White Rum

Best White Rum

The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 9 white rums (including 2 rhum agricoles) with 15 pre-qualified judges. The rhum agricoles were judged and scored separately. 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 for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.





Nose: Vanilla, cream, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, light cocoa, milk chocolate, lemon zest, woody.

Palate: Nougat, pralines, chocolate, cocoa, mocha, brown sugar, vanilla ice cream, creamy, coconut, honeysuckle, orange blossom, orange, lemon oil, mint, peppery, Arabic spices, eucalyptus, cloves, well balanced.

Finish: Cocoa, honey, vanilla, hint of caramel, silky, smooth, elegant.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

   Selvarey White Rum

Bayou Silver
(Louisiana, U.S.)

Nose: Nougat, butterscotch, cream, whipped cream, vanilla, maple sugar, brown sugar, cane, light raw chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, pineapple, melon, hint of coconut, spring flowers.

Palate: Chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, praline, cream, whipped cream, powdered sugar, hint of cocoa, banana, coconut, raisin, walnut, cinnamon, mint, cilantro.

Finish: Chocolate, coconut, nutmeg, cinnamon, silky, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

Bayou Silver Rum


Rhum Barbancourt

Nose: Subtle lemon, dried grass, floral.

Palate: Vanilla, meringue, light brown sugar, molasses, burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, walnut, violets, light floral notes, licorice, cinnamon, clove, peppery, chili pepper, oak, perfect.

Finish: Spicy, pepper, leather, woody, complex, so smooth.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Rhum Barbancourt

Captain Morgan White
(St. Croix, V.I.)

Nose: Vanilla, hints of toasted sugar, fruity, fig jam, apple, honeysuckle, floral.

Palate: Sugar cane, honey, cocoa, vanilla, maple syrup, orange blossom, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, peach, pear, strawberry candy, bubble gum, fruity, ginger, dill, grass.

Finish: Pear, lilac, floral, silky, smooth, mellow.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Captain Morgan White Rum

(Michigan, U.S.)

Nose: Sugar cane, molasses, vanilla, buttery, honey, hint of pastry, banana, papaya, lilac, violets, floral, clove.

Palate: Praline, molasses, dark sugar, cane sugar, honey, honeysuckle, dark fruit, green papaya, peppermint, herbal, nutty, smoky, woody, well rounded.

Finish: Graham cracker, creamy, anise, mint, fresh, clean, bright, smooth, silky, gentle.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Coppercraft White Rum

Blue Chair Bay

Nose: Tropical fruit, papaya, orange creamsicle, citrus, cherries, berries, marzipan, mineral.

Palate: Praline, mocha, molasses, honey, papaya, peach, orange, tropical fruit, dried fruit, honeysuckle, floral, herbal, dill, mint, nutty, spicy, pepper, surprisingly dry.

Finish: Lemon, herbal, pepper, silky, smooth.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Blue Chair Bay White Rum

Chairman's Reserve Silver
(St. Lucia)

Nose: Caramel, hints of vanilla, banana, banana peel, pear, citrus, lime, floral, nutmeg, cedar wood.

Palate: Pineapple, papaya, banana, orange, pear, fig, coconut milk, nougat, vanilla, crème brûlée, clotted cream, herbal, pepper, white pepper, toast, hay, approachable.

Finish: Toffee, bitter chocolate, floral, anise, smooth.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Chairman's Reserve Silver Rum



Rum 1

Nose: Strawberry, banana, nougat, whipped cream, dark sugar, grassy.

Palate: Molasses, cane, pineapple, dried fruit, violets, dill, herbal, cinnamon, cloves, spice, tobacco, nutty, dry, well balanced.

Finish: Citrus, pepper, clove, woody, smooth, dry, lovely.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

Rum 1

St Aubin 1819

Nose: Apple, lime, molasses, cream, raw chocolate, nutty, cedar, oak.

Palate: Orange blossom, orange, herbal notes, pecans, nutty, nutmeg, spicy, pepper, hay.

Finish: Spearmint, mineral, spicy, smooth, dry, nice.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

St Aubin 1819 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 is considered 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.

And so the popularity of white rum continues. Production of American rum has seen a resurgence in the last few years, with over 60 distilleries currently producing rum in the U.S., seven in New England alone. Most people are drinking white rum without even knowing it. That Mojito, Daiquiri, Rum & Coke, and Piña Colada you're drinking? The traditional ingredient is white rum – mainly because it does not change the color of the drink.



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Comments and Suggestions:

Wed. January 6, 2016 10:30 AM - by: Roger
Great story but what about Bacardi Superior? Sometimes I think the tasters can get carried away with themselves and overlook an old favorite. When mixing cocktails you want the base spirit to be prominent but not overpowering. I still believe for the classic lime Daquiri, nothing beats Bacardi!
Mon. March 9, 2015 2:11 PM - by: Jay Stobaugh
I can tell you "HANDS DOWN" the best rum on the market today is Bayou Rum.

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