Rum of the Year

Rum of the Year Competition 2020

New for 2020, The Craft Distilling Expo is proud to announce the inaugural “Rum of the Year” competition, this follows from the many successful years of the existing Gin of the Year competition which will return later in the year.

Rum has been growing in popularity, and the UK is now home to nearly 50 rum producers. With this in mind, it felt like the right time to launch “Rum of the Year” in celebration of the nations growing love for this wonderful spirit. Our expert panellists will taste, discern and judge, scoring the rum and providing detailed feedback to the distiller as to what works, what needs a little work and everything in between. Much like “Gin of the Year”, the emphasis is on recognising and acknowledging great spirits, based on the quality, taste and ideas in its flavour profile. There are some wonderful rums out there and we are so excited to see what is being produced. Let’s see what the UK has to offer!

Winners of the first ever “Rum of the Year” competition will be announced at this year’s Craft Distilling Expo, along with the winner of “Gin of the Year.”

The competition is free to enter for all UK Rum Distillers and Blenders.

Instructions for entry:

  • Download and fill in the Rum of the Year form
  • Send the form to
  • Samples need to be sent to Upon David’s reply, send a bottle of the spirit to the relevant address.

There is no fee for entry. The minimum volume of liquid required is 500ml. Samples must arrive by Thursday 3rd December 2020.

Prizes will be awarded for best Aged, Unaged, Blended, Flavoured, Botanical and Spiced Rums.

Do you have a rum you’d like to enter? Or do you know someone making rum that deserves some recognition? If so, the form can be found here: