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Miami, FL 33126

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April 25 - 27, 2014 - Miami Rum Renaissance Festival - a Celebration of Cane Spirits in the New World
The 2011 RumXP Competitions
RumXP Tasting Competition 2011 Results

RumXP Tasting CompetitionThe 2011 RumXP International Tasting Competition was held at the Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach April 27-29 as part of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival.

More than 20 members of the International Rum Expert Panel participated and more than 80 of the finest rums in the world were presented for evaluation.

The RumXPs were sequestered in their tasting room for three days of blind tasting trials. The rums were grouped and judged in categories of white, gold, aged, old aged, premium aged, dark, spiced, flavored and overproof.

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.

Congratulations to all the fine rum brands and their outstanding spirits.

The International Rum Expert Panel Tasting Competition

2011 Judges

Luis and Margaret Ayala
Dirk Becker
Forrest Cokely
Bob Davies
Juan del Busto
Joe and Nicole Desmond
Chip Dykstra
Nick Feris
Lyndon Higginson
Peter and Pauline Holland
Adam Kanter
Pavol Kazimir
Bob Leonard
Roger Patteson
Matt Robold
Dave Russell
Arturo Sighinolfi
Mike Streeter
Rene van Hoven
Ian Williams
Kristina Wolf
Rocky Yeh

Gold - Best In Class

Siesta Key Silver

Diplomatico Añejo

Plantation Panama 2000

Old Aged

Premium Aged
Cartavio XO

Koloa Dark

Blackbeard Spiced

Dzama Rhum Vanilla

Dzama Rhum Ambre Nosy-Be Prestige


Siesta Key Silver
Montanya Platino
Diplomatico Añejo
Plantation Barbados Grande Reserve 5 Year Old
Plantation Panama 2000
Abuelo 7
Plantation Jamaica 2000
Plantation Trinidad 2000
Cartavio XO
Plantation 20th Anniversary
Dzama Cuvee Noire Prestige

Koloa Dark

Blackbeard Spiced
Seven Tiki

Dzama Rhum Vanilla

Dzama Rhum Ambre Nosy-Be


Banks 5 Island
Dzama Rhum Blanc de Nosy-Be Prestige
Mount Gay Silver
Diplomatico Blanco
Abuelo Añejo
Mount Gay Eclipse
Siesta Key Gold
Montanya Oro
Appleton Reserve
Barcelo Añejo
Matusalem Classico
Ron Millonario 15
Plantation Guyana 1999
Abuelo 12
Dzama Vieux Old Rum 6
Plantation Grenada 1998
Plantation Nicaragua 1998
Cockspur 12
Botran Reserva
Appleton 12 Extra
Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Millonario Reserva Especial XO
Flor de Caña Centenario Gold 18 yr Old
Dos Maderas PX 5 + 5
Botran Solera
Abuelo Centuria
Zafra 21
Matusalem 18 Gran Reserva
Siesta Key Spice
Dzama Vieux Rhum Vanilla 3 yr
Plantation Trinidad 73% Overproof


Dzama Cuvee Blanche Prestige
Matusalem Platino
Bacardi Gold
Cockspur Fine Rum
Santa Teresa Añejo Gran Reserva
Cartavio 5
DonQ Añejo
Santa Teresa Selecto
Diplomatico Reserva
Flor de Cana 12
Plantation Barbados 2000
Flor de Cana 7
Matusalem 15
Mount Gay Extra Old
Barcelo Imperial
Mount Gay 1703
Santa Teresa 1796
Koloa Spice
Santa Teresa Araku Ron Y Café
Santa Teresa Rhum Orange Liquer

RumXP Tasting Competition 2010 Results

The 2011 World Tiki Team Championship
Every year 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 will 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.

2011 Results

US Team (above) makes an incredible effort their kiddie pool Tiki drink, but the UK Tiki Team (below) takes home the trophy once again in 2011 for their skit featuring the "Royal Wedding" of Princess Tiki and Trader Vic, or was it Don the Beachcomber?

Read more about the Tiki Face Off in Bar Life

Transatlantic Tiki Teaser

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