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Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum

Presenting an iconic flavor profile of legendary Jamaican pot stills, Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum invokes local history and ancestral culture of the island – the Arawak’s land of wood and water.

The classic double-thumper pot stills of Jamaica, in concert with traditional long fermentation cycles, can produce high ester rums — with aromas and flavors of black banana and flambéed pineapple — often described as funky.

In particular, aged rums from the venerable John Dore pot still at Long Pond and the Vendôme pot still at Clarendon are among the most desirable and — until recently — the least available on the market.

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry blended aged rum

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry pot still blended rum from Jamaica

Lighter ester rums are blended with a dose of heavier rums from extended fermentations. The persistence of bold flavors remains notable in Xaymaca’s wide range blend, without being overpowering or intense.

Xaymaca Special Dry delivers just that — a well balanced blend of aged distillates from these legacy pot stills.

After resting in Bourbon barrels in Jamaica, the rum is rested for a second maturation of one year in Cognac barrels in Southwest France.

Xaymaca Special Dry took home a gold award at it’s first RumXP international tasting competition at Rum Renaissance Festival.

Xaymaca Special Dry Tasting Notes

Initial aromas of ripe banana, vanilla and smokey oak lead to hints of pineapple, brandy and fine herbs. On the palate, mixed ripe fruit and orange water precede the baked banana notes at mid-palate, with sour dough bread pudding, baking spices and almond butter fading into the medium warm finish.

Xaymaca Mission Statement

Alexandre Gabriel, founder of Maison Ferrand, said: “With Xaymaca Special Dry, I wanted to dive into the iconic culture that is unique to Jamaican rum. I wanted to work with these complex flavours of overripe exotic fruits with an almost animal intensity.”

“We can still find certain white rums with this famous ‘rum funk.’ I think, however, that this great terroir expresses itself perfectly in an aged rum. That is why we launched Xaymaca Special Dry – a tribute to this ancestral culture of rum.”

Xaymaca brings genuine classic Jamaican flavor profiles to tropical cocktails. Unlike some special editions, Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry rum is widely available and quite accessible in price.

At 43% abv, the 750ml bottle of Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum sells for about $25.

https://www.plantationrum.com/


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Alligator Bay Distillers in Punta Gorda

With a nod to the backwater regions of Southwest Florida, Alligator Bay Distillers is a family-run operation producing a line of boutique rum products from their production facility in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Alex Voss at Alligator Bay Distillers

Alex Voss with Robin and Robert Burr at Alligator Bay Distillers

Alex Voss grew up in Naples, a small town south of Fort Myers. In 2012, he moved to Maui, Hawaii where he learned to make rum. He started as an apprentice and worked his way up to distiller at Haleakalā Distillers.

Returning to Naples, Alex brought home his knowledge of cane spirit production, collaborating with family members to launch their own facility in 2015.

While Alex concentrates on rum production, brother Ben Voss leads the marketing efforts and serves as chief mechanic at Alligator Bay Distillers.

We arrived on a Saturday afternoon for a look around and a tour of the facility. Alex welcomed us and spoke of his process and philosophy of making rum at Alligator Bay Distillers.

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Starting with molasses from Clewiston — the legendary sugar town near Lake Okeechobee — Alex has perfected his fermentation process with an ideal active dry yeast strain that thrives in the warm humid climate of Southwest Florida. The fermentation process takes seven days and produces a rum mash with an alcohol content of 8%.

The distillation process involves double distillation in a traditional copper pot still to 70% abv, retaining much of the molasses and cane flavors in his distillate.

The aging room is completely filled with resting oak barrels. The aroma of rum and wood is enticing — and certainly whets the appetite for the next stop on the tour — the tasting room.

Alligator Bay rums

Alligator Bay rums

Indeed, the clear rum retains a true flavor of cane and serves as the base for the spiced rum. The Sun Gold rum is lightly aged and the addition of Black Mangrove honey offers a nice finish. The Saba Treasure offers a subtle hint of fennel.

The rum that brings home the most awards is the chocolate-infused Dark Rum. This boutique specialty took home a gold award in the 2017 RumXP international tasting competition at Rum Renaissance Festival.

