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Cabal No.1513 wins gold at The Global Spirits Masters

Posted: 2nd September 2021

Harpalion Spirits’ Cabal brand has won gold in the ‘super-premium rum’ category at the Spirits Business Global Spirits Masters 2021 for its very first expression, Cabal No.1513 aged rum.

Claire Kinloch, CEO at Harpalion Spirits said: “We’re thrilled to have Cabal No.1513 recognised by The Global Sprits Masters. With entries up by 45% this year, there was serious competition so this award is testament to the high-quality taste profile we’ve created with our tropically aged, naturally finished rum.

“Our rums are distinctive and flexible because they are created and tested by both consumers and industry experts. They have wide appeal and have been designed to offer choice in the way they are enjoyed and consumed.

“People are at the heart of Cabal’s ethos so we’re delighted that our consumer-led rum has now been officially acknowledged by the best in the industry.”

Cabal No.1513, which was officially launched in May 2021, is created using a combination of pot and column distillation techniques with rums from prominent distilleries in Guatemala, Guyana, Trinidad, Panama and the Caribbean, tropically aged at origin. The liquid is then finished in Pedro Ximénez casks in Speyside, creating a unique, complex, yet smooth taste profile.

Bottled at 43% ABV, Cabal No.1513 is non-chill filtered, and there is no added colouring, flavour or sugar, leaving a high-quality, natural rum.

Launched in 2008, The Global Spirits Masters is an internationally renowned series of independently assessed blind-tasting competitions that seek and reward excellence in the spirits industry across the world. The Masters has sought to retain its individuality as the only blind spirits tasting competition to use carefully selected and completely independent judges, including experienced bartenders, spirits journalists, and spirits educators. The judging process is conducted under strict conditions to ensure complete impartiality and the delivery of fair scores with each entry being marked on appearance, aroma, palate and overall balance. Find out more at

About Cabal 

There’s a unique ingredient in Cabal, People. To create its liquid, Cabal brings together whisky drinkers, spirit lovers, rum champions, liquid specialists, trade experts, and literally the couple next door, to experiment and sample until the perfect result is achieved.

The people who make up ‘the Cabal’ want to feel connected, to be involved, to experiment and to contribute. It’s this likeminded spirit that sets Cabal and all of its expressions apart.

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Cabal No.1513 is distributed in the UK through bbb drinks and is available to both on-trade and off-trade outlets and online platforms across the UK. Export will also be a key channel and Gold Medal Marketing in Alberta, Canada, has already been appointed as a regional distributor.

Harpalion Spirits  

Cabal is a Harpalion Spirits brand. Founded by two entrepreneurs passionate about the complexity, creativity and integrity that surrounds rum and its taste, Harpalion Spirits is wholeheartedly committed to using consumer insight to create its liquid, brand, story and future, with more than 200 people involved in the Cabal journey so far.

The company, head quartered in Edinburgh, is backed by entrepreneur Richard Dixon, Chairman and led by CEO Claire Kinloch, also CEO of strategy consultancy, Genoa Black.

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