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Ian Burrell

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Episode 11: Michael Toscano & Ian Burrell

Celebrating the Brand Ambassador

This week on Episode 11 of "Celebrating The Brand Ambassador."  I have the pleasure of interviewing Michael Toscano, NYC Brand Ambassador for Woodford Reserve" and Ian Burrell, the self-appointed and world-famous Global Ambassador of Rum. This episode discusses what it is like to be a sober Brand Ambassador, how Ian gained his title and "built his own table," plus Michael experience working at Enterprise Rental Car and making Sales at Angie’s list And working in this corporate environment prepared him for this current role. How he started working in our industry as a Bar Back and slowly moved his way up to the bartender to GM His lesson on learning how to navigate all the layers of corporate america Being a sober Brand Ambassador is the best decision he ever made, and how it has led to new opportunities in his life and at his company. Ian Burrel - Tells his story of how he became the self-appointment Global Brand Ambassador for Rum How and why he built his own table in the industry. Why he launched his Rum Festival in 2007 How building your own table can help you launch your personal brand This industry has limitless opportunities- if you make them How he first started working with Appleton Rum Why a Brand Ambassador is different than a sales rep. How he learned about Rum and became well known in the category. Why it is essential to keep learning and how to do that. The inspiration behind his Equiano Rum How he learned how to be a great presenter Imposter syndrome: We all feel it, and how can you handle it.

1hr 11mins

4 May 2022

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On The Back Bar #51 Ian Burrell on Rumfest 2021, Equiano Rum, and defining the role of the Rum Ambassador.

On the Back Bar: A Bartender Podcast for The Drinks Trade

On The Back Bar. A Bartender Podcast for the Drinks Trade #51 Ian Burrell on Rumfest 2021, Equiano Rum, and defining the role of the Rum Ambassador. In this episode of On The Back Bar Podcast, Chris talks to Ian 'Rum' Burrell the global ambassador for the rum category and, THE man to speak to for all things rum. He also founded Rumfest, the world's first rum festival in 2007 and, has since inspired the birth of rum festivals around the world including Miami, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Prague, Hong Kong, California, New York, Chicago and Mauritius). Enjoy! Website: ianrumburrell.com/ Rumfest Tickets: rumfest.co.uk/show-tickets/ Instagram: The Rum Ambassador * Join our community on Facebook! Beverage Network This podcast relies on our listeners to keep the show going! If you could support us by joining our Patreon it would really help this podcast grow. Patreon is a platform where you can support the podcast with a small monthly donation. This funding will help with all manner of things to equipment costs, editing and even getting some hard to reach people to sit down with me. Or you can just buy me a coffee to say thanks with the link below! :)  https://www.patreon.com/onthebackbar buymeacoffee.com/chrismenning *** If you love our show would you please consider leaving us a review on iTunes or giving us 5 stars? It will really make a difference and help the podcast in the future. Head over to our website gastronomerlifestyle.com Contact me at christopher@gastronomerlifestyle.com


16 Oct 2021

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Rum goings on with Ian Burrell, The Global Rum Ambassador

The Cocktail Lovers

Cocktail lovers take note, 11th-17th October is all about one spirit: rum. To celebrate, we chat to the Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell about the category in general as well as how to choose a rum to suit your palate and what's in store at the upcoming RumFest on 16th October.But before we get to the interview, there are the reviews… In this episode we share our thoughts on Dima's Vodka from Ukraine, Amaro Santoni from Italy and the flavours of Japan to be found at Sachi and Sakaya, two bars in one building – Pantechnicon in Knightsbridge.Tristan Stephenson's Curious Bartender Rum Odyssey from our cocktail library brings us back to the rum theme and the cocktail we're making this week seals the deal.What we're mixing:Rum Old Fashioned50ml dark rum (we used Santa Teresa)2 1/2 tsp either Demerara or Muscovado sugar syrup (2 parts sugar to one part water)2 dashes Orange Bitters2 dashes Angostura aromatic bittersOrange peel to garnishMethod:Stir all ingredients over ice in a Rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonFor more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Amaro SantoniDima's VodkaCurious Bartender Rum OdysseySachiSakayaSanta Teresa 1796RumFest The RumFest trade event is on 15 OctoberRumFest Live and RumFest online is on 16 October. The live session will be split in two sessions 12-4pm and 5pm-9pm; the online session lasts for 5 hoursSpiced Rum Show 17 OctoberTickets and information from rumfest.co.ukThe Cocktail Lovers podcast is available every fortnight See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

