Who is The Rum Trader?

Scott French, The Rum Trader
Scott French, The Rum Trader

My name is Scott French. I am a Rum Industry Brand Builder, Influencer, Reviewer, Judge, Presenter, Collector and Cocktail Enthusiast residing in Columbia, SC. I have been sharing my rum passion via presentations, this website and through social media channels, as The Rum Trader, since 2008. 

With 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, writing about, reviewing and researching rum. I visit rum distilleries, hunt for old stock rums, and share my knowledge about the rum industry with others insistently. 

In the new year (2019), I have selected a few events from the 2019 Rum, Tiki & Cocktail schedule to participate in. I will once again be back in Miami, Chicago, and Charleston for various rum events plus, for my first time, I will be attending Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. 

You can read an interview I did with

Past Travels

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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