Now in its fifth year, the three-day celebration of rum attracted a near 7,000 visitors this year and recognised the achievements of the rum industry for the second time at an event at London’s Hilton Olympia Hotel.
The awards are as follows:
Rum Distillery of the Year: The Foursquare Distillery, Barbados
Rum Distiller of the Year: Richard Seale (Foursquare, Barbados)
Rum Blender of the Year: Tito Cordero (Venezuela: Diplomatico)
Rum Ambassadors of the Year (International) - sponsored by Drinks International: David Cordoba (Bacardi Rum) and Jim Wrigley (Ron St.Teresa)
Rum Ambassador of the Year (UK): Meimi Sanchez (Havana Club)
Best New Rum (Gold): Abuelo Centuria, Panama
Best New Rum (White): Banks 5 Island, Several Countries
Best New Rum Package: Bacardi 1909
Boutique RumFest Award (for the best tasting rum): Doorly's XO Rum, Barbados
The Rum Experience Pioneers Award: Joy Spence from Appleton Jamaica rum and Ed Hamilton from the Ministry of rum (web page and rum forum).
Rum Blogger of the Year (Europe): The Floating Rum shack
Rum Blogger of the Year (The America’s): RumConnection.com
Ian Burrell, global rum ambassador and RumFest founder said: “Saturday’s RumFest attracted thousands of eager rum enthusiasts experiencing the busiest day ever in RumFest history with tickets selling out in record time, followed by an equally busy Sunday.
“Across the three days six and half thousand visitors enjoyed the ultimate rum experience with over 400 different rums and 75,000 tots of rum tasted throughout the event.”