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It has been a very good year for our friends at Holey Dollar Rum.  They just added three “Best in Class” awards from the IWSC to their list of accolades.

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Holey Dollar Takes Honours

Did you know that Sydney is home to the best rum maker in the world?

Stuart Gilbert, Master Distiller at Holey Dollar Rum, has been making hugely popular rums for over 10 years now but it was his newest rum creations that really stood-out last year when ALL three rums won “Best in Class” Awards in their very first competition – the prestigious and highly competitive International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009.

HOLEY2The Holey Dollar Overproof Rum then went on to beat a vast array of respected Caribbean and West Indian rums to take the overall World’s Best Rum Trophy in a unanimous panel vote.

Proving this is not just a flash in the pot-still, yesterday the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2010 announced its results in London and all three of the Holey Dollar Rums were awarded “Best in Class!”

Stuart Gilbert started the Holey Dollar Rum Distilling Company back in 2008. He was already well-known as a producer of successful rums and an international rum judge, but this reputation just wasn’t quite enough for a man with a mission to produce superior quality rum. He started putting all his skills and efforts into the art of making and blending small quantities of rum with complexity, flavour and diversity, that were still affordable luxuries for the everyday person in Australia – a country whose first currency of trade was rum.

Stuart says, “The Holey Dollar rums are serious, individual, hand-crafted rums, made in pot-stills with extra aging in oak barrels. We’re never going to be huge but we want to give consumers a better class of rum.”

Rum-making is a living process, linking nature with human ingenuity: a melding of technology and artistry. It is created by taking molasses, adding yeast, distilling and maturation. The variables within the process are almost infinite. By only using the finest natural raw materials, the best fermentation procedures, the best pot stills available in the world, together with an experience and devoted Master Blender, you can create something that sets you aside from other rums. At Holey Dollar nothing artificial is used, no expense is spared, and quality is never substituted, to create this special and unique tasting rum.”

The judges at the IWSC obviously agree that the result is a set of three exceptional rums. There is still another few months to wait to see if Holey Dollar Rum will retain their title of Worldwide Distiller of the Year Award (to be announced in London at the Awards Dinner on 17th November 2010) but the company is on the announced shortlist so the scene is set for another Australian victory. Stuart collected this award last year, making Holey Dollar Rum the first Australian company in the show‟s 40 year history to claim the title.

Holey Dollar Rum is the only rum which is owned and distributed by wholly Australian owned companies and is available with the full range throughout Australia at 1st CHOICE LIQUOR stores and selected independent liquor retailers.

IWSC judging notes read:

Holey Dollar Premium Rum (40% A/V) – Medium depth of old gold colour. Attractive nose with good floral notes and some dark, brown sugar characters. Good, rich mouth with flavours following the nose along with treacle, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Raisin and prune are there and go into the full finish. (RRP $39.99)

Holey Dollar Overproof Rum (57.2% A/V)  Medium to dark colour. Nose is filled with tropical fruits with floral backing and some rich vanilla. Mouth is big and demonstrative with all the flavours the nose had plus prune and treacle, with good, sweet vanilla. Long extended finish with lots of aromatics … a very attractive rum. (RRP $64.99)

Holey Dollar Cask Strength Rum (75.9% A/V) – …wonderful dark amber colour with aromas of raisins and chocolate, toasty almonds and a hint of dried banana…layer and layer of progressively drier and woodier oak flavours finishing long and warm on the palate…a fabulous drink. (RRP $84.99)

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