2007 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition Results

Press Release

Judging took place at historic Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans July 18th and 19th. A partial list of the judges can be found at the bottom of this page.

Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Mocambo Solera Rum 10 last years Aged Musket
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Bronze Medal
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Silver Medal
Gold Medal
Bronze Medal
Gold Medal
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Debra Argen - Greenwich Connecticut United States - Luxury Experience Company Debra loves to experience exceptional spirits, especially rum. She creates cocktail and food recipes with spirits and features them in the Liquor Cabinet section of her online magazine. Luxury Experience
Steve Armstrong - New Orleans Louisiana United States - Steve has worked in the alcoholic beverage industry with Dixie Brewing Company and Don Lorenzo rums and currently imports Rum Jumbie and Ron Abuelo rums.
Brad Bentley - Anniston Alabama United States - As a gourmet cook and connoisseur of fine spirits, Brad has visited numerous distilleries in his travels to the Caribbean and considers himself a quality consumer!
Tad Carducci - Bedminister New Jersey United States - Tad is a certified sommelier, bartender and consultant whose 'simple' philosophy has won him numerous awards and cocktail contests.
Christopher Carlsson - New York United States - connoisseur of fine spirits and editor of Spirits Reviews.
Martin Cate - San Francisco California United States - Creator of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, CA, Martin is one of the leading figures in the modern Tiki bar scene. He is presently consulting for rum oriented bars and restaurants across the US.
Wayne Curtis - New Orleans Louisiana United States - writer Wayne's whose work has appeared in New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Preservation, American Scholar, American Heritage and others. His latest book "And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in 10 Cocktails," will be available at Tales of the Cocktail.
Martin Doudoroff - New York United States - cocktail and spirits writer and author of the Cocktail DB website. Cocktail DB
H. Ehrmann - San Francisco California United States - H. is the proprietor of Elixir, which operates on the site of San Francisco's 2nd oldest saloon and the 1st Certified Green Bar. ELIXIR
Mark Gruber - Chicago Illinois United States - Mark is the author of numerous fine spirits articles, most recently "Whiskey" entry, The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink in America, A. Smith, editor, 2005; instructor, Spirits Appreciation and Mixology, Northwestern University
Mike "Elvis" Karnowski - New Orleans Louisiana United States - with 20 years in the beverage alcohol industry, Elvis is the head distiller at Celebration Distillation and a Certified Beer Judge (BJCP).
Katie Loeb - Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States - Katie is a wine and spirits writer and beverage consultant. Her cocktail recipes have been published in Bon Appetit, the Los Angeles Times and brand literature including Bluecoat Gin and Modern Spirits vodka.
Ryan Magarian - Portland Oregon United States - Ryan's work as a top mixologist has been featured on the Food Network and Women's Entertainment Channel. He also contributes to the development of Aviation Gin. Liquid Relations
Mark Markowitz - New York City New York United States - Mark has been a rum enthusiast for many years and graduated from the Beverage Alcohol Resource and is presently the press secretary and special correspondent for the Museum of the American cocktail.
Edward Nesta - Greenwich Connecticut United States - Luxury Experience Company Ed and his partner Debra Argen travel the world in search of the best food, wine, and spirits; they create cocktails and write about their experiences in their online magazine Luxury Experience
Roger Patteson - Oregon United States - Roger is a manager in the high tech industry, a rum connoisseur, and co-founder of RnD Rum Reviews.
Jonathan Pogash - New York City New York United States - -based bartender and cocktail consultant. Director of Cocktail Development for Hospitality Holdings in NY. Jonathan Pogash Consulting
Todd A. Price - New Orleans Louisiana United States - Todd is a food and travel writer in New Orleans who writes for OffBeat, a monthly magazine of Louisiana music, food and culture, and recently completed Night+Day New Orleans(Pulse Guides), a post-Katrina guidebook.
Philip Prichard - Tennessee United States - President and distiller of Prichard's Fine Rum.
Dave Russell - California United States - sailor and co-founder of RnD Rum Reviews.
Liza Zimmerman - San Francisco California United States - Liza is a writer and wine and spirits consultant and holds the prestigious Diploma Wine & Spirits (D.W.S.). Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits and Wine Business Monthly.

While there are other respected tasting competitions in the US and Europe, this is an opportunity for Sugar Cane Spirits to be judged on their own merit and in classes recognized by the Sugar Cane Spirits industry.

Sugar Cane Spirits were judged for their aroma, initial taste, body and finish on a scale of 1 - 25 for each attribute. Judges then added their scores for these attributes and gave a final rating which was used to calculate awards.

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