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The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 15 white rums with 15 members of The Fifty Best's spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the rums were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Bronze medals awarded in this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The country/state of origin and ABV are identified for each rum.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Maggie’s Farm White Rum
(Pennsylvania) 80 prf

Nose: Butterscotch, caramel, butter, buttered popcorn, praline, sweet toffee, crème brûlée, cream, custard, sugar cane, burnt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, honey, banana, ripe papaya, mango, pear, orange blossom, floral, dill.

Palate: Butterscotch, toffee, candied caramels, nougat candy bar, Werther’s Original, sweet cream, butter, honey, apricot, clementine, citrus, pear, yellow flowers, floral, licorice, mocha, nutty, cinnamon, well balanced.

Finish: Butterscotch, brittle, creamy, green apple, mocha, dill, sandalwood, white pepper, well balanced, smooth, mellow, great finish.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Maggie’s Farm White Rum




Captain Morgan White Rum
(St. Croix, USVI) 80 prf

Nose: Whipped cream, vanilla, cream, chocolate, pastry dough, cereal, light passion fruit, honeysuckle, violets, lilac, blooming jasmine, hazelnut.

Palate: Nougat, vanilla, cream, whipped cream, tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pear, dried pineapple, pastry dough, floral, cardamom, coffee.

Finish: Nougat, vanilla, cream, chocolate, guava, pepper, nutmeg, soft, sipping rum, nice, smooth, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Captain Morgan White Rum




Tanduay Asian Rum Silver
(Philippines) 80 prf

Nose: Sugar cane, molasses, vanilla, coconut, coconut oil, Coco Lopez, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, green apple, grassy, oak.

Palate: Toffee, nougat, vanilla, coconut cream, coconut caramel popcorn, coconut, piña colada, banana, fig, dried mango, floral, cinnamon, nutmeg, oak.

Finish: Vanilla, coconut, toasted coconut, jellybean, mocha, nutmeg, cinnamon, spicy, oak, tropical notes, balanced, velvety smooth.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

 



Tanduay Asian Rum Silver




GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Still the One Rum
(New York) 80 prf

Nose: Caramel, nougat, cream, vanilla, sugarplums, pineapple, stewed pear, hint of honey, Bazooka Joe bubble gum, floral.

Palate: Caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, white chocolate, vanilla, cream, café au lait, marzipan, coconut, pineapple, papaya, guava, raisins, dried fruit, honeysuckle, toasted oats, almond, nutmeg, cinnamon, clean, a delight.

Finish: Caramel, chocolate, sweet cream butter, vanilla, honeysuckle, light pineapple, sweet mint, peppermint, toasted almond, nutty, clove, oak, Kahlúa, nice, smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Still the One Rum




Privateer Silver Reserve Rum
(Massachusetts) 80 prf

Nose: Mango, passion fruit, banana, tropical fruit, lychee, honeydew, melon, pear, green apple, anise, nopales, spearmint, eucalyptus, fresh cut grass, unfiltered sake.

Palate: Vanilla, mango, banana, pineapple, peach, strawberry, honeydew, melon, figs, apples, boiled green apples, honeysuckle, elderflower, jasmine, toasted almond, anise seed, licorice, mint, good sake.

Finish: Pineapple, pear, green apples notes, honey, licorice, grass, mint, Thai basil, mild cinnamon, white pepper, peppery, earthy, balanced, clean, fresh.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Privateer Silver Reserve Rum




Old Forge Distillery Rum
(Tennessee) 92 prf

Nose: Sugar cane, molasses, cream, clotted cream, vanilla, lychee, pineapple, blood orange, apple, dried apricot, corn, grain, roasted almond, nutty, hay, grass, mint, agricole, earth, oak.

Palate: Molasses, brown sugar, cane sugar, vanilla, banana, biscuit, barley, cucumber, anise, mint, cinnamon, caraway, clove, pink peppercorn, white pepper, pepper, char, oak, smooth, well balanced.

