Denver International Spirits Competition 2016 Awards Yolo Rum Two Medals


Fifth annual Denver International Spirits Competition recognizes Yolo Rum as one of the best, awarding medals to both Yolo Gold and Yolo Silver.

The 2016 Denver International Spirits competition took place March 11th through the 13th at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado.  The event is now in it’s fifth year and has continued to see a huge growth in entries and exposure, as the competition saw a 5o% increase in entries over 2015, with product offerings from distilleries all over the world.  The spirits competition is a “double-blind” format based on a 100 point scale and the spirits are categorized and judged by price.  This years event was judged by 15 of America’s most respected spirits authorities, as well as guest judge and internationally recognized whiskey columnist Blair Bowman from Edinburgh, Scotland.  The event is the premier international spirits competition in the Rockies, and it is the largest competition of its kind in the region.  The Denver International Spirits Competition is organized by Wine Country Network Inc., producers of the highly respected Denver International Wine Competition and the Denver International Beer Competition.
Yolo Rum was once again proud to be recognized amongst the competitions most elite, being awarded medals for both the Yolo Rum Silver and Yolo Rum Gold expressions.  The Silver was able to score a bronze medal in this year’s “White Rum” category, while Yolo Rum Gold was awarded with a silver medal in the “Extra Aged Rum” category.  While this result was not as favorable as our 2015 Double Gold Medal at the Denver International Spirits Competition, it is a testament to the consistent quality of this fine cane spirit produced by the hand of one of the world’s greatest rum makers, Señor Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez.  With a 2016 judging panel comprised of many new experts from the 2015 competition, there are sure to be differences of opinions about tastes as well as different preferences.  The element that remains unchanged are the competiton results that continue to show that Yolo Rum is regarded by experts as a superior spirit, regardless of that competition panels make-up.  The palates and taste buds of spirits industry veterans the world over continue to agree that Yolo Rum is one of the best in the category.

The Judges for the 2016 Denver International Spirits Competition were as follows:

2016 Competition Chairs

Darcy R. Davies
CO-Founder, President
Wine Country Network, Inc

2016 Judges

Larry Wilcox
Certified Spirit Sommelier & Spirits Judge
Topshelf Liquor Consulting, LLC

Blair Bowman
Columnist for Scottish Field Magazine
ScotlandNow and Unfiltered Magazine
Edinburgh, Scotland

Adam Douglas
Spirits Industry Veteran
Director of Operations
Peak Beverage

Jonny Ode
Award-winning mixologist
Host and Creator
The Burns Pub, Broomfield, CO

William Davis
Food & Beverage Industry Professional
Advanced Sommelier
Court of Master Sommeliers

Dave Elger
Spirits Industry Brand Developer
Host of the HotMixology TV Show

Kimberly Naslund
Cocktail Judge
Columnist for Microshinner and Distiller Magazines
Assistant Distiller at Dancing Pines Distillery

Jim Burrus
Professional Beverage Judge
Food and Beverage Columnist
YellowScene Magazine

Jim Denier
Professional Beverage Judge
Littleton, Colorado

John Haven
Professional Beverage Judge
Fine Spirits Collector

John Allison
Professional Beverage Judge
Boulder, CO

Justin Gillman
Manager & National Wine Buyer
Lucky’s Market
Niwot, Colorado

Andrew Burton
Seasoned wine and spirits judge
Liquor Buyer
Argonaut Wine & Liquor

Chris Kirk
Professional brewer and distiller
Assistant Distiller
Mile High Spirits