Rum bar cel­e­brates achieve­ments

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“FROM hum­ble be­gin­nings, ped­dling de­cent Caribbean rum through a hole in the wall, the Rum Bar sits up along­side with the best in the world” Rum Bar’s Mark Wy­att said, who is more com­monly known as Dr Rum.

“The Caribbean jour­nal rat- ed us in the top ten Rum Bars across the globe,” he con­tin­ued. The Rum Bar was also fea­tured in a dou­ble page spread in the Courier Mail and The Daily Tele­graph (to name a few) and is splashed around a new book called Ex­plore Rum.

“[It’s] all great ex­po­sure for Air­lie Beach as des­ti­na­tion,” he said.

When he is not shak­ing up mo­ji­tos, (voted by nine MSN as the best in the world), he is ac­tively in­volved in the rum world; cre­at­ing Caribbean rum blends for the Aussie mar­ket, con­sult­ing with new dis­til­leries and ac­tively in­volved in The Global Rum Club, The Min­istry of Rum and reg­u­larly meet­ing with the Lon­don Rum sym­po­sium.

Dr Rum writes ar­ti­cles for mag­a­zines on the Rum scene and judges rums against each other.

“I have been lucky enough to be asked to judge the Bac­ardi Le­gacy cock­tail com­pe­ti­tion and priv­i­leged to meet the Bac­ardi fam­ily last week in Mel­bourne,” he said.

“I have also be­come great friends with John Ge­orges who, other than be­ing the most awarded mas­ter dis­tiller in the world for An­gos­tura Rum and bit­ters, very much en­joyed our re­gion and the Talk Like a Pirate party we hosted. He still raves about Whit­sun­days hos­pi­tal­ity and sends rare rums over from Trinidad and Tobago.”

“I could prat­tle on about our rum achieve­ments un­til I grow the dread­locks of Cap­tain Spar­row how­ever there re­ally is only one point: if (as Os­car Wilde said) ‘imi­ta­tion is the sin­cer­est form of flat­tery’, 10 years ago there was one Rum Bar in Australia and now there are 27.”

“Some even owned by Wool­worths and Coles and that boys and girls is a big pat on the back to our town. A town that em­braced an idea back when city folk said ‘they will only drink one rum up there mate’.”

DRINK MAS­TER: Air­lie Beach's fa­mous Dr Rum AKA Mark Wy­att.

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