After Breakfast with Don Pancho and the introduction of Origenes Rums, it was off to the judging chambers for another round of tasting in the RumXP Competition. Today it was Gold Rums, Spiced Rums, Cachaca and Agricole for the first session. The second session of the day was for White Rums, some 22 were entered in the competition.
|Jay Maltby and Lindsey Kops|
Lunch was a treat provided by the folks from "Papa's Pilar Rums". This was a wonderful presentation by Jay Maltby on the methods of making the rums and the unique solera blending methods. He also related some stories that Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's son related to him during the project about the real man. This is a rum that is all about being the rum that represents the way and boldness of Ernest Hemingway's life. Brand Manager Lindsey Kops was there to answer all pertinent questions, she also provided us with the rest of the story on Papa's Pilar Rums.
I've already covered how good these rums really are and they are available at the Rum Bar for your sampling today.
|Botran Rum Blending Center|
The evening was made up of three stops. First was Roberto Ramos' Cubaocho in Miami. The Botran people put together another of their very special VIP Parties. This year they are introducing their new Botran Vintage White Rum. There was an opportunity to become a master blender and produce our own rum. Something that was really fun to do. The meal and the hand rolled cigars were very nice and as usual, the Botran Party was the hit of the evening.
The evening was completed by a visit to the Miami Club Party at Gramp's in Wynwood and the Pink Pigeon event at the Wood Tavern also in Wynwood. All in all a very fun and busy day and a lot of stories for future blogs. ;o)