The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival sounds like a big week long party doesn’t it? Well it’s not, it’s a serious competition of rum, judged by highly trained rum XP professionals. Okay, maybe it’s a little bit of a party, but the rum judging is serious and rum companies from around the world fight for the top spots.

The judging results are in and here they are. No drum rolls here–just raise those glass high for the winners. All good choices to add to your rum collection. I’m hitting the store this weekend with this list in tow.

Gold-Best in Class

1 Barrel
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Plantation Guatemala Gran Añejo
Plantation Jamaica 2000
Plantation XO 20th Anniversary
Poesia Cachaça
Rhum J.M. White
SantaTeresa Araku
Siesta Key Spiced
Panama Red

Gold Medal Winners

Atlantico Private Cask
Bacardi Oakheart
Botran Reserva
Clarke’s Court Superior
Dictador 20
Diplomatico Ambassador
Diplomatico Añejo
Diplomatico Reserva
Dzama Vanilla Rhum 10yr
Plantation Barbados 2000
Plantation Panama 2000
Rhum J.M. White
Rhum St. Barth
Vizcaya Cristal
Plantation Original Dark Overproof

Silver Medal Winners

Appleton Estate Reserve
Atlantico Reserva
Bacardi 8
Barrillito 3 Star
Bohemio 15
Botran Solera
Carta Viejo Añejo
Centenario 7
Don Q Añejo
DonQ Pasion
Dos Maderas Luxus
Dzama Cuvee Noire
Flipflop Spiced
Plantation Trinidad 2000
Prichard’s Crystal
Santa Teresa Añejo
Santa Teresa Orange Rhum
Siesta Key
SX Samba Cachaça
Vizcaya Cask 21
Rum Fire

Bronze Medal Winners

10 Cane
Atlantico Platino
Bermudez 1852
Brugal 1888
Brugal Ron Añejo
Dictador 12
Dictador XO Perpetual
DonQ Coco
Dos Maderas PX 5+5
Dzama Blanc Nosy-Be Prestige 84°
Medellin 8
Prichard’s Peach Mango Rum
Siesta Key Gold
Tiki Lover’s White

Do you have any favorites on this list? List your Best of Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze if you can. Will be tough, so many good rums!


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  1. Scott Jacob May 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    So many rums…. So little time… It is the quandary of ages ever since the time of Pirates!

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    RumShopRyan May 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

    But I’d say it’s worth a try to sip them all, right Scott? Cheers!

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