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Koloa Rum racks up awards in national, international competition

June 8th, 2016
COURTESY KOLOA RUM CO.The lineup of award-winning rums from Koloa Rum Co. Not pictured is the company's newest product, Kauai Coffee Rum.

COURTESY KOLOA RUM CO.

The lineup of award-winning rums from Koloa Rum Co. Not pictured is the company's newest product, Kauai Coffee Rum.

Kauai-based rum distillers Koloa Rum Co. continue to pick up awards in 2016, adding five gold medals at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival in April.

The gold medals follow a win at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in March, where the distillery’s Kauai Coconut Rum won the competition’s Chairman’s Trophy and its Kauai Coffee Rum — the company’s newest product — was named a finalist. That same month, Koloa’s Kauai Coffee Rum also won a gold medal a the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Judges at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival evaluated rums from 22 countries and six different U.S. states and territories. Koloa’s Kauai Coffee Rum was awarded a “Best in Class” gold medal, the highest honor available, while its Kauai White Rum, Kauai Gold Rum, Kauai Spice Rum and Kauai Dark all won gold medals in their respective categories.

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America also honored Koloa in April, awarding silver medals for its Kauai Coffee Rum and Kauai Coconut Rum.

“It is exciting and extremely gratifying to receive these awards,” Koloa Rum Co. president and CEO Bob Gunter said in a release announcing the wins. “It is a testament to the experience, skill and hard work … by the entire Koloa Rum team.”
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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