Paul McFadyen is co-owner of Trailer Happiness bar in Nottinghill, London and Brand Manager for Plantation Rum.
Bibendum Spirits imports Plantation rums in the U.K. Spanning eight different countries of the Caribbean, both islands and mainland, their rums have received some of the highest accolades available in the industry, including Master of the 'Rums under 7 years', 'Premium Rum', and 'Super Premium Rum' categories in the 2010 Rum Masters.
Paul was co-director of IP Bartenders of London. Along with colleagues Ben Reed, Nick Wykes, and Emma Davis, they operated the UK's premier agency for drinks training and cocktail consultancy.
Paul comes from a drinks-media background beginning a decade ago as Publisher of Flavour Magazine. Paul has developed training and bartending projects with all of IPBartenders top clients including Diageo, Bacardi Brown-Forman, Mitchells & Butler and Coca-Cola.
In demand for his media and drinks knowledge, Paul is acknowledged as a leading rum expert and presenter, delivering training and seminars for the West Indies Rum and Spirit Producers Association in UK, Spain and Italy, as well as various shows and events from Miami to Moscow.
Says Judge Paul McFadyen of London of the RumXP Blind Tasting Competition held annually at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival:
"The RumXP is a unique collaboration in the world of spirits by like minded individuals from all walks of life, united by a lifetime of dedication to their love of rum. Bloggers, producers, bartenders and just deeply knowledgable fans from across the world, the RumXP group are uniquely knowledgeable and committed to cane spirit and its lifestyle. Through their ego-free association they have significantly contributed to the rum industry's incredible growth and I'm proud to be associated. The RumXP deliberations on their rum awards form an unequalled assessment on the best rums available -- which is why the Miami Rum Awards are held in such regard. Scrupulously conducted, without any bias, their conclusions guide both the uninitiated buyer and more knowledgeable to the best rums available in the world today. If they say its hot, you can be damn sure its the best money can buy."