Who Won the 2017 World Rum Awards?

To those who think rum starts with Bacardi and ends with Captain Morgan, please allow the 2017 World Rum Awards to dictate otherwise. Competitions aside, if you’ve never sipped on expertly crafted premium rum you don’t what you’re missing, with the best expressions offering complex layers of syrupy, aromatic sweetness that must be sipped to be believed. If you need a few guideposts, start with the winners below and branch out from there. Or stick to whisky if you must–we’re not here to peer pressure you into anything. Nonetheless, if you have just a few curious bones in your body you still should scope the list below. Presented by The Drinks Report, here are the top winners from the 2017 World Rum Awards.


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mutineers gold xo special reserve rum

World’s Best Gold Rum – St Vincent Distillers Mutineers Gold XO Special Reserve Rum

The name might be a mouthful to say, but this sure sounds like a spirit we’d like to have a mouth full of. Distilled in the foothills of a volcano before being aged in oak casks, St Vincent Mutineers Gold XO Special Reserve Rum offers warm, layered flavours of dark sugar and fruit while retaining a fundamental liquored essence. The finish is mellow and dry, meaning in spite of its name it won’t pillage and ruin your taste buds, rather lull them into submission by way of stunning taste.

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bundaberg distillers' collection solera

World’s Best Dark Rum – Bundaberg Distillers’ Collection Solera 

Australia, represent!!! Woo hoo! Legendary brand Bundaberg brings its A game with this masterpiece in a bottle. Every aspect of production on this amazing spirit sounds like something arrived upon after decades of painstaking trial and error. That includes the complicated solera process, which ages and blends the spirit in special vats. If you’re thinking about trying rum neat and exploring it for all its delicious potential, we can safely recommend you start with the Bundaberg Distillers’ Collection Solera Rum….assuming you can find (or afford) it of course.

 

spirits of old man rum project one

World’s Best Flavoured Rum – Spirits of Old Man Rum Project One

Don’t be thrown off by use of the word “flavoured” because this delectable spirit is anything but derivative or artificial. Using a blend of three aged Caribbean rums, Spirits of Old Man Rum Project One saturates the palate with rich, exotic notes of coconut, caramel, honey and banana. The bottle is legit as well.

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ableforth's rumbullion rum

Best Spiced Rum – Ableforth’s Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old 

UK brand Ableforth is all over the top world spirits awards slots in 2017 so it’s safe to say they offer some pretty incredible selections. From the Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old expect tons of dense, creamy sweetness layered with notes of orange marmalade, cinnamon and spice. A true symphony of texture and flavour that plays out on your taste buds.

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old captain caribbean white rum

Best White Rum – Old Captain Caribbean White Rum

This straightforward 2017 World Rum Award winner checks off all the necessary marks with a smooth texture and mildly fruity flavour. Given how affordable it is, we’re thinking Old Captain might be best served in a Daiquiri or with a somewhat generous amount of coke.

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