Masterclass sessions will take place between October 1st-12th in 10 cities throughout the UK
Skylark Spirits have announced a huge education masterclass tour for Rhum Damoiseau, which will visit ten cities around the UK over the first two weeks of October.
The masterclass sessions will provide bartenders with an opportunity to learn about and taste a range of Damoiseau liquids, enjoyable and worthwhile in its own right, as well as giving attendees great foundation knowledge to create an entry for the coming Rhum Damoiseau cocktail competition – more on this later.
For the uninitiated, the former Bellevue distillery is located on Grande-Terre, one of twelve islands that form the archipelago Guadeloupe, in the northeastern Caribbean Sea, and has been producing sugar cane rums since the Damoiseau family purchased it in 1942.
The distillery produces agricole rums made with locally-grown sugar cane, and in the case of the arrangés or macerated liquids, with fresh fruit grown in Guadeloupe.
The arrangés start life as hand picked fruits brought to the distillery, where they are hand cut and then hand bottled by the team there. After 45 days of infusion, they are finished with sugar cane syrup produced from the locally grown cane.
The masterclass sessions will begin with a welcome cocktail, and then Damoiseau brand ambassador Damien Defoe and James Cooper will present a bartender-focused agricole and arrangés masterclass, examining in particular these liquids:
Damoiseau Arrangé Mango & Passionfruit
Damoiseau Arrangé Pineapple & Vanilla
Damoiseau Arrangé Coconut & Vanilla
Damoiseau Arrangé Guava & Vanilla
Damoiseau 40 Blanc
Damoiseau Millesieme 2009
Bartenders will learn about the creation of arrangés, the history and heritage of sugar cane juice and distilled rhums, and the story of the Damoiseau family distillery.
Skylark Spirits’ James Cooper will then take over and talk bartenders through the National Arrange Cocktail Competition, how to enter it, and of course, the competition’s epic prize.
BarLifeUK will be publishing full details of the Rhum Damoiseau National Arrange Cocktail Competition when entries open at the conclusion of the masterclass tour, so if you can’t attend a session but want to enter, watch this space.
Masterclass dates and Locations
Sunday October 1st – Glasgow – The Gate
Monday October 2nd – Newcastle – No.28
Tuesday October 3rd – Leeds – Cultwing
Wednesday October 4th – Liverpool – Liverpool Trade Expo
Thursday October 5th – Manchester – Kong’s NQ
Sunday October 8th – Nottingham – Tropichol
Monday October 9th – Leicester – Gadabout
Tuesday October 10th – Bristol – Clockwork Rose
Wednesday October 11th – Brighton – Gung Ho!
Thursday October 12th – London – Burlock
To attend one of the masterclass session, simply fill out the form below and select your city. And keep an eye on Skylark Spirits’ socials, as they will be creating Facebook events too.