Looking at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition held between March 21 - 24 – looking for rums, made in the USA in any of the winning categories. As I peruse the list based on medals (Double Gold, Gold and on to Silver & through Bronze) I see:
Double Gold Medals
Rougaroux, Sugarshine Overproof Rum as a Double Gold winner. Made by Donner-Peltier Distillers in Louisiana, I must add them to our proud list of American Made Rums.
The next double Gold goes to Papa'sPilar, listed as a US rum (made by various distillers around the Caribbean and other places; blended in the US).
Miami Club, garners a precious Gold Medal; which generated a greeting from me. Nice to see another Distiller to add to our list!
Next as we slowly move along the Gold Medal winners is Kirkland Signature a Spiced Rum. This is represented by Levecke Corporation. We will explore to find more about them as well.
Another Gold Medal winner is Spirits of Main Distillery's entry of a Rusticator Rum. By quick glance I see they are a winery who have made the move into distillation. Seems they know their way!
Balcones garners the Gold with their Texas Over-Proof Rum. I am making sure I get in contact with Balcones Distilling LLC and welcome them to both Rick The Rum Runners Blog and American made Rum.
Bully Boy Distillers leads off the US winners in the Silver cattery with their fine White Rum. BBD has been on my list from day one, making a trip to the east portion of these fine states a bigger temptation!
Rock Town Distillery, garners Silver with their Riverboat Rum. Rock Town Distillery is new to me... I can assure you they will be added forth with!! Good to see Arkansas represented!
Starting the list of proud Bronze medal winners is none other than Privateer Rum. Just did a blog on them a few weeks ago – good to see them garnering another award! Their Amber Rum Batch #7 came through and makes me want to taste.... Also they follow that up with their Silver Reserve Rum Batch #9 and gather in an additional Bronze medal!
The rum of Spirit of Texas; Straight Silver Rum was awarded a Bronze as well. I have added them to our growing list of US Rum Makers and pass on our congratulations!
Another Bronze winner is Sherry Cask Rum from Florida Caribbean Distillers. We welcome them to our list as well.
Montanya Distillers' Platino Rum captures a Bronze and our congratulations. They have been on our list of great US Rum makes since our beginnings – Great job!!! Oh wait; even better as their Oro Rum gets its own Bronze as well – Nice doubling!
Tailwinds Distilling Company added a Bronze to their award collection with – Taildragger White Rum. Toby et al – great job!
Another familiar name to us here at Rick The Rum Runner is Desert Diamond Distillery's Barrel Reserve Rum by the great name Gold Miner. Nice to see a bronze medal head out to Arizona!
Another win for Florida CaribbeanDistillers and their Club Caribe Coconut Rum gets them a Bronze.
Rougaroux also pops again in on the Bronze medal scene with a win with their Full Moon Rum.
Don Daniel Rum a Cacao Flavored Rum captures a Bronze – The makers, Cacao Prieto, LLC distill in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Another reason to vacation east!
The final US Rum Maker Bronze medal winner is Rogue Spirits' own Rogue Rum – winner as a Dark Rum.
All in all, a good representation of some great rums – I for one have a lot of testing and telling to do – but also packing as I get ready for The RTRR (Rick The Rum Runner) Southern Tour (or Souther Tour as I mistyped the other day!). Oh and when you visit these Didtillers pages, facebook accounts and Twitter locations, as well as sample their fine Rums, make sure you mention American Made Rums and Rick the Rum Runner. Please! --- More stuff to come – I am