Advanced Rum with Edward Hamilton

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Ed Hamilton, the Minister of Rum, will be appearing locally to teach “RUM 201: Advanced Rum”.  This event is part of Alameda’s Forbidden Island  RUMFEST 2008 celebration.

February 27th at 7:00pm: RUM 201: Advanced Rum with Edward Hamilton.

Forbidden Island is pleased to welcome back Edward Hamilton, internationally known rum expert and the author of four books on rum. Edward will be teaching an “upper division” course on rum to build on the class he taught at Forbidden Island last year. But don’t worry, Rum 101 is not a pre-requisite for this class! Ed will discuss in detail the differences in rum blends and styles, featuring navy and demerara rums, identifying the differences between molasses vs. sugar cane rums, and more. Of course, there will be a matched tasting with the class, featuring some of the finest rums in the world. Tasting tickets are available in advance or at the door for $30, but supplies are limited, so hurry in. Don’t miss this very special event!

In other news, 

Alameda tiki bar Forbidden Island has announced the creation of the Kill-Devil Club, a rum-tasting program in which participants who sample all of the rums on the checklist (around 100 of them) will get their name printed on a plaque behind the bar. No word on whether it’s inspired by Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant’s Blue Agave Club, whose members can earn a “master’s degree” by drinking 35 Tequilas.

For a quick start to the Kill-Devil program, patrons can try three tasting flights of four rums each. A rare bottle new to the bar is the British Royal Navy Imperial Rum, which was rationed daily to sailors up until 1970.

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THIS IS NOT FAIR.  I must have sampled at least 15 rums at FI over the last year and now I have to start over again!  Oh, well.   If any Bay Area bloggers/sailors would like to meet and get smashed, drop me a line.

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    As someone who has known “Ed Hamilton” for some time as we often see him around about the Caribbean doing research on rum..His workshop is not to be missed. After all he is the guy who wrote the book on rum…

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