Saint Lucia is no longer known only as a top tourism destination in the Caribbean, but more increasingly it is becoming popular for the rum it produces.
This was evident at Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2015, when the St Lucia Distillers Limited ‘1931 Fourth Edition’ rum was named ‘Rum of the Year’, beating other competitors in countries like Cuba.
This year marks the fourth edition of the Rum Awards, something that began as a way of celebrating rum and has grown into one of the world’s most influential annual selections of fine rum.
This year, the Rum Journal team tasted almost 200 rums from around the Caribbean (and the world) and chose the ones that they loved the most, the most interesting, the ones that embody the spirit best and the rum of the year.
The Rum Journal team said more and more producers are entering the market with serious aged rums, looking to highlight how far rum has come, how many delicious, interesting types of rum are now on the market.
But one rum took top honors: 1931 from St Lucia Distillers. The fourth edition of this small-production rum had a twist, along with a blend of several maturates. This year saw the inclusion in the blend of St Lucian-grown rhum agricole, the first agricole to be produced on the island since the 1930s.
“The result is something rather astonishing: a velvety, voluptous rum with a fascinating texture and a playful but elegant flavor profile marked by tropical fruit, citrus zest, caramel, dried mango and spice. This was the best rum we tried all year, and a simply spectacular rum. Cheers to the 2015 Rum of the Year, 1931 By St Lucia Distillers,” the team said.
The St Lucia Distillers recently walked away with six titles after the conclusion of the 20th staging of International Spirits Challenge 2015 Awards, one of the world’s largest, oldest and most respected blind-tasting spirits competitions. The event was held in July.