Photo providedAs a judge in the first-ever International Cane Spirits Competition, held in Tampa, FL., I had an opportunity to sample this entry from Mauritius, an island-nation off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean.
• Starr Rum:
This complex rum won a gold medal in the ICSC white rums category (including spirits aged less than a year). I found it at once creamy and peppery. It was floral, and with a long finish. Hints of citrus and cardamom, all of which work well in various rum punches.
Retails for about $32.
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