Rum bar celebrates achievements
“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.