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April 17-19, 2015 -- The Miami Rum Festival
and International Trade Exposition for Rum
The Rum Renaissance Competitions
The RumXP Tasting Competition
RumXP Blinding Tasting Award Winners:

The RumXP International Rum Expert Tasting Panel, one of the most respected collection of experts in the spirits world, and the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, the world's largest gathering of rum producers and enthusiasts, are pleased to announce results of the 2014 RumXP International Tasting Competition held at the Festival in Miami April 22 to 25.

Twelve members of the International Rum Expert Panel and 12 guest judges participated in six tasting sessions of 17 categories of rums, with 133 of the finest rums in the world presented for evaluation this year.

RumXP judges were sequestered in a tasting room for three days on blind tasting trials. All rums were grouped and judged in categories according to their style.

2014 RumXP Best in Class and Gold Medal winners include:

Agricole Rhum
Best In Class – St. Barth Chic
Gold – St. Barth Cool

White Rum
Best In Class – Ocumare Platino
Gold – Skotlander RUM I
Gold – Tanduay Silver

Premium White Rum:
Best In Class – Diplomatico Blanco
Gold – The Real McCoy 3
Gold – Plantation 3 Star

Gold Rum
Best In Class – Diplomatico Añejo
Gold – Hampden Estate Gold
Gold – Koloa Gold

Aged Rum
Best In Class – Plantation Original Dark
Gold – Pussers
Gold – Appleton VX

Aged Rum, 4-8 years
Best In Class – Plantation 5
Gold – El Dorado 8
Gold – Abuelo 7

Aged Rum, 9-12 years
Best In Class – Abuelo 12
Gold – Real McCoy 12
Gold – Medellin 12

Aged Rum, 13-18 years
Best In Class – Pussers 15
Gold – El Dorado 15
Gold – Flor de Caña 18

Aged Rum, 19-21 years
Best In Class – El Dorado 21
Gold – Centenario 20

Premium Aged Rum
Best In Class – Don Q Gran Añejo
Gold – Ocumare Añejo Especial Golden Reserve
Gold – Plantation 20th Anniversary

Super Premium Rum
Best In Class – Mount Gay 1703
Gold – Ron Barcelo Imperial Premium 30th Anniversary
Gold – Centenario 25

Ultra Premium Reserve
Best In Class – Brugal Papa Andres

Special Cask
Best In Class – Plantation Guyana 2005
Gold – Plantation Jamaica 2001
Gold – Plantation Trinidad 1999

Dark Rum
Best In Class – Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum
Gold – Koloa Dark
Gold – Goslings Black Seal

Flavored Rum
Best In Class – Koloa Coconut
Gold – Admiral Nelson Vanilla
Gold – Blue Chair Bay Coconut
Gold – Selvarey Cacao

Spiced Rum
Best In Class – Bayou Spiced
Gold – Blue Chair Coconut Spiced
Gold – Blackheart

Overproof Rum
Best In Class – Plantation Overproof Original Dark
Gold – Rum Fire
Gold – Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

The esteemed judging panel of the 2014 RumXP Tasting Competition was led by Robert A. Burr, Robin Burr and Robert V. Burr.

The judging panel was comprised of 12 RumXP judges including Dirk Decker, Ian Burrell, Forrest Cokely, John Gibbons, Javier Herrera, Peter Holland, Tatu Kaarlas, "Bahama Bob" Leonard, Paul McFadyn, Paul Senft, Leonardo Pinto and Bernard Schäfer.

In addition, 13 respected guest judges from a range of roles within the spirits industry lent their refined pallets to the panel including Matt Robold, Stefan Brinkmann, Laine Doss, Steve Drda, Johnny Drejer, Franco Gaspari, Pauline Holland, Josh Miller, Marco Pierini, Nigel Sade, James Soper, David Saffa and Ingvar Thomsen.

The 2015 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival will be held April 17 to 19, 2015.

About RumXP

The annual RumXP Tasting Competition at the Miami Rum Festival is among the most prestigious events of its type in the world, bringing together a host of experienced rum judges from around the globe to evaluate the finest cane spirits from every region, every style and every category of the rum world. Their collective expertise as a group of judges is unrivaled in the spirits world. Their combined experience spans many dozens of countries and hundreds of brands. They are authors, lecturers, trainers, historians, journalists, consultants, collectors, proprietors, mixologists and promoters of rum. For additional information, please visit www.rumxp.com.

About Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

The annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival gives rum enthusiasts the opportunity to sample hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond during three days of Grand Tasting events at the DoubleTree Miami Airport Convention Center on April 25-27, 2014. Celebrity seminars, live entertainment, island lifestyle vendors and interactive cocktail demonstrations round out the activities associated with this unique celebration of the best rums in the world. General admission tickets begin at $50. VIP passes offering early admission are $75.

For information about exhibiting at the 2015 Rum Renaissance Festival, please contact Robin Burr in Miami at 707-278-6736. For press information, please contact Joe Gerbino at 305-608-7419 or jpgerbino@gmail.com. Additional information about Miami Rum Renaissance can be found www.rumrenaissance.com.

The World Tiki Team Championship
Most years at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, the best tiki bartenders from the best tiki bars in the United Kingdom, challenge their peers in the United States to a grueling, multi-part world tiki championship of skill and daring.

The teams compete in a series of rigorous and challenging contests of skill, knowledge and teamwork.

The final round is a live performance on the main stage that promises to be outrageous, hilarious and entertaining, while the teams create damn good drinks in large quantities for everyone in attendance.

2014 Winners: Bacardi US Tiki Team

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