With a motto of “cane to bottle,” the small batch rums made by Alex Voss at Alligator Bay Distillers are distinguished by his artisan hands-on approach to production.

The distillery is open for tours Monday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm, starting on top of the hour, at 25522 E Marion Ave. Punta Gorda FL, 33950.

Call 941-347-8419 or email: info@alligatorbaydistillers.com. Visit the web site at: http://alligatorbaydistillers.com/


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Naked In Jamaica dark rum

A rich planter’s style dark rum, Naked In Jamaica is a private label spirit produced by famed flying ace, aerobatics champion and vintage airplane collector Kermit Weeks. The rum was created to his own specifications by Florida Caribbean Distillers in Winter Haven, Florida.

Naked In Jamaica dark rum is inspired by a song of the same name depicting a lifestyle of casual enjoyment in the tropical setting of Negril. Kermit sees clothing as a metaphor depicting the sublimation of one’s true self potential. He hopes the rum might inspire friends to strip the perceived inhibitions, false pretenses and limitations on finding their true self. A noble message in a bottle.

Naked In Jamaica Tasting Notes

Naked In Jamaica dark rumAromas of rich molasses and brown butter dominate the nose, before a suggestion of vanilla, cinnamon bun, toasted coconut and dark fruit. On the palate, initial notes of sweet caramel, butterscotch and vanilla butter cream precede prune wine, chocolate brownie and treacle with just a hint of oak. The finish fades slowly with echoes of sweet coconut, then bitter chocolate over buttery croissant.

Old Fashioned Dark Rum

Naked In Jamaica dark rum strives to rekindle old-fashioned tropical essences used to make classic cocktails such as Planter’s Punch. It’s a good base ingredient for tropical punch recipes and makes a fine dark floater on top of tiki cocktails. The rum includes a warning to please drink responsibly and use sunscreen.

Naked In Jamaica took home a gold award in the Boutique Dark Rum category at the RumXP Tasting Competition at Rum Renaissance Festival, as well as a gold award from the Consumer Rum Jury.

The 750ml plastic bottle of Naked In Jamaica dark rum at 80 proof sells for about $19.

http://www.nakedinjamaica.com/

About Kermit Weeks

Kermit Weeks is an American aviation enthusiast, pilot, and aircraft collector. He has competed in aerobatics, designed aircraft, and is well known for promoting aviation and the restoration of vintage aircraft.

Kermit Weeks operates Fantasy of Flight, one-of-a-kind aerial attraction and mega-event space in Central Florida that blends Old Hollywood glamour with modern elegance. The property houses his substantial vintage aircraft collection at his private airport.

In 2012 Weeks was awarded the Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award by the Wings Over Houston Airshow. In 2010 he won the Freedom of Flight Award by Bob Hoover. In 2008 Weeks was inducted into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame, and in 2006 was named a “Living Legend of Aviation.”

About Florida Caribbean Distillers

Florida Caribbean (originally Florida Fruit Distillers) quietly produces 10 million proof gallons each year of wine, beer and spirits, mostly bulk rum sales and industrial alcohol. The state’s first registered distillery opened in 1943 making neutral spirit with molasses from Florida Citrus producers.


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Stroh 160 Overproof Rum

An unconventional product by any standard, Stroh 160 Overproof Rum is a unique spiced and flavored rum liqueur from Austria that defies categorization. Like Germany’s Rum Verschnitt, it’s made of neutral grain distillate, loaded with strong essences and rich rum flavors.

In Germany and Scandinavia, the traditional holiday comfort flavor profile makes it a favorite for celebrations, but you rarely see it used to make cocktails — or be forewarned — enjoyed straight.

Every rum has a purpose. At 80% abv, Stroh 160 delivers a robust and potent spirit popularly used as a key ingredient in festive punch recipes, representing warmth, friendliness and good cheer. It’s also mixed with black tea to create a traditional warm Jagertee libation popular for after-ski festivities in Europe.

Stroh 160 is used to flambé table-side dishes, but perhaps it’s most popular use is for home baking, like old-fashioned holiday fruit cake.

