The International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has announced its awards for 2021, with premium Devon rum blender, Hattiers Rum, awarded Gold for ‘Eminence’, their blended aged white rum (42% ABV). This year saw the IWSC’s biggest spirits judging take place in the history of the competition, with over 80 drinks experts tasting over 4,000 spirits, more than 300 of which were rum, from a total of 86 countries.
The IWSC acknowledges excellence in drinks across the world through recognition of the very best wines and spirits, setting an international benchmark for quality. Scoring 95 out of a possible 100, Hattiers Rum ‘Eminence’ is a light-medium bodied, dry, blended aged white rum with a light and attractive soft fruit note and a vanilla pod, creamy fudge and ripe pineapple aroma. With a fruity taste, it is not sweet and has a gentle nutty pineapple aftertaste and long cream finish.
Philip Everett-Lyons, founder and CEO of Hattiers Rum, comments: “We are absolutely thrilled ‘Eminence’ has been awarded IWSC Gold. It is a huge honour, this year more than 300 rums entered into the IWSC with less than 30 receiving Gold – with a large proportion of these being larger, more established distillers and blenders than ourselves. We’re also delighted that ‘Egremont’, our blended aged premium reserve Rum, has been awarded IWSC Bronze.”
Philip continues: “We could never have imagined back in 2017, when we established Hattiers Rum, that we would be the recipient of such a prestigious award. The esteemed IWSC is renowned for setting the benchmark for international wine and spirit quality with judges including global experts in their field. As a family-run business located in rural South Devon, we are therefore truly elated that ‘Eminence’ has received such a respected accolade.”
Hattiers Rum specialises in blending fine blended aged rums, carefully selected from the world’s finest distillers to produce the best rum possible, which they then hand bottle in small batches in South Devon. There are three rums in Hattiers Rum range, in addition to ‘Eminence’ is ‘Egremont’, a blended aged premium reserve (40% ABV) and ‘Resolute’, a blended aged navy strength rum (54.5% ABV).
During the blending process, Hattiers Rum use local creamy Dartmoor water resulting in their unique multi-award-winning rums. Naturally filtered by layer upon layer of ancient granite, the soft Dartmoor water balances the alcoholic strength of their base rum. They are proud not to use colourants in their rums to make them appear darker and do not add sugar to any of their blends.
Established in 2017, Hattiers Rum & H. B. Evelyo Distillery is the brainchild of Philip Everett-Lyons after he and his wife moved back home to the beautiful South Hams in Devon. Fuelled by a passion for life at sea, the boom in premium spirits and the West Country’s sea faring legacy, Hattiers Rum was born.
In early November 2020, Hattiers Rum officially became B Corp certified, joining over 3,500 companies, in 150 industries across 73 countries. They were independently verified by the B Lab as ‘using business as a force for good, adhering to the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and accountability.’ Hattiers Rum is delighted to be the first British B Corp Rum and only the second in the world. Hattiers Rum has also been plastic-free from day one.
For further information about Hattiers Rum please visit www.hattiers.com or call 01803 226 322. Follow Hattiers Rum on Instagram: hattiers_rum or ‘Like’ on Facebook. For further information about the International Wine & Spirit Competition, please visit www.iwsc.net.