The line up of expert rum judges for the 2012 CAB Rum Tasting Competition has been announced. Ten international rum aficionados will be jetting into the “Spice Isle” of Grenada, to take part in the blind tasting contest as part of the 3rd Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival hosted in Grenada on November 2-3, 2012.
The rum panel will consist of experienced rum professionals considered as key industry influencers. The judges are recognized within the rum industry and the rum blogosphere. The line up includes:
– Bob Davies, The Rumelier
– Carl Kanto, Rum professional
– Dave Russell, RnD Rum Reviews
– Lisette Davis, Rum Boat Retreat
– Luis Ayala, “Got Rum?” Magazine editor
– Margaret Ayala, “Got Rum?” Magazine editor
– Mike Streeter, Rum Connection
– Nicholas Feris, Rum Collective
– Robert Burr, Rob’s Rum Guide/Rum Examiner
– Steve Bennett, Uncommon Caribbean
Festival Manager, Ms. Cheryl Collymore, explained: “When we announced that Grenada was to be the host country for 2012, we were overwhelmed by the response from rum experts wanting to be included on the rum panel. We are exceptionally pleased with the final lineup of rum judges and believe that rum producers will have every confidence in the outcome of the contest.”
Rum products entered into the blind tasting contest will be judged according to rum categories. The judges will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze accolades to the adjudicated top three rums in each category. The rums will be appraised on four characteristics: appearance, aroma, taste, and overall impression.
While in Grenada, the rum judges will be the guests of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association. In conjunction with the Grenada Board of Tourism, the judges will be the VIP guests at an evening cocktail reception and will be treated to a tour of the island and visits to Grenada’s local rum distilleries.