In addition to the other listed requirements for Rummelier® certification Levels 2-5, the candidate must complete 2 Advanced Classes in Rum for each level. Advanced classes can only be taken after completion of Rummelier® Level 1 Certification. The "Required" Advanced Classes must be taken in listed order. The "Elective" Classes may be taken in any order either by attending a live class in person or virtually. Additional Advanced Class options will be added as developed and will be facilitated by noted experts in the rum field.
All sessions are online 1-on-1 interactive with Matt who will tailor the presentation to your knowledge and interests. A slide deck with key images to aid understanding will be used and made available after the session. Each session will run approximately 45 minutes.
After enrolling for class, you will be contacted to schedule a time for your session.
A deep dive into sugar cane varietals, sugar processing, cane juice vs cane syrup vs molasses, sugar chemistry basics, fermentation basics, yeast varietals (wild vs cultured), muck and dunder, and congeners formed during fermentation.
A deep dive into how distillation and heat work at a molecular level, volatile compounds, reflux, congener separation, heads, hearts, and tails, basic batch distillation, double retort pot stills, continuous distillation, column plate design, and rum marques.
A deep dive into cask construction, chemical changes during aging, extractive vs oxidative aging, wood selection, toast and char levels, the angel’s share, continental vs. tropical aging, and warehouse management.
A deep dive into the various classification systems, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and why they matter. Covers Gargano, Cate, Whisky Exchange, color, country, colonial history, overproof and navy strength.
A deep dive into the chemical compounds behind the flavor and aroma of rum, and how, they’re created and removed at each stage of rum making. Esters, aldehydes, and higher alcohols are just some of the topics covered. Also, a look at the laboratory technology which aids in understanding of rum.
A deep dive into the many regulations that govern different parts of the rum world: What exactly is a Geographic Indication, and what good are they? The Martinique AOC, the Jamaican GI, Cuba’s DOP, and other regulations are covered. This session also takes you behind the scenes at WIRSPA, an international body representing many Caribbean rum makers.
A deep historical look at rum’s early days, which was similar across the Caribbean. The session then traces key political, economic and technology reasons why rum evolved in different ways in different places, leading to the wide diversity of rums today.
A deep dive into Jamaica’s 350-year rum history, including its premier reputation in the rum world. Rum marques, and how Jamaica’s uniquely, funky, high hogo rum is made are prominent topics, as are this historic backgrounds of today’s Jamaican rum distilleries.
A deep dive into the real history of London Dock and British Navy rum. The London Docks, Rum Quay, rum merchants like Lemon Hart and Alfred Lamb, United Rum Merchants, the British Navy’s victualling yards, and the navy’s rum recipe are among the subjects.
A deep dive into the rum world beyond the words on the label. Covers key players in the rum trade, bulk rum, and the distinction between independent bottlers, merchant bottlers and original producers, and much more.
Matt Pietrek is a highly acclaimed rum writer and historian, pushing the boundaries of rum knowledge on his Cocktail Wonk site, which includes topics not covered anywhere else. His expertise extends from rum production to flavor science, rum regulations, the rum trade, and rum history.
In addition, he serves as the Community Envoy for the West Indies Rum and Spirits Association, the trade group representing rum makers in countries including Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad. With his wife Carrie, he’s written and published Minimalist Tiki: A Cocktail Wonk Look at Classic Libations and the Modern Tiki Vanguard, which was a finalist for Best Cocktail Book at the 2020 Spirited Awards.