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Ratu Rum Signature Liqueur wins silver at Liqueur Masters

Ratu Signature Liqueur has earned international recognition with a silver medal at the 2016 Liqueur Masters held in London earlier this month.

Ratu Signature Liqueur has earned international recognition with a silver medal at the 2016 Liqueur Masters held in London earlier this month.

Launched in Australia last month, Ratu Signature is one of four rums in the Rum Co of Fiji range to win awards, the biggest haul of any distiller.

The other medals went to Rum Co of Fiji’s Coffee Rum Liqueur, which was awarded the top Master award, Banana Rum Liqueur which won gold, and Coconut Liqueur which was awarded a silver, all of which are not yet available in Australia.

The medal comes just days after the Ratu was showcased to the UK trade and consumers at the recent RumFest 2016 held in London, with some 1,300 signature cocktails and 2,500 samples served, and stocks at the event shop selling out.

Run by UK-based industry organisation Spirits Business, the Liqueur Masters is a highly respected global spirits competition, with the Rum Co of Fiji brands among a plethora of globally renowned brands to receive honours. All entrants are blind judged in appropriate flights by a panel of spirits industry experts. Medals awarded on the basis of appearance, nose, palate, balance and overall impression and the judges reported being impressed with the nose and mouthfeel of the Signature Liqueur.

First released in its native Fiji in 2014, the Ratu super premium range has achieved considerable global recognition in the past two years, including gold and silver at this year’s 2016 Rum Masters UK (for the Dark and Spiced 5YO rums respectively).

About the Ratu Rum range
Ratu Rum Signature Liqueur is one of three super premium rums launched in Australia last month, alongside the Bati premium rum range. All rums are hand-crafted by the Rum Co of Fiji team, led by Master Distiller Liam Costello. Each rum is filtered through coconut shell charcoal and matured in specially selected oak barrels in time-honoured tradition, resulting in a smooth, distinctively clean-tasting portfolio.

Ratu Signature is aged for eight years in charred oak barrels. The liqueur carries aromas of zesty orange and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee and charred oak, complemented by a rich mahogany colour. A velvety mouthfeel with coconut, chocolate and spicy oak is followed by a lingering fresh citrus flavour on the tongue.

Built on an ethos of authenticity and hard work, Ratu and Bati rums draw their inspiration – and their identities - from their Fijian heritage. Forged in war, the Fijian culture was protected by the revered leadership of the Ratu, proud chiefs who presided over the community and led the country’s fearsome warriors, who were known as Bati.

The 2016 Liqueur Masters judging panel was chaired by Kristiane Sherry, Editor The Spirits Business, and judging with her was Jamie Kimber, Bar Manager Trailer Happiness and Drinks Consultant, Nicola Thomson, Director at Practical Matters, Tobias Gorn, Retail Manager and Drinks Consultant, Julie Campbell, Vin Vixen, Alessio Franzese , Bar Manager at Sugar and Rum and Rui Napalm Head Bartender at Trading House, Bank.

First launched in Fiji in 2014, the Ratu and Bati brands have won a number of international spirits awards.

Ratu global spirits awards
Ratu Dark Rum 5YO – 2016 Rum Masters UK, Gold
Ratu Dark Rum 5YO – 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition, Silver
Ratu Dark Rum 5YO – 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Gold

Ratu Dark Spiced Rum 5YO – 2016 Rum Masters UK, Silver
Ratu Dark Spiced Rum 5YO – 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition, Silver Outstanding
Ratu Dark Spiced Rum 5YO – 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Gold

Since opening in 1980, Rum Co. of Fiji has won over 70 international awards for a multitude of brands across numerous competitions including: San Francisco World Spirits Competition, International Wine & Spirits Competition, Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition, International Spirits Awards, International Taste & Quality Institute Competition, and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Competition.

Rum Co of Fiji is owned by Fiji’s leading beverages manufacturer Paradise Beverages, which is part of the Amatil Group. For more information on Rum Co of Fiji and the Ratu and Bati ranges, go to rumcooffiji.com or follow Rumcooffiji or Raturum on Facebook.

Ratu and Bati tasting notes

Ratu Spiced (40% ABV) – Carries a complex charred oak and citrus aroma. A rich liquorice flavour combined with the warmth of cinnamon and the softness of vanilla that covers the whole mouth. Aged for five years in charred oak barrels.

Ratu Signature (35% ABV) – Aromas of zesty orange and dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and charred oak complemented by a rich mahogany colour. A velvety mouthfeel and coconut, chocolate and spicy oak, followed by a lingering fresh citrus flavour on the tongue. Aged for eight years in charred oak barrels.

Ratu Dark (40% ABV) – Carries a savoury, smoky oak aroma. Rich sweetness lingers on the tongue with dashes of caramel, vanilla and tea leaves. Aged for five years in charred oak barrels.
Bati Spiced (37.5% ABV) – Light gold in colour, this rum has warm, spicy, vanilla overtones and is subtle to mix or drink over ice. Aged for two years.

Bati Dark (37.5% ABV) – Rich mahogany in colour with intense dried fruit aromas, finishing with molasses caramel and charred oak. This is a great rum for sipping on ice and as a base for a rum punch. Aged for two years in charred oak barrels.

Bati White (37.5% ABV) – Gently filtered through coconut shell carbon to ensure it retains the fresh citrus aroma and soft vanilla oak taste. Enjoy with cola or as a base for your favourite cocktails. Aged for two years in white oak barrels.

ABOUT PARADISE BEVERAGES Among the region’s largest employers, Paradise Beverages employs around 300 staff across Fiji and Samoa across four sites, including its Suva Brewery and Lautoka Distillery.

A leading local manufacturer, its range includes Fiji Bitter, Fiji Gold (Fiji’s number one selling beer), Vonu Pure Lager and Fiji Premium, as well as a range of Ready To Drink (RTD) products including Bounty Rum and Cola, and the Tribe range. Its distillery in Lautoka is home to Fiji’s much-loved Bounty, as well as the globally-awarded Rum Co of Fiji range. Purchased by Coca-Cola Amatil in 2012, Paradise Beverages also imports and sells Corona, Carlsberg, Rekorderlig and Pressman’s Cider.