The Rum Experience University Returns in 2014

This year Ian Burrell launched The Rum University Experience, it was such a success it is back in September 2014.

The University is a 4 day intensive rum course held on the Andalusian coastline in Spain close to Europe’s last remaining distillery, Ron Montero. Over the course of the 4 days the attendees will theoretical and practical knowledge through a series of workshops, seminars and excursions.

The impressive list of speakers that will be spreading their knowledge and skills like a rum fuelled educational eagle include Tiki Authority Jeff ‘Beachbum’ Berry, cocktail historians Anistasia Miller and Jared Brown, Master Distiller Richard Seale, food scientist Bernard Lahousse, International Rum Ambassador David Cordoba, NLP Master Practitioner Don Smith and of course Ian Burrell himself.

As well as the speaker’s insights, the attendees will also get to visit the Ron Montero Distillery  for some more hands on education on the production and distilling of rum. There will also be trips to local sugar cane fields and a Pre-Industrial Sugar Cane Museum which was built on the ruins of an ancient sugar cane factory and features Europe’s oldest sugar mill.

Ian had this to say:
“It took a lot of time, hard work and planning to launch The Rum Experience University this year and I am so pleased that it has paid off and created a hugely successful experience and education for all those who attended. Special thanks to Ron Montero for welcoming us into their home and distillery, allowing me to realise the dream to create an exciting and hands-on rum education. There is no course like this out there and we cannot wait to continue to enrol students eager to learn about the culture and history of rum and give them an industry recognised qualification that will help them in their future careers.”

Places on The Rum Experience University 2014 takes place on September 7th – 11th and places are limited and available from £899. The cost covers bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner on top of the masterclasses and seminars, four afternoon rum excursions, Rum Experience University book and an industry recognised rum diploma. Flights and hotel transfers are not included.

For more information and to sign up visit the website

“It was a truly eye-opening experience as the whole week was a learning time for me both from the presenters and my fellow students (top bartenders/rum ambassadors/bloggers and more). Signing up for this university course was the best decision I’ve made in a long, long time. Truly life changing for me.”
Ben Gane (2013 Student)