Who is The Rum Trader?

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

My name is Scott French. I am a Rum Reviewer, Brand Builder, Marketing Consultant, Brand Influencer, 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 800+ different rum expressions, I am a connoisseur of rum. In addition to traveling to Rum and Tiki events around the country, I spend my 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 (2020), I will participate in a number of events on the 2020 Rum, Tiki & Cocktail schedule. I will be back in Miami, New Orleans, and Charleston for various rum events including Miami Rum Congress and Tales of the Cocktail.

To learn even more about me please read an interview I did with

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Scott French
The Rum Trader