Finish: Vanilla, honey, apple, orange rind, spearmint, cinnamon, sage, spice, white pepper, rounded, fresh, clean, nice, expressive.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Old Forge Distillery Rum




Copper Bottom Silver Rum
(Florida) 80 prf

Nose: Crème brûlée, light caramel, cream, buttery, molasses, fresh sugarcane, vanilla, honey, guava, ripe banana, ripe peach, pear, floral, bubble gum.

Palate: Vanilla pudding, vanilla cream, clotted cream, whipped cream, Irish cream, frozen custard, honey, citrus, allspice, white pepper.

Finish: Vanilla, creamy vanilla, cream, maple syrup, white pepper, smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Copper Bottom Silver Rum




Timber Creek Florida Rum
(Florida) 80 prf

Nose: Sugar cane, maple syrup, passion fruit, red berries, banana, melon, green apple, dried fig, dehydrated peach, faint pear, dill, grassy, hay, bay rum, tobacco, old leather, earthy, agricole.

Palate: Cream, sugarcane, burnt sugar, sweet tea, green apple, citrus, grilled apricot, floral, chervil, faint clove, spearmint, grassy, earthy, clove, tea tree, woody, cedar, oak, old oak, bright.

Finish: Taffy, powdered sugar, vanilla, honey, apple, peppermint, wintergreen, grassy, anise, licorice, tarragon, cinnamon, allspice, clove, leather, wood, cedar, oak, clean, nice, soft, ultra-smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Timber Creek Florida Rum




Tall Ship White Island Rum
(New Hampshire) 80 prf

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, sweet cream, honey, caramelized pear, ripe banana, apple, lime, dried apricot, burnt chestnuts, roasted corn, buttered toast, grain, rose petals, sage, mint, earthy, musty, moonshine.

Palate: Caramel, toffee, brown butter, nougat, white chocolate, creamy, vanilla, burnt sugar, banana, cantaloupe, honeydew, sweet corn, biscuit, hazelnut, tobacco, oak, moonshine, silky.

Finish: Butterscotch, buttery, vanilla, cantaloupe, orange creamsicle, honey, cinnamon, roasted nuts, hint of cumin, peppery, spicy, grass, oak, moonshine, smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Tall Ship White Island Rum




Yolo Rum Clear
(Panama) 80 prf

Nose: Nougat, light caramel, cream, vanilla cream, vanilla, vanilla wafer, sugar cane, faint pear, citrus, marzipan, juniper, eucalyptus, mint, hay.

Palate: Vanilla, light cream, sugar cane, burnt sugar, honey, dates, dark raisins, dried fruit, guava, fig, orange peel, clove, hay, mineral, oak.

Finish: Crème brûlée, sweet cream butter, cream, vanilla, maple syrup, honey, honeysuckle, citrus, grassy, pepper, spice, smooth.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Yolo Rum Clear




Taildragger White Rum
(Illinois) 80 prf

Nose: Pineapple, guava, papaya, fig, green apple, unripe pear, citrus peel, dried tropical fruit, molasses, baking spice, floral, light rosemary, cut grass, agricole, earthy, tea tree, wood, oak, fresh.

Palate: Praline, vanilla, pineapple, guava, papaya, pear, ginger, walnut, salty, herbal, grassy, spices, cedar, wood, oak.

Finish: Clotted cream, ripe apple, ripe pear, fruity, sugar notes, anise, mint, bitter almond, spice, tannic woody, rich, smooth, easy drinking.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Taildragger White Rum


SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Big Five Silver Rum
(Florida) 80 prf

Nose: Toffee, nougat, vanilla cream, tangerine, orange, peach, banana, green apple, slightly floral, light grain, pine, vodka, sake, clean.

Palate: Toffee, nougat, creamy, burnt sugar, powdered sugar, clotted cream, honey, banana peel, apricot, honeydew, melon, watermelon, apple, citrus, anise, hazelnut, white peppercorn.

Finish: White chocolate, vanilla, sugarcane, cotton candy, cherry pits, herbal, anise, white pepper, spicy, pine, smooth.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Big Five Silver Rum




Yolo Rum Silver
(Panama) 80 prf

Nose: Brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, light maple syrup, vanilla, peanut brittle, tangerine, mango, fresh cut rose stems, tarragon.

