Barbados rum GI proposal puts ‘no restrictions’ on production

Following a disagreement over the terms of a geographical indication (GI) for Barbados rum, Richard Seale, proprietor of Foursquare Distillery, said the regulations would place “no restrictions” on production methods. Three distillers, Foursquare, Mount Gay and Saint Nicholas Abbey, said they have collectively agreed a GI for Barbados rum as prepared by the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) in consultation with its legal counsel. Foursquare, Mount Gay and Saint Nicholas Abbey added that they…

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Salcombe Distilling moves into rum with Wolf Rock

English gin producer Salcombe Distilling Co has entered a new spirit category for the first time with the launch of a cask-aged rum, called Wolf Rock. Salcombe Distilling Co is based in the English coastal town of Salcombe in South Devon and produces a range of gins, including a pink expression. Wolf Rock rum is named after a nautical landmark at the entrance to Salcombe’s estuary, which marks the start and end of the 19th-century…

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WIRD: Barbados rum GI must avoid ‘standardisation’

The West Indies Rum Distillery (WIRD) has called for an “inclusive, not an exclusive” geographical indication for Barbados rum as a disagreement over the terms of the regulation wages on. WIRD was acquired by French drinks maker Maison Ferrand in 2017. It is one of four distilleries based in Barbados, alongside Mount Gay, Foursquare and St Nicholas Abbey. While all distilleries agree that a GI is important to protect the future of Barbados rum, there…

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Rum brands to watch in 2020

While rum sales broke the £1 billion (US$1.3bn) barrier in the UK this year, the category could be set to ride on the flavour wave in 2020. We predict which brands will be the talk of the sector in the coming 12 months. The fire that hit Rémy Cointreau’s Mount Gay Rum distillery in Barbados at the start of this year may have been seen as a bad omen, but the rum category was in…

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Bacardi highlights maturation in travel retail

Puerto Rican rum brand Bacardi has partnered with Duty Free Americas to launch a maturation-focused activation at Miami International Airport. The pop-up travel retail boutique will educate consumers about the brand’s ageing processes, and give travellers the chance to sample Bacardi-based cocktails, taste spirits in the brand’s range and personalise gifts. Geoff Biggs, regional director Americas, Bacardi Global Travel Retail, said: “Creating stand-out memories for travellers is at the heart of this Bacardi campaign. We…

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