The International Rum Expert Panel today announced the list of outstanding rums from their 2017 RumXP Awards competition and Consumer Rum Jury trials held at the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo.

International Rum Expert Panel 2017 RumXP Awards announced

RumXP judges announce their 2017 blind tasting awards

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 panel of 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.

The results of these two international rum blind tasting competitions based on the categories and styles of rum judged by the International Rum Expert Panel are as follows.

2017 RumXP Awards

Antelope Island Rum – Best In Class
Diplomatico Planas – Gold
Texas Silver – Gold
Plantation 3 Stars – Gold
Maggie’s Farm White – Gold

Plantation OFTD 69% – Best In Class
Lost Spirit Navy Style 61% – Gold
Manatawny 47% – Gold
Florida Mermaid – Gold

Carmelita’s Spiced Orange – Best In Class
Alligator Bay Dark Chocolate – Gold
Plantation Pineapple – Gold
RumJava Signature – Gold
RumJava Cacao’Mon – Gold

Black Magic Black Spiced – Best In Class
Carmelita’s Dark Spiced – Gold
Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced – Gold

Maison La Mauny 40% Hors XO – Best In Class
Trois Rivieres VSOP 40% Reserve Speciale – Gold
Trois Rivieres Rhum Vieux Agricole Hors D’Age 1998 2000 2007 – Gold
Trois Rivieres 50% Rhum Blanc Agricole – Gold

Velho Barreiro Cachaca 40% – Best In Class
Paratiana Ouro Cachaca 42% – Gold
Werneck Gold 40% Cachaca – Gold

Monymusk Classic Gold – Best In Class
Maggie’s Farm Single Barrel – Gold
Plantation Original Dark – Gold

Aged Rum
Tiburon – Best In Class
Plantation Jamaican 2002 – Gold
Monymusk Special Reserve – Gold
Ron Del Barrilito – Gold
Plantation Barbados 5 Years – Gold

Premium Aged
Mount Gay XO – Best In Class
Cihuatan 12 – Gold
Centenario 20 – Gold
Plantation 20th Anniversary XO – Gold
Centenario 25 – Gold

The 2017 Consumer Rum Jury Awards

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Results of the 2017 Consumer Rum Jury blind tasting competition

A select group of experienced consumers, rum collectors, adventurers and fanatics known as The Consumer Rum Jury were gathered at the Miami Rum Festival to evaluate rums from the consumer’s point of view. Here are the results of their blind tasting sessions.

Rum Dzama Cuvee Blanche – Best In Class
Diplomatico Planas – Gold
Plantation 3 Stars White – Gold

Spiced & Flavored
Blue Chair Bay Coconut – Best In Class
Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced – Gold
RumJava Signature – Gold

Plantation OFTD – Best In Class
Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share – Gold
Florida Mermaid – Gold

Plantation Barbados 5 Years – Best In Class
Santa Teresa 1796 Solera – Gold
Diplomatico Mantuano – Gold