Drinking 50 Rums and Surviving

Good thing my camera had autofocus.  After 30 rums everything was blurry!

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.  I did not write about it right away because I knew the more knowledgeable guys like Mike from the Rumconnection.com were going to have far more insightful things to say about the event than myself.  After all I’m no judge, just a power user.  Still, I wanted to share a little of the event with you so I decided to compile some of my better shots and do a photo essay.

I shot these images using a Leica D-LUX 4, shooting RAW.  Since I was inside and don’t like flash I relied on ISO 400 and f-stop of around 2.0.  My shutter was slow but I’m not bad at hand holding slower speeds.  I really like the result.

The hardest part of the festival was the desire to drink everything.  Even with the small tasting cups you see in the following pictures, you can get pretty hammered pretty fast.  Pacing yourself as well as not drinking the entire cup is essential.  It was a fun challenge.  I did survive!


Diplomatico ©2011 Carlton Grooms




Cruzan ©2011 Carlton Grooms



I just had to have a picture with this rum!

I just had to have a picture with this rum! ©2011 Carlton Grooms



Dos Maderas

Dos Maderas ©2011 Carlton Grooms



Troy fm Siesta Key Rum

Troy fm Siesta Key Rum ©2011 Carlton Grooms



Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©2011 Carlton Grooms



Rum Shop Ryan. Enjoying another round.

Rum Shop Ryan. Enjoying another round. ©2011 Carlton Grooms



Dazama - Madagascar

Dazama - Madagascar ©2011 Carlton Grooms





Plantation ©2011 Carlton Grooms



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4 Responses to “Drinking 50 Rums and Surviving”

  1. FWC Cliff - Seattle, WA June 20, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    That my friend is a lot of rum to sample. Looks like a lot of fun though. Up here in the northwest the thing to sample is beer. Lots and lots of beer.

    • Carl Grooms
      Carl Grooms June 20, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Cliff. I hear you. I’ve been known to do the same with beer. I’ve worked a few beer festivals. I approached the rum like a beer festival and quickly learned it’s a bigger and more serious game! Cheers.

  2. AxARob June 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    If there is a 2012 tasting, I will be there!! Looks like so much fun on so many levels. Am thinking a room in the host hotel is a must! Thanks for sharing and power users have an opinion too…What was your favorite?

    • Carl Grooms
      Carl Grooms June 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      Rob there most certainly will be next year. Even better is the Rum Cruise in November. Promises to be amazing. Staying in the hotel is a must and they gave us a good rate. My favorite white was Siesta Key. My favorite dark was Atlantico. Spice was Dzama (Madagascar). Black was Cruzan Black Strap. At least for now. I have a bottle of Ron de Jeremy on the way. Promises to be stiff drink. LOL.

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