2011 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition

The 2011 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition was held at Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco Sept 20 - 21, 2011.

More about the judges and the Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition.

Flavored Rum - Bronze Medal
Cruzan Strawberry
Flavored Rum - Silver Medal
Cruzan 9
Black Beard Spiced Rum
Flavored Rum - Gold Medal
Rogue Hazelnut
Cypress Creek Reserve Vanilla Rum

White Rum - Bronze
Cypress Creek Reserve Rum
White Rum - Silver
Don Q Cristal
Far North Queensland Rum Co. Platinum
Privateer
White Rum - Gold
Santa Teresa Ron Claro
Havana Club Añejo 3 Años
Montanya Platino
Diplomático Rum Blanco

Dark Rum - Bronze
Montanya Oro
Dark Rum - Silver
Don Q Añejo
Cockspur Fine Rum
Flor de Caña 4 year old Gold Rum
Dark Rum - Gold
Barceló Añejo
Rogue Dark Rum

Premium Rum - Silver
Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7 year old
Cockspur 12 Bajan Crafted
Barceló Imperial
Havana Club Añejo 7 Años
Premium Rum - Gold
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
Havana Club Seleccion de Maestro
Flor de Caña Centenario 12 year old
Flor de Caña Centenario 18 year old
Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum
Botran Solera 1893
Don Q Gran Añejo

Overproof Rum - Bronze
Fiji 3 Year Old
Overproof Rum - Silver
Rum Fire
Lemon Hart 151 Demerara Rum
Fiji 10 Year Old
Overproof Rum - Gold
Bounty Overproof Rum
Fiji 5 Year Old


In this blind tasting, judges are served samples of each rum in uniform tasting glasses. Each spirit is then judged on four qualities: aroma, initial taste, body and finish, by a panel of industry professionals including consultants, mixologists and spirits journalists who have demonstrated their expertise with sugar cane spirits. Each judge awards points for each of these attributes then gives an overall score of 0 to 100 points for each spirit. The scores for all of the spirits in each category are divided by the highest score.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals are awarded according to the natural grouping of the results.

While there are other respected tasting competitions in the US and Europe, this is a unique opportunity for Sugar Cane Spirits to be judged on their own merit by people who know sugar cane spirits and share their passion with the industy.

Judges include industry professionals including writers, consultants and mixologists.

Martin Cate - San Francisco, California - Creator of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, CA, Martin is one of the leading figures in the modern Tiki bar scene. He is presently consulting for rum oriented bars and restaurants across the US.
Nancy Fraley - Berkeley, California - Director of Research American Distilling Institute and runs a sensory analysis service for distilleries called Nosing Services. Nancy has worked as an assistant distiller and blender at Germain-Robin.
Jacqueline Gréaux - San Quentin, California - Founder of the St Barts Spirits Company and importer of Batiste Rhum Agricole. Growing up on French St Barts, Jacquie grew up around fine food and drink and inherited a passion for rum from her grandfather.
Robin Levinthal - Washington - Robin began her adult life studying art through which she discovered her passion for food. Working as a chef in the Caribbean led her to discover rum. A Top Chef contestant, Robin is currently working as a consultant to the food and drink industry. Crave Food
Jordan Mackay - San Francisco, California - Jordan has written about wines and spirits for a number of magazines including the New York Times, 7 x 7 and a host of other media.
Roger Patteson - Oregon - Roger is a manager in the high tech industry, a rum connoisseur, and co-founder of RnD Rum Reviews.
Dave Russell - California - sailor and co-founder of RnD Rum Reviews.

Sugar Cane Spirits are judged for their aroma, initial taste, body and finish.

In order to limit palate fatigue the tasting competition is divided into four sessions with one break during each session. During the breaks the judges are encouraged to discuss anything other than the spirits they are tasting.

None of the judges are compensated for their travel or accommodation expenses during the competition. There are no corporate sponsors for this competition. Edward Hamilton and the Ministry of Rum are solely responsible for the competition and the results.


2010 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition - San Francisco Bay results

2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition - Miami results

2008 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition - New Orleans results

2007 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition - New Orleans results

2006 International Cane Spirits Tasting Competition - Ybor City results



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