Who is The Rum Trader?

My name is Scott French. I am a Rum Writer, Reviewer, Judge, Presenter, Collector and Cocktail Enthusiast residing in Columbia, SC. I have been sharing my rum passion online and through social media channels, as The Rum Trader, since 2008. My rum obsession began nearly two decades ago spawned by a memorable week in Key West, FL spent with good friends and a few bottles of rum.

RumXPGoldBest240With a collection of over 600 different rum expressions I am a connoisseur of rum. In addition to traveling to Rum and Tiki events around the country, I spend my free time hosting rum tastings, reviewing and researching rum, visiting distilleries, hunting for old stock rums, and sharing my knowledge about the rum industry with others.

I have selected a few events from the 2019 Rum, Tiki & Cocktail schedule to attend. It is my plan to visit as many rum distilleries as possible this year. I will once again be back in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale  and plan to attend Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The rest of my rum travels are still up in the air.

You can also read an interview I did with

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RumXP_ConsumerRumJury_Background In 2015, I served as a judge on the inaugural Rum XP Consumer Rum Jury at the 2015 Miami Rum Renaissance.

Scott French
The Rum Trader