Dish of the Day: How to… be a rum boffin

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As the kiddies go back to school rum lovers are gearing up for education of a more grown-up kind. Let’s hear it for the first ever Rum Experience University. Forget rowdy pupils and frazzled teachers who would rather be somewhere, anywhere else, everyone who has signed up for this one is in it for spiritual enlightenment.

It’s a cracking course. Five days of rum-tastic goodness based in sunny Spain. “People have asked why Spain and not the Caribbean,” says Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador and the man we have to thank for getting the Rum Experience University off the ground.

“There are a couple of reasons. The first is cost: it would be a much bigger ask getting people to pay for flights to the West Indies or Latin America, and the second reason is because we’re basing it in Motril in Andalusia which has a very similar terrain to the Caribbean,” he continues.

“Historically the area was the capital of the sugar cane which went directly to the Caribbean,” he says. Add the fact that there’s a distillery nearby and the Museum of Sugar Cane is within 15-minutes of where we’ll be based – it’s actually the perfect location.”

The way it will work is this: mornings will be spent in class, learning from the best in the business – we’re talking the calibre of cocktail historians and authors Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown, food scientist Bernard Lahouse, world authority on all things Tiki Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry, Master Distiller Richard Seale from Four Square Distillery and of course, the rum gospel according to Ian Burrell. Afternoons will be more interactive – with cocktail-making sessions, distillery visits, trips to local sugar cane fields and the Pre-Industrial Sugar Cane Museum, plus of course, opportunities to take in a few of those Spanish rays.

It sounds like lots of fun but don’t be fooled, this course is actually serious stuff with a recognised certificate at the end. “It’s about raising awareness of rum by educating and promoting rum culture throughout the world,” says Burrell proudly.

“Whether you’re a dedicated rum fan or work in the industry and want to find out more, this course will give you the experience and empowerment you need.”

The five day Rum Experience University course takes place 16th-20th September and costs £899 including accommodation at The Rum University Hotel, all meals, seminars and Rum diploma.

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The Cocktail Lovers say

There are only a couple of places left on the Rum Experience University course, so don’t miss out, the next one won’t be until 2014…

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