By Demion McTair Updated 2:04 a.m., Friday, 17 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Four rum products made by St. Vincent Distillers Limited took four awards for taste at the 2020 World Rum Awards announced on April 12, 2020.
In the World’s Best Column Still Rum, 6 to 10 years old category, Captain Bligh XO took the silver award, while for rum 5 years and under category, Sparrow’s Premium Aged Rum took a silver award.
For the Unaged Rum category (still under the World’s Best Column Rum), Sunset Very Strong Rum took the top spot for style, while in the same category SLR White Rum won a gold award.
The World Rum Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all the international recognised styles, award and promote the world’s best rum to consumers and trade across the globe, the entity’s website says.
Both Captain Bligh Rum and Sunset Strong Rum have won several categories in previous years of the World Rum Awards.
Taste and design were the two broad ways the rums were classified to be judged.
There were six (6) major categories of rums which were judged based on taste.
Rums entered to be judged based on taste included World’s Best Agricole Rum, World’s Best Column Still Rum, World’s Best Flavoured Rum, World’s Best Pot and Column Still Rum, World’s Best Pot Still Rum and, World’s Best Spiced Rum.
All of the rums made by St. Vincent Distillers Limited were judged under the World’s Best Column Still Rum category.
Some other Caribbean countries whose rums won awards this year in several categories include Barbados, Martinique, Grenada and, Trinidad and Tobago.
READ FULL STATEMENT FROM THE ENTITY ON THE HOW THE PROCESS WAS DONE:
The winners of the 2020 World Rum Awards were announced online and through social media on 12 April, following two rounds of tastings. In an understandable and necessary change to tradition, the round 1 winners were not revealed at the final tasting which is normally held in London. Instead, the final tasting was conducted at home by our judges and chaired by Peter Holland via internet. Following the taste award winners, our design team examined all products and has crowned the World’s Best Rum Design. This was held on 16 March in London.
Peter Holland, chair of judges, said:” I’m very happy to report that despite the effects of a global pandemic, we’ve used technology to great effect, responsibly closing out the judging of another wonderful round of The World Rum Awards. Very pleased to have found some excellent winners, entirely worthy of recognition they deserve.”
Felicity Murray, chair of the design judges, concluded: “With the ever-growing number of rums the choices for the consumer have never before been so wide, so inventive, and perhaps so confusing. Therefore, to catch the consumer’s eye and their curiosity, the packaging has to work especially hard – it has to say ‘look at me, pick me up, and find out more about the liquid inside. Overall, across all the categories, standards were exceptionally high and the judges had a tough time deciding on the World Best Design.”
All winners can be found here