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My passion for rum developed in part from my long standing interest in pills and potions and a certain travel experience. After graduating with a doctoral degree in drug therapy and completing a residency specializing in pain management, I came to be, so to speak. Suffice to say, I had a reasonable understanding of drugs, including ethanol. However, at this point, rum had consisted mainly of fond memories with Cuba Libres and good friends at University. Then, a few years later, I stumbled across Airlie Beach Bar in Queensland, Australia and became enchanted with this spirit and its history. At the time, rum was not just my spirit of choice, but growing in popularity worldwide. This enchantment rapidly evolved to somewhat of a lifestyle, from morning rum blogs and nightly mixology sessions to hunting down rare bottles in between journeys to rum events and festivals. The absence of a local rum society and my resolve to take a more active role prompted action. Alas, birth of The Rum Collective.