Robert Burr is searching the world for the most exclusive limited edition rums, rare bottles and exotic expressions to share with his friends at the annual Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo in April.

Mami Rum Festival and Trade Expo - VIP Tasting Bar features rare, limited edition rums like this Rhum Saint James Single Cask 1998 Vintage aged rum, the only bottle in the USA.

Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo’s VIP Tasting Bar features rare, limited edition expressions like this Rhum Saint James Single Cask 1998 Vintage aged rum — the only bottle in the USA.

Now in its ninth year, his annual forum of rum enthusiasts, professionals and experts began as a modest gathering of a thousand rum fanatics enjoying about a hundred rums from a couple of dozen major producers. Over the past decade, The Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo expanded into the world’s largest rum event, bringing the best rum producers and the most devoted fans to Miami from all over the globe.

For 2017, the event is focusing it’s attention on discovering new rums, upscale expressions, luxury spirits from the farthest reaches of the world — as well as the best American rum producers.

“Florida is the number one market for rum in the world. Miami has been home to the biggest and best rum gathering on the planet for many years,” said Robert Burr. “Size is good, but quality is better. Our mission is to gather the very best limited edition rums and invite the most appreciative rum enthusiasts to share our discoveries.”

More Limited Edition Rums on display

The establishment of the festival’s VIP Tasting Bar set the tone for a more serious sampling of rare, limited edition and vintage rums. Upscale consumers responded positively and enthusiastically to these luxury offerings.

Expanding the depth and breadth of these exceptional rums is a priority for festival organizers in 2017 as more of these limited edition rum products come to market in South Florida.

Among the many fine limited edition rums to be sampled at the VIP Tasting Bar are Barbancourt’s rare 150th Anniversary edition from Haiti, Mount Gay’s very limited 50th Anniversary of Independence Extra Old rum from Barbados; the exquisite limited edition Facundo’s Paraiso XA from the Bacardi family private reserves; Zacapa’s ultra-rare 30 year old Centenario from Guatemala; Flor de Caña 25 Year Old aged rum from Nicaragua; Rhum Clement XO vintage blend from the 1970s; the rare Matusalem 23 year old Gran Reserva from Dominican Republic; the 1980 vintage El Dorado 25 year old aged rum from Guyana; Don Pancho’s Origenes, ultra-rare 30 Year Old aged rum from Panama; and Appleton Estate’s rare Master Blender’s Legacy Reserve from Jamaica, which is no longer available.

Rum’s Quintessential Consumer and Trade Event

Miami Rum Festival and Trade ExpoThe Miami Rum Festival and Trade Expo welcomes consumers to sample hundreds of fine rums for the two day Grand Tasting event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center during the weekend of April 22-23, 2017.

The international gathering is also a opportunity for rum producers, distillers, blenders, importers, distributors, retailers and food/beverage managers to meet and do business. It’s a chance for spirit journalists, editors and publishers to focus on the expanding rum sector, to interview rum experts and professionals and take measure of the rum industry’s trends toward premium products and special edition expressions.

Tickets are not available at the door, but can be purchased online. Trade passes are available for members of the spirits trade.

For more information, call 707-278-6736, or visit the Miami Rum Fest and Trade Expo web site at MiamiRumFest.com

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