Tortuga rum a big hit

Tortuga Rum has become synonymous throughout the Caribbean for producing quality rum, and at last month’s rum festival this point was proved.

Its five-year and twelve-year gold rums were voted first at the rum festival’s tasting workshops at Grand Old House.

Competing in the Caribbean and Central American rum workshop, the Tortuga five-year-old proved that it’s not always age that makes for a better taste.

Tortuga’s 12-year-old rum came out tops in the rums from around the world workshop, which included a selection of eight to 23-year-olds battling it out amongst such rums as those by the likes of Angostura and Mount Gay.

Staged over three consecutive days, the Rum Festival gave over 400 people the opportunity to sample a diverse selection of rums, while learning about the making of rum and its history.

The spirited event included tasting workshops, a cooking demonstration and a five-course meal laced with rum.

The rums featured at the event were an impressive line-up, enough to dazzle even the most revered rum connoisseur, and for Tortuga’s rums to come out top was no mean feat.

‘We were obviously thrilled when our rums were voted first,’ Robert Hamaty, president and owner of Tortuga commented.

‘Both rums are distilled blended and bottled in Guyana. A lot of cost and special care went into developing these registered blends exclusively for Tortuga Rum.

‘Guyana has been producing the highest quality rums for over 200 years. Many of their blends continue to win gold medals in Europe year after year.

‘They are the only company in the world that ages their rums with raisins in oak barrels, hence, the smooth mellow flavor of these superior sipping rums,’ he said.

As one of the sponsors for the rum festival, Tortugas full selection of specially blended rums were also available for guests to enjoy, including some of their more exotic blends, such as coconut, mango and pineapple.

The company, founded in 1984, has grown to become one of the largest duty-free liquor businesses in the Cayman Islands.

Producing a selection of 16 different rums, all aged in oak barrels, there is bound to be something to suit everyone’s palette.

Blended in Guyana, Jamaica or Barbados, over the years Tortuga has branched out to offer a variety of products, in particularly its rum cakes, cooking sauces, fudge and truffles, to name but a few.

Tortugas rums are not just confined to the Caribbean, thanks to their mail order and online sales. Tortuga’s popularity has spread to all corners of the globe.

If last month’s rum festival is anything to go by Tortuga is a company destined to go from strength to strength.

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