UK bars among nominees in Golden Rum Barrel Awards

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Bars in Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and London are among nominees in this year’s Golden Rum Barrel Awards, held as part of UK RumFest.

The Liars Club in Manchester, Mojo in Manchester and Leeds, and Mahiki and Trailer Happiness in London are all up for the title of most influential rum bar in the UK over the past 10 years.

Nominees in the award for rum menu of the year are Cubana in Sheffield, Merchant House in the City of London and The Rum Kitchen and Rum & Sugar in London.

The Liars Club, Mahiki, Trailer Happiness, Merchant House and Rum & Sugar are all up for two other categories: rum bar team of the year and best UK rum website.

There are also awards for best international and UK rum ambassadors, best new rum, most influential blender, best distillery ambassador and rum influencer of the year. See below for the full list.

The Golden Rum Barrel Awards celebrate the stars of the rum industry with a three-course rum dinner at the Kensington Crowne Plaza Hotel on the evening of Sunday October 23.

It follows a busy weekend of Boutique RumFest today and RumFest on Saturday and Sunday, both held at the Ibis Hotel Earls Court in west London.

As it is UK RumFest’s 10th show, this year’s awards focus on 10 years of rum achievers. There is also an award for best rum exhibited at Boutique RumFest.

The sponsor for the event is Green Engineering, an Italian company specialising in design and construction of state-of-the-art distilleries for spirits and bio-fuels.

2016 nominees

Most influential rum blender over the past 10 years
Alexandre Gabriel (Plantation Rum, France)
Joy Spence (Appleton Rums, Jamaica)
Juan Gavito Sanchez (Bacardi, México)
Tito Cordero (Diplomático Rum, Venezuela)
Nestor Ortega (Santa Teresa, Venezuela)

Distillery ambassador over the past 10 years
John Georges (Angostura Distillery, Trinidad)
Jose Sanchez Gavito (Bacardi,Mexico)
Joy Spence (Appleton Estate, Jamaica)
Richard Seale (Foursquare Distillery, Barbados)
Roberto Serralles (Serralles Distillery, Puerto Rico)

Most influential rum bar in the UK over past 10 years
The Liars Club, Manchester
Mahiki (London)
Mojo (Leeds)
Mojo (Manchester)
Trailer Happiness (London)

International rum brand ambassador 2016
Alexx Mouzouris (Don Q Rum)
Daniyel Jones (Angostura Rum)
Dickie Cullimore (Bacardi Rum)
Meimi Sanchez (Havana Club)
Miguel Smith (Mount Gay Rum)

UK rum brand ambassador 2016
George Frost (The Duppy Share)
Jon Lister (Diplomatico Rum)
Jonathan Almonte (Botran Rum)
Metinee Kongsrivilai (Bacardi rum portfolio)
Sean Duprey (House of Angostura)

Rum bar team of the year 2016
Mahiki, London
Trailer Happiness, London
The Merchant House, London
Rum & Sugar, London
The Liars Club, Manchester

Best UK rum website 2016
Mahiki, London
Trailer Happiness, London
Merchant House, City of London
Rum & Sugar, London
The Liars Club, Manchester

Best new rum brand in the UK 2016
Foursquare 2006 Single Blended Rum
Don Q Signature release 2005
Nine Leaves Rum Angel’s Half French Oak Cask
Velier Hampden Jamaica 2010
Wild Tiger Rum
Foursquare 11 year Zinfandel Cask

Rum influencer of the year 2016
Federico Hernandez (Midwest & California Rum Fests)
Luca Gargano (Velier Rums and ambassador of Pure rums)
Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco)
Richard Seale (Foursquare Distillery)
Jeff Beachbum Berry (Tiki historian, author and owner of Latitude 29 in New Orleans)

Rum menu of the year 2016
Cubana (Sheffield)
Rum & Sugar (London)
The Rum Kitchen (London)
Merchant House (City of London)

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