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


Don Q Cristal/Puerto Rico

Diplomatico Blanco/Dominican Republic


Siesta Key Rum/Florida

Ron Barcelo Gran Platinum/Dominican Republic


Carta Viejo Claro/Panama

Koloa White Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii

Gold Rum


Bacardi Gold/Puerto Rico

Koloa Gold Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii


Don Q Gold/Puerto Rico

Old Lahaina Premium Gold Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii

Dark Rum


Khukri Rum (Nepal)

One Barrel Rum/Belize


Koloa Dark Hawaiian Rum/Hawaii

Carta Vieja Anejo/Panama


Old Lahaina Premium Dark Rum/Hawaii

Rum Aged Up To 8 Years


Ron Abuelo 7 Anos/Panama

Bacardi 8/Puerto Rico

Ron Abuelo Anejo/Panama

Ron Medellin 8 Year Old/Colombia


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


Don Q Anejo/Puerto Rico

Ron Carupano Oro Reserva Especial/Venezuela

Rum Aged 9-15 Years


Ron Abuelo 12 Anos/Panama

Don Q Grand Anejo/Puerto Rico

Ron Carupano Solera Centenaria Reserva Limitada/Venezuela


Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva/Venezuela

Plantation 20th Anniversary/Barbados

Vizcaya VXOP Cask 21 Cuban Style Rum/Dominican Republic

Rum Aged 15+ Years


Zafra Master Reserve 21 Rum/Panama  BEST IN SHOW

Ron Anejo Carupano Legendario/Venezuela


Bacardi Reserva Limitada/Puerto Rico

Ron Millonario Solera 15 Reserva Especial/Peru

Flavored Rum


Don Q Coco/Puerto Rico

Don Q Limon/Puerto Rico


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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