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Best White Rum - 2015

The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting 2015

 

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.

 

WHITE RUM TASTING RESULTS:



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Selvarey
(Panama)

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



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Rhum Barbancourt
(Haiti)

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





Coppercraft
(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
(Barbados)

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



RHUM AGRICOLE

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Rum 1
(Denmark)

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
(Mauritius)

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

 

 

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I can tell you "HANDS DOWN" the best rum on the market today is Bayou Rum.
 
 


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