Forrest Cockely

Distiller, Rum (Spirits) Educator/Expert - United States
Tasting panel


Beginning with a fascination for rum as a bartender almost 40 years ago, he allowed that fascination to turn into an obsession that has been present and enjoyed for the better part of his life. He has worked in every part of the Beverage Industry – server, bartender, retail specialist, buyer, distributor, writer, judge, speaker, educator, brand creation, blending, as a distiller, among other things… 


• Rum Lover since the 1980s @ self
• Writer @ various Magazine/Publications/Educational Material
• Founder and blogger @  adrinkwithforrest (now closed)
• Rum Judge, Speaker/Educator @ multiple Rum and Spirit events
• Spirits, Beer, Wine and Cocktail Judge, Judging Panel Lead @ multiple Competitions
• Organizer @ multiple Spirit Events (Rum, Whiskey, Gin, Tequila, Mezcal, Brandy)
• Certified Member @ Compagnie des Mousquetaires d'Armagnac
• Certified Spirits Specialist @ C.S.S.
• Consultant, Brand Ambassador, Brand Creator, etc. @ self
• Speaker/Educator/Co-Lead @ Rum Rhum Club