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Best White Rum - 2016

The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting 2016

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 14 white rums with 16 pre-qualified judges. 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.

 



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Angostura White Oak
(Trinidad & Tobago)

Nose: Molasses, maple, pear, tropical fruit, citrus, orange peel, floral, honeysuckle, ginger, cheerios, light tobacco, very clean distillate.

Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, creamy, cane sugar, molasses, honey, peach, pear, pineapple, citrus, orange, lime pith, ginger, hot pepper, coffee, well-balanced, silky, elegant.

Finish: Passion fruit, floral, pepper, well balanced, complex, very soft, smooth, very mellow.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



   Angostura White Oak Rum



Papa's Pilar Blond
(Caribbean/Florida/Central America)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, nougat, praline, buttery, vanilla, cane sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, maple, toasted coconut, citrus, lemon, cocoa , nutmeg.

Palate: Butterscotch, praline, crème brûlée, Creamsicle, hard candy, burnt sugar, maple syrup, tropical fruit, pineapple, coconut, orange, almond, marzipan, triple sec, spicy, nutmeg, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea, grains, well balanced.

Finish: Honey, cream, whipped cream, custard, coconut, cocoa, nutty, clove, spicy, smooth, well balanced.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



 Papa's Pilar Blond Rum



Tanduay Asian Rum Silver
(Philippines)

Nose: Apple, green apple, pear, banana, coconut, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, mango, mandarin, lime, grassy, verbena, vanilla, licorice, cola, clean.

Palate: Butterscotch, toffee, cane juice, sugarcane, molasses, honey, maple syrup, tropical fruit, orange, coconut, coconut water, fig, herbal, flowery, jasmine, ginger, mint, spice, nutmeg, clove, thyme, grain.

Finish: Sweet coconut, vanilla, sugarcane, floral, spearmint, nutmeg, complex, smooth, well balanced.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



Tanduay Asian Rum Silver Rum



Taildragger
(Chicago, IL)

Nose: Molasses, apricot, pear, banana, mango, papaya, citrus, fig, fruity, orange blossom, jasmine, herbal, mint, grassy, nutty, coffee, whipped cream, leather, ash, agricole.

Palate: Sugarcane, light papaya, fig, floral, lilac, rose, herbal, sage, mint, hazelnut, spicy, pepper, anise, licorice, tobacco, mineral, woody, buttery, robust, complex.

Finish: Honey, floral, lilac, pepper, oak, cereal, tea, flavorful, well balanced, complex, very smooth, mellow.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



Taildragger White Rum





Skotlander White
(Denmark)

Nose: Butterscotch, molasses, vanilla, cream, pear, banana, ripe banana, orange peel, floral, lilac, violet, hibiscus, grassy, licorice, dry agricole style.

Palate: Sugarcane, molasses, vanilla, banana, coconut, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, herbal, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, white pepper, licorice root, oak, hay, sea salt, crisp, almost vodka-like.

Finish: Powdered sugar, vanilla, lime, guanabana, spicy, pepper, ginger, woody, flavorful, robust, smooth.


Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal



Skotlander White Rum





GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Zulu
(So. Africa)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, maple syrup, burnt sugar, crème brûlée, cream, coconut, citrus, fig, date, floral, orange blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle, dry green herbal, leather.

Palate: Butterscotch, cane sugar, burnt sugar, crème brûlée, orange zest, papaya, coconut, chocolate, ginger, herbal, eucalyptus, grassy, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, tobacco, clean, refreshing.

Finish: Molasses, burnt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut, mint, spice, pepper, well balanced, silky, smooth, satisfying.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Zulu White Rum





Rhum Barbancourt White
(Haiti)

Nose: Cane juice, sugarcane, crème brûlée, whipped cream, pineapple, banana, grapefruit, lime, citrus, orange blossom, grassy, spearmint, mint, cinnamon, leather.

Palate: Honey, citrus, violet, herbal, verbena, mint, eucalyptus, menthol, grassy, light licorice, walnut, maple bacon, white pepper, mineral, grain, smooth.

Finish: Citrus, nice off-sweetness, woody, clean, mellow.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Rhum Barbancourt White Rum





Flor de Caña Blanco Reserva
(Nicaragua)

Nose: Custard, crème brûlée, honey, sugar syrup, apple peel, tropical fruit, guava, pineapple, orange rind, honeysuckle, mown grass, clean.

Palate: Sugarcane, toasted sugar, salty caramel, creamy, apricot, pineapple, citrus, light coconut, anise, pepper, gentle, flavorful.

Finish: Light citrus, grassy, hints of oak, clean, soft, well balanced.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Flor de Caña Blanco Reserva Rum





Gubba Silver Organic
(Massachusetts)

Nose: Coconut, vanilla, citrus, fruity, citrus oil, perfume, verbena, nutty, baking spice, anise, subtle, clean.

Palate: Sweet orange, orange blossom, coconut, vanilla, limeade, 7-Up, ginger, cola, spicy, red pepper, smooth, well balanced.

Finish: Light coconut, vanilla, complex, soft, smooth, well balanced.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Gubba Silver Organic Rum



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Daufuskie Island Silver Edition White
(south Carolina)

Nose: Maple syrup, burnt sugar, vanilla, praline, lemon, jackfruit, herbal, grassy, hazelnut, baking spice, anise, licorice, tobacco, chocolate, cereal grains, light minerality.

Palate: Caramel, sugarcane, melted sugar, burnt sugar, maple syrup, creamy, vanilla, pear, citrus, grassy, tarragon, toasted walnut, pepper, sweet grain, smooth.

Finish: Mint, walnut, nutty, spicy, anise, mocha, well balanced, complex, smooth, soft, gentle, mellow.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Daufuskie Island Silver Edition White Rum



T. Rutter
(Pennsylvania)

Nose: Brown sugar, butter, banana, raisin, passion fruit, tangerine, poached pear, bubblegum, floral, honeysuckle, violet, lilac, grassy, mint, spearmint, nutty, popcorn, white pepper.

Palate: Molasses, honey, creamy, apricot, cherry, melon, banana, orange, floral, elder flower, lavender, rosewater, grassy, sage, nutty, clove, anise, spearmint, mint.

Finish: Honey, floral, clove, oak, clean, flavorful, well balanced, very complex, very smooth.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



T. Rutter Rum



Tiki
(Indiana)

Nose: Apple, green apple, apricot, guava, pineapple, coconut, tangerine, citrus, lemon, lemon oil, Fanta orange soda, banana cream pie, bread pudding, cola, floral, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, grass.

Palate: Apple, citrus, pear schnapps, creamy, floral, violet, herbal, licorice, anise, mint, walnut, spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, tarragon, silky, well balanced.

Finish: Mint, anise, licorice, baking spice, well balanced, complex, smooth, mellow.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Tiki Rum



Desert Distilling White
(California)

Nose: Molasses, sweet butter, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, citrus, fig, date, prune, coffee, grassy, licorice, Unicum, wood, clean, crisp.

Palate: Molasses, sugar cane, simple syrup, burnt sugar, crème brûlée, coconut, banana, citrus, floral, herbal, herbaceous, anise, mint, baking spice, coffee, woody, balanced.

Finish: Banana, cream, grass, peppery, oak, well balanced, very complex.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Desert Distilling White Rum



Black Coral White
(Florida)

Nose: Toffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, cereal, biscuit. hay, nutty, almond, Nordic spices, cocoa, floral, grassy, tobacco.

Palate: Butterscotch, burnt sugar, fig, date, dried fruit, mocha, cocoa, cocoa powder, cereal, grains, grassy, eucalyptus, tobacco.

Finish: Grass, eucalyptus, spicy, pepper, slight vanilla, robust.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Black Coral White Rum

 

 

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