Stroh 160 Legacy

Stroh 160 Overproof RumThe rum’s secret recipe was first developed in 1832 by Sebastian Stroh. Like Jägermeister, this “inlander rum” is sometimes perceived as a powerful manly elixir representing a wistful bygone era of old European spirit making.

In a Scandinavian hunter’s cabin deep in the frozen woods, a shot of Stroh 160 might seem appropriate to provide a warm invigorating experience, but otherwise, it’s not advisable to attempt drinking it straight.

Stroh 160 Tasting Notes

The bold crimson vermillion color first gets your attention. Aromas of pound cake, butterscotch, assorted fruit jelly and baking spices belie its overproof nature. On the palate, an initial hint of cotton candy precedes a big explosion of overwhelming fruit flavors and high ester funk before the base of creamy butterscotch, vanilla, treacle and baking spices endure into the very long finish.

Stroh 160 Overproof Rum In The USA

In Europe, this product is known as Stroh 80, referring to the 80% alcohol by volume overproof rating. In the USA, the same rum is named Stroh 160 to underscore its 160 proof content. In simple terms, there is twice as much alcohol in this bottle than your average 80 proof rum, so a little bit goes a long way.

Among tiki enthusiasts, Stroh 160 has earned a reputation as a welcome component in Polynesian-style cocktails and topical libations that integrate a strong overproof rum into the recipe.

The 750ml bottle of Stroh 160 overproof rum sells for about $35.

http://www.stroh.at/en/


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Tanduay Silver Asian Rum

From the world’s largest rum producer, Tanduay Silver Asian Rum presents an outstanding premium cane spirit with a hint of straw color from time spent maturing in oak barrels.

Since 1854, Tanduay has been striving to perfect their methods for producing consistent, quality cane spirits for markets around the world.

Tanduay Silver Asian Rum

Award-Winning Tanduay Silver Asian Rum

Crafted from premium heritage sugarcane varietals, the volcanic soil and tropical climate of the Philippines offer ideal conditions for growing cane and aging rum.

This well balanced blend of rums have been aged up to five years before most of the color has been filtered out.

Tanduay Silver Asian Rum Tasting Notes

Aromas of cane and subtle peppermint are accented by a creamy butter note before a neutral mineral quality leading to a very subtle whiff of coconut husk. On the palate, a honeyed soft coconut opening leads to buttery wood, with a nice long warm, dry peppery finish.

Tanduay Silver Asian Rum makes a smooth and crisp base for premium cocktails, an upscale alternative to other affordable clear rums.

Tanduay Rums have received many awards, including a gold medal in the RumXP International Tasting Competition at Rum Renaissance Festival.

Tanduay Silver Asian Rum, at 40% abv in the 750ml bottle, sells for about $21.

https://www.tanduayusa.com/


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Mezan XO Jamaica blended aged rum

From a no-nonsense rum producer, the Mezan XO Jamaica blend is a delightful and approachable expression that faithfully reflects the characteristics of the island’s venerable boutique distilleries.

Each release is a blend of casks from various stills in Jamaica, artfully combined for complexity and balance in small batches of 5000 bottles. Mezan XO Jamaica aged rum blend delivers authentic profileThe blend contains a base of light and medium ester rums that may have originated at the legacy distilleries of Clarendon, Worthy Park, Long Pond and Hampden Estate, further aged together in oak casks to marry the components, without any additives, coloring or chill filtering.

Mezan XO Jamaica Tasting Notes

The pale straw color is your first clue that the rum remains unadulterated. Aromas of funky banana, juicy fruit, and old wood lead to a suggestion of baking spice, earthy musk and burnt sugar. On the palate, green banana and bitter almond precede cigar box over spiced cake before the funky notes of mixed ripe fruit decay in the medium long finish.

Mezan Extra Old Jamaica blended aged rum delivers an affordable and accessible boutique rum experience. Taste it neat to step back in time and experience old Jamaica, or use it in cocktails like the Mai Tai and Jamaican Mule to bring that distinctly pungent and funky cool island vibe to mixed drinks.

