Welcome to the web's best source of Rum Services and Training
Rum Runner Press, Inc. has been serving the needs of the rum industry for almost two decades. Through our family of websites we provide everything from rum consulting services to rum education. If you are a member of the rum industry, or plan to become one, you will find what you are looking for.

About Us
Our mission is simple:

"We believe that rum is the greatest distilled spirits on earth and that educated distillers, importers, wholesalers, retailers, servers and consumers are the foundation for a healthy and thriving rum industry."

Rum Runner Press was founded with a simple mission in mind: improve the rum industry's image and the quality of its products so that rum is recognized worldwide as a quality distilled spirit.


To fulfill this mission, Rum Runner Press has launched several subsidiaries, each one with a specific sub-mission:

* The Rum Shop: this is the central repository of cocktail recipes, knowledge base articles and is the main on-line rum commerce website.

* Got Rum?: this is the home of the monthly "Got Rum?" magazine, current and past issues.

* The Rum University: this is the home of the higher education branch of Rum Runner Press.  The Rum University offers the first 12 course program on rum: Rum Appreciation in the 21st Century, and will soon offer hands-on rum distiller/master blender certification programs.

* Rum Book: this website is dedicated to showcasing rum books and their reviews.  New books are added as they are reviewed in "Got Rum?" or as they published by their authors.

* Rum Talk: this blog is an offering for those rum afficionados who do not want to wait up to a month for the next issue of "Got Rum?" to know what is happening in the industry.

* Rum Fest (coming soon): a comprehensive list of all past rum competitions, highlights, results and commentary.


Who Are We?

Luis and Margaret Ayala are a husband and wife team of rum consultants and food/travel writers. Together they have published numerous books and countless articles about rum, the countries that produce it and the cultures behind it. 

  • 1. Luis Ayala, President
  • 2. Margaret Ayala, Vice President
  • 3. Environmental Impact Consultants
  • 4. Master Distillers
  • 5. Master Blenders
  • 6. Packaging Experts
  • 7. TTB and FDA Consultants

Awards & Accomplishments

  • * Recipients of the International Rum Festival’s Platinum Award for excellence in “Global education and
    promotion of rum
    * Collaborated with Georg Riedel (Riedel Crystal, Austria) in 2006 for the creation of the first ever Riedel
    Rum Glass.
    * Organizing member, promoter and judge at the International Rum Festival from 1995 through 2003 in
    Barbados and Canada.
    * Founding member of The Rum University and curriculum creator.
    * Curriculum developer (rum course) and instructor at Florida International University for the Beverage
    Management Program.
    * Most published rum author in the world and recipient of the Best Rum Book Award.

Rum Consulting Services
Product reviews, consumer tastings, public speaking


We offer organoleptic assessments, competitive rum analysis, mixology services, marketing strategy, branding consultations and more.

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Rum Education
Rum Appreciation in the 21st Century


Corporate training (for executives, marketing or sales staff), customized Rum University courses, consumer events (rum and food pairing, rum and cigars, etc), key note speakers and more.

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Rum Production
Formulas, labels, packaging, turn-key solutions


We assist in the development of private brands, new formulations, re-formulations for existing products, bulk rum sourcing, packaging, US label approvals and more.

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Rum Runner Press has been supporting the rum industry for almost 20 years.  From corporate training to consumer education, we assist in all facets of the business.

our philosophy

We believe that educated distillers, importers, wholesalers, retailers, servers and consumers are the foundation for a healthy and thriving rum industry.

We believe that rum is the greatest distilled spirits on earth.

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our publications

Much like the rum in our barrels, we keep evolving with time, reacting to our chanigng environment.  Social networking is here to stay and so are we.

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contact information

Rum Runner Press, Inc.

North America Office
Texas, USA
Tel/Fax : (855) RUM-TIPS
Email : info©rumrunnerpress.com

Central America Office
coming soon

Europe Office
coming soon

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