6 Oct 2021

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59 - Ian Burrell - The Global Rum Ambassador

Drums and Rums

Where the backbeats meet the spirits. Episode #59.  On this podcast, Drums and Rums alumn Jame' from Ready Set Rum joins me as co-host as we chat with the Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell. Ian's been around rum as part of his family and culture from starting out as a bartender in London to becoming an ambassador for the rum industry. He talks about starting up the African-Caribbean blended rum, Equiano, with a collaboration with Foursquare and Gray's Distillery. Also, he drops some knowledge about what space tastes like. ----------------------------------------------------------------------The opening track is Once Upon a Bottle of Rum by Brad BrockCheck out Brad Brock's Jams ' N' Cocktails Podcast live every Wednesday at 8:pm EST----------------------------------------------------------------------Here are a few things you will hear in this episode of the Drums and Rums podcast. What type of rum does he recall being around while growing up?Partnering up with Richard Seale at FoursquareThe history behind the name of the company.Equiano's foundation supporting Anti-Slavery International After taking a break from college and started bartending, did you have an idea of where this all would end up or be just let’s give it a go?The return of the rum festivals and the upcoming one in Miami in February 2022.We ask about his music career back in the '90s with a successful hit song that was in movies and tv ads. The story on how he set up a Rum Shack in Antarctica? In four sips or less:Neat or on the rocks?Prince or Michael JacksonAs a bartender what’s your most important toolWhich bar would you bartend at, the Cantina from Star Wars or Cheers?Visit Ian's links:https://equianorum.comhttps://equianorum.com/foundation/https://www.instagram.com/equianorum/Don't forget to check out our  and Ready Set Rum's site and linksDrums and Rums website. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, InstagramReady Set Rum on YouTube, InstagramSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/drumsandrums)

1hr 48mins

24 Aug 2021

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Next Round: Ian Burrell on Bringing Rum's Past and Future Together

VinePair Podcast

Adam speaks with Ian Burrell, self-styled global rum ambassador and co-founder of Equiano Rum about the history and diversity within the rum category, as well as why Equiano is so interested in blending rums from the Caribbean and Africa. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or the podcast platform of your choosing, and send any questions, critiques, suggestions, or requests to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


4 Jun 2021

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Episode 193 - Equiano Rum with Ian Burrell

The Modern Bar Cart Podcast

In this eye-opening conversation and rum tasting with Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell, some of the topics we discuss include: How Ian entered the rum world as a bartender, which led to several career transformations as a brand and category ambassador, then the creator of UK Rumfest, and now as one of the cofounders of a blossoming rum brand. The fascinating life of Olaudah Equiano, slave-turned-entrepreneur-turned-freedom-fighter-and-philanthropist. He, of course, is the namesake of Equiano rum and the inspiration for both its products and its philanthropic mission. How rum from the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is blended with meticulously distilled and aged spirits from Barbados to create the unique flavor profile and multicultural DNA of Equiano’s flagship product and its brand new light rum, which I had the privilege of tasting before it even hit shelves here in the US. We discuss the impact of colonialism and geographic indications on today’s rum landscape We explore the exciting emergence of multi-style or multi-island rum blends, the difference between “nursing” and “doctoring” a drink, how Ian plans to convert Barack Obama into a rum drinker, and much, much more.

1hr 11mins

3 Jun 2021

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Episode 19: Ian Burrell

Radio Imbibe

Ian Burrell is no stranger in the rum world. An acclaimed rum expert, educator, and ambassador, and a founder of events including U.K. Rum Fest and London Rum Week, Burrell is now one of the co-founders of Equiano Rum, which debuted in Europe and the U.S. last year. In this episode he talks with us about the rum’s distinctive blend of spirits from Mauritius and Barbados; the history of the rum’s namesake; and the brand’s charitable foundation and its first grant recipient, Anti-Slavery International.Radio Imbibe is the audio home of Imbibe magazine. In each episode, we dive into liquid culture, exploring the people, places, and flavors of the drinkscape through conversations about cocktails, coffee, beer, spirits, and wine. Keep up with us at imbibemagazine.com, and on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and if you're not already a subscriber, we'd love to have you join us—click here to subscribe.


