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October 13, 2011

Liquid Living Magazine


TASTING NOTES
BEST OF CATEGORY WINNERS

Best of category certificate

2008 LIST OF JUDGES

BEST OF CATEGORY, WHITE RUM

Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
Remy USA

Judging Notes: Aroma reminiscent of a fresh minty breeze, well-balanced with a hint of minerals; a lean, mild sweetness, with a good aftertaste of cane and fruit; a long smooth, balanced finish

BEST OF CATEGORY, DARK RUM

Temptryst Lemon Wood
Notes: Photo is of Temptryst Lemon Wood Rum; Website being built; Product soon to be released

Temptryst Reserve Rum
Au Natural Spirits

Judging Notes: Gorgeous deep amber color; a clean and pleasant nose of orange oil and spices; tastes of candied orange, with clove, allspice, vanilla and slightly sweet fruit cake; finishes with notes of allspice and Christmas pudding, spicy, long and pleasant

BEST OF CATEGORY, OVERPROOF RUM

Pusser’s Standard Rum
Pusser’s

Judging Notes: Aromas of oranges, Meyer lemon, lime, raisins and vanilla with a hint of Turkish candy; warm spice on entry, with subtle hints of tropical spices, ripe and dried fruit, and hints of leather; very well balanced on the tongue; spice and fruit lingers.

BEST OF CATEGORY, RUMS AGED UP TO 8 YEARS

Ron Barcelo Imperial Rum
Blend Wine & Spirits

Judging Notes: Beautiful classic amber; reticent aromas with delicate floral nuances (dried roses), as well as caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, lineament; date bread, mace; Smooth flavors of tropical fruitiness, with sugar & nuts; Hint of chocolate, vanilla; Subtle, complex, multilayered; Nuttiness lingers with some Turkish candy and black tea

Expansive warm spicy; a classic

BEST OF CATEGORY, RUMS AGED 9-15 YEARS TIE

Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Blend Wine & Spirits

Judging Notes: A rich amber rum giving off glorious aromas of praline & marshmallow, vanilla, nutmeg, almonds, toffee, caramel; Tremendous range of flavors; Lots of sweetness, both molasses, honey and a subtle hint of white pepper; Rich crème brulee, raisins, dates, orange zest, cinnamon, mace WOW!. Lush and inviting with a long lingering caramel and spice finish

Pyrat XO Reserve Rum
Patron Spirits

Judging Notes: Classic amber hue; explosive aromas of Christmas pudding and fruitcake, with chocolate covered oranges and vanilla bean; bold mix of bananas, cooked dates, figs, raisins and orange zest; Intense flavors of orange and chocolate with hints of licorice and tropical spices; smooth, rich, citrussy, with aged cognac complexity; Licorice and hints of chocolate on the moderately long finish; concludes with tangerine peel, leather and maple sugar; Distinctive

BEST OF CATEGORY, RUMS AGED +15 YEARS TIE

Note: Product not available in US as of April 2008

Ron Millonario Solera 15 Year Old
Rossi & Rossi
Reserva Especial Rum

Judging Notes: Lively amber hue; aromas of sherry, caramel and nutmeg; honeycomb, vanilla, taffy, and honeysuckle; tastes of raisins and dates with molasses; burnt sugar and maple syrup; Well balanced, deliciously rich and sweet, with notes of mace, nutmeg and tobacco; great balance and oiliness on the finish; Moderate length .

Ron Zacapa 23 Rum
DIAGEO

Judging Notes: Beautiful amber color; smells of orange oil, crushed nuts & sweet spices like nutmeg & cinnamon; there’s a subtle citrus, vanilla bean, and roasted almond flavor, well balanced and full bodied, with a creamy richness; excellent, lingering finish

BEST OF CATEGORY, RUM LIQUEURS

Santa Teresa Araku Ron y Coffee Liqueur
Santa Teresa

Judging Notes: Lovely black coffee appearance; smells like freshly roasted coffee; a great coffee & sugar flavor with notes of caramel; a pleasantly dry finish rounds off the coffee experience.

Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liqueur
Santa Teresa

Judging Notes: There's a spicy rum aroma at the opening,with orange zest, almond and vanilla emerging.  On the palate, it's all sweet, rich, full-bodied orange, with a touch of bitter rind; a sweet and moderately long lasting finish with some cinnamon and nutmeg. A charming orange liqueur

BEST OF CATEGORY, SPICED RUM

Montecristo Spiced Rum
Sidebar Spirits

Judging Notes: Tropical spices – clove, nutmeg and allspice especially, burst from the glass, mixed with notes of sherry and of course rum; tastes buttery and rich, like spice cake with walnuts; beautiful balance between spices and rum; nice dry length.

BEST OF CATEGORY, AGED RHUM (AGRICOLE) TIE

J.M. V.S.O.P. Rhum
Clement USA

Judging Notes: Eye appealing brassy amber hue; a burst of aromas - praline, dried apricots, toffee, almonds, coffee beans and a bit of woodiness and leather; tastes of spice, wood, nuts & dark chocolate; complex, big and spicy with a bold cognac character; velvety and lush with a long satisfying with crisp chocolate aftertaste and a touch of licorice at end.

Note: Available soon in US

Madras Darboussier Hors D’Age Rhum
Charles IMEX LLC

Judging Notes: Beautiful brassy amber color; a mix of sweet intense aromas - orange marmalade, cocoa, coconut, banana, nutmeg, coconut and toast; on the palate, rich up front with mace, anise, cocoa toffee, hazelnut, and brown sugar yield to a more drying fruitiness; many-layered; finishes long, complex and delicious; one to savor.

BEST OF CATEGORY, FLAVORED RHUM (AGRICOLE)

Note: Photo is of assorted Madras Flavors; Available soon in the US

Madras ( Orange) Shrubb
Charles IMEX LLC

Judging Notes: Beautiful brassy orange shine in the glass; smells like cognac-soaked tangerines; notes of caramel and vanilla, or baked orange cake; good follow through to taste; gorgeous, spicy, zippy, orangy; lush and smooth; an elegant drink.

BEST OF CATEGORY, RHUM (AGRICOLE) LIQUEURS

Madras Prune Liqueur
Charles IMEX LLC

Judging Notes: Brilliant hue, with a nose full of figs and prunes, black tea and spiced fruit-candy; sweet and pleasant mouthful of dates, prunes, and date cake; clean, pure finish with good acid. Solid, & well done.  

BEST OF CATEGORY, FLAVORED CACHACA


Note: Not available in US as of 4/2008

Ypioca Red Fruit Cachaca Ypióca Agroindustrial LTDA

Judging Notes: Powerful nose of cherry and raspberry; a lean and pretty raspberry mouthful; finishes clean