A locally-distilled rum beat out six more established brands in a blind taste testing.
Seven Fathoms was up against Tortuga, Flor de Cana, Blackbeards, Ron Abuleo, Appleton and Mount Gay at the Cayman Rum Festival, which was held at Margaritaville on Friday, 18 January.
The rums were presented in identical bottles with a number for a label. After tasting all of the rums, the contestants wrote down their favourite number unsure of which one was which. The final tally had Seven Fathoms in first place, Ron Abuelo in second place and Flor de Cana in third, explained Walker Romanica of Cayman Spirits Company, the team behind Seven Fathoms.
“We are very pleased with the result,” he said. “It was a great event overall and we are looking forward to competing again next year.
“We did have the advantage of the festival being held here in Cayman, where we have a strong and growing fan base, who support our local artisan distilled rums,” he added. “We would like to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying all the wonderful rums we have here on island.”
Recently, Seven Fathoms was also featured in a signature welcome drink at the Cayman Cookout as well as during the Anthony Bourdain Run Down event on the great lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The small Cayman Islands-based craft distillery has been recognised for its handmade, small batch artisan rum and has earned awards of distinction and medals from Beverage Tasting Institute’s spirits review in Chicago and the annual Ministry of Rum Competition.
The distillery is constructing a new, purpose-built larger venue in order to expand its range of products.