Thursday, November 3, 2011

2011 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival: CAB Rum Awards

The 2nd Annual Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival has ended and this year's CAB Awards have been released. The Divi Southwinds Beach Resort in Barbados was the setting. Forty rums were judged by seven individuals. Not bad odds, eh?
Judges included Luis and Margaret Ayala, editors of the magazine Got Rum?, illustrious RumXP members, such as Bob "Rumelier" Davies and Dave Russell of RnD Rum Reviews as well as Steve Bennett from Uncommon Caribbean to name a few. This blind tasting was held in a closed room where samples were rated using four criteria; Appearance, Aroma, Taste and Overall Impression. Let's take a look at the results!

2011 Caribbean Alcohol Beverage Awards

Category: White Rum

GOLD - El Dorado White (Demerara Distillers, Guyana)
SILVER - Mount Gay Silver (Mount Gay Distillers, Barbados)
BRONZE - Clarkes Court White (Grenada Distillers, Grenada)

Category: Overproof Rum

GOLD - Mount Gay Eclipse Black (Mount Gay Distillers, Barbados)
SILVER - Wray & Nephew Overproof (Wray & Nephew Distillery, Jamaica)
BRONZE - Rum Bar Overproof (Worthy Park Estate, Jamaica)

Category: Flavoured Rum

GOLD - Bois Bande Rum (Belfast Distillery, Dominica)
SILVER - Four Square Spiced Rum (R L Seale, Barbados)
BRONZE - Kweyol Spiced Rum (St. Lucia Distillers, St. Lucia)

Category: Brown / Gold Rum

GOLD - Old Brigand Rum (R L Seale, Barbados)
SILVER - Mount Gay Eclipse (Mount Gay Distillers, Barbados)
BRONZE - Special Barbados Rum (R L Seale, Barbados)

Category: Aged Rum (5 - 9 years)

GOLD - Banks DIH VXO & Year Old (Banks DIH, Guyana)
SILVER - Rum Sixty Six (R L Seale, Barbados)
BRONZE - Doorly's 5 Year Old ( R L Seale, Barbados)

Category: Aged Rum (10 - 14 years)

GOLD - Appleton 12 Year Old (Appleton, Jamaica)
SILVER - XM Royal 10 Year Old (Banks DIH, Guyana)
BRONZE - Mount Gilboa Pot Still Rum (Mount Gilboa, Barbados)

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