This year the Burr family presented the 8th installment of the Miami Rum Festival at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Like previous years leading up to the event they held the Rum XP International Tasting competition and for the second year the Consumer Rum Jury Awards. The blind tasting competitions comprised of six sessions for the XP’s and one session for the Consumer Rum Jury. The winners of both competitions can be found at: http://www.rumrenaissance.com/Competition2016.html
The event began Friday with Trade day which is always fast paced, as it is filled with meetings and catching up with industry talents from around the world. Of the companies presenting this year’s offerings almost every brand had something new to share with the public. One of my personal favorite experiences was the presentation of ten outstanding Cachaças from Brazil. This showcase presented some of the best that category had to offer and I hope to see them arriving in the U.S in the upcoming year. They were 31 rum brands present providing samples from their portfolios. We also discovered booths dedicated to the island of Barbados, the Burrs Rum cruise, bottle makers, bulk distribution and Mamajuana. This year the show provided a new experience with a VIP tasting bar where consumers could sample 29 rums from around the world. Finally each day of the show had four seminars with subjects covering various aspects of the rum world and Tiki mixology.
Saturday our last day of the festival was a bit more laid back, but enjoyable as we wrapped meetings up and focused spending time with our friends in the industry. It takes a lot of work to produce a show especially one that is divided into three days and we appreciate the effort the Burr family puts forth to make it happen. We also appreciate every brand that took the time to meet with us and discuss their existing and upcoming products. It looks like 2016 is going to be an interesting year for the world of rum and that is a fact we can all be happy about.