The Scottish Rum Awards judging panel is an independently appointed panel. 

The panel consists of industry experts from the rum sector who bring together experience, market knowledge and distilling expertise.

Thank you to the Judging Panel for their commitment and contribution to the competition.

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    Jamie Shields Co Founder, Ruma

    Jamie is the founder of Ruma, a rum and specialist spirits bar which features a large selection of premium rums, agave spirits, whiskies and gins from around Scotland and the rest of the world.   Jamie...
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    Jamie is the founder of Ruma, a rum and specialist spirits bar which features a large selection of premium rums, agave spirits, whiskies and gins from around Scotland and the rest of the world.   Jamie has combined numerous interests across his drinks career including  Summerhall Drinks Lab and as founder of Lucky White Heather Drinks, an online retailer of spirits and custom canned cocktails.  Photo: Danny McManiel

     

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    Jamie Shields

    Co Founder, Ruma
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    James Sutherland Founder, 56 North

    James is a bar owner operator 56 North a specialist bar and award winning distillery in the heart of Edinburgh.   He has worked with numerous new brands, producers and distillers across...
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    James is a bar owner operator 56 North a specialist bar and award winning distillery in the heart of Edinburgh.   He has worked with numerous new brands, producers and distillers across the country and James has hosted masterclasses on spirits for over 25,000 people in Scotland.

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    James Sutherland

    Founder, 56 North
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    Jack Dalton International Sales, Crucial Drinks

    Jack is the International Sales Manager at Crucial Drinks; a small batch producer of Scotch Whisky and Rum headquartered at Dumfries House Estate.  He is responsible for the commercial planning and...
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    Jack is the International Sales Manager at Crucial Drinks; a small batch producer of Scotch Whisky and Rum headquartered at Dumfries House Estate.  He is responsible for the commercial planning and growth of their whisky and rum portfolio across Europe, North America and the Middle East.  Although originally from Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands, Jack spent eleven years of his upbringing in the Canary Islands which has a rich rum producing tradition.   Jack has invested time in understanding the history and intricacies behind rum and wine making on the islands to further his understanding of this complex spirit.

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    Jack Dalton

    International Sales, Crucial Drinks
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    Marc Watson Distiller, Edrington

    Marc Watson has worked in spirits since achieving his Masters In Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt.  Previously Head Distiller and Distillery Manager at Holyrood Distillery, Marc is now with Edrington...
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    Marc Watson has worked in spirits since achieving his Masters In Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt.  Previously Head Distiller and Distillery Manager at Holyrood Distillery, Marc is now with Edrington combing his impeccable knowledge of distillation alongside his well-worn recipe book.

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    Marc Watson

    Distiller, Edrington
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    Finlay Nicol Distillery Manager, Edinburgh Gin

    Finlay might be in charge of distilling at one of the UK's largest gin producers, but in reality to anyone who knows him, he is a major rum fan.  He joins the judging panel for the first ever Scottish...
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    Finlay might be in charge of distilling at one of the UK's largest gin producers, but in reality to anyone who knows him, he is a major rum fan.  He joins the judging panel for the first ever Scottish Rum Awards as a dedicated participant in the Scottish Gin Awards with Edinburgh Gin, and following a 7 year career with Ian Macleod Distillers.  

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    Finlay Nicol

    Distillery Manager, Edinburgh Gin
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    Emilio Giovanazzi Head Bartender, The American Bar, Gleneagles

    Brought up through his family's restaurants in Glasgow, Emillio has worked in restaurants in bars since the age of 15.  From cozy bars to electric nightclubs and fine dining, each experience has nurtured his...
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    Brought up through his family's restaurants in Glasgow, Emillio has worked in restaurants in bars since the age of 15.  From cozy bars to electric nightclubs and fine dining, each experience has nurtured his skills and shaped his own style.  Now Head Bartender at world famous American Bar at Gleneagles, Emillio continues to share his passion for rum and all spirits to his well travelled international clientele.

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    Emilio Giovanazzi

    Head Bartender, The American Bar, Gleneagles
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    Martin Duffy Bar Tender and Owner, One Canon

    Growing up visiting Whisky distilleries regularly with his father, Martin has been in hospitality since he was a teenager and now 3 decades on runs One Canon in Edinburgh. An award winning bartender and...
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    Growing up visiting Whisky distilleries regularly with his father, Martin has been in hospitality since he was a teenager and now 3 decades on runs One Canon in Edinburgh. An award winning bartender and drinks tasting host, and the creator of Scotland’s first Gin festival, the Juniper Festival. He has worked in all manner of venues and has trained countless bartenders along the way.

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    Martin Duffy

    Bar Tender and Owner, One Canon
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    Adrian Gomes Mixologist

    Adrian Gomes has been working within the events sector of the spirits industry for more than 12 years, developing brand activations and drinks strategies for some of the world's largest brands. Recently...
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    Adrian Gomes has been working within the events sector of the spirits industry for more than 12 years, developing brand activations and drinks strategies for some of the world's largest brands. Recently awarded 'Mixologist of the Year' from Dram Magazine, Gomes also works closely with the tourism industry in the North-East hosting tastings a number of times every week for the region's ever-growing number of visitors.

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    Adrian Gomes

    Mixologist
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    Justine Hazlehurst Founder, Kask Whisky

    Justine Hazlehurst is the founder of Kask Whisky, a whisky events company based in Edinburgh organising regular tastings and tours. Having worked in Fife for many years before giving up her teaching career...
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    Justine Hazlehurst is the founder of Kask Whisky, a whisky events company based in Edinburgh organising regular tastings and tours. Having worked in Fife for many years before giving up her teaching career to pursue her passion to work in the world of whisky, her love of the Kingdom has led her to set up the Fife Whisky Trail as well as jointly establishing the annual Fife Whisky Festival. In addition to writing for her own blog, Justine is a regular contributor to Malt, offering honest opinions and reviews of spirits.

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    Justine Hazlehurst

    Founder, Kask Whisky
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    Shane Goodbody Co Founder, The Good Spirits Company

    Shane is one of the co-founders of The Good Spirits Company, Glasgow's leading independent spirits specialist, established in 2011. He is particularly interested in rum, and has hosted many rum tastings...
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    Shane is one of the co-founders of The Good Spirits Company, Glasgow's leading independent spirits specialist, established in 2011. He is particularly interested in rum, and has hosted many rum tastings over the years. Previously he worked for Oddbins for several years, building up extensive product knowledge and working his way through wine exams up to WSET Diploma level. He is also a qualified Sherry Educator

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    Shane Goodbody

    Co Founder, The Good Spirits Company
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    Steven Aitken Co Founder, Ruma Bar

    Steven is co-founder of Ruma a new specialist rum bar in Edinburgh with one of the largest collections of Rum in the country.   He has spent a long career as a bar tender and spirits brand ambassador...
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    Steven is co-founder of Ruma a new specialist rum bar in Edinburgh with one of the largest collections of Rum in the country.   He has spent a long career as a bar tender and spirits brand ambassador working with major global brands.  Photo: Danny McManiel

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    Steven Aitken

    Co Founder, Ruma Bar