Palate: Whipped cream, cream, buttery, sugar cane, mango, citrus, ginger, wildflower, dill, sage, tarragon, cinnamon, peppercorn, white pepper, silky.

Finish: Vanilla frozen custard, vanilla, dried citrus peel, anise, mint, black onion seed, spicy, silky, smooth, gentle.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Yolo Rum Silver




Gubba Silver Rum
(Massachusetts) 70 prf

Nose: Salted caramel, butter, dates, ginger, citrus, almond, roasted nuts, nutmeg, oatmeal, dry grass.

Palate: Demerara sugar, brown sugar, sugar cane, simple syrup, dessert, almond, delicious.

Finish: Praline, powdered sugar, simple syrup, almond syrup, super smooth.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Gubba Silver Rum


Rekker Silver Rum
(Florida) 85 prf

Nose: Mango, passion fruit, banana, tropical fruit, lychee, honeydew, melon, pear, green apple, anise, nopales, spearmint, eucalyptus, fresh cut grass, unfiltered sake.

Palate: Vanilla, mango, banana, pineapple, peach, strawberry, honeydew, melon, figs, apples, boiled green apples, honeysuckle, elderflower, jasmine, toasted almond, anise seed, licorice, mint, good sake.

Finish: Pineapple, pear, green apples notes, honey, licorice, grass, mint, Thai basil, mild cinnamon, white pepper, peppery, earthy, balanced, clean, fresh.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Rekker Silver Rum

 


 

What is white rum?
Rum is a sugar cane distilled spirit that is directly influenced by terroir, tradition and technique. Sugar cane can be grown anywhere in the world that hosts a tropical climate, but the Caribbean was usually considered as the predominant producer of rum.

White rum is also known as "silver" or "light" rum. It is light-bodied, light in color and lightly sweet in flavor. As is all rum, white rum is produced from sugarcane juice and molasses, and normally has a short distillation period. But unlike gold, dark and aged rums which are matured in charred oak casks, white rum is mellowed in plain oak casks or stainless steel tanks for about a year, then filtered. By aging the spirit in this way, the final product remains clear. Rhum Agricole is produced mainly in the French West Indies. The main ingredient in Rhum Agricole is sugarcane, with a tasting profile defined by dry, grassy notes. This differs from rums produced from molasses with sweeter, vanilla flavors.

Rum in the Americas.
During the 18th century, the 159 distilleries in New England produced huge quantities of quality rum from molasses shipped to the colonies from the islands. More rum was made in Colonial America than in the Caribbean, and rum became the colonists' most popular spirit. Twelve million gallons of rum were consumed annually by the early colonists. After the Revolution, as the trading of molasses was restricted by the British, Americans switched to home-grown products such as corn and grain. The American whiskey industry was born, and whiskey replaced rum as the tipple of choice. Most New England distillers closed shop, but rum production continued in the Caribbean, shipping most of the product to Europe.

George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, knew the value of supplying the public with a little rum. When running for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758, Washington gave out 28 gallons of rum and 50 gallons of rum punch, as well as wine, beer and cider – to 391 voters. It cost his campaign £50 (about $8,000 today), but he won his seat.
The strangest rum fact: When Admiral Nelson died in the Battle of Tralfager, his body was preserved during the voyage home in a cask of rum before it was laid to rest.

Following World War II, rum became hip in pre-Castro Cuba where luxury hotel bars in Havana became notorious for their rum-based cocktails. Ernest Hemingway's favorite cocktail was made with white rum at the notorious Cuban bar El Floridita. Then in the late 50s early 60s there was the Tiki Bar craze, such as Trader Vic's with its exotic rum cocktail concoctions.

White rum continues its popularity to this day. The production of American rum has seen a resurgence in the last few years. There are currently more than 200 distilleries producing rum in the U.S. alone. Ironically, most people are unaware that they are drinking white rum – the base spirit in a Mojito, Daiquiri, Rum & Coke, and Piña Colada – since it doesn't change the color of the drink.

 

 

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