Mezan XO Jamaica is the winner of many awards, including an International Rum Expert Tasting Competition Gold Award at Rum Renaissance Festival.

The 750ml bottle of Mezan XO Jamaica, at 40% abv, sells for about $29.

https://www.mezanrum.com/en

https://www.ourniche.com/mezan/


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NJoy Distillery Tour – Florida Mermaid Rum

You’re sure to enjoy a visit to NJoy Distillery, the producers of Florida Mermaid Rum.

Just beyond the bustling modern suburbs, remnants of the pioneer era of west central Florida remain hidden in plain sight. Several miles down a sandy dirt road, an old hunting cabin has been transformed into the paradisaical home of NJoy Distillery.

Persistence pays off as you near the entrance to this large ranch property just north of Weeki Wachee’s famed clear springs and mermaid shows, hidden within a massive undeveloped state park.

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NJoy Distillery Tour

You’ll be surprised and delighted to discover what Natalie and Kevin Goff have created in this rustic environment. It’s more than a craft distillery, artfully tucked into a barn. It’s a working spirit production facility that begs to be seen and admired by rum enthusiast visitors from near and far.

N-Joy Distilery - the hand-hammered copper pot still

the hand-hammered copper pot still at NJoy Distillery

As you gaze off in the distance of this large farm, beyond the old water wheel, past the horse stables, six acres of tall green sugar cane — featuring seven different varietals — grows in long rows.

A small stream running from the picturesque waterwheel leads to a large pond with a tall fountain. This is old Florida revisited. This is a special place.

Kevin gives us the tour of the works, established in 2012, starting with the crusher, fermentation and distillation sections of the barn. They’re collecting rain water — filtered three times — for the mash and proofing.

This still is a beauty — a classic 300 liter (80 gallon) hand-hammered alembic-style copper pot still from Portugal.

Florida Mermaid Rum

Their popular Florida Mermaid Rum — with a nod to the local Weeki Wachee natural attraction — features their own boutique rum blended with a special Caribbean pot still rum, bottled at 100 proof, without colorings or flavorings.

NJoy Distillery - Florida Mermaid Rum

NJoy Distillery – Florida Mermaid Rum

Only steps away, the blended rum rests in 25 large Wild Buck Whiskey barrels in an outdoor shipping container for 90 days.

The nose begins with bold aromas of black banana, flowers and butter. Next, vanilla and almond emerge over oak with a big funky fruit basket.

On the palate, complex esters offer a delightfully fruity astringent entry that evolves to big warmth in the mid-palate. Wood and brown butter dominate before some baking spice as the finish slowly fades.

Florida Mermaid Rum is the recipient of many awards and accolades from numerous competitions, including Best In Class in the boutique rum category at the 2018 International Rum Expert Panel tasting competition at Rum Renaissance Festival.

Mermaid Rum is now available in many Florida locations, including ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Total Wines & More, distributed by Republic National Distributing. The 750ml bottle retails for $39.95.

NJoy Distillery Products

NJoy is also home to Wild Buck Whiskey, made from 401 black rye grown on the farm, plus Ryes In Shine moonshine.

The farm also hosts 600 bee hives for pollination, as well as a source for delicious honey for sale. A local baker delivers fresh rum cakes every weekend, adding a delightful element to the visit.

The NJoy Distillery is open for free tours and tastings every weekend from 11am to 3pm, with tasty cocktails to imbibe on the shady deck by the pond. Take home a bottle of Florida Mermaid Rum, Wild Buck Whiskey, Ryes In Shine, some local honey and a rum cake.

The address is 7237 Wild Buck Rd, Weeki Wachee, FL 34613. Call 352-592-9622.

https://www.wildbuckwhiskey.com/mermaid-rum


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Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum from Saint Kitts

Among the best spiced rums on the market, and winner of many top awards, Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum is a four year old Guyanese molasses rum, aged in charred American oak barrels, expertly blended with real Madagascar Vanilla, Grenada Nutmeg, orange peel and clove.

At their production facility on the island of Saint Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean, each small batch is infused for two weeks to extract maximum botanical flavors from the exotic ingredients, before being expertly blended by seasoned professionals.

