The RumXP International Tasting Competition was held at the Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach April 18 to 20 as part of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival
More than 25 members of the International Rum Expert Panel participated and more than 100 of the finest rums in the world were presented for evaluation.
The RumXPs were sequestered in their tasting room for three days of blind tasting trials. The rums were grouped and judged in categories of white, gold, aged, old aged, premium aged, dark, spiced, flavored and overproof. Their collective expertise as a group of judges is unrivaled in the spirits world. Their combined experience spans many dozens of countries and hundreds of brands. They are authors, lecturers, trainers, historians, journalists, consultants, collectors, proprietors, mixologists and promoters of rum.
Hampden Rum Fire was awarded the 2012 RumXP - Silver Medal Award along with Appleton Estate Reserve and Bacardi. Rum Fire has been on the market since March 2011 and has made a significant impact on the rum world. Rum Fire also won the silver medal in the Ministry of Rum Competition in San Francisco in late 2011.