Double gold award for Cayman rum

Cayman’s signature Seven Fathom’s Rum won a “double gold medal” – the highest accolade on offer – at a tasting competition in Las Vegas.

The rum, which is aged in barrels under the ocean, was one of 37 varieties to go through a blind tasting by a panel of industry experts during the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America conference at Caesar’s Palace last week,

The Cayman Spirits Company’s brand Seven Fathoms Rum was one of only three rums to get the double gold accolade, said Walker Romanica, co-owner of the company.

“We are proud to announce another huge accolade for our signature spirit,” he added. “We are very proud to be able to represent the Cayman Islands as the first ever locally made Cayman spirit in this international competition and to win a double gold medal.”

A panel of 10 judges, including mixologists, bar managers and buyers from wholesalers and restaurants across the U.S., conducted the taste test as part of the week-long conference. In all, they tested 289 different spirits.

The competition was hosted by trade publication the Tasting Panel Magazine.

Mr. Romanica said Seven Fathoms had been entered into the competition by the company’s U.S. distributor. Seven Fathoms is currently available in 15 states in the U.S. and in parts of the U.K. The company hopes to expand into Germany and Canada later this year.