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Best White Rum - 2017

The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting 2017

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 6 white rums with 18 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. Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no Double Gold or 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.



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Land Legs Rum
(Oregon)

Nose: Toffee, raw cane, demerara, honey, vanilla, cream, buttery, papaya, guava, banana, tropical fruit, strawberry, raspberry, citrus, corn mash, hay, floral, green leaves, leafy, grassy.

Palate: Toffee, sugarcane, creamy, vanilla, pear, pineapple, lemon, citrus, orange peel, figs, elderflower, herbal, dried leaves, grassy, spearmint, wintergreen, nutty, tobacco, smooth, balanced.

Finish: Vanilla, buttery, honey, lime rind, tea leaves, anise, herbal, minty, spicy, peppery, sherry, clean, smooth, soft.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Land Legs Rum




Cape Cod Great White Rum
(Massachusetts)

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, cream, clotted cream, sugarcane, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, green apple, citrus, orange flowers, violet, blossom, floral, hay, nutty, mineral, leather.

Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, honey, burnt sugar, fudge, vanilla, sweet strawberry candy, ripe berries, apricot, coconut, orange, pineapple, floral, herbal, minty, spicy, black and red pepper, sherry.

Finish: Toffee, butterscotch, maple, cocoa, cream, fudge, tapioca, apple, pineapple, nutty, almond, hazelnut, licorice, clove, fennel, spice, pepper, tobacco, well-balanced.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Cape Cod Great White Rum




Kill Devil Silver Rum
(No. Carolina)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, cane sugar, Cracker Jack, vanilla, whipped cream, clotted cream, buttered popcorn, coconut, banana, apricot, raisin, cucumber, fresh flowers, dry grass, hay, earth, very subtle sweet, light feathery down.

Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, molasses, sugarcane, honey, Vienna finger, pastry dough, apple, citrus, lemon, sweet guava, melon, banana, dates, raisin, dried fruit, eucalyptus, light pepper, smooth.

Finish: Butterscotch, caramel, creamy, buttery, treacle, vanilla, powdered sugar, unripe banana, ginger, herbal, almond, nutmeg, pepper, no bite, smooth, silky.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Kill Devil Silver Rum




Dorymen’s Rum
(Oregon)

Nose: Fudge, creamy, butter, molasses, raw cane sugar, cotton candy, vanilla, fruity, banana, sour apples, citrus, cucumber, grassy, hay, buttered popcorn, cashew, almond, hazelnut, clean.

Palate: Butterscotch, white chocolate, Napoleon, creamy, vanilla, coconut, tropical fruit, green apple, lemon, floral, elderflower, buttered popcorn, hay, hearts of palm, grassy, green leaves, pepper, clove, spices.

Finish: Dry cocoa, whipped cream, creamy, cereal, apple, pink grapefruit, cucumber, mild hazelnut, allspice, nice, smooth, great to keep warm on cold late nights.


Gold Medal
   Gold medal



Dorymen’s Rum


SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Wiggly Bridge White Rum
(Maine)

Nose: Nougat, molasses, demerara, sugar cane, cream, vanilla, coconut, mango, banana, berry, strawberry, lemon, citrus, raisins, honeysuckle, green leaves, grassy, cactus, bamboo, nutmeg, pine, mineral.

Palate: Caramel, treacle, sugarcane, honey, vanilla, coconut cream, banana, tropical fruit, sweet beets, grass, pepper, clove, licorice.

Finish: Mango, citrus, maple syrup, nutty, white pepper, mint, allspice, spice, licorice, tea, leather, oak.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Wiggly Bridge White Rum



Skotlander Unaged Agricole Rum
(Denmark)

Nose: Caramel, clotted cream, molasses, muscovado, coconut, pineapple, apple, green apple, unripe stone fruit, grape jelly jam, dried fruit, toasty, hay, grass, moss, cucumber, floral, mint, spearmint, almond, musk, wet stone, earthy, deep soil, pine.

Palate: Cane sugar, dark sugar, vanilla, syrup infused raisins and prunes, cherry, strawberry, banana, green apple, apple, dates, dried fruit, almond, grassy, mint, nutty, spicy, cinnamon, mineral, oak, pine, sherry.

Finish: Marzipan, sugarcane, burnt sugar, green apple, dry tamarind, ginger, green pepper, mint, clove, nutty, allspice, spicy, pepper, musty, sherry, tea tree, woody, oak.


Silver Medal
   Silver medal



Skotlander Unaged Agricole Rum

 

 

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