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2015 CAB Rum Awards

The 2015 CAB Rum Tasting Competition was held last Friday leading up to the 5th annual Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival in St. Maarten. The event was hosted by the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino.

imageIn a closed room session, the judging panel sampled some 60 rums and made their decisions based upon four criterion; Appearance, Aroma, Taste and Overall Impression.

This year the judging panel included the co-founders of the International Rum Council Dave Russell, Mike Streeter, Carlton Grooms and Nick Feris, as well as rum exporters to Asia; Shinobu & Maryse Uchiono of Gwad-Link, in addition to Bahama Bob Leonard, Shawn Martin, Mark Theron, Carl Kanto, Philip Ils, and Jonathan Collymore.

The Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival has become the Caribbean’s premier promotion and retailing event for rum and beer. The 6th Festival will be held in November of 2016.

Here are the tasting comp results.

White Rum

GOLD – Toppers White Rhum (Topper’s Rum, St Maarten)
SILVER​ – Westerhall 12 Degrees (Westerhall Estate, Grenada)
BRONZE​ – Blue Water Ultra Premium (Blue Water Rum, St Maarten)

Overproof Rum

GOLD – ​Jack Iron (Westerhall Estate Ltd, Grenada)
SILVER​ – Wicked Dolphin Rumshine (Wicked Dolphin, Florida USA)
BRONZE​ – White Jack (Westerhall Estate Ltd, Grenada)

Flavored Rum

GOLD ​- Topper’s Mocha Mama Rhum (Topper’s Rhum, St Maarten)
SILVER – ​Ma Doudou Orange Rhum (Ma Doudou, St Martin)
BRONZE – ​Guavaberry Original (St Maarten Guavaberry Company, St Maarten)

Spiced Rum

GOLD ​- Clifton Estate Original Spice (Clifton Estate Rum, Nevis)
GOLD​ – Blue Water Caribbean Gold (Blue Water Rum, St Maarten)
SILVER – ​Ma Doudou Epices (Ma Dohdou Rhum, St Martin)
BRONZE​ – Topper’s Spiced Rhum (Topper’s Rhum, St Maarten)

Gold Rum

GOLD – ​Richland Distillers Estate Rum (Richland Distillers, Georgia USA)
SILVER​ – Westerhall Dark Rum (Westerhall Estate, Grenada)
BRONZE​ – Borgoe 82 Rum (Suriname Alcoholic Beverages, Suriname)

Aged Rum (5 – 9 years)

GOLD – ​Guavaberry Republic 8 YO (St Maarten Guavaberry Company)
SILVER – ​Borgoe Grand Reserve (Suiname Alcoholic Beverages, Suriname)
BRONZE​ – Banks XM 7 YO (Banks DIH, Guyana)

Aged Rum (10 – 14 years)

GOLD – ​Westerhall 10XO (Westerhall Estate, Grenada)
SILVER – ​Banks XM Special 12 Year Old Rum (Banks DIH Ltd, Guyana)
BRONZE​ – Doorly’s 12 YO (R L Seale, Barbados)

Aged Rum (15 years and over)

GOLD – ​Borgoe 15 Year Old Premium Aged Rum (SAB, Suriname)
SILVER​ – Pusser’s 15 YO Premium Rum (Pusser’s Rum, BVI)
BRONZE​ – Banks XM Supreme 15 Year Old Rum (Banks DIH Ltd, Guyana)