2006 International Sugar Cane Spirits Tasting Competition

International Sugar Cane Spirits Festival

Flavored / Spiced / Cream

Gold Medals

  Santa Teresa Araku Ron y Coffee Liqueur
Prichard's Sweet Georgia Belle Liqueur
St Maarten Guavaberry Rum Liqueur
Santa Teresa Distillery
Prichard’s Distillery
St Maarten Guavaberry

Silver Medals

  Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liqueur
Pirate's Choice Key Lime Rum
Santero Coffee Rum
Santa Teresa Distillery
Cristal Clear Spirits
Santana Liquors

Bronze Medals

  Prichard's Cranberry Rum
Canne Royale Banane Rum
Guap Lemon Caipirinha Cachaça
Prichard’s Distillery
Eastern Caribbean Rums
Cachaça Guapiara


White Rums
- including spirits aged less than one year

Gold Medals

  Santa Teresa Blanco
Starr African Rum
Prichard's Crystal Rum
Ron Botran White Rum
Santa Teresa Distillery
Starr African Rum
Prichard’s Distillery
Dana Importers 

Silver Medals

  Distiller's Choice Silver Rum
10 Cane Rum
Essential Spirits
Moet Hennessy

Bronze Medals

  Vodkane, Sugar Cane Vodka
Inner Circle Traditional Pot Still Rum
Cartavio 1929 Ron Blanco Superior
Santana Liquors
Inner Circle Rum
Velocity International


Cachaça

Gold Medals

  Cachaça 51
Água Luca Cachaça
Guapiara Prata Cachaça
Sazerac Co
Excelsior Imports
Cachaça Guapiara

Silver Medals

  Guapiara Special for Caipirinha Cachaça
Cachaça Guapiara

Bronze Medals

  José Junqueira Guapiara Ouro Cachaça Cachaça Guapiara


Overproof Rum

Gold Medals

  Inner Circle Rum Green Dot

Inner Circle Rum

Silver Medals

  Inner Circle Rum Black Dot
Inner Circle Rum

Bronze Medals

  Canne Royale White Overproof Rum Eastern Caribbean Rums


Dark Rum

Gold Medals

  Coronation Khukri Rum
One Barrel Rum
Ron Botran Solera Rum
Ron Abuelo Añejo Reserva Especial
Santa Teresa Selecto
Santa Teresa Gran Reserva
Pirate's Choice Molasses Reef Rum
Inner Circle Rum Red Dot
Inner Circle Rum Blue Dot
Liquid Treasure Imports
One Barrel Rum website
Dana Importers
Varela Hermanos
Santa Teresa Distillery
Santa Teresa Distillery
Cristal Clear Spirits
Inner Circle Rum
Inner Circle Rum

Silver Medals

  Ron Botran Añejo 8 yo
Cartavio 1929 Ron Añejo Reserva
Sea Wynde Rum
Ron Botran Gold Rum
Ron Barceló Añejo
Dana Importers 
Velocity International
Castle Brands
Dana Importers 
Blend Wine & Spirits

Bronze Medals

  Distiller's Choice Gold Rum
Maui Reserve Dark Rum
Essential Spirits
Haleakala Distillers


Premium Rum

Gold Medals

  Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 yo
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
Santero Ron 21 Años Antigua Reserva
Prichard's Fine Rum
Macuro Ron Añejo Ultra Premium
Cockspur Bajan Crafted Rum 12
Ron Zacapa Centenario 15 yo
Ron Abuelo 7 Años Reserva Superior
Dana Importers
Blend Wine & Spirits
Santana Liquors
Prichard’s Distillery
Ron Macuro
Goddard Enterprise
Dana Importers
Varela Hermanos

Silver Medals

  Ron Botran Añejo 12 yo
Ron Bastidas Reserva de Conquistador Añejo 23 Años
Ron Barceló Imperial
Santa Teresa 1796 Ron Antiguo de Solera
Cartavio 1929 Old Rum of Solera 12 years

Dana Importers
Santana Liquors
Blend Wine & Spirits
Santa Teresa Distillery
Velocity International

Bronze Medals

  Canne Royale Extra Old Rum
Cartavio 1929 Ron Gran Reserva (7)
Eastern Caribbean Rums
Velocity International
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.