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Nordic Rum Awards

At Nordic Rum Award we dig deeper and try to give this amazing spirits category the award show that we all deserve. We feel that the full production and background of each bottle need to be brought to the center stage and be celebrated alongside the final product. We are very excited and proud to present to you, the 2021 Nordic Rum Awards.

Rum categorized by it’s raw material and destillation technique.

With the vast history of this versatile spirit and the inherited diverse way of productions around the world, we have to update the way we categorize the entire Rum Category, because Rum is much more than the color, the spices or added flavour ingredients/sugars.

Sugar - the raw material

Cane Sugar/Guarapo:
Rums who are exclusively made on the fermentation and destillation of juice from Cane Sugar, with a minimum abv. Of 38% and with no more than 20 gr/l of residual sugars:

Virgin Cane Honey:
Rums who are exclusively made on the fermentation and destillation of Virgin Cane honey, where nothing more than water has been extracted in the concentration process, with a minimum abv. Of 38% and with no more than 20 gr/l of residual sugars:

Molasses and others:
Rums who are exclusively made on the fermentation and destillation of molasses or syrups from Cane Sugar Origin, with a minimum abv. Of 38% and with no more than 20 gr/l of residual sugars:

Destillation Techniques.

Discontinuous Destillation(DD) or Pot still, traditional alambique where the alcohol produced never exceeds 75%

Continuous Destillation(CD) or Coloumn Still, traditional coloumn where the alcohol produced never exceeds 96%

NRA Categories

1.0 Cane Sugar/Guarapo:

1.1 Un-Aged: Discontinuous Dist.

1.2 Aged 0 – 3: Discontinuous Dist.

1.3 Aged 3 – 7: Discontinuous Dist.

1.4 Aged 7+: Discontinuous Dist.

1.5 Un-Aged: Continuous Dist.

1.6 Aged 0 – 3: Continuous Dist. 

1.7 Aged 3 – 7: Continuous Dist.

1.8 Aged 7+: Continuous Dist.

2.0 Virgin Cane Honey:

2.1 Un-Aged: Discontinuous Dist.

2.2 Aged 0 – 3: Discontinuous Dist.

2.3 Aged 3 – 7: Discontinuous Dist.

2.4 Aged 7+: Discontinuous Dist.

2.5 Un-Aged: Continuous Dist.

2.6 Aged 0 – 3: Continuous Dist. 

2.7 Aged 3 – 7: Continuous Dist.

2.8 Aged 7+: Continuous Dist.

3.0 Molasses and others:

3.1 Un-Aged: Discontinuous Dist.

3.2 Aged 0 – 3: Discontinuous Dist.

3.3 Aged 3 – 7: Discontinuous Dist.

3.4 Aged 7+: Discontinuous Dist.

3.5 Un-Aged: Continuous Dist.

3.6 Aged 0 – 3: Continuous Dist. 

3.7 Aged 3 – 7: Continuous Dist.

3.8 Aged 7+: Continuous Dist.

4.0 Blends: Multiple distilleries, sugars and distillation formats:

4.1 Un-Aged:

4.2 Aged 0 – 3: 

4.3 Aged 3 – 7:

4.4 Aged 7+:

5.0 Rum; Spices & Aromas:

5.1 Rum – Natural Spices.

5.2 Rum – Flavours & Aromas

6.0 Rum; Spices & Aromas:

5.1 Rum based – Liquors.

5.2 Rum based – Flavours & Aromas

NRA 2020 Winners.

We had one brand cleaning out one category taking all 3 medals… 3.8 Aged 7+ Continuous Distillation…

See the full list of winners here…

 

Categories reflect the history of this spirit and way that rum is made across the world”

Sommelier & Winemaker.
Certified in Fermentation and Distillation by IBD

Santiago Bronchales

Head Judge