30 Mar 2021

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Episode 51 - Broadcaster Mark Mardell, The Drum/ I’s Ian Burrell, Indigo Talent’s Jude Thompson & Scorpion TV’s David Cornwall

TellyCast: The TV industry podcast

Please complete the TellyCast/ Workshare Content Industry Monitor survey http://bit.ly/3bdNVTPFormer BBC News European & US editor Mark Mardell, I/ The Drum journalist and media consultant Ian Burrell talk GB News, News UK, Andrew Neil and Piers Morgan, Indigo Talent Founder & MD Jude Thompson on the secrets of the TV industry headhunter and Scorpion Films’ David Cornwall chats with Boom! PR's Justin Crosby. David’s Stories of the Week https://www.thedrum.com/news/2021/03/17/channel-4-partners-with-tiktok-super-serve-young-audienceshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/meimeifox/2021/02/23/how-snapchatter-sarati-earned-1-million-in-three-months-on-spotlight/ Sign up to the free TellyCast+ newsletter http://eepurl.com/hkehBjTellyCast+ website http://bit.ly/3a0dCqvTellyCast insta - tellycast_tvTellyCast Twitter - @TellyCastTVTellyCast YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPmvkr2NAP5I7bi9IQztBsATellyCast is edited by Ian Chambers. Recorded in London in lockdown 3.0 Music by David Turner, lunatrax. Recorded in lockdown March 2020 by David Turner, Will Clark and Justin Crosby. Voiceover by Megan Clark.Click here for £20 off ticket price for the TellyCast Digital Content Forum sponsored by BBC StudiosTellyCast websiteTellyCast instaTellyCast TwitterTellyCast YouTubeClick here for £20 off ticket price for the TellyCast Digital Content Forum sponsored by BBC Studios...

1hr 21mins

25 Mar 2021

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Episode #22: Catching Up with Ian Burrell: Equiano Rum, The ISS Awards, and More

The Rumcast

In this episode, we start with some more chatter on Hampden’s latest Great House release and revisit a defunct rum produced in Trinidad (though probably not the one you’re thinking). From there, we jump into our conversation with Ian Burrell, the Global Rum Ambassador and co-founder of Equiano Rum (the world’s first African and Caribbean rum) among other ventures.In signature fashion, Ian takes us on an entertaining ride through discovering the rums of Mauritius, his relationship with Richard Seale, how the first Equiano rum blend (Mauritius rum and Barbados rum) came to be, what to expect next from Equiano, developing the International Sugarcane Spirits Awards, adventures in awards categories, overlooked or underrated rum distilleries, his basketball and music careers, and more!Links to learn more:Ian Burrell’s websiteEquiano RumThe International Sugarcane Spirits AwardsInternational Sugarcane Spirits Awards results from Year OneThanks to Holmes Cay for sponsoring this episode. Explore their current releases at HolmesCay.com and keep an eye for new ones coming this year.

1hr 56mins

5 Mar 2021

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Falling in Love with Rum w Ian Burrell | Ep. 206

Bartender at Large

It is hard to find anyone else in the spirits business who has done more for the modern rum renaissance then Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell. For over 20 years, he has travelled the globe visiting distilleries, and educating bartenders and rum aficionados. In addition, he is also the founder of UK Rumfest, one of the industry's most prestigious spirits festivals, as well as co-founder of his very own rum, Equiano Rum. So tune in the week and get schooled on what it is like to live a life in dedicated to premium rum. Learn More: Equiano Rum: https://equianorum.com Ian Burrell: https://ianrumburrell.com ============================= Join us every Monday as acclaimed bartender, Erick Castro, interviews some of the bar industry's top talents from around the world, including bartenders, distillers & authors. If you love cocktails & spirits then this award-winning podcast is just for you. SUPPORT US ON PATREON: Get early access to episodes, exclusive bonus episodes, special content and more: https://www.patreon.com/BartenderAtLarge FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: Erick Castro: www.instagram.com/HungryBartender Bartender at Large: www.instagram.com/BartenderAtLarge FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: Erick Castro: www.twitter.com/HungryBartender Bartender at Large: www.twitter.com/BartendAtLarge


20 Jul 2020