The World Cup of Rum

Here it is.  My very own World Cup of Rum (World Copita maybe?).

Thirty-two rums from around the world about to face off against one another for the ultimate recognition from my palate.

All the groups are set and over the next few weeks I will be tasting each group separately and choosing the two best ones from each group to move to the next round, which will be a single elimination bracket.

So stay tuned to see how your favorites fare… or to find new favorites to try.  Regardless of which rums make it through, I think we all know who the winner is… me.

Let the tastings begin!!

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5 responses to “The World Cup of Rum

  1. Sandro

    ¿A competition of rums in the world unless there is none that represents Cuba?
    That’s like making the World Cup of Soccer and say no to the participation of Brazil. One can speak of rum not to mention those who were the first to get what today is the name; Cuba is the pioneer, the original site where achieved what many had dreamed and none achieved, moving from the hard liquor drinking before 1862, this light and delicate rum captive to the world after that date; just now that it is about to meet the 150 anniversary of the creation of the Cuban Light Rum, it is almost an offense that does not appear in this list the best exponents of Cuban rum school.

    Anyway the idea is interesting, I like.

  2. Oh, trust me, I really wish Cuba could have been included in this competition. Unfortunately (and I mean this only in terms of rum), I live in the United States, where Cuban rum is virtually unobtainable. So I must make do with what is locally available. One day, I hope to take some of the higher rated rums from this competition and pit them against some real Cubans in some other country where they are more readily available, but that will be another battle for another day.

  3. Sandro

    That day will come, don’t worry, and it will be interesting to know what opinion have Cuban rum masters about the famous rum as there are now, when they were who taught the world as an alcohol of poor quality as the Tafia, became exquisite rum manufactured since 1862 in the city of Santiago de Cuba.

    Bacardi never again was the same after his departure from Cuba, as it happened to Matusalem, simply lost that something that cannot be described but that only exists in Cuba, and which made its rums at the time, the best light rum in the world. That only has an explanation, which would take far more time to make understand the American consumer, which has been deprived of the right to enjoy the best light rum in the world, for policy issues that unfortunately we can not ignore.

    Greetings and best wishes in your competition.

  4. Congratulations, and thanks for nice link to our article on glasses. I’m not surprised your “Baby Whisky” was your favorite glass. Or that the sherry copita also did well. As you know, our favorite glass at The Rum Project was a small apple shaped glass from IKEA, which is similar in shape and holds aroma much in the same fashion as you MIni Whisky.

    The comparison of the Matusalem 15 and 18 is a natural, and we too prefer the 15. Still they are very similar in that the average age of the rums in the solera is nearly the same. Comparing the El Dorados is a problem though in that they are not based on the same blend, a fact that brings up this…

    It is reasonably well recognized that there are four or five basic styles of rum, each of which a good taster can recognize. These are Jamaican, Demeraran, Cuban and Cane Juice (per Dave Broom). We’d add Bajan. Each style is distinct and different from the others. The styles are not particularly geographical and emanate from different countries.

    Comparing rum from different styles is fun, but less meaningful, and simply becomes a matter of personal preference (rather than a true competition). As an example comparing the heavy, pot stilled and aromatic Jamaican style to a light Cuban style rum really doesn’t work. Comparing two Jamaicans is more revealing and meaningful.

    If you’d like some suggestions as to some interesting, style based matchups, don’t hesitate to ask… Again, best wishes. A great concept.

    • Thanks Capn. I agree that comparing rum from different styles does not really serve a real academic purpose, but on a personal level I feel it will help me understand a bit about my personal preferences and learn more about each style… and like you mentioned, it is a lot of fun, which is really its main purpose. 🙂
      Thanks also for the offer of help in choosing some match-ups. I’m sure I will be taking you up on that in the future as I learn more about each style and explore them more deeply.

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