Ian Williams is a professional journalist and author of the acclaimed book, Rum, the social and sociable history of the real Spirit of 1776 on the forgotten role of rum in world history.
Ian's Rum Pundit blog features up-to-date news and articles about rum from around the world.
He has written about rum for the Financial Times, Cigar Aficionado, Carib News, Carib Impact, and Maxim magazine among other publications.
Ian is a presenter and host at numerous rum events and a judge in many international competitions.
Says Judge Ian Williams of New York of the RumXP Blind Tasting Competition held annually at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival:
"When I began writing, "Rum" the book, it was a lonely experience. I met few people who could appreciate my enthusiasm for the "Global spirit with Its warm beating heart in the Caribbean." Since then, judging rums with the RumXP team, sharing our finds, and comparing all that the world of cane spirits has to offer has been a heartening experience. RumXP judges know their spirits and are usually in good spirits too. The Miami Rum Renaissance attracts Renaissance men and women of whose wide experience rum is just one, albeit highly focussed facet."