White Rum 2016

Best White Rum - 2016

The Fifty Best White Rum Tasting 2016


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of 14 white rums with 16 pre-qualified judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Each of the rums were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at slightly above room temperature. Only ice water, neutral unflavored crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.



Angostura White Oak
(Trinidad & Tobago)

Nose: Molasses, maple, pear, tropical fruit, citrus, orange peel, floral, honeysuckle, ginger, cheerios, light tobacco, very clean distillate.

Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, creamy, cane sugar, molasses, honey, peach, pear, pineapple, citrus, orange, lime pith, ginger, hot pepper, coffee, well-balanced, silky, elegant.

Finish: Passion fruit, floral, pepper, well balanced, complex, very soft, smooth, very mellow.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

   Angostura White Oak Rum

Papa's Pilar Blond
(Caribbean/Florida/Central America)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, nougat, praline, buttery, vanilla, cane sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, maple, toasted coconut, citrus, lemon, cocoa , nutmeg.

Palate: Butterscotch, praline, crème brûlée, Creamsicle, hard candy, burnt sugar, maple syrup, tropical fruit, pineapple, coconut, orange, almond, marzipan, triple sec, spicy, nutmeg, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, tea, grains, well balanced.

Finish: Honey, cream, whipped cream, custard, coconut, cocoa, nutty, clove, spicy, smooth, well balanced.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

 Papa's Pilar Blond Rum

Tanduay Asian Rum Silver

Nose: Apple, green apple, pear, banana, coconut, pineapple, papaya, passion fruit, mango, mandarin, lime, grassy, verbena, vanilla, licorice, cola, clean.

Palate: Butterscotch, toffee, cane juice, sugarcane, molasses, honey, maple syrup, tropical fruit, orange, coconut, coconut water, fig, herbal, flowery, jasmine, ginger, mint, spice, nutmeg, clove, thyme, grain.

Finish: Sweet coconut, vanilla, sugarcane, floral, spearmint, nutmeg, complex, smooth, well balanced.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

Tanduay Asian Rum Silver Rum

(Chicago, IL)

Nose: Molasses, apricot, pear, banana, mango, papaya, citrus, fig, fruity, orange blossom, jasmine, herbal, mint, grassy, nutty, coffee, whipped cream, leather, ash, agricole.

Palate: Sugarcane, light papaya, fig, floral, lilac, rose, herbal, sage, mint, hazelnut, spicy, pepper, anise, licorice, tobacco, mineral, woody, buttery, robust, complex.

Finish: Honey, floral, lilac, pepper, oak, cereal, tea, flavorful, well balanced, complex, very smooth, mellow.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

Taildragger White Rum

Skotlander White

Nose: Butterscotch, molasses, vanilla, cream, pear, banana, ripe banana, orange peel, floral, lilac, violet, hibiscus, grassy, licorice, dry agricole style.

Palate: Sugarcane, molasses, vanilla, banana, coconut, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, herbal, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, white pepper, licorice root, oak, hay, sea salt, crisp, almost vodka-like.

Finish: Powdered sugar, vanilla, lime, guanabana, spicy, pepper, ginger, woody, flavorful, robust, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
   Double Gold medal

Skotlander White Rum


(So. Africa)

Nose: Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, maple syrup, burnt sugar, crème brûlée, cream, coconut, citrus, fig, date, floral, orange blossom, jasmine, honeysuckle, dry green herbal, leather.

Palate: Butterscotch, cane sugar, burnt sugar, crème brûlée, orange zest, papaya, coconut, chocolate, ginger, herbal, eucalyptus, grassy, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, tobacco, clean, refreshing.

Finish: Molasses, burnt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut, mint, spice, pepper, well balanced, silky, smooth, satisfying.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Zulu White Rum

Rhum Barbancourt White

Nose: Cane juice, sugarcane, crème brûlée, whipped cream, pineapple, banana, grapefruit, lime, citrus, orange blossom, grassy, spearmint, mint, cinnamon, leather.

