2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition
Miami Beach, Florida May 14-15, 2009
The 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition was held at the Florida Room
at the Delano Hotel
on Miami Beach May 14 - 15th, just before the inagural Rum Renaissance event where the Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition was billed as the centerpiece of the event. This was an opportunity for sugar cane spirits to be judged in a format which has been refined since Edward Hamilton conducted the first International Sugar Cane Spirits Tasting Competition in Ybor City in 2006.
- Flavored Rum - Bronze Medal
- Bacardi Dragonberry
- Don Q Mojito
- White Rum - Bronze Medal
- Aguardiente Cristal
- Gold Rum - Bronze Medal
- Bacardi Gold Rum
- Dark Rum - Bronze Medal
- San Miguel Rum
- Flavored Rum - Silver Medal
- Bacardi Limón
- Don Q Coco
- Don Q Limón
- Don Q Pasión
- Steele Rum
- White Rum - Silver Medal
- Cruzan Light Aged Rum
- Don Q Cristal
- Dark Rum - Silver Medal
- Maui Dark Rum
- Gold Rum - Silver Medal
- Don Q Gold
- Montanya Oro
- Aged Rum - Silver Medal
- Don Q Añejo
- Ron Viejo de Caldas 3 Yrs
- Tommy Bahama Golden Sun
- Flor de Cana Rum 7 year old
- Premium Rum - Silver Medal
- Chairman's Reserve
- Flavored Rum - Gold Medal
- Castries Rum Cream
- Rogue Hazelnut Spiced Rum
- Hacienda Saruro
- MaDoudou Vanille
- Rum Jumbie
- Rum Jumbie Coconut Splash
- Seven Tiki Spiced Rum
- White Rum - Gold Medal
- Bacardi Superior
- Diplomatico Blanco
- El Dorado 3 Year Old Cask Aged White Rum
- Montanya Platino
- Temptryst Applewood Light
- Temptryst Hickory Light
- Temptryst Peachwood Light
- Tommy Bahama White Sand
- Agricole - Gold Medal
- Batiste Rhum Agricole Blanc
- Cachaça - Gold Medal
- Boca Loca Cachaça
- Cabana Cachaça
- D J Cachaça
- Dark Rum - Gold Medal
- Bacardi Select Rum
- Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
- Rogue Dark Rum
- Aged Rum - Gold Medal
- Abuelo 7 year old
- El Dorado 5 Year Old Cask Aged Rum
- Flor de Cana Rum Gold 4 year old
- Castro Rum
- Cubaney 8 Años Solera Reserva
- Premium Rum - Gold Medal
- Abuelo 12 year old
- Admiral Rodney
- Bacardi 8
- Barceló Gran Añejo Rum
- Barceló Imperial Rum
- Don Q Gran Añejo
- Ron Viejo de Caldas 8 Yrs
- Bacardi Reserva Limitada
- Cubaney 15 Años Solera Reserva
- Cruzan Single Barrel
- Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
- Dos Maderas PX
- Mount Gay Extra Old Barbados Rum
- Opthimus 25 Años Summa Cum Laude
- St. Nicholas Abbey 10 Years Old
- Vizcaya Cask 21 Rum
Here is a list of the 2009 judges.
- 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.
- Paul Artrip - Virginia United States - rum connisseur and collector, food & beverage writer for regional Parrot Head clubs and his website The Rum Daddy.
- Jose Ballesteros - Venezuela - Principal of Distilerias Unidas. Jose has been in the sugar cane spirits business most of his life and brings this experience to the judges panel.
- 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.
- Jacqueline Gréaux - San Quentin, California United States - Founder of the St Barts Spirits Company and importer of Batiste Rhum Agricole. Growing up on French St Barts, Jacquie grew up around fine food and drink and inherited a passion for rum from her grandfather.
- Guy Grant - St Petersburg, Florida United States - Reseach machinist for the College of Marine Science (University of South Florida). Guy maintains a 1600 ton Ocean Master USCG license and collects all Rums, especially those from the Caribbean Islands.
- Marian Iglesias - Miami, Florida United States - Marian is a marketing guru, a prominent strategist, and a rum lover. She heads KIWI Brand Consultants, a boutique branding firm credited with the successful positioning and launch of Zacapa rum in the US market.
- Hank Koestner - Orlando, Florida United States - Hank is a cigar and rum lover who has accumulated more than 100 rums and loves the challenge of pairing them with cigars. As a frequent contributor to the Ministry of Rum Forums, Hank's insightful contributions are always appreciated.
- John Lermayer - Miami Beach, Florida United States - Chief mixologist for the Morgans Hotel Group. John won the Bar Chef challenge at the 2008 Tales Of The Cocktail in New Orleans. He was recently voted one of the Ten Best Hotel Bartenders In The World by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
- Roger Patteson - Oregon United States - Roger is a manager in the high tech industry, a rum connoisseur, and co-founder of RnD Rum Reviews.
- Matt Robold - Orange County, California United States - Matt is a frequent contributor to the Ministry of Rum Forums who has demonstrated a good understanding of this varied spirit through his writing at RumDood.com: A Dood In The Life.
- Dave Russell - California United States - sailor and co-founder of RnD Rum Reviews.
- Joesph Schwartz - New York United States - Managing partner of Little Branch, Joesph has been a shining star in the New York cocktail scene for a number of years and continues to express his passion for the well-crafted cocktail in one of the leading cocktail bars in the US.
- Eric Seed - Edina, Minnesota United States - Haus Alpenz, specialty spirits and wine importer. Haus Alpenz imports a line of distinctive line of classic cocktail and alpine spirits including Creme de Violette, Batavia Arrack and Velvet Falernum.
- Arturo Sighinolfi - Miami, Florida United States - Arturo is the Southern Wine and Spirits mixologist and has judged Ministry of Rum Tasting Competitions in the past. His expertise with a wide range of spirits has earned him a reputation in the industry.
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.
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.
In order to limit palate fatigue the tasting competition is divided into four sessions with one break during each session.
During the breaks the judges are encouraged to discuss anything other than the spirits they are tasting during that session.
At least 20 judges at each tasting session ensures that no one or two judges can influence the results and that each spirit is judged on its own merit.
None of the judges are compensated for their travel or accommodation expenses during the competition.
There are no corporate sponsors for this competition. Edward Hamilton and the Ministry of Rum are solely responsible for the competition and the results.
2008 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition - New Orleans results
2007 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition - New Orleans results
2006 International Cane Spirits Tasting Competition - Ybor City results
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