Once a year, the rum industry gathers in the Caribbean to celebrate both molasses-based spirits and premium rum agricoles during Caribbean Rum Week. To cap off the festivities, the 6th Caribbean Rum Awards awarded the year’s biggest honors to top bottles and producers.
The best bottle of 2023 is Don Q Reserva de la Familia Serrales, a rare bottling first created in 1994 when the Serrares family aged a special rum in charred American white oak barrels. . The best samples were drawn from 36 barrels to create this exceptional lot.
Runners-up include Neisson Zetwal (gold), named after a Creole star and packaged in Jura wood. Mount Gay Shingle Estate (silver), which highlights cans of sugar harvested from specific fields, and Papa’s Pilar Ernest (copper), a liquid ode to Ernest Hemingway.
“This year’s Caribbean Rum Awards St. Barths was a fantastic success,” said Alexander Britell, editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal and co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards St. Barths. Stated. “This impressive vineyard served as a reminder of the incredible diversity and quality of Caribbean rum.”
The event concluded a week of parties, tastings, master classes and pairing dinners around St. Barths Island, with the closing competition held at Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barths Resort.
Martinique’s Lam Naison is this year’s most awarded brand, winning two gold medals in three different categories. Trinidad’s Island Company Rum was named Best Gold Rum of the Year, while Flor de Cana won the Best Branding Award. Martinique’s Yves Assier de Pompignan was named Rum Maker of the Year.
Building on previous years, the Caribbean Rum Awards has added a new category to the competition, Sugarcane Rum, which focuses on rums made from sugarcane juice. To kick off the category, Grenada’s Renegade Rum Single Farm Origin Dunfermline won a Double Gold Award.
“The world of Caribbean rum is more exciting than ever, especially when it comes to Rhum Agricole,” said Caribbean Journal Editor-in-Chief Guy Britton.
In the Lamb Blanc Guadalupe category, Lamb Carquera 50 won a double gold medal, Raymond Cour de Chauff won a gold medal, Lamb Saint Barth 50 won a silver medal, and Damoiseau 69 won a bronze medal.
In the Lamb Blanc Martinique category, the Ram A1710 La Perle won two gold medals, Nason Decorage won the gold medal, Baie de Tresor won the silver medal, and the Ram JM 50 won the bronze medal. At Vieux Agricole, Ram Naison Vieux Biot won a double gold medal, Ram Carquera L’Ansolité won a gold medal, Longueteau Vieux won a silver medal, and Damoiseau Vieux won a bronze medal.
In the premium molasses rum category, La Marielita won double gold, Mt Gay The estates received silver and bronze awards respectively. Full results can be viewed here.
Christopher Davis, founder of Rum Room St. Barths and co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards, said: In addition, agricole producers who have been supporting us for a long time also came.” St. Barth. “It’s been a great week and we have some great ideas for 2024.”
The judges included Alexander Britell, co-founder of the Caribbean Rum Awards and editor and publisher of Caribbean Journal; Guy Britton, Caribbean Journal Editor-in-Chief. Christopher Davis, renowned rum expert and founder of the Rum Room St. Barths. Peter Bahnsen, COO of Empire Social Lounge in Miami. Missi Davis, Founder of Rum Traveler. José Antonio Hernandez-Solaun, President of the International Wine and Food Association Miami Chapter. Rum expert Ivan Zivkov. Simmons Chase, Cuba Journal editor. and world-famous chef Guy Ferdinand.