemon squeezed
    -1 tsp of brown sugar
    -crushed ice

    Shake it with crushed ice until the shaker frosts,stir and serve
    garnished with another 1/4 of lemon and a cocktail cherry

    Cheers and cudos

    Peter

    • Thanks for the recipes Peter. I will give them both a try when I get back into gin later this summer. (I assume that the Gentle Hungarian requires the juice of a 1/4 lime and not 1/24?)

      Cheers!

  2. Joey Angers said

    Hello Chip,

    Im new to the world of rhum, my question is which rum in your opinion is the ”easiest” to sip for a beginner?? Im use to low cost rum (capt.morgan, appleton, havana club anejo, etc) . The two higher end rum i tasted and like the most for now are Diplomatico exclusiva reserva and Ron Zacapa 23 . I have triee Appleton Rare blend 12 years and Flor de Cana 12 years and found them very dry and more of an alcool burning taste in the throat.

    Thank you very much for your suggestions

    Joey

  3. Would love to see a review of Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum! Really have appreciated your site.

    • That review is in the works. Should publish in about a month. 🙂

    • Simon said

      I tasted that rum at Lobo Plantation, a rum bar in Sydney, for the first time three nights ago. Loved it !! Normally one spiced or flavoured rum will be enough for me in a session but the Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum is so good I kept ordering it all night.

  4. Brian said

    As one who has recently discovered the joys of rum, I was wondering if there any taste testings in the Edmonton area. I know there’s the rum fest in a couple months, but are there any smaller ones being held on a regular basis?

  5. Simon said

    Hi Chip, I’m enjoying your countdown on spiced rums. Is there any chance you could also do one on flavoured rums ?

  6. Ben said

    Hi Chip! I hope you don’t mind me just posting on your main contact page – couldn’t find anywhere more appropriate. I was wondering if you could recommend a cognac that is as similar as possible in flavour profile to the Courvoisier VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac you reviewed back in December 2014. I have thoroughly enjoyed this in cocktails only to learn it has since been phased out in favour of a new formula from Courvoisier. I’ve been unable to find another brandy quite like it, despite trying a large number of Cognacs, Armagnacs and other brandies. On that note you might also want to consider revisiting some of your Cognac reviews as many of the major houses have “updated” their lines, usually for the worse!

    • You are quite right that Courvoisier is a different beast from most cognacs. I have no specific suggestions for you as almost every cognac I have tried I have reviewed and the only brand with any similarity in style is Hine, but that similarity is just passing.

  7. David Wallace said

    Chip
    I’m wondering if you’d consider reviewing some of the Bespoke Tonic Syrups. I have Liber at home. I was at a bar that likes Jack’s (I think they meant Jack Rudy but not sure). Anyway mixers can be a great addition to a mixed drink, or ruin it. Mayube some of the bitters options too?
    Thanks. Love your blog

    • Hi Dave

      At this point wandering into the realm of syrups and bitters is not something I am considering. Given more time and experience with cocktails that may change, but that would be a distant horizon.

  8. Katrina said

    Ok…I am looking for the rum called “Big Black Dick Dark Caribbean Rum” I called the one liquor store that might of had it, but no suck luck😦 I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and would like to be able to get this for my uncle. Considering he is the one that told me about it in the first place! lol So with that being said, would someone be able to send me an email to the email address below with any kind of information you can give me as to where I could possibly get it would be helpful🙂 Thank you to whoever does🙂

  9. Bryant.Pierpont@gmail.com said

    Hi! Tried to comment on the Canards story but couldn’t find a place.

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