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Wednesday, July 20 • 10:00am - 11:30am
When Is A Rum Not a Rum? The Big Rum Debate

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The Rum category is most diverse spirits category in the world, and with EVERY rum producing country claiming that their rum is authentic what the hell is a REAL RUM? Global rum category ambassador Ian Burrell invites you to join into what will be a heated debate on rum rules, new definitions, rum shenanigans and the future of rum. If you're a RUM lover this debate is not to be missed.

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Ian Rum Ambassador Burrell

The Global Rum Ambassador, The Rum Experience Company
One of the most travelled figures within the drinks industry, Ian has redefined the perception of an international spirits ambassador. As the only global ambassador for the rum category, he has conducted masterclasses and seminars, sipped cocktails and judged competitions on no less than 7 continents around the world. He had even taken the time to break the Guinness World Record for the largest organised rum tasting & masterclass in 2014. His... Read More →

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Alexandre Gabriel

President and Owner, Maison Ferrand
Alexandre Gabriel was born and raised in France, on a farm in southern Burgundy near the medieval town of Cluny, where his grandfather taught him how to make wine and distill spirits. Twenty-five years ago Alexandre Gabriel came upon an ancient Cognac house and built it into what is known today as Maison Ferrand, in the heart of the Grande Champagne district of Cognac.  Through his passion and vision, Alexandre turned the small Cognac... Read More →
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Ben Jones

Director North America, House of Agricole
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Richard Seale

Master Distiller, Foursquare Rum Distillery
Richard Seale was born to make rum. He is the great grandson of the original R.L. Seale, Reginald Leon Seale who founded the company in 1926, making him the fourth generation to work in the family rum business. Richard serves as Master Distiller and ambassador for all the Rums which are produced at the family owned Foursquare Rum Distillery in Barbados. Richard firmly believes rum’s rightful place is among the world’s finest... Read More →
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Roberto Serralles

VP & Commercial Director, Destileria Serralles
Destileria Serralles is the birthplace of Puerto Rican Rum. Our house style emphasizes multiple-column, clean distillation, barrel aging, masterful blending and honesty.

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Rhum Clément

Since 1887, the development of the prestigious Rhum Clement is in the purest tradition and inherited according to the rules of Homer and Charles Clement.

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