11 January 2024

Barbados Rum Experience

Barbados Rum Experience 2023

After a non-stop couple of months, I can finally take a breather and reflect on one of my biggest highlights of last year. Back in November I was lucky enough to attend the 2023 Barbados Rum Experience (BRE). Now when I say lucky, I mean lucky, as this all came about by winning the inaugural IWSC Barbados Rum Experience Bursary, in partnership with the Foursquare Rum Distillery.

As someone who is now equally and genuinely as passionate about his rum as his whisky, to find out that I had won was a very surreal, shocking surprise to say the least. Also being selected by the panel of judges; Richard Seale, founder of Foursquare Rum Distillery, Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador and founder of The Rumfest and Laura Richards, Editorial Director of Club Oenologique, as the unanimous winner, still has me pinching myself in belief.

Last years event was the third outing for the Barbados Rum Experience, which it has to be said is a spirit’s event like no other. A convivial and fully immersive week of distillery visits, meeting the makers, seminars, evening events and even a rum cruise to finish off a week that was as fun as it was informative.

On the distillery front we were treated to a trio of bucket list visits to three of the four rum distilleries in Barbados; Mount Gay, St Nicholas Abbey and Foursquare. These three also just happen to be the only distilleries on the island that produce truly authentic Barbados rum. In fact the authenticity and the integrity of Barbados rum is what the BRE is all about. Maybe one day there might be a further inclusion of the islands fourth distillery; West Indies Distillery, should they decide to change some of their rum production practices.

Stills at the Mount Gay Distillery

Given that the seminars were held in a room located only a few meters away from one of the best beaches in Barbados, and that the weather was terrifically tropical, you might of thought that these factors would have proved to be somewhat of a distraction. Actually far from it, the three days of lectures were just as much a highlight as the distillery visits. It was such a privilege to hear Dr Richard Drayton, Dr Lennox Honeychurch, Dr Geoff Ward, Michael Delevante, Dr Tara Inniss and Richard Seale (the rockstar of rum), talk about the production, people and place of Barbados rum.

Richard Seale walking the talk

It has to be said that the binding factor which brought all the magnificent parts of the week together was the camaraderie and shared passion of the rum fam, who came far and wide to attend the event. I was very fortunate to make new friends from the US, Canada, Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, and a few new ones too closer to home from the UK. Many an evening rum was shared! 

A huge thanks to Gayle and Christian Seale, who put together what I have to say is the best spirits event I’ve had the good fortune to ever attend. Very much hoping my first BRE wont be my last! Also a mahoosive thanks to the IWSC and Foursquare Rum Distillery for this amazing opportunity!

You can catch up on all the posts, stories and reels from our trip to Barbados over on our socials!

12 December 2023

Lindores Abbey Tweet Tasting

Continuing our teeming throng of industry leading Tweet Tastings into the new year, we’re absolutely delighted to announce our first event of 2024, and an absolute belter for Burns Night it is too!

On Thursday January 25th, we’ll be teaming up again with our good friends at the ‘spiritual home’ of Scotch whisky; Lindores Abbey, to raise a glass or two to the Bard, whilst pouring and exploring our way through a stunning selection of their whisky wares.

Tasting details are under wraps for now, but if you fancy celebrating Burns Night in what promises to be a very sipsational way click here to register your interest by emailing your name, address, mobile number, date of birth and Twitter / X handle. Please remember to mark the subject line of your email: #LindoresAbbey

The closing date to register is January 7th, and if you are registering, please make sure that you will actually be free on the night of January 25th to take part!

Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter / X on January 25th from 19:00 GMT via #LindoresAbbey

Registrations open to over 21's only!

For more info on Lindores Abbey Distillery, visit: lindoresabbeydistillery.com


28 November 2023

Mossburn Whisky Competition

Be it for one of our industry leading Tweet Tastings or monthly bottle competitions, we love nothing more than being able to share and giveaway some of our favourite drops of dramspankage. Talking of which, on the run up to Christmas we’re giving one our followers the chance of winning a bottle of Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Finished in Foursquare Rum Casks; one of our dramming highlights of the year!

Combining our two favourite worlds of whisky and rum, Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Finished in Foursquare Rum Casks (57.7% ABV) was initially matured in ex- Bourbon casks, before being finished in American oak casks that previously contained mature Foursquare rums from Barbados.

This release represents the start of a new annual Cask Collaboration Series for Mossburn Distillers & Blenders, that will see Mossburn blend and finish a different Scotch each year in a special cask finish using barrels sourced from a distinctive world-renowned distillery across different spirit categories.

The collaboration between R. L. Seale Co Ltd – owners of the Foursquare rum distillery - and Mossburn Distillers & Blenders is a natural one. R.L Seale were independent bottlers and blenders before becoming distillers and while Mossburn is younger it is following a similar trajectory - blending and bottling whiskies before it opened its first single malt distillery, Torabhaig on the Isle of Skye, in 2017.

For your chance to win a bottle of Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Finished in Foursquare Rum Casks click here to email us with your contact details and date of birth, along with the following phrase that dramming pays:

“I’d love to pour and explore all the Speyside 
splendour and all the Foursquare finished
fabulousness of this latest malty
marvel from Mossburn”

*Remember to mark the subject line of your email with: Mossburn Bottle Comp

If you’re on Twitter / X, you can also follow us via @TheWhiskyWire and RT one of our related competition tweets for another chance to win!

Mossburn 12 Year Old Speyside Blended Malt Finished in Foursquare Rum Casks, is now available from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £65.00


For more information on Mossburn, visit: mossburnwhisky.com

Competition closes at 23:59 on December 17th 2023. You have to be aged 21 years or over to enter!

Good Luck!