Introducing The Rum Gallery

It’s a rare day when a new blog is instantly relevant

The Rum Renaissance is almost upon us.  As such I’m starting to really get excited about my first rum judging stint.  Great work if you can get it right?  Perhaps even a bigger thrill will be to get to build deeper relationships with other RumXP judges and get to know new ones.  One of those guys that I hope to learn a ton from is Dave Russell.  Dave and his partner Roger created which quite frankly has been the go to source for professional tasting notes for me since I can remember.  Recently, Dave decided to strike out on his own and create in his furthering pursuit to exploring the art of rum.

Dave has spent over 20 years searching for rum all over the planet, usually by sailboat and often by motorcycle, going where others only dream of. He founded the Rum Gallery so viewers could learn about their favorite exotic spirit, and so the rum makers get some overdue respect.

Recently Dave and I were kicking e-mails back and forth.  I was trying to figure what  motivated him to find amazing rum and share the information.

“Fortunately, finding exotic rums is easy – usually I just sniff the wind and point the boat toward the next island. I like to share my rum adventures. You deserve the genuine article, not some guy slurping up whatever new rum arrives at his local liquor store. I think the Rum Gallery’s way is more fun. Some of the best experiences happen when sharing rum with the locals, and rum often tastes best in it’s own country.”

I’m sure Dave and I will share a few too many rums next week discussing the beauty of drinking rum on the island of it’s birth.  I’ll be sure to share with you what I learn here at Coastlines.  In the meantime, head over to and check out Dave’s new site, it’s a rare day when a new blog is instantly relevant.

If you want one better, why not head over to Miami Beach this coming week at Miami Rum Renaissance and join Dave, and all the other RumXP’s as we gather hundreds of rum and their distillers in one place to celebrate the spirit that we island lovers enjoy so much.
















One Response to “Introducing The Rum Gallery”

  1. BigKahuna April 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Never met a Rum XP I didn’t like, I’m sure you’ll have a great week!
    I am certainly looking forward to hearing all about it!

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