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Saturday, July 18 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Clairin - Authentic Rhums of Rural Haiti

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A look inside the little known and rarely understood world of rural rhum production on the island of Haiti. Beyond the large brands such as Barbancourt and Vieux Labbe, most of the rhum produced and consumed by islanders in rural Haiti follows rustic, age-old production methods in the outer regions of this unique island. Slow, natural fermentation attracts the natural yeast of each micro-region, delivering a true snapshot of local DNA -- true terroir -- followed by a gentle distillation and simple finishing to produce a delightful, fresh cane spirit of fine quality. In this intimate tasting seminar, we'll sample some of the very best examples of Clairin from Haiti, which are now gaining greater appreciation in Europe thanks to the passionate efforts of Gianluca Gargano of Velier.

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Robert Burr

president, Quantum Leap Network - Robs Rum Guide
Robert publishes Robs Rum Guide and the National Rum Examiner, as well as rum reviews on the Rum Minute YouTube video channel. He is host of the Miami Rum Festival/Trade Expo and the annual Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise. Robert serves as a judge in international rum tasting competitions and frequently travels to distilleries, rum festivals and special rum events around the world.

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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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Gianluca Gargano

Luca Gargano started as a youngster to show interest for Rhum. In 1975, when he was just 20 years old, he was appointed Brand Manager for Saint James, embarking on a long season of travels across the Caribbean Islands. In 1983 he acquired control of Velier SpA -- a small wine & spirits import company -- turning it into a leading independent firm in Italy from scratch. In 1990 he started a thorough research of barrels and rare bottles, digging... Read More →
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Peter Holland

Owner, TheFloatingRumShack.com
What should people talk to you about? Rum. Mostly rum, although I've a love for all spirits and actively looking to learn more. Keen to spread the word about the best spirit category in the world (Rum), experiencing and educating.
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Alexandre Vingtier

French Spirits Consultant & Author
Alexandre Vingtier is a French spirits consultant & author and judge at numerous spirits & cocktails competitions worldwide. He works with distillers, blenders, bottlers, retailers, bartenders, sommeliers, chefs and even noses, and has visited hundreds of distilleries around the world and taste thousands of spirits each year. | | Alexandre is in charge of the Innovations' Bar at Paris Cocktails Spirits, showcasing the top 100 most innovative... Read More →


Saturday July 18, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Bonnet Carre Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130