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The Real McCoy 3-Year-Aged Rum Takes Top At Honors 2014 World Drinks Awards

Real McCoy Spirits Corp., makers of The Real McCoy Rum, added yet another accolade to its growing list of honors during the 2014 World Rum Awards held in London, England recently. Part of the World Drinks Awards, the organization has been recognizing exceptional spirits and design since 2007. During the latest installment of the competition, the 3-Year-Aged expression was awarded the title of “Best White Rum in The World” while the 5-Year-Aged took home a bronze medal. This latest accomplishment tops the list of 14 awards that Real McCoy Spirits Corp. has earned for its portfolio of rums, which was introduced in the U.S. just a little over a year ago.


he Real McCoy rum is a labor of love for the brand’s founder and CEO Bailey Pryor, who conceptualized the rum while filming an Emmy-award winning documentary about Bill McCoy. The pioneer rum runner of the Prohibition era, McCoy made a name for himself by delivering high-quality unadulterated rum to the U.S. during a time when most spirits were laced with chemicals and additives. As a result, his product was often referred to as “The Real McCoy,” a phrase most widely associated with Bill and one that gave birth to an entire brand. “When we first began this journey, our goal was to create a product that best emulated what Bill McCoy stood for,” said Pryor. “The fact that the rum community has not only welcomed us, but has been so complimentary of the rums that we are producing, has been a real honor for us, and has really exceeded our expectations.”


The company produces three rums: 3-Year, 5-Year and 12-Year-Aged expressions. Over the last year, the portfolio has received critical acclaim from industry leaders such as Simon Difford, Tasting Panel Magazine, Beverage Testing Institute and the Ultimate Spirits Challenge; platinum, gold, silver and bronze adorn the brand’s ever-expanding stock of awards.


Crafted by legendary Rum Hall of Fame inductee Richard Seale, The Real McCoy’s 3, 5 and 12-year aged expressions are made from single batch rum aged in American oak barrels in Barbados. Using a unique blend of molasses-based rum and pure Bajan spring water, each batch is created using a rare combination of pot and column distillation, and never contains any additives.


“We owe a great deal to Richard,” remarked Pryor. “Not only did he help us find what we believe to be the original distillery from which McCoy sourced his rums in the 1920s, but his passion for the spirit and dedication to his craft, have provided us with a pure, unadulterated spirit worthy of the McCoy name.”