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Old 05-18-2009, 07:57 PM   #1
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It was such a pleasure to work this year at Ed's 2009 MORum Competition, spend time with other judges, and meet a few more of the members of this forum. As always Ed did a superb job. Robert's Rum Renaissance parties were quite a blast as well. The union of these two forces is capable of producing THE rum event of the year.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:51 AM   #2
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I am very sorry that I missed the event. I had planned to come, but family business kept me here. It was particularly disappointing as I had hoped to meet many of you. Hank, I may well be in Orlando in mid-June, so that might provide us an opportunity.

It sounds like I missed a real good time. Always next year....
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While I'm at it; where are the winners? What was hot? What was not? Have I missed this information or was it posted elsewhere on the forum?
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:22 AM   #4
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As soon as I get my feet back on the ground, I will put my 2 cents in. The whole event was OUTSTANDING, and I agree with Daniel that Ed and Robert as a collective commitee will produce the rum event of all events.
Lew, we will get together in June, and you can taste your way through my 100+ bottles!!
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:13 PM   #5
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One on one, Hank! I'll bring the cigars!

I notice that Dos Maderas was well appreciated. I'm really starting to groove on the bottle I picked up in January from Forrest.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:03 PM   #6
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I see that Ed has posted the results of the 2009 Competition on the home page.

Of interest to me is the listing of Dos Maderos PX. That would indicate to me that it was finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry barrels.

Any take on this from those in the know?
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:28 PM   #7
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I think you are right Rumrunner. I just checked the literature I bought home but it just shows the old version, the 5+3. We were told the new one will be available in about 3 months and had a darker label and was a 5+5. I remember it well during the tasting. Lots of currants/raisins in the taste. It was one of the first rums some of us tried on the Saturday as it was close to the Mount Gay 1703 we all ran to try!!! I sneaked a second visit to try the 1703 again when Willy Chester showed up. Now that is a good rum in a beautiful package. I have Rumdog 007 hunting down a bottle of the DM for me as we speak.
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Thanks for that info Bob. I'm looking forward to a great weekend with you here in Puerto Rico!
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I am not clear on the ranking system that was used: How is it that there were 40 gold medals, 18 silver and only 5 bronze? Were there any rums that didn't make the cut at all, or was every rum tasted awarded something? One would expect one each of gold, silver and bronze for each category. How many categories were there?
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I am also confused. After 23 judges spent 8 hours each contemplating and scoring all the rums on a 1 to 100 scale, it seems a bit odd to simply list all the rum names and give them a gold award, except for a few that got the silver and bronze. I'd like to see overall ranking numbers -- or some sense of which rums were most appreciated by the esteemed group of judges.

I'm concerned that rum companies will believe that a gold award at the Miami festival will mean little or nothing. Any other judges have that feeling?
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