Taking place Saturday, November 12 in Coral Gables, Florida, the annual Rum Renaissance Festival Seminar Day is the place to learn about rum with outstanding rum seminars.
The seminars will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Venetian Ballroom, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, FL. 33134. Tickets must be purchased in advance, by clicking here or by calling 305-350-0764.
In addition to copious opportunities to taste, discern and discover the best rums, attendees of the world’s most interesting rum festival are invited to sign up for informative, entertaining, and illuminating rum seminars and expert classes taught by some of the leading experts in the world.
- Alexandre Gabriel, Maison Ferrand Owner and Master Blender
- Don Benn, West Indies Rum Master Distiller
- Gabrielle Hinds, West Indies Rum Distillery Quality Control
Cane to Glass
A complete journey through the rum production process
Part 1: Cane Culture and Fermentation
12:30pm to 1:15pm
We begin with a in-depth look at the seminal West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station, one of the two oldest (Java being the other one) sugar cane breeding institutions in the world, with a continuous breeding program since the rediscovery of seedlings in Barbados in 1888.
Tickets for the academic sessions must be purchased in advance by clicking here.
The key to developing desirable flavor profiles in rum production begins in the fermentation process — from light bodied rums to richly complex and flavorful distillates, we explore the theories, techniques and methods of fermentation developed and refined in the Caribbean region over the centuries.
Part 2: Distillation Using Traditional and Modern Methods
2pm to 2:45pm
The range of styles and marques created using various distillation methods and equipment varies greatly. From traditional alembic style copper pots to hybrid specialty stills and modern, efficient column still equipment, the contemporary production facility assimilates a myriad of varied processes and methods to create unique marques — enabling a vast variety of rum distillates to be produced.
Part 3: Wood Management and Blending
3:30pm to 4:15pm
The process of maturing spirits in wooden barrels has a long and storied history, based on the craft of cooperage and the management of the aging process. Producing carefully curated and elevated spirits is an artful endeavor that requires intimate knowledge and experience of the materials, the interactions, and the chemistry of wood management.
Likewise, the blending of various marques, developed to deliver specific styles and properties, are merged to create complexity, intensity, balance and depth of flavor. The art of blending requires specific talents and organoleptic skills that can take decades to master. When targeting specific flavor profiles and product specifications, the master blender must intrinsically understand the unique qualities of each marque and the values of each component to create a masterful blend.
At the end of each seminar presentation segment, an interactive question and answer session will follow. Rum tastings are included in the seminars. Light snacks will be served at the end of the third session.