Rum Results

Remember when I noted last week that I was in Tampa to judge rum? Well, so I did, and along with several other judges, including friends old and new, we decided on the following medals and awards:

5th Annual Polished Palate International Rum Competition Results:

(Bold denotes Best of Category.  Note: Not all categories received a Best of Category award in 2010):

White Rum

GOLD:

Don Q Cristal/Puerto Rico

Diplomatico Blanco/Dominican Republic

SILVER:

Siesta Key Rum/Florida

Ron Barcelo Gran Platinum/Dominican Republic

BRONZE:

Carta Viejo Claro/Panama

Koloa White Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii

Gold Rum

SILVER:

Bacardi Gold/Puerto Rico

Koloa Gold Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii

BRONZE:

Don Q Gold/Puerto Rico

Old Lahaina Premium Gold Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii

Dark Rum

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

Flavored Rum

SILVER:

Don Q Coco/Puerto Rico

Don Q Limon/Puerto Rico

BRONZE:

Aguardiente Antioqueno Sin Azucar/Colombia

On a personal note, I’d like to add my own accolades to two rums that I thought terrific, but out-of-character for the category in which they were judged. Both Carta Viejo Claro, from the white rum class, and One Barrel Rum, from the darks, would have arguably performed better had they been listed with the gold rums instead. In particular, I thought the One Barrel from Belize had outstanding complexity and balance, but was too light in both character and colour for the dark rum category.

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