Rum Journal: Opthimus, Cartavio, Siesta Key Highlight RumXP Winners

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By the Caribbean Journal staff

The results from the 2015 RumXP awards are in, and one of the world’s leading rum award slates has some new winners.

Leading the way were a host of top-level rums, from Peru’s Cartavio, which took home Best in Class Gold in both the Premium Aged Rum and Aged Rum 5-8 years categories, to Plantation, which took home Best in Class Gold for the Aged Rum-Special Cask, Aged Rum and Flavored Rum categories.

Another big winner was Florida-based Siesta Key Rum, which took home Best in Class Gold in the Spiced Rum category for its Siesta Key Spiced Limited Edition, while taking home a pair of golds as well.

Topping the Aged Rum 18-25 years category was the Dominican Republic’s Opthimus 25.

The RumXP awards are held each year at the Miami Rum Festival, judged by an international rum expert panel.

The Miami Rum Festival has grown to become one of the world’s leading rum festivals.

Rum Journal founder Alexander Britell was a guest judge on this year’s panel.

See the full list of winners below:

White RumBest in Class Gold: Skotlander White

Gold Awards went to: Blue Chair Bay White, Carta Vieja Silver, Brugal White Extra Dry

Premium White Rum

Best in Class Gold: Fwaygo White

Gold Awards went to: Plantation 3 Star, Nine Leaves Clear, Skotlander Rum III

Gold Rum

Best in Class Gold: Bacardi Gold

Gold Awards went to: Brugal Anejo, Ron Carta Vieja Gold, Don Barrilito 2 star

Aged Rum

Best in Class Gold: Plantation Original Dark

Gold Awards went to: Ron del Barrilito 3 star, Pusser’s British Navy, Bundaberg Small Batch 4

Premium Aged Rum

Best in Class Gold: Cartavio XO

Gold Awards went to: Plantation 20th Anniversary, Mezan XO, Brugal 1888

Aged Rum 5-8 Years

Best in Class Gold: Cartavio 5

Gold Awards went to: Plantation Barbados 5, Bacardi 8, Real McCoy 5

Aged Rum 12-15 years

Best in Class Gold: Pusser’s 15

Gold Awards went to: Yolo 10, Don Q Gran Anejo, Real McCoy 12

Aged Rum 18-25 years

Best in Class Gold: Opthimus 25

Gold Awards went to: Opthimus 21, Opthimus 18, Carta Vieja 18

Aged Rum – Special Cask

Best in Class Gold: Plantation Jamaica 2001

Gold Awards went to: Plantation Guyana 2005, Opthimus Malt Tomatin Whiskey Barrels 25 yr, Opthimus Oporto Barrels 25

Spiced Rum

Best in Class Gold: Siesta Key Spiced Limited Edition

Gold Awards went to: Siesta Key Distillers Reserve, Siesta Key Spiced, Blue Chair Bay Coconut Spiced, Bayou Spiced, Blue Water Caribbean Gold Premium Spiced

Flavored Rum

Best in Class Gold: Plantation Pineapple

Gold Awards went to: Bayou Satsuma, Blue Chair Bay Banana, Caray Cafe

Overproof Rum

Best in Class Gold: Plantation Overproof Original Dark

Gold Awards went to: Don Q 151, Lost Spirits Colonial American Inspired Rum, Wicked Dolphin Strawberry RumShine 100 Proof, Stroh 80

Rhum Agricole Blanc

Best in Class Gold: Trois Rivieres Rhum Blanc Agricole 55%

Gold Awards went to: — Trois Rivieres Cuvee Speciale 40%, Trois Rivieres Rhum Blanc Agricole 40%, Trois Rivieres Rhum Blanc Agricole 50%

Rhum Agricole Vieux

Best in Class Gold: Trois Rivieres Rhum Vieux VSOP

Gold Awards went to: Trois Rivieres Rhum Ambre 40%, La Mauny Rhum Vieux X.O. 40%, Trois Rivieres Rhum Vieux Martinique 12yr