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Old 07-01-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
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As the title says, I'm from the UK, a country which is something of a rum desert these days.

I used to live in Spain, which incidentally is a huge rum nation (rums from Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Cuba are most popular there), and it was there that I really discovered rum for the first time. Most of my rum collection (about 30 bottles) was bought in Spain on various trips back and forth. As well as being much cheaper to buy in Spain, the variety of rums which is generally available there is considerably more extensive than in the UK.

I currently have beside me a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva, which is going down rather nicely ideed!

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Welcome to the forums. You're lucky in that Spain isn't so far away from the UK and there are a number of good rums in London.
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Old 07-02-2008, 02:32 AM   #4
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Hello, I am glad to see that some things are the same on both sides of the pond. I, too, like your choice and go through a a bottle of the Diplomatico Reserva every couple of months. A very nice, friendly rum. Welcome! Keep us posted on any of your finds.
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:11 AM   #6
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As the title says, I'm from the UK, a country which is something of a rum desert these days.

I used to live in Spain, which incidentally is a huge rum nation (rums from Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Cuba are most popular there), and it was there that I really discovered rum for the first time. Most of my rum collection (about 30 bottles) was bought in Spain on various trips back and forth. As well as being much cheaper to buy in Spain, the variety of rums which is generally available there is considerably more extensive than in the UK.

I currently have beside me a bottle of Diplomatico Reserva, which is going down rather nicely ideed!

Cheers!
Welcome in buddy. There's loads of rum related fun for you to get involved with in London. In 3 weeks there's the launch of the Rum Experience room at Vinopolis, RumFest in October and you can always swing by my or Ian's bars for a good session.

I disagree with you enormously about the UK being a rum desert - you're shopping and hanging out in the wrong places! Check out www.specialitydrinks.com (who distribute Diplomatico in the UK and hold 250-300 rums) or drop by Gerrys in Old Compton Street. For bars go to Floridita, Mahiki, Artesian, Trailer Happiness and loads more. You're in luck, there are more rums available in the UK than just about anywhere in the world.....
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Welcome to the for-rum, Gatomalo, you are among friends..
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Welcome to the Rum Forum!

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Old 07-02-2008, 06:17 PM   #9
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Thanks for the welcome everyone! I'm looking forward to getting involved in this forum!

Paulipbartender, thanks for your info and suggestions. I suppose I'm comparing the UK to Spain (where every bar and supermarket has a good selection of rums) when I say the UK is a bit of a rum desert. It's just that rum does not seem to be widely-available or widely-drunk over here. This is evident in most bars and pubs which have a very narrow selection. I know there are specialist merchants in the UK with excellent selections, but it's not the same as popping down to the supermarket or local liquor store like you can in Spain. Our supermarkets and off-licences tend not to stock more than a handful of rums (generally of dubious quality). In my experience good quality rums here cost generally twice the price as they do in Spain or Italy, and are not widely-available. It's frustrating paying 30 GBP for a bottle of Pampero Aniversario in the UK, when it costs around 20 euros in Spain.

I know about the upcoming Rum Experience room at Vinopolis, and I also know specialitydrinks.com, as well as Floridita and most of the other places you mention, however I don't know about your bar. Could you give me some more info?
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You have made a very good point. In the majority of traditional pubs in the uk you'll only find bacardi and a naval rum like lambs and the supermarket selections aren't the best. Plus, as you pointed out, it is expensive because so much of the ticket price is duty. It's getting better though and the best places are exceptional. Hope to meet you out drinking sometime soon. To answer your question, we have a training bar in notting hill that's for the trade and our friends. Check www.ipbartenders.com. You're welcome to drop by if you're in the area. May i ask, what do you do gatomalo? Are you in the business? I ask because if you've heard of the rum experience you've certainly got your finger on the rum pulse of the city
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