I have been writing reviews of distilled spirits for over 3 years now. It began when I posted a few mad ramblings on the Ministry of Rum which gave my views on a few of the more popular Rum Brands. Soon after those ramblings were published, I was contacted by the owner of a website called Rum Connection. He was wondering if I would be interested in writing a few reviews for his website. I decided to give it a try, and the result was my first published review:
The people at Rum Connection apparently liked what I wrote, and during the next year I published about 15 reviews for them.
Reviewing rum was so much fun that I decided to create my website, but not just for Rum. I made the decision that I would discuss all distilled spirits, and when I opened this website in October of 2009, I made sure I added a few Whisky Reviews, some Gin Reviews and a couple Tequila Reviews such that most of the major distilled spirit categories were represented. (Since opening the website, I have expanded the range to also include Vodka Reviews as well as Brandy and Cognac.) Although my focus is primarily upon Rum and Whisky, it is my belief that acquiring knowledge and skill with respect to all spirits serves to broaden my perspective and is beneficial to my over-all understanding of distilled spirits..
For what it is worth, people (and industry) seem to like what I write. Since opening the website, I have been asked to act as a judge at major International Rum Competitions, as well as for the yearly Canadian Whisky Awards. On occasion, I have also been asked to provide specialized consulting services to certain Vodka and Rum Producers to help assess the quality and marketability of their products. Having said all of that, I think it would be true to state that the reviews on this website represents more of a knowledgeable layman’s perspective than that of a professional taster.
I hope you enjoy my reviews and find value in them; but always remember that an opinion is just that, an opinion. Do not take my writing too seriously, for opinions vary and in the end, only you can really decide if a spirit gives you enjoyment. Use my reviews as a guide, but trust your own tastes and preferences as well.
How to Contact Me
If you are a member of the spirits industry, and wish to see your spirit reviewed on the Rum Howler Blog, then here is where you should make your initial contact. My email address for such inquiries is:
(Please Note: This email address indicated above is for industry and publishing contacts only. I will not respond to other inquiries. If you have questions or comments regarding my reviews, my recipes, or other matters relating to the blog then please use the comments section provided at the end of each article I publish.)
I will respond via email to make arrangements to obtain your sample. All spirits samples must be bottled and sealed in original packaging. I generally will not review a sample of less than 200 ml, although the preferred sample size is 500 ml to 750ml bottle.
Although I am located in Canada, I have made all of the appropriate arrangements to receive samples from the US and abroad.
If you are an advertiser or publisher and wish to use, or republish any of my materials (in full or in part) or have myself submit new material to you for publication, please be advised that all of my articles/reviews/photographs are protected by copyright. Please contact myself using the email address above.)
Please leave a short message regarding your inquiry. If you wish your contact request to be kept confidential, please indicate this in your email.
(Note: I sometimes receive comments and messages from persons who wish me to comment on the value of bottles of whisky and rum that they have in their possession. And from persons who wish to use my blog as a means to sell such bottles. Although I thank you for reading my blog, I cannot help you in these matters. My suggestion for you is to visit Whisky.com or the Ministry of Rum where it appears help in these matters may be provided.)