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The Fifty Best Aged Rum Tasting 2017


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 16 aged rums with a panel of 18 judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The rums were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Each of the rums were judged and scored separately. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The countries of origin are identified for each brand.



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Angostura 1824 Rum
Aged 12 yrs   (Trinidad & Tobago)

Nose: Caramel, fudge, cream, butter, sugarcane, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, candy apple, green apple, apple, subtle soft fruit, ginger, dried fruits, nutmeg, earthy, aged barrel.
Palate: Caramel, fudge, dark chocolate, treacle, cane sugar, honey, vanilla, tropical fruit, banana, apricot, dark cherry, prune, dried dates, dried fruit, ginger, mint, nuts, hazelnut, nutmeg, cinnamon, sherry, wood, oak, well-balanced, flavorful, smooth.
Finish: Chocolate fudge, chocolate, cream, vanilla, lovely sugar, black cherry, green apple, orange, sweet fruits, spearmint, pepper, clove, nutmeg, woody, lovely strength, smooth.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



   Angostura 1824 Rum



Ron Centenario Gran Reserva 25 Años
(Costa Rica)

Nose: Fudge, rye, port wine, clean.
Palate: Chocolate fudge, chocolate pudding, butterscotch, brown sugar, maple, cake dough, walnut, leather, complex.
Finish: Sugarcane, peppery, light, lovely.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Ron Centenario Gran Reserva 25 Años



Rumson's Rum
(Trinidad)

Nose: Banana, banana peel, pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus, pear, sun-dried apricot, burnt orange, sweet maraschino cherry, honey, vanilla, grain, mint, cut grass, almond, nutmeg, bourbon, earth, pine, oak.
Palate: Caramel, butterscotch, buttery, molasses, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, pineapple, banana, mango, poached pear, peach, apricot, tropical fruit, prune, dried fruit, smoked fruit, almond, nutmeg, licorice, clove, oak.
Finish: Mango, dried pineapple, dark cherry, demerara, nutty, clove, allspice, spice, pepper, leather, tobacco, wood, oak.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Rumson's Rum



Ron Cihuatán Solera 8 yr Gran Reserva
(El Salvador)

Nose: Caramel, toffee, cream, brown sugar, molasses, honey, vanilla, cookie dough.
Palate: Caramel, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, sugarcane, honey, dates, lovely ginger, coffee, smoke, wonderfully simple.
Finish: Molasses, spice, soft.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Ron Cihuatán Solera 8 yr Gran Reserva



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Ron Centenario Fundacion 20 Años
(Costa Rica)

Nose: Butter-rum toffee, dark sugar, toasted sugar, maple, dried fruit, sweet botanical grass, great tannins.
Palate: Caramel, cane sugar juice, honey, maple, ripe bananas, dates, black tea, soft leather, beautiful.
Finish: Spicy, peppery, soft, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Ron Centenario Fundacion 20 Años



Rumson's Grand Reserve Rum
(Trinidad)

Nose: Butterscotch, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, burnt sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, cream soda, sweet cherry candy, candied lemon, banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, apricot, dried fruit, blossom, licorice, mint, clove, rum barrel oak.
Palate: Caramel, molasses, treacle, palm sugar, cane sugar, toasted cane, honey, vanilla, maraschino, banana, ginger, sweet tea, nutmeg, cinnamon.
Finish: Caramel, honey, peppermint candy, papaya, raisins, dates, grain, caraway seed, pepper, clove, Christmas spice, wood spice, smooth.

Gold Medal
Gold medal



Rumson's Grand Reserve Rum



Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Gold Rum
(Maine)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, fudge, sweet brown sugar, molasses, sugarcane, pure golden cane, honey, honeycomb, muscovado, coconut, pineapple, citrus, sweet fruits, cherry candy, grape jelly, dried dates, almond, nutmeg, coffee, roasty.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, sweet brown sugar, treacle, cane sugar, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, very ripe banana, pineapple, citrus, raisins, dried fruit, biscuit, toasty pancakes, floral, honeysuckle, grass, peppermint, nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, sherry, oak.
Finish: Caramel, molasses, maple, vanilla, orange, floral, almond, spice, peppercorn, tobacco, woody, cedar.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Gold Rum



Ron Cihuatán Solera 12 yr Reserva Especial
(El Salvador)

Nose: Vanilla, light molasses, maple syrup, buttery, banana, grain, talc.
Palate: Chocolate, buttery, creamy, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, smooth.
Finish: Honey, hazelnut, sweet, pepper.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Ron Cihuatán Solera 12 yr Reserva Especial



Sam Smith's Boatyard Aged Rum
(New York)

Nose: Caramel, butterscotch, toffee, chocolate, maple, honey, vanilla, green apple, citrus, light sweet orange peel, blossom, wheat, sweet grains, nutmeg, cinnamon, grass, mineral, wet soil, earthy, smoky.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, milk chocolate, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, honey, maple, molasses, vanilla, apricot, tropical fruit, orange, citrus, dates, raisins, flowery, green tea leaves, grassy, walnut, almond, tobacco, earthy, smoke, wood, oak, full favor, very well balanced.
Finish: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, orange, blossom, tea, mint, almond, clove, cinnamon, spice, pepper, tobacco, oaky, toast, very smooth, great finish.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Sam Smith's Boatyard Aged Rum



