Golden Rum Barrel Awards Winners

RumFest wrapped up what has felt like a very long London Cocktail Week.

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The first Golden Rum Barrel Awards, held at the Hilton in London, celebrated 23 categories of rum-related excellence. A full list of winners can be found below, and BarLifeUK would like to congratulate everyone who came top of their pile.

  • Best white rum: Banks 5 Island
  • Best super-premium white rum: Oronoco
  • Best flavoured or spiced rum: Elements 8 Spiced
  • Best gold rum up to six years: El Dorado 5 Year Old
  • Best premium gold rum up to 12 years: Dos Maderas PX 5+5
  • Best premium gold rum over 12 years: El Dorado 12 Year Old
  • Best super-premium gold rum of at least 15 years: Mount Gay 1703
  • Best solera rum: Ron Atlantico
  • Best dark, black or navy-styled rum: Pusser’s 15 Year Old
  • Best rhum agricole aged up to four years: Clément VSOP
  • Best rhum agricole over four years: Plantation Guadeloupe
  • Best cachaça: Beija Flor Reserva Especial
• Best North American rum: Los Valientes 15 Year Old
  • Best South American rum: Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
  • Best European Rum: Black Tot Last Consignment
  • Best Australasian rum: Holey Dollar Rum Cask Strength
  • Best Asian rum: Old Monk from India
  • Best Caribbean rum: Mount Gay 1703
  • Best Central American rum: Ron Abuelo 12 Year Old
  • Best new rum brand: Zafra Master Reserve 21 from Panama
  • Best rum packaging: St Nicholas Abbey
  • UK rum ambassador of the year: Stefanie Holt from El Dorado
  • Global rum ambassador of the year: Chesterfield Brown from Mount Gay
  • Rum Influencer of the Year: Lorena Vasquez from Ron Zacapa




Andy Ives has over 10 years hospitality publishing to his name and has written for trade magazines such as CLASS and Theme. Most recently he worked as editor of Industry magazine (the Australian version of Theme), bars editor of Australian Bartender magazine, and launched (with Simon), which is now Australia’s leading bar industry website.