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Rumologist Top 5

From a nationwide search to a Top 20 then Top 10 – now the Final 5 Tommy Bahama Rumologist hopefuls have been announced and voting is in full swing!


After reviewing the Top 10 applicants’ new videos and essays, the judging panel had a difficult choice based on the amazing array of talent, personality and creativity to choose from.  However, a decision has been made, and the Top 5 who hail from Osprey, FL to Orange, CA to Seattle, WA to Key West, FL to Los Angeles, CA., will now vie for the $50,000 and the title of Tommy Bahama Rumologist.  

The Finalists are posted on the Tab within the Tommy Bahama Facebook Page for public voting which began yesterday and continues through October 10th. There will be a limit of one vote per person per day. The Finalist who receives the highest number of votes in the Final Round will be determined as the Grand Prize Winner.

The Top 5 Tommy Bahama Rumologist Contestants are as follows (in no particular order).

Carlton Grooms-Osprey, FL

Matthew Robold-Orange, CA

Kathy Casey-Seattle, WA

Jack Terry-Key West, FL

Phil Thompson-Los Angeles, CA

Since launching the Rumologist search, over 12,000 new people are now following Tommy Bahama on Facebook.  “The search has been a great way for Tommy Bahama to connect to our fans and friends and we have been amazed at the response,” notesRob Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Restaurants for Tommy Bahama.  “We believe that any one of these five remaining applicants would make a terrific Tommy Bahama Rumologist winner, and we are excited to see who the public chooses. Once selected, the Rumologist winner will not only receive $50,000, they will become an important part of our team.  We look forward to continuing our quest of being the foremost experts on rum, as well as the purveyors of amazing rum cocktails.” 


We’re pleased to report that two very good friends of Rum Connection have made the Rumologist Top 5.  Stay tuned for more about Matt Robold and Carl Grooms.