English Harbour Reserve 10 yrs Rum
(Antigua)

Nose: Caramel, dark caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, demerara, maple syrup, vanilla, mint blossom, lightly spiced, rye whiskey, tobacco, wood, oak.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, warm sweet butter, brown sugar, demerara sugar, molasses, maple, honey, vanilla, mild banana, figs, prune, dried fruit, eucalyptus, mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, tea, scotch mixed with rum, oak, well-balanced.
Finish: Caramel, fudge, cream, maple, honey, vanilla, fruity, semi-sweet, sherry, cinnamon, spicy, pepper, woody, sweet oak, smooth, tannic oak, wonderful mix of flavors.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



English Harbour Reserve 10 yrs Rum



Búsqueda Aged Rum
(Oregon)

Nose: Sugarcane, molasses, buttery, soft fruit, pineapple, banana, green apple, light dried grass, leaves, thyme, woody, soil, earthy.
Palate: Butterscotch, toffee, cream, buttery, sugarcane, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, banana, pineapple, apricot, strawberry, apple, citrus, melon, grass, wintergreen, mint, peppermint, tea, anise, clove, nuts, oak, balanced, smooth.
Finish: Caramel, honey, tarragon, mint, cayenne pepper, woody, pine, cedar, very soft, clean, mellow.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Búsqueda Aged Rum



English Harbour Aged 5 yrs Rum
(Antigua)

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, dates, blossom, green leaves, dark pekoe tea, dark wood, oak, sherry, spirit forward.
Palate: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, honey, buttery, vanilla, guava, banana, pear, apricot, soft fruits, citrus, dried cherries, dried fruit, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, spice, pepper, leather, oak, wood, sherry, complex.
Finish: Chocolate, maple, light honey, fruity, dates, dried fruit, hazelnut, nutty, mint, clove, cinnamon, tannic, woody, balanced.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



English Harbour Aged 5 yrs Rum



Mermaid Gold Rum
Aged 3 yrs   (Florida)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, buttery, sugarcane, molasses, papaya, banana, dark raisins, dried fruit, tropical, cola, nutty, spice, summery, moss, earthy, musky, leather, tobacco, oak, woody.
Palate: White chocolate, cocoa, molasses, demerara, honey, vanilla, mango, apple, cherry, apricot, lemon, citrus, dates, dark raisins, prunes, licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, pepper, brine, tobacco leaf, oak.
Finish: Mango, dried pineapple, dark cherry, demerara, nutty, clove, allspice, spice, pepper, leather, tobacco, wood, oak.


Gold Medal
Gold medal

 



Mermaid Gold Rum



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Crook Jaw’s Cape Cod Amber Rum
(Massachusetts)

Nose: Caramel, sugarcane, light brown sugar, vanilla, berry, tropical fruits, coconut, dried fruit, butternut, floral, peppercorn, sherry, oak, very subtle, very soft.
Palate: Butterscotch, caramel, fudge, brown sugar, dark sugars, molasses, maple syrup, sugarcane, honey, vanilla, mango, guava, fruit salad, tropical fruit, orange blossom, bread dough, nuts, nutmeg, coffee, eucalyptus, oak, smooth.
Finish: Orange marmalade, fruit dessert plate, sweet green apple, dates, maple, buttery vanilla, almond, clove, allspice, spicy, peppery, wood, oak, cedar, smooth.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Crook Jaw’s Cape Cod Amber Rum



Liberty Tree Boston Aged Rum
(Massachusetts)

Nose: Dark chocolate, sugarcane, very light caramel, orange, lemon, light pineapple, apple skin, blossom, faint tea, wood chips, pine, soft.
Palate: Butterscotch, light sweet caramel, creamy, fudge, molasses, maple syrup, honey, pineapple, banana, dates, marmalade, vanilla, almond, cinnamon, spicy, white pepper, eucalyptus, tea, oak, woody.
Finish: Black cherry, milk chocolate, sugarcane, floral, almond, hazelnut, nutmeg, Caribbean spices, spicy, peppery, wood, smooth, clean.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Liberty Tree Boston Aged Rum



Pusser's British Navy Gunpowder Proof Rum
Original Admiralty Strength

(Barbados)

Nose: Caramel, sugarcane, brown sugar, molasses, maple, cherry, lemon, subtle soft fruit, dried stewed raisins, dates, toasted almond, nutmeg, leaves, mineral, earth, soil, briny, smoke, woody, pine.
Palate: Dark chocolate, white chocolate, caramel, buttery, cane sugar, molasses, sweet dark sugars, honey, vanilla, candied lemon, apricot, cherry, burnt orange, raisins, rose, clove, cinnamon, pepper, leather, wood, oak.
Finish: Nougat, pear, spice, fennel, licorice, tobacco, earth, powerful.


Silver Medal
Silver medal



Pusser's British Navy Gunpowder Proof Rum

 

 

 

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