Lashings of Rum at the Worship St. Whistling Shop

Aug 27, 11 Lashings of Rum at the Worship St. Whistling Shop

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The History of Rum. Could be interesting in the right hands. At the Worship St Whistling Shop bar it was one of the most fun and informative evenings I’ve had out drinking in quite awhile. And that’s saying something. Tristan Stephenson was our genial host/narrator and led us through the dark Victorian style bar to The Emporium, a small room in the back of the bar to begin our rum experience. Once seated on benches around 3 sides of a table, the lights darkened and the show began. I’m not going to give too much away but the show encompasses a sight, sound, smell, taste and audio tour through the highlights of rum, from Colonial America to Havana and beyond. The bar bills it as a “fairground ride of cocktail imbibation” (I’m pretty sure they made that last word up) and that sums it up quite neatly. There were plenty of surprises and Tristan has teamed up with Heston Blumenthal’s Experimental Kitchen to come up with some surprising food combinations and textures to go along with our rum libations. The History of Rum is the first of these cocktail experiences and will be running for the next three months. They’re busy planning the next experience, although Tristan wouldn’t tell us what it is just yet. Ideal for a night out with friends, the bar is currently only taking bookings for groups of 5-8 but are considering opening up the show to couples bookings. I wouldn’t worry if you don’t know the other couples when you start the evening, by the end, you’ll all be good friends over the generous and numerous cocktails poured throughout the two hour show. For more information and to make a reservation, check the website: Worship Street Whistling Shop, The Emporium. Fantastically fun night out and I even learned a thing or two about rum. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Notting Hill Carnival? I’m thinking of Elements 8 spiced rum…

It’s Notting Hill Carnival this weekend and although I haven’t gone in ages, I think I just might go on Sunday, which is Children’s Day. Why Children’s Day?  Although it’s just as crowded, there seems to be less trouble on Sunday, all those families about. It’s called Children’s Day as all the participants in the parades and steel bands are under 21. The last time I went was back in ’06, I had great fun, wandering around with the crowds, watching the parades, listening to the steel drums, eating tasty jerk chicken and having lots of rum drinks from Beach Blanket Babylon. In honour of the Carnival, I’d like to mention Elements 8 spiced rum. I was at the launch recently and I can say it is some quality stuff. The rum is made on the volcanic island of St. Lucia and Elements 8 is a blend of 10 single rums which are then combined with 10 St Lucian fruits and spices (cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla, lemon, orange, coconut and honey) and  then aged in used Bourbon barrels to produce the Spiced Rum. The entire process gives the finished product a uniquely complex bouquet of aromas and flavours. I found it to be extremely aromatic and it reminded me of the beach, sun tan lotion, pina coladas and the sun coming at me from the bottom of the glass. Drink it on it’s own or in a cocktail as we did at the launch, it is extremely smooth and while it does have quite a few sweet notes, it was more akin to drinking small batch bourbon for me. I loved it and absolutely recommend it! I’m sure you’ll be able to find Elements 8 Spiced Rum at many of the bars and restaurants that will be lining the Carnival route. A few reminders for anyone else who’s planning on going to the Carnival, DON’T take any valuables, cameras, mobiles, cash, etc should be in different pockets and beware of pickpockets,...

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