By Rebecca Harris

Premium Barbadian rum Mount Gay has swept the field at the inaugural 2010 Ultimate Spirit Challenge.

All four entries from the Mount Gay range were highly scored in the ‘Rum, Cachaca and Sugarcane Based’ category, with the 1703 Old Cask Selection Rum scoring the top gong – the Chairman’s Trophy, with a score of 97.

The XO scored 91, Eclipse Silver 88, and Mount Gay Eclipse walked away with a score of 86.

“This is a fantastic sign of appreciation for the brand,” said international brand manager Hugues Le Marié. “(Owner) Rémy Cointreau can pride itself on possessing the best rum in the world, as selected by the greatest experts.”

Mount Gay rum is the oldest rum house in the world and has been produced in Barbados since 1703. The 1703 Old Cask Selection has only been released in Australia this year.

Judges of the internationally regarded competition include spirits experts F. Paul Pacault, Sean Lupford and Tad Carducci.

The Shout Team

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