Next it was off to the fifth judging session, this morning with the ultra premium offerings. Only one left for the afternoon.
Today's lunch meeting is also an exciting on with Brugal who is offering a new Blanco Especial and the Brugal 1888. It was a great "island style" lunch and a tasting along with a history and explanation of the concepts behind the rums. As usual it was great conversation and great food.
Final judging session was upon us and it was the flavored rums. We all did our parts throughout the tastings and I feel that this year we will have some really fine rums that will take the awards and we can all be proud of our work. A few bottles of hard to find rums were shared by the panel after the final judging session to celebrate the completion of the tasting portion of this year's event.
With the introduction of the Diplomatico Ambassador complete it is time for the Diplomatico party to begin. First it is off to the pool area to enjoy "three cubes of ice and three fingers of Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva", This is another of the extra ordinary party's of the week and it is fitting to follow the introduction of their Ambassador. Hula and fire dancers, great rum, so many friends to speak to. The atmosphere is one of fun and celebration of good times and great rum, a feeling that we will carry late into the evening before heading back to the Deauville Resort for two more events.
Caliche from the House of Serralles is the latest offering from Rande Gerber and Roberto Serralles. This party is in the Jazz Club here at the Deauville Beach Resort. When Esteban Ordonez takes the helm of a party you know it is going to be fun. This new rum really has a nice flavor, on that you can sip or mix in a premium cocktail. The party roared on and again it was great rum and great people to enjoy the evening with.