Raising the Bar: Best in Class Over-Proof Rum Finalists from the 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  05.29.2024

The 2024 San Francisco World Spirits Competition has once again showcased the finest spirits from around the globe, and the anticipation is building for the announcement of the Best in Class Over-Proof Rum at the Top Shelf 2024 Awards Gala. This category highlights the boldest, most potent rums that deliver exceptional flavor and complexity. Here are the standout finalists vying for the prestigious title:

Missouri State University Rum Overproof

Missouri State University’s Rum Overproof is an impressive entry, offering a remarkable balance of power and flavor. This rum delivers a rich, caramel-forward profile with hints of tropical fruit and a subtle smokiness. It’s an excellent choice for both sipping neat and mixing into cocktails, providing versatility and a bold taste that stands out.

Inner Circle Cask Strength

Inner Circle’s Cask Strength is a powerhouse, offering intense flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and spices. The cask strength amplifies its depth and complexity, making it a favorite among connoisseurs who appreciate a rum with a bold, assertive character. It’s perfect for slow sipping to fully appreciate its rich profile.

Inner Circle Navy Strength

Another exceptional offering from Inner Circle, the Navy Strength rum, strikes a balance between potency and drinkability. It features a robust, full-bodied flavor with notes of toffee, vanilla, and a touch of sea salt. This rum is ideal for those who enjoy a strong yet smooth spirit, perfect for classic rum cocktails or enjoying straight.

Vida Caña Rum Single Barrel Finishing Series

Vida Caña’s Single Barrel Finishing Series represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship and refinement. This rum offers a luxurious experience with layers of oak, dried fruit, and a hint of spice. Its single-barrel finishing imparts unique nuances that make each bottle a distinct masterpiece.

Mount Gay Eclipse Navy Strength

Mount Gay’s Eclipse Navy Strength rum is a tribute to the rich heritage of Barbadian rum-making. It delivers a harmonious blend of vanilla, banana, and tropical spices, underscored by a warm, lingering finish. This rum is perfect for those who seek a high-proof spirit with a well-rounded flavor profile, suitable for both sipping and crafting exquisite cocktails.

These outstanding over-proof rums represent the pinnacle of excellence in their category. Each finalist brings a unique blend of flavor, intensity, and craftsmanship, offering a testament to the diverse and vibrant world of rum. Stay tuned to find out which exceptional rum will be crowned Best in Class, setting a new standard for over-proof spirits worldwide.