Shipwreck Spiced Rum Tasting Notes

Award-Winning Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum from Saint KittsAromas of creamy vanilla with nutmeg and orange rind lead to clove and mild honey. On the palate, the sensation of bold vanilla delivers a base of creamy smoothness for the nutmeg and clove, balanced by orange peel at mid-palate.

The result is a best-in-class hand-crafted spiced rum that mixes perfectly with your favorite cola, ginger beer, fruit juices and citrus.

The Hidden Label Message

When you’ve finished the bottle, look for the hand-written message inside the label, dedicated to those aboard the British Troopship sank by the French Navy off the coast of St Kitts in 1782.

Shipwreck Spiced Rum Awards

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum has earned many prestigious medals and accommodations over the past decade, including the 2018 International Rum Expert Panel “Best In Class” gold medal in the spiced rum category, as well as a prestigious gold medal from the 2018 Consumer Rum Jury.

Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum is bottled at 36% abv. The 750ml bottle sells for about $25.

https://www.brinleygoldshipwreck.com/spiced-rum


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CaneFire No. 5 Aged Rum from Western Australia

On the west coast of Australia, the boutique family-run Kimberly Rum Company produces CaneFire No. 5 Aged Rum, a blend of two distinct marques.

The first, dubbed Rohans’ Reserve, is a low cut high ester rum with a double run through the still, focusing heavily on character and deep flavor. The second, known as Annual Reserve, is triple distilled with few residual esters, resulting in a very light bodied zesty rum.

The blend of these two styles of rum in just the right balance is the key to the consistency of CaneFire 5 Year Old Rum.

The CaneFire No. 5 Process

CaneFire No. 5 -- CaneFire 5 Year Old Aged RumStarting with raw, unrefined, first-quality Australian sugar, the process is started with a heat tolerant slow acting yeast that gently ferments over a long 40 day cycle.

CaneFire 5 Year Old Rum is distilled in a custom built 1000 liter stainless steel Australian still. The distillate is then aged in oak from Australian wineries, including sherry and French oak ex-shiraz barrels, for at least five years.

CaneFire No. 5 Tasting Notes

Aromas of cinnamon, baking spices and shortbread cookie over an earthy base are accented by a floral note, perhaps lavender. On the palate, the earthy mineral notes are balanced by spicy sassafras root and sweet nectar before a woody bitterness is revealed mid-palate for fine balance. Wood notes linger in the medium long finish.

CaneFire 5 Year Old Rum from Australia is an un-dosed dry rum which suits the Australian palette with its deep rich character. It stands up to bold ingredients in rum cocktails, goes especially well with cola, and plays well in a tumbler on the rocks along with a garnish of fresh orange peel.

Bottled at 40%, CaneFire No. 5 sells for $119 in Australia, equivalent to about $85 in the USA.

https://www.canefire.net/


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Cashcane Saloon Cask blended aged rum

Bottled at 55% abv, Cashcane Saloon Cask aged rum is a blend of molasses-based spirits from Barbados, Trinidad and Panama, aged for six to eight years.

Each of the components lends a unique character to the blend, and the slightly elevated proof presents a bold expression reminiscent of cask strength American Bourbon. A small sip delivers big flavor.

Cashcane Saloon Cask Tasting Notes

Cashcane Saloon Cask blended aged rumMild aromas of butter cookie and vanilla lead to toasted oak and some spices. On the palate, pencil shavings and vanilla, toasted oak and some subtle sweetness precede a slightly bitter cocoa that balances well. Ripe butter and cedar linger in the finish.

In a tumbler with good ice, Cashcane Saloon Cask is a fine sipper. In classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned or Manhattan, it plays through well with potent, well balanced rum flavor that compliments the other ingredients.

Cashcane Saloon Cask blended aged rum in the 750ml bottle sells for about $49.

 


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Caribbean Rum Cruise Sets Sail on November 19

Rum Enthusiasts are gearing up for the annual Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise through the Eastern Caribbean islands featuring VIP rum tours of iconic distilleries. This Caribbean Rum Cruise adventure sails from Fort Lauderdale on Monday, November 19 for 11 days, with an itinerary that includes Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua.

