The event will take place at Project Halcyon Distillery – a cocktail bar of illicit charm and opulence located in the heart of Manchester. This Masterclass is for anybody looking to learn more about premium Madeira Rum, while sampling it for themselves.
The event is perfectly timed for rum fans, taking place the day after the Manchester Rum Festival (Saturday 8th July, 12pm–7pm) at which H&H The Madeira Rum Specialist will also have a stand. At Manchester Rum Festival, H&H will only showcase their mid-range portfolio of rums, whereas the Masterclass on the 9th July is devoted to their premium range.
Harold and Hansa, founders of H&H The Madeira Rum Specialist, are true experts in their field, having rum as an integral part of their respective cultures and upbringings. During the masterclass, they will take you on a journey to the island of Madeira, which is famed for producing exceptional and award-winning Agricole rums (made purely from sugar cane juice and not from molasses, a by-product of sugar refining).
They will delve deep into the production of rum on Madeira, including the variety of sugarcane found on the island, how different methods of distillation and ageing result in unique flavour profiles, and the importance of GI (geographical indication) protection for Madeira rums.
Participants will taste the island’s Premium array of rums in a relaxed and engaging environment, with several samples retailing at over £100 a bottle. All the rums at this event are from Madeira’s Engenhos Do Norte distillery, renowned for its high-quality production methods and the only distillery in Europe still employing the traditional steam method as the driving force of its key machinery.
The distillery has also recently launched a new 970-branded rum, matured in Brandy casks and H&HThe Madeira Rum Specialist is the first to bring this rum to Manchester. To complement the rum, there will also be a selection of charcuterie provided by Saveurs & Traditions, who import locally-produced delicacies from French artisans. Expect quality farmhouse saucissons, which pair perfectly with the rums being tasted.
The Masterclass includes:
- Tasting five premium and handpicked Madeira rums (c. 30ml per serving).
- Rums at this event will not be on show at Manchester Rum Festival.
- Tasting of newly launched Brandy cask rum produced by Engenhos Do Norte.
- Discussions about how Madeira became a leading rum-producing island.
- Opportunity for interactive Q&A with rum experts Harold and Hansa from H&H, The Madeira Rum Specialist.
- A selection of locally-produced farmhouse charcuterie / vegetarian bites.
- Opportunity to meet and relax with other rum lovers.
- Opportunity to purchase bottles after the event at special rates.
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