The Golden Rum Barrel Awards 2012

Back for its third year, the Golden Rum Barrel Awards returns this October as part of the sixth annual UK RumFest.

This year, the Golden Rum Barrel Awards return to recognise and pay tribute to those working in the Rum trade. The annual awards will celebrate all things Rum, and kick start this year’s UK RumFest.


The Awards will not only focus on the excellence of rum, but also recognise the individuals within the industry. The nominated brands and individuals will be put to the public vote, with the four most popular choices in each category attending the show. The final four nominees from each of the categories will then face a panel of journalists and rum experts from around the world. One winner for each award will be decided on the night at the award ceremony held in the glitzy Grange Hotel Holborn, London on Saturday 13th October,


Last year’s awards saw winners from around the world pick up awards for such titles as Best Distiller (Richard Seale Four Square Distillery), Best Master Blender (Tito Cordero Diplomatico Rum), and Best UK Rum Ambassador (Meimi Sanchez Havana Club).


The Golden Barrel Rum Awards also celebrated new rums, with Banks 5 Island picking up the title of Best New White Rum Brand, and world rums such as Bacardi 1909 given the Best new rum package. The Rum Experience pioneers awards for outstanding achievement went to Ed Hamilton for his Ministry of Rum web page and forum, and Joy Spense the first female master blender in the rum industry .


UK Rum Ambassador and UK RumFest founder, Ian Burrell said: “We’re really excited celebrating not only the brands but also the individuals who have made a real difference in the rum industry. We want to honour those individuals who work endlessly around the world to promote their rum brands.”


Categories for this year’s awards are as follows:


Best Rum Distiller
Best Master Rum Blender
Best Rum Distillery Best New White Rum
Best New Gold Rum Best Rum Package
UK Rum Ambassador of the Year International Rum Ambassador of the Year
Best Rum Blogger (America's) Best Rum Blogger 2011 (Europe)
Best New Rum Package The Rum Experience Pioneer Award for outstanding rum achievement  


So get your tickets or table to most glamorous night in the rum calendar. The Golden Rum Barrel Awards and Dinner. For tickets, tables and more information e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it