Leading the VIP rum tours are veteran rum writers, collectors and hosts of the Rum Renaissance Festival Robert and Robin Burr.

Caribbean Rum Cruise - A modern cruise ship is the ideal resort for an Eastern Caribbean rum adventure.

A modern cruise ship is the ideal resort for an Eastern Caribbean rum adventure.

VIP Distillery Tours

“We’ve inviting our rum friends to join us during the Thanksgiving holiday season as we explore some of the best and most interesting rum production facilities in the world,” said Robert Burr. “We’ll go behind the scenes to see how rum is produced by Don Q Rum, Brinley Shipwreck Rum, St. Lucia Distillery, River Antoine, Clarke’s Court, St. Nicholas Abbey, Mount Gay, West Indies Distillery and Antigua Distillery before returning to Fort Lauderdale for an optional visit to South Florida Distilleries.”

Caribbean Rum Cruise - The classic copper pot stills at Mount Gay distillery in Barbados

The classic copper pot stills at Mount Gay distillery in Barbados

Easy Logistics

The Caribbean Rum Cruise is an ideal way to visit many islands without the hassles associated with airports, security and strict limitations on luggage imposed by airlines. “We don’t go through customs and immigration when leaving the ship each day at our island destinations. It’s so easy to discover rum and collect our favorites along the way.”

Caribbean Rum Cruise - Rum Cruisers enjoy the tasting room at St. Nicholas Abbey

Rum Cruisers enjoy the tasting room at St. Nicholas Abbey

In addition to distillery tours, rum cruise passenger will visit Caribbean rum shops to peruse the myriad selection of rums of the Caribbean available for bargain prices.

Caribbean Rum Cruise Details

The 11 day Caribbean Rum Cruise begins and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Puerto Rico.

Travel agent Deb Fogarty of Be Well Travel is handling all the details aboard the ship. The land tours are organized by Robert and Robin Burr, who have extensive experience with distillery tours around the world. “We look forward to sharing our knowledge, our enthusiasm and our appreciation of rum while introducing our friends to the people that make the some of the finest rums in the Caribbean.”

Caribbean Rum Cruise - legendary copper pot stills at St. Lucia Distillery

legendary copper pot stills at St. Lucia Distillery

For more information about the Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, and to request space aboard the November 19-30, 2018 adventure, visit the Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise web site or call 954-778-5699.


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Tanduay Gold Asian Rum from The Philippines

From the world’s largest rum producer, Tanduay Gold Asian Rum is a prime example of a high quality cane spirit well aged and blended with the intent to be accessible.

Since its arrival in the USA in 2013, Tanduay Gold has been recognized in numerous tasting competitions as a product of outstanding merit, including a Gold Award at the 2018 RumXP Tasting Competition at the Rum Renaissance Festival.

Tanduay has been producing rum in The Philippines since 1854, using legacy heirloom cane varieties. This rum is a blend of distillates aged up to seven years in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, designed to be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or as a superior component in well-crafted cocktails.

Tanduay Gold Asian Rum from The Philippines

From the world’s largest rum producer, Tanduay Gold Asian Rum is a prime example of a high quality and accessible aged cane spirit.

Initial aromas of cedar and dried fruits are followed by hints of caramel and vanilla. On the palate, warm dry smoked honey and vanilla leads to buttery almond fruit pastry and floral notes, before a beautiful warm finish lingers with echos of toasted oak and cigar box much longer than expected.

Tanduay succeeds at delivering a fine aged rum for a competitive price. The 750ml bottle of Tanduay Gold Asian Rum, bottled at 80 proof, retails for $19.

Tanduay distinguished their brand by shipping product to a vast network of destinations throughout Asia. The company was acquired by Lucio Tan Group in 1988 paving the way for global growth — expanding into The Americas and Europe — to become the world’s largest producer of rum.


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2018 RumXP and Rum Jury Award Winners

2018 RumXP Best In Class Gold Award - International Rum Expert Panel at RUm Renaissance Festival

The prestigious 2018 RumXP Awards have been announced, along with the Consumer Rum Jury Awards.