Palate: Honey, citrus, violet, herbal, verbena, mint, eucalyptus, menthol, grassy, light licorice, walnut, maple bacon, white pepper, mineral, grain, smooth.

Finish: Citrus, nice off-sweetness, woody, clean, mellow.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Rhum Barbancourt White Rum

Flor de Caña Blanco Reserva

Nose: Custard, crème brûlée, honey, sugar syrup, apple peel, tropical fruit, guava, pineapple, orange rind, honeysuckle, mown grass, clean.

Palate: Sugarcane, toasted sugar, salty caramel, creamy, apricot, pineapple, citrus, light coconut, anise, pepper, gentle, flavorful.

Finish: Light citrus, grassy, hints of oak, clean, soft, well balanced.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Flor de Caña Blanco Reserva Rum

Gubba Silver Organic

Nose: Coconut, vanilla, citrus, fruity, citrus oil, perfume, verbena, nutty, baking spice, anise, subtle, clean.

Palate: Sweet orange, orange blossom, coconut, vanilla, limeade, 7-Up, ginger, cola, spicy, red pepper, smooth, well balanced.

Finish: Light coconut, vanilla, complex, soft, smooth, well balanced.

Gold Medal
   Gold medal

Gubba Silver Organic Rum


Daufuskie Island Silver Edition White
(south Carolina)

Nose: Maple syrup, burnt sugar, vanilla, praline, lemon, jackfruit, herbal, grassy, hazelnut, baking spice, anise, licorice, tobacco, chocolate, cereal grains, light minerality.

Palate: Caramel, sugarcane, melted sugar, burnt sugar, maple syrup, creamy, vanilla, pear, citrus, grassy, tarragon, toasted walnut, pepper, sweet grain, smooth.

Finish: Mint, walnut, nutty, spicy, anise, mocha, well balanced, complex, smooth, soft, gentle, mellow.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

Daufuskie Island Silver Edition White Rum

T. Rutter

Nose: Brown sugar, butter, banana, raisin, passion fruit, tangerine, poached pear, bubblegum, floral, honeysuckle, violet, lilac, grassy, mint, spearmint, nutty, popcorn, white pepper.

Palate: Molasses, honey, creamy, apricot, cherry, melon, banana, orange, floral, elder flower, lavender, rosewater, grassy, sage, nutty, clove, anise, spearmint, mint.

Finish: Honey, floral, clove, oak, clean, flavorful, well balanced, very complex, very smooth.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

T. Rutter Rum


Nose: Apple, green apple, apricot, guava, pineapple, coconut, tangerine, citrus, lemon, lemon oil, Fanta orange soda, banana cream pie, bread pudding, cola, floral, rose, jasmine, cinnamon, grass.

Palate: Apple, citrus, pear schnapps, creamy, floral, violet, herbal, licorice, anise, mint, walnut, spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, tarragon, silky, well balanced.

Finish: Mint, anise, licorice, baking spice, well balanced, complex, smooth, mellow.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

Tiki Rum

Desert Distilling White

Nose: Molasses, sweet butter, vanilla, pineapple, coconut, citrus, fig, date, prune, coffee, grassy, licorice, Unicum, wood, clean, crisp.

Palate: Molasses, sugar cane, simple syrup, burnt sugar, crème brûlée, coconut, banana, citrus, floral, herbal, herbaceous, anise, mint, baking spice, coffee, woody, balanced.

Finish: Banana, cream, grass, peppery, oak, well balanced, very complex.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

Desert Distilling White Rum

Black Coral White

Nose: Toffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, cereal, biscuit. hay, nutty, almond, Nordic spices, cocoa, floral, grassy, tobacco.

Palate: Butterscotch, burnt sugar, fig, date, dried fruit, mocha, cocoa, cocoa powder, cereal, grains, grassy, eucalyptus, tobacco.

Finish: Grass, eucalyptus, spicy, pepper, slight vanilla, robust.

Silver Medal
   Silver medal

Black Coral White Rum



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