In a world of temporary trends and fickle tastes, rum stands tall. This timeless spirit acts like a chameleon, blending effortlessly into fruity tropical cocktails or sipping neat to fully enjoy its complex, layered flavors. This versatility fueled a global rum craze and brought a plethora of products onto the market.
One of the areas where this boom is most evident is in the super premium rum category, which has seen double-digit growth in recent years. Comprised primarily of elegantly aged rum, it is designed to be enjoyed straight without the need for a mixer, and has provided drinkers with a number of excellent bottles at a wide range of price points.
Trying to get the “best” bottle on the market can be a confusing task. To simplify this effort, just as we did for bourbon a few weeks ago, we asked the world’s best international spirit competition experts to help us identify the best of 2023. I examined what I assumed to be a bottle. At these events, distillers send their best bottles to be blind taste tested by industry experts. Who better to guide drinkers in the right direction?
Here are the rums they judged to be the best of 2023. Drinking any of these five bottles is sure to transport you to sunny beaches and sandy beaches where rum reigns supreme.
Bodegas Papiamento Rum Caribbean Carnival
It may come as a surprise to many drinkers that a rum from the small Caribbean island of Aruba has won the title of Rum of the Year at the London Spirits Competition, but it should come as a shock to no one. Shouldn’t have given it. Located just off the coast of rum country Venezuela, Alba’s distillery has been producing delicious rum for decades. Bodegas Papiamento Caribbean Carnival Rum is a limited edition bottling made from a blend of different rums that he aged for eight years in a combination of old and new world barrels, capturing the region’s vibrant festive atmosphere. creating a captured mixture.
Renegade Rum Single Farm Origin: Hope
For years, Renegade Rum’s award-winning team has worked tirelessly to change the conversation surrounding rum. Operating in the Rhum Agricole style, which means “agriculture” in French, they focus on rum production, focusing on areas where the sugar cane used to distill the rum grows. Their Single Farm Origin: Hope Bottling introduces drinkers to: It mellows out the rum’s natural raw flavor before the aging process begins. Apparently, they’re doing something right, as evidenced by their numerous awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Voted Best in Class for Show Unageed White Spirit, Best in Class for Overall Rum, and Best in Class Rhum Agricole.
Pampero Aniversario Rum
Winning the Best in Show Aged White award at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition adds to the accolades showered on Pampero Aniversario Rum. Made in his 85-year-old distillery in Caracas, Venezuela, Pampero His Rum is a legendary bottle of rum that connoisseurs have long sought out when visiting the Caribbean region. Anniversario Rum celebrates Rum House’s 25th anniversary and has been released every year for over 60 years.th anniversary. Made from a blend of 4- and 5-year-old rums aged in sherry and bourbon casks, it’s ideal for its complex, layered flavors.
Beenley Artesian Distillers Double Cask Rum
By being named Rum of the Year at the Bartender Spirits Awards, Beenley Artesian Distillers Double Cask Rum brings yet another accolade to one of Australia’s rising stars in the spirits world. Yes, the distilleries in the Land Down Under are producing much-talked-about whisky, gin, vodka and even rum, and are quietly attracting worldwide attention. The fact that Beenleigh rum has been named top prize in the only competition aimed at highlighting the products poured by bartenders around the world only cements its status. Made at Australia’s oldest registered distillery, Double Cask Rum draws from his five aged rums that benefit from historic Kauri pine butts, Australian brandy butts and former bourbon barrels to create a smooth drinking rum. It is made.
Black Tot Masters Blender’s Reserve Rum 2022
The 54-year-old International Wine & Spirits Competition is the undisputed queen of all annual spirits awards events. Therefore, taking home the Ram Trophy at an event is an important milestone in the life of any brand. Black Tot Masters Blender’s Reserve Rum 2022 is a molasses-based navy rum that oozes flavor. Made from blended stocks from Guyana, Trinidad, Jamacia and Barbados, this is the third edition of Master Blender’s Reserve. Incorporates liquid from its predecessor into the blend. The judges at the event highly praised this work. Here’s what the judges had to say about it.
“Soft and very soothing, the aroma of bruised and caramelized bananas combines with the aroma of rich demerara sugar. It combines with beautiful oak notes to create a lasting and enjoyable finish.”