The judges in the 2018 International Rum Expert Panel tasting competition, as well as the members of the Consumer Rum Jury, have announced the list of most outstanding rums from their 2018 RumXP Awards presentation at the annual Rum Renaissance Festival in South Florida.

The event brought together a vast selection of rums from the Caribbean and beyond, plus a fine selection of American Rums made by craft producers from across the country.

The distinguished International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP) judges were sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions carefully organized by the experienced competition staff before being analyzed and compiled by a veteran team of statisticians.

In addition, the Consumer Rum Jury, consisting of serious rum enthusiasts from across America and around the world, convened to sample and evaluate many fine rums for their own awards based on consumer preferences.

Based on the strict standards of the prestigious International Rum Expert Panel, the results of these two international rum blind tasting competitions, consisting of more than 200 rum expressions, are as follows.

2018 RumXP Awards

White Rum

Tanduay Silver – Best In Class

Caneland Parade – Gold
Casa Magdalena Ron Blanco – Gold
Real McCoy 3 – Gold
Plantation 3 Stars – Gold
Nine Leaves Clear – Gold

Rhum Agricole Blanc

LaMauny Acacia – Best In Class
Trois Rivières 50% Blanc – Gold
LaKay Clairin 22/22 – Gold
Trois Rivières Cuvée de Ocean – Gold
Caneland Rum Agricole – Gold

White Overproof Rum

Monymusk White Overproof – Gold

Spiced Rum

Brinley Spiced – Best In Class
Black Magic Spiced – Gold
Muddy River Carolina Spiced – Gold
Carmelita’s Spiced Orange – Gold

Flavored Rum

Koloa Coffee – Best In Class
Alligator Bay Dark – Gold
Boqueron Coconut – Gold
Ziami Grapefruit – Gold
Brinley Lime – Gold
Brinley Coconut Cream – Gold
Wicked Dolphin Hidden Barrel Maple – Gold

Boutique Aged Rum

Florida Mermaid – Best In Class
Queen Charlotte’s Reserve – Gold
Islamorada Small Batch Dark Barrel Aged – Gold
Koloa Reserve – Gold
Prichard’s Fine – Gold
Maggie’s Farm Queen Share Double Oak – Gold

Boutique Dark Rum

Naked in Jamaica – Gold
Maggie’s Farm 50/50 Dark Rum – Gold

Overproof Aged Rum

Plantation OFTD – Best In Class

Traditional Aged Rum

Monymusk Gold – Best In Class
Mezan Guyana 2005 – Gold
Mezan Panama 2006 – Gold
Grander 12 – Gold
Tanduay Gold – Gold
Real McCoy 5 – Gold

Premium Aged Rum

Real McCoy 12 – Best In Class
Mount Gay 1703 – Gold
Plantation Xaymaca – Gold
Plantation Fiji 2009 – Gold
Plantation Peru – Gold
Mount Gay XO – Gold

Rhum Agricole Aged

Trois Rivières VSOP – Best In Class
Trois Rivières Cuvée de Moulin – Gold
LaMauny VSOP – Gold
Trois Rivières Eleve Sous Bois – Gold


2018 Consumer Rum Jury Awards

Consumer Rum Jury Gold Award

The Consumer Rum Jury consists of serious rum enthusiasts, rum collectors and rum travelers who enjoy the discovery of rums in all categories.

White Rum

Casa Magdalena Ron Blanco – Gold
Cane Run – Gold

Dark Rum

Naked in Jamaica – Gold
Maggie’s Farm 50/50 Dark – Gold

Aged Rums

Dos Maderas 5 + 5 – Gold
Plantation XO – Gold
Mount Gay XO – Gold
Dzama Cuvée Noire – Gold
Diplomatico #2 – Gold
Mount Gay 1703 – Gold

Spiced Rums

Brinley Spiced – Gold
Carmelita’s Dark Spiced – Gold
Black Magic – Gold

Flavored Rums

Brinley Coconut – Gold
Carmelita’s Grilled Pineapple – Gold
Runner’s – Gold


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2018 Rum Renaissance Festival June 9-10 in Fort Lauderdale

Rum Enthusiasts are preparing to attend the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival for the weekend of June 9-10 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Tickets are still available on the web site before June 1st for $50 a day, before reverting to the regular price of $75 at the door. A two-day VIP pass is on sale for $120, versus $200 at the door.

www.rumrenaissance.com/tickets/

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival in Fort Lauderdale June 9-10, 2018

A Plethora of Rums to Sample

The world’s best rum tasting event features more than 50 vendors sampling more than 200 rums from the Caribbean and beyond, celebrating the continued renaissance of rum.

