Life has been pretty hectic but I have finally had a chance to sit down and reflect on Cardiff Rum Festival which I was given the opportunity to attend. It was held in SSE Swalec Stadium which was decorated with a Caribbean theme. I also got transported back to school when I saw and heard the steel pans which I thought was a great addition to the atmosphere.I have never been very knowledgeable when it comes it alcohol (I blame that on student life) and I usually tend to buy the main stream brands in the supermarket when it comes to buying anything when I plan to have drinks with friends. This could quite possibly come down to the fact I have no idea what any of the labels meant and the different brands and bottles all lined up can be quite terrifying.However going to the Rum Festival in Cardiff it really opened my eyes and taste buds to the different types of rum (there were around 100 different types to taste) – from sweet to smooth to spiced, they are all slightly unique and bring a different taste to a drink or cocktail. I also learnt a lot about the different ways it can be made. It was great to talk to people who are passionate about what they do and who are also so willing to share that knowledge with you – making shopping for rum a little bit easier in the future!There wasn’t just alcohol to try but food and also some cakes and chocolates!If you get a chance to go to one of the UK Rum Festival events I would really recommend heading down there is such a chilled, fun atmosphere plus you’ll be surprised at the things you enjoy and learn!

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