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From Jamaica with Love


Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, one of the oldest rum distilleries in the world, launches a new product range and the ‘From Jamaica with Love’ campaign, with the aim of de-mystifying premium rum.


I had the pleasure of attending an Appleton Estate rum tasting with Richard Tring, former winner of the prestigious Appleton Estate bartender challenge. I like a dark ‘N’ stormy as much as the next girl, but I have to admit I am somewhat of a rum novice when it comes to premium rum. I arrived eager to learn.

First for tasting was Appleton Estate Signature Blend. The Signature Blend is made up of a combination of several rums of different styles and ages. It had a golden amber appearance and tasted like a combination of citrus, peach and apricot. It was nice to sip, but would make the perfect accompaniment for a cocktail.

Next up was Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old. The rum is aged in Number One Select American Oak barrels and is aged to a minimum of 12 years. It had a darker bronze, honey colour. To taste it was rich and oaky with cocoa notes. This is a rum to be savoured, and shared with your favourites, and sipped over a heap of ice.

Finally I had the opportunity to go head-to-head with other guests to shake up the best Mai Tai. Sadly, I didn’t reach first place, but getting to drink the sweet pineapple and almond cocktail was good enough for me.

Before the tasting I was a rum novice, but I left knowing I’m an Appleton Estate Rare Blend kinda gal.


£19.50  Appleton Estate V/X (Appleton Signature Blend from October 2015)

£35      Appleton Estate 12 Year Old (Re-Launching as Appleton Estate Rare Blend in February 2016)

£3,500   Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve


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The Festival of Heat


Heat-Seekers gather together on Sunday 27th September for the return of the hugely celebrated Festival of Heat, London’s Chilli Festival. This year the festival will take place at East London’s favourite pop up market, The Red Market.



Promoting aspiring and established talent, the festival brings together the very best producers, market traders and chefs from around the UK. Encona will also be showcasing their extensive range of sauces and marinades that will take you on a journey around the globe.

There will be plenty of chillies to sample, as well as great food vendors demonstrating their culinary skills. Watch, listen and learn as Flavour Gurus from The World of Zing and Made in Hackney reveal their secrets in the Festival Kitchen through master classes, workshops and demonstrations. Topics include, ‘Growing the Perfect Chilli’, ‘Cooking with Chilli to achieve the perfect Heat’ and ‘How to Make a Good Curry’. There is also the opportunity to pick up some top tips on sending your own hot sauce to market – from production to shelf.

The bar staff will be on hand to relieve the burn or, for the hardcore heat-seekers, mix up a chilli infused cocktail.


27 September 2015 12pm – 6pm


£7.50 per adult

Children go free!


Red Market,

288 Old Street,