In addition to all the rum brands on exhibit, the Grand Tasting Bar features a wide assortment of rums selected by the editors of Robs Rum Guide. The VIP Tasting Bar offers samples of rare, limited edition, luxury and collectible rums.

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

2018 Rum Renaissance Festival - rum brands

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort

The Rum Renaissance host hotel is the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Resort with special room rates for festival attendees. Call 800-Hiltons, or 800-445-8667. The link is http://www.rumrenaissance.com/hotel-accommodations/

Rum Seminars and Master Classes

This notable rum tasting event also features a number of master classes and interactive seminars, live entertainment and a tasting competition. Rum Experts from around the world are bringing their knowledge and expertise to share with attendees.

Make Plans Now for Rum Fest

Robert and Robin Burr, hosts of the 2018 Rum Renaissance Festival, invite one and all to enjoy this unique opportunity to taste, discover and learn more about the best rums in the world in an informative, enlightening and entertaining space.

Enjoy your favorite rums and be the first to see some new expressions. Learn more about rum at the enlightening seminars while meeting up with all your rum enthusiast friends at the Rum Renaissance Festival on the weekend of June 9-10.

Visit the web site for complete details. http://www.RumRenaissance.com


2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced

2018 Rum Renaissance Hotel Special Offers

For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.

To stay informed about news and updates in the world of rum, subscribe to Robs Rum Guide.

View insightful and succinct video rum reviews: Rum Minute YouTube Channel.

Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

Great Rum Challenge In Fort Lauderdale

Attention rum consumers, collectors and fanatics: mark your calendars for Thursday, May 17 in Fort Lauderdale to experience the Great Rum Challenge interactive tasting seminar. It’s a wonderful and enlightening experience for those that know their rums — and for those that want to learn more about the best rums available from these Caribbean countries.

The Great Rum Challenge - many styles of rum are produced around the world

can you discern the aromas and subtle qualities of fine aged rums?

Starting at 7pm at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Resort, your rum host presents a number of outstanding rums from the Caribbean with expert advice and commentary on the various styles, methods and variations.

Seven exceptional rums will be presented with insight into the production, aging and blending of each expression.

The Nose Knows

Participants in The Great Rum Challenge are invited to discern the aromas and flavor profiles of the various rums from different countries, created in various styles, looking for unique characteristics and differentiators which define their styles.

During the blind tasting session, attendees try to match each rum sample with its corresponding product on display.

http://www.rumrenaissance.com/great-rum-challenge/

Rum Jury Judges and Awards

The Rum JuryThose who are among the most accurate tasters in the event, could be invited to join the Rum Jury as a judge at the upcoming Rum Renaissance Festival.

Members of the Rum Jury are sequestered for two sessions on Friday, June 8, 2018 for expert conducted blind tastings. The results are analyzed and calculated by seasoned statisticians.

The Rum Jury’s tasting session results will be presented as the 2018 Rum Jury Awards at the festival.

Rum Challenge Limited Availability

This unique Great Rum Challenge tasting experience includes the rum seminar, hosted tasting sessions and samples of all the rums.

Space is limited. Reserve early. For a limited time, use the following promotional code to get a special 2-for-1 admission: GRC18A241


related article: 10th Annual Rum Renaissance Festival Announced

related article: 2018 Rum Renaissance Seminars Announced


For more information about types of rum, see Rob’s Rum Guide tutorials.

To stay informed about news and updates in the world of rum, subscribe to Robs Rum Guide.

View insightful and succinct video rum reviews: Rum Minute YouTube Channel.

Experience the ultimate rum travel adventure: Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise.

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