International Tasting Competitions at Miami Rum FestInternational Rum Expert Panel • Consumer Rum Jury • Shaker Showdown Cocktail Competition
The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and International Trade Exposition is home to the most prestigious blind tasting competitions: The RumXP International Rum Expert Tasting Panel Competition and the Consumer Rum Jury.
The RumXP Judging Competition
Rum promoter and author Robert A. Burr established a panel of experts to evaluate fine rums. Their collective expertise is unrivaled in the spirits world. These noted experts on cane spirits are often invited to appraise new rum products and judge spirits at international rum tasting competitions. Their combined experience spans many dozens of countries and hundreds of brands.
The RumXP International Rum Expert Tasting Panel convenes once a year in Miami to evaluate a wide range of cane spirits from all over the globe. RumXP judges are experienced evaluators of rum spirits from many countries, offering expert guidance in their selections of outstanding rum products.
At Miami Rum Fest, they are sequestered for three days of discrete blind tasting sessions. The results are compiled by a seasoned staff of statisticians and the awards are announced at Miami Rum Festival.
The Consumer Rum Jury Tasting Competition
Enthusiastic rum consumers are gaining greater awareness and appreciation for the finest rum expressions. At the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in April, RumXP leader Robert Burr organizes a Consumer Rum Tasting Jury.
These qualified consumer judges are presented with an array of blind tasting samples to evaluate using the same strict standards and procedures employed by the international rum experts in their competition.
The results are compiled by a seasoned staff of statisticians and the awards are announced at Miami Rum Festival.
Join The Consumer Rum Jury
Do you believe you’re qualified to be a Consumer Rum Judge? Do you have a substantial rum collection? Do you travel to distilleries? Are you the most rum savvy person among your friends? You might be a Consumer Rum Jury candidate. Use the link below to apply for one of the limited spaces on the next Consumer Rum Jury.
Shaker Showdown – Exhibitor Cocktail Competition
Miami Rum Fest exhibitors and their bartenders are invited to create a tasty cocktail for a chance at having their special libation win the Shaker Showdown at Miami Rum Festival 2017.
- All exhibitors may submit one cocktail to enter the contest.
- The base rum spirit MUST come from the list of participating products exhibiting at the Festival.
- The cocktail must be served from the exhibitor’s booth during the festival.
- Judges will stop by their booth on Saturday to sample their cocktail and score it.
Winner will receive two (2) South Seas Passes to Hukilau June 7-11, 2017 which are $379 each. These passes are for all three days – and it includes the two biggest events that sell out: Tiki Tower and the Late Night Party. (value is $758)
The winning cocktail competitor will also receive a complimentary Dinner For Two at the world-famous Mai Kai Polynesian Bar and Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.
Announcing The Winners
At the end of the finalists presentations, the Third Place, Second Place and First Place winners are announced and trophies awarded. The winning recipes will be published on the Miami Rum Fest website and across all social media channels.
Ram Udwin, Boy Drinks World with Plan Killer using Lost Spirits and Carmelita’s Barbados
Isaac Ergas, 786-Bartend with Miami Heat using Antelope Island white rum
Ivan Serna, Oak & Cane with Summer Sipper
Annamaria Jeanty, Blue Chair Bay Rum for Key Lime Pie
Natalie Golf, Florida Mermaid Rum for Mermaid’s Kiss
The Plan Killer
3/4 oz Lost Spirits Navy 61%
3/4 oz Carmelita’s Barbados
3/4 oz Coco Real
1/2 oz grenadine
1/2 oz Don’s mix
4 ml Boy Drinks World Passion Fruit Bitters
Shake and pour on ice in a Collin’s glass. Garnish with grapefruit rind and nutmeg.
To enter the competition, use this short contact form.