Tatu Kaarlas moved from Finland, otherwise known as the Rum Sahara to live in sunny Australia to pursue
his love of rum a lovely lass.
Despite beginning his love of rum in an unforgiving land, it has not stopped him from pursuing and obtaining rum and other fine spirits from all over the world, which he passionately reviews and photographs on his website Refined Vices.
In addition to reviewing, he is part of the International Rum Expert Panel, participates as a judge in various tasting competitions, and commercially photographs some of the world's finest spirits.
Says Judge Tatu Kaarlas of Australia of the RumXP Blind Tasting Competition held annually at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival:
"The Miami Rum Renaissance RumXP tasting competition is an eclectic gathering of the world's finest rum connoisseurs and experts offering the collective knowledge and expertise of the best products the rum industry has to offer."