Rum's expansion highlighted at Miami festival

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MIAMI (AP) — Rum connoisseurs are learning to mix cocktails and tasting new flavors at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

Organizer Robert A. Burr says he expects over 12,000 people to attend seminars and tastings this weekend. Over 200 varieties of rum are available to sample.

The festival features rums from over 30 countries, including locales beyond rum's traditional Caribbean hub such as Mauritius, Finland and the Philippines.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States says rum sales in the U.S. increased slightly last year to 25.6 million cases of rum, and flavored and spiced rums accounted for more than half of all rums sold.

Bacardi Senior Brand Master Willie Ramos says that demand has driven the company to add more flavors to its offerings, including a mango fusion launched this month.

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Online: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival,

http://www.rumrenaissance.com/

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