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The Bahamas never disappoints, toss in a 3-day rum festival and you have a new level of island fun. The first ever Festival Rum Bahamas event was a huge success in my eyes and I’m already looking forward to attending future events.

Pirates, rum, a 300 year old fort, 3 live music stages, rum cake, a rum tasting competition, and a breakout junkanoo parade–Festival Rum Bahamas exceeded all my expectations.

I was graciously asked to be a judge in the tasting competition by the event staff and the International Rum Council. The judging took place in the dungeon of historic Fort Charlotte, I can’t imagine a better setting to sip dozens of rums!

With more than fifty of the world’s best rums, 10 judges from the Bahamas and the US evaluated these rums based on a variety of characteristics and chose the top three in each category. Here are the winners.

Festival Rum Bahamas Rum Tasting Results

Flavored Rum:

  • Gold – Calico Jack Key Lime
  • Silver – Kingston Brand Coconut
  • Bronze – Bambarra Coconut


  • Gold – Rhum JM 2001
  • Silver – Clement VSOP
  • Bronze – Rhum JM VSOP

White Rum:

  • Gold – Plantation 3 Star
  • Silver – John Watling’s Pale Rum
  • Bronze – Naked Turtle White Rum

Gold / Dark Rum:

  • Gold – Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum
  • Silver – Bambarra Reserve
  • Bronze – Gosling’s Black Seal

Extra Aged:

  • Gold – El Dorado 12
  • Silver – Plantation 20th Anniversary Rum
  • Bronze – Kaniche XO

I have a lot more to share on the tasting competition, the festival and the Bahamas themselves. Stay tuned!

This trip was sponsored by Genuinely Bahamian Products, Tortuga Rum, and Tortuga Rum Cakes.

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About the Author: RumShopRyan

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