It is with great pleasure to introduce our Barritt’s Bermuda Getaway judges this week. We have 5 great judges who have overseen all of the cocktails that have been submitted by many talented mixologists.
We will be announcing the two winners (one consumer and one retailer) this week at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. And yes, there will be stories to post this week from the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. But first, we need to thank our great judges.
First up is The Rum Daddy, aka Mr. Paul Artrip. Paul was a judge for us last year and knows a whole lot about rum and the rum industry. He’s a pro. Here’s his website: http://www.therumdaddy.com/
Paul Artrip ‘The Rum Daddy’ www.therumdaddy.com is a well-known rum expert and rum aficionado with friends and connections in the United States and Europe. His extensive spirits collection includes over 300 rums, rons, rhums, and cachacas. Paul’s love of spirits ‘spilled’ over into his business, where he created Spirited Adventures, LLC, a brand ambassador and mixology consulting firm. He also writes spirits columns for private publications and for Chilled Magazine.
Paul has served as a judge for the 2010 Rum XP Competition in Miami, the 2009 International Rum Competition in Miami, and the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Paul also judged cane spirits as one of the American judges in the 2007 and 2008 UK RumFest in London, England as well as performing industry seminars on American artisinal spirits for the UK and EU market. Paul has also judged in the 2006 and 2007 International Cane Spirits Festivals in Ybor City, Florida, and performed tasting seminars at the 2006 NYC RumFest 2006.
Paul represented Bacardi USA as the moderator at ‘The Long Legacy of Cuban Rum’ Seminar at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans 2009, performed brand ambassador consultations for Cockspur Rums (Hood River Distillery, Oregon, USA) during 2007 and 2008, and represented Cockspur in Miami at the 2008 Gifted Rums Magazine release event. Paul also presented American artisan rums at the Rum Renaissance Miami’s inaugural event in May 2009, again in 2010, and also in London, England in 2008. Paul actually started with success in tequila mixology, earning the Grand Prize Winner status in the charity-focused Margaritaville Tequila ‘Conky-Tonkin’ Concoction Contest’ in Key West 2005.