- Spirits of Mexico NY
- New York, NY
- October 13, 2011
BEST OF CATEGORY WINNERS
BEST OF CATEGORY, WHITE RUM
Mount Gay Eclipse Silver
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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