Here is a partial list of the 2006 judges.
Paul Artrip - Virginia United States - rum connisseur and collector, food & beverage writer for regional Parrot Head clubs and his website The Rum Daddy.
Don Brown - Florida United States - Founder, Caribbean Chocolates Trading Co, manufacturers and wholesalers of Caribbean flavored Chocolates and Confections.
Christopher Carlsson - New York United States - connoisseur of fine spirits and editor of Spirits Reviews.
Peter Covino - Kissimmee Florida United States - entertainment editor, dining critic and spirit connisseur at the Osceola News-Gazette in Kissimmee, Florida (near Disney World).
Gary Crowder - Connecticut United States - Sr. V.P. of Resort Operations at Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, one of the largest US entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations.
Wayne Curtis - New Orleans Louisiana United States - writer Wayne's whose work has appeared in New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Preservation, American Scholar, American Heritage and others. His latest book "And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails," will be available at Tales of the Cocktail.
William M. Dowd - Albany New York United States - associate editor and chief restaurant critic for Times Union newspaper. His work has appeared in dozens of U.S. and Canadian newspapers, on Dowd's Bar Blog, among others, and in national publications including the December '04 cover story of Sante. He has also judged several wine and spirits competitions.
Catherine Eagles - San Francisco California United States - president Buzzbar Productions and rum connoisseur.
J W Gay - California United States - President and CEO Inner Circle Rum, Inc. After the better part of a lifetime in the wine business, JW retired as Chairman Emeritus of Southcorp Wines the Americas last June.
Patrick Harrison - Ybor City Florida United States - Pricipal/Public relations at The HLA group. Patrick has hosted many industry and media tasting events across the country and is the 2006 President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
David Morejon - Ybor City Florida United States - owner Latam Restaurant a local favorite known for their authentic Cuban and Spanish food and extensive bar.
Daphne Muse - Oakland California United States - writer with interests ranging from food and jazz, to Major League Baseball. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury, Hungry Mind Review and her commentaries have aired on WTOP-FM and NPR. www.daphnemuse.com
Jeffrey Pogash - New York New York United States - Director of Communications, Moet Hennessy USA. Jeffrey writes the 'Spirit Archives' column in Bartender Magazine and is author of How To Read A Wine Label.
Philip Prichard - Tennessee United States - President and distiller of Prichard's Fine Rum.
Arturo Sighinolfi - Miami Florida United States - Arturo is the Southern Wine and Spirits mixologist and has judged Ministry of Rum Tasting Competitions in the past. His expertise with a wide range of spirits has earned him a reputation in the industry.
Ian Williams - New York - Ian Williams is author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776 which he says took years of intensive, on-site hands-on research across the Caribbean. New Ian speaks and writes frequently about rum and claims that audiences react better when they can sample what he is talking about. Ian Williams
Judging took place at 1410 N. 21st Street, former home of the Lozano Cigar Factory, on Thursday and Friday, March 23rd and 24th 2006. Over 1600 samples of sugar cane spirits were served in four sessions with between 27 and 31 judges participating per session.
Sugar Cane Spirits were judged for their aroma, initial taste, body and finish on a scale of 1 - 25 for each attribute. Judges then added their scores for these attributes and gave a final rating which was used to calculate awards.