World Class Cocktail Week at The Rum Diary

chocolate and cocktails, thanks to World Class Cocktail Week

chocolate and cocktails, thanks to World Class Cocktail Week

World Class Cocktail Week put on dozens of jaw-droppingly cool cocktail events in Melbourne and Sydney from 25-31 May. Melburnians could choose anything from a whiskey degustation to a Bloody Mary brunch. The Plus Ones opted for the Chocolate + Rum Experience, hosted at  The Rum Diary Bar alongside Monsieur Truffe.

We began the evening with a refreshing Campari cocktail, then were ushered to a quiet section of the bar for our experience. Upon several tables were all the accouterments of the evening, including the tasting menu. It showed we weren’t just trying rum — we were pairing gin and whisk(e)y with chocolate, too. Nice one, Rum Diary.

Ruki & Theresa say cheers

Ruki & Theresa say cheers

Ruki and I were naive — we nibbled at our chocolate during the first round, convinced we needed to make it last the whole tasting. But no, there was a different chocolate for each liquor. Score! Here’s what we paired:

  1. Tanqueray No. 10 gin + Bean to Bar Brazil (70% cacao)
  2. Talisker 10yr whisky + Bean to Bar Papua New Guinea (70%)
  3. Pampero Aniversario + Single Origin Venezuela (65%)
  4. Ron Zecapa 23yr + Single Origin Dominican Republic (74%)
  5. Bulleit Rye whiskey + Single Origin Ecuador (72%)
  6. a mystery sixth bonus tasting from our wonderful Scottish bartender

The chocolates were all divine. As a milk chocolate lover (I know, I know…) I preferred the 65% cacao bar to the others, but they were all perfection. As for the liquors: to say I loved the Guatemalan Ron Zecapa rum, distilled from sugarcane, would be an understatement. I wanted to marry it.

The Rum Diary Bar is a fabulous little space on Brunswick Street, dark and cosy and perfect for wintertime drinks. The bartenders even promised us they specialised in lighting cocktails on fire. I think that’s what they should do for World Class Cocktail Week next year, don’t you?

Co-founder of The Plus Ones and a lifelong learner, Theresa enjoys taking classes on all sorts of subjects. When that just so happens to involve rum and chocolate, all the better.

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The Rum Diary Bar
334 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Eat Drink Play.