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Rum XP Tasting Comp Results

The Rum XP Tasting Competition was held last week in Miami.  Rums were sampled, scored and medals awarded to the finest in each class.  The winners are….


Rum XP Announces Winners of Tasting Competition

by Mike Streeter

Being a member of the Rum XP (International Rum Expert Panel) has afforded me several memorable opportunities.  I’ve traveled to distilleries and met the people who make some of my favorite rums, I’ve been part of focus groups that evaluate new products and I often receive bottles of premium booze to review for Rum Connection.  But among the most pleasing of these perks is being a judge at the annual Rum XP Tasting Competition.

We hold this contest over three days and 5 separate tasting sessions during Rum Renaissance week in Miami.  It’s always one of those “pinch me” moments – being locked in a room with dozens of samples of fine rum all lined up neatly in rows to be sipped and scored.  The process goes on for hours and in the company of some of the industry’s top rum authorities.  Yes, life is good.  Rum companies from around the world participated in the competition and the results acknowledge the best brands in the industry.  Here are the winners……

Gold – Best In Class

Siesta Key Silver

Diplomatico Añejo

Plantation Panama 2000

Old Aged

Premium Aged
Cartavio XO

Koloa Dark

Blackbeard Spiced

Dzama Rhum Vanilla

Dzama Rhum Ambre Nosey-Be


Siesta Key Silver
Montanya Silver
Diplomatico Añejo
Plantation Panama 2000
Abuelo 7
Plantation Jamaica 2000
Plantation Trinidad 2000
Plantation Barbados
Cartavio XO
Plantation 20th Anniversary
Dzama Cuvee Noir Prestige
Koloa Dark
Blackbeard Spiced
Seven Tiki
Dzama Rhum Vanilla
Dzama Rhum Ambre Nosey-Be


Banks 5 Island
Dzama Rhum Blanc Nosy-Be
Mount Gay Silver
Diplomatico Blanco
Abuelo Añejo
Mount Gay Eclipse
Siesta Key Gold
Montanya Oro
Appleton Reserve
Barcelo Anjeo
Matusalem Classico
Ron Millonario 15
Plantation Guyana 1999
Abuelo 12
Dzama Vieux 6
Plantation Grenada 1998
Plantation Nicaragua 1998
Cockspur 12
Botran Reserva
Appleton 12 Extra
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Millonario Reserva Especial XO
Flor de Caña Centenario
Dos Maderas PX 5 + 5
Botran Solera
Abuelo Centuria
Zafra 21
Matusalem 18 Gran Reserva
Siesta Key Spice
Dzama Vieux Rhum Vanilla 3 year
Plantation Trinidad 73% Overproof


Dzama Cuvee Blanc Presitge
Matusalem Platino
Bacardi Gold
Cockspur Fine Rum
Santa Teresa Añejo Gran Reserva
Cartavio 5
DonQ Añejo
Santa Teresa Selecto
Diplomatico Reserva
Flor de Cana 12
Plantation Barbados 1999
Flor de Cana 7
Matusalem 15
Mount Gay Extra Old
Barcelo Imperial
Mount Gay 1703
Santa Teresa 1796
Koloa Spice
Santa Teresa Araku Ron Y Café
Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liquer