TAMPA, Fla. (March 22, 2010) – The results are in. The 5th annual International Rum competition, held on March 18-19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ybor City, was hosted by Jack Robertiello/Drinks Ink and inlcuded judges Arturo Sighinolfi/SWS, Luis Ayala/Rum Shop, Stephen Beaumont/World of Beer, Harriet Lembeck/Wine & Spirits Educator, Ben Montgomery/St. Petersburg Times and Anthony Nasso/Republic National Distributing Company. The team of judges evaluated 42 rums based-upon five criteria: appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel & finish.
Judges sampled the spirits before selecting possible Best of Show, Best of Category, Gold, Silver and Bronze level award winners. A Best of Show is not always awarded. For a brand to receive this acknowledgement, each judge has to rate the spirit with a score of 90+. 21 years in the making, Master Distiller Francisco ‘Pancho’ Fernandez has done it again; he’s created a masterpiece. Zafra Master Reserve 21 Rum from Panama received the 2010 Best of Show award.
This year’s competition featured 7 categories including White Rum, Gold Rum, Dark Rum, Rum Aged up to 8 Years, Rum Aged 9-15 Years, Rum Aged 15+ Years and Flavored Rum. Of special note, one particular rum has entered the competition all five years, Khukri Rum from Nepal, and earned their 5th consecutive Gold Medal as well as their 2nd Best of Category Award.
Dori Bryant, President of the Polished Palate said, “It is obvious that Rum’s star has already risen. The qualtiy of new products entering the market, including those from Panama, Venezuela, Florida and Hawaii, bodes well for the industry”.
Congratulations to all of 2010 winners.
5th Annual Rum Competition Results:
(Bold denotes Best of Category. Note: Not all categories received a Best of Category award in 2010):
Gold: Don Q Cristal/Puerto Rico & Diplomatico Blanco/Dominican Republic
Silver: Siesta Key Rum/Florida & Ron Barcelo Gran Platinum/Dominican Republic
Bronze: Carta Vieja Claro/Panama & Koloa White Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii
Silver: Bacardi Gold/Puerto Rico & Koloa Gold Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii
Bronze: Don Q Gold/Puerto Rico & Old Lahaina Premium Gold Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii
Gold: Khukri Rum (Nepal) & One Barrel Rum/Belize
Silver: Koloa Dark Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii & Carta Vieja Anejo/Panama
Bronze: Old Lahaina Premium Dark Rum/Hawaii
RUM AGED UP TO 8 YEARS
Gold: Ron Abuelo 7 Anos/Panama, Bacardi 8/Puerto Rico, Ron Abuelo Anejo/Panama & Ron Medellin 8 Year Old/Colombia
Silver: Ron Barcelo Imperial/Dominican Republic, Plantation Barbados 5 Year Grande Reserve/Barbados
Ron Medellin 3 Year Old/Colombia, Ron Viejo de Caldas 3 Year Old/Colombia & Ron Viejo de Caldas Grand Reserve/Colombia
Bronze: Don Q Anejo/Puerto Rico & Ron Carupano Oro Reserva Especial/Venezuela
RUM AGED 9-15 YEARS
Gold: Ron Abuelo 12 Anos/Panama, Don Q Grand Anejo/Puerto Rico & Ron Carupano Solera Centenaria Reserva Limitada/Venezuela
Silver: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva/Venezuela, Plantation 20th Anniversary/Barbados & Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Cuban Style Rum/Dominican Republic
RUM AGED + 15 YEARS
Gold: Zafra Master Reserve 21 Rum/Panama BEST IN SHOW & Ron Anejo Carupano Legendario/Venezuela
Silver: Bacardi Reserva Limitada/Puerto Rico & Ron Millonario Solera 15 Reserva Especial/Peru
Silver: Don Q Coco/Puerto Rico & Don Q Limon/Puerto Rico
Bronze: Aguardiente Antioqueno Sin Azucar/Colombia
About The Polished Palate
Since 2005, the Polished Palate has been hosting spirits competitions and cutting edge Tasting Events, educating the consumer on all aspects of each distilled spirit category. Through events and seminars hosted by recognized industry professionals, guests learn about the history & culture of each spirit, their impact on society, current trends and appropriate tasting techniques, while promoting responsible consumption—all in a festive format. ###