Tortuga awarded big win

Tortuga Rum Company took away some prestigious awards from this year’s Spirits Masters Awards. The company’s brands manager Barnaby Richardson tells more. 


The annual Spirits Masters Awards are conducted by The Spirits Business, the only international trade title solely dedicated to the global spirits business. A category for rum was added in 2009 to this highly respected industry competition, with the 2010 Rum Masters winners announced in the April issue of ‘The Spirits Business”. More than 50 rums were entered in the competition. 

Barnaby says that Tortuga 5-Year Old Rum received the highest level awarded, the title of “Master” in the Gold Rum >7 Years category, while Tortuga 12-Year Old Rum received Gold in the Gold Rum 8-12 Year category. 

Barnaby explains the prestige of the award: “The competition is international in scope and the publication is respected worldwide for their coverage of the spirits business.” 

Although this is the first time Tortuga has won in this particular competition, its rums are no strangers to accolades. Tortuga 5-Year Old Gold Rum and 12-Year Gold Rum both won Gold Medals and Best of Category in the 2007 International Cane Spirits Tasting Competition, held in Tampa, Florida. The 12-Year Old Rum also has earned a Two Star Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute in Brussels, Belgium. (The Tortuga 5-Year Rum was not entered.) 

Tortuga owner Robert Hamaty says of this latest win: “The competition was an excellent opportunity to showcase the Cayman Islands and our award winning rums to a distinguished international audience.”  

According to the judges’ tasting notes from the International Cane Spirits Competition, the Tortuga 5 Year Gold Rum possessed: “Rich and elegant aromas of toasted almonds and toffee with peaches and pears; sweet and delicious flavours of mashed dates, raisin wine and coffee, with a tannic backbone – a sipper’s delight; complex finish – lovely, balanced and complicated,” while the Tortuga 12 year Gold Rum was described as: “smooth and balanced aromas of cooked tropical fruits and coffee cake – molasses, cocoa and spices; lots of sweetness – maple sugar, hazelnut, apricots, vanilla and caramel; sweet and smooth, with a very fresh, bright and charming finish; excellent length and developing complexity.” 

To celebrate the win Tortuga held a cocktail event on board The Spirit of Tortuga at which guests enjoyed superb rum punches and rum and ginger cocktails. 


Barnaby Richardson and Robert Hamaty