Cabal No.1513 wins silver at The DB & SB Autumn Blind Tasting
Harpalion Spirits’ Cabal brand has won silver in the dark rum category at the Autumn Blind Tasting 2021 collaboration between The Drinks Business & The Spirits Business 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 DBSB Autumn Tasting. With entries up by 115% 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.
Created in 2020 to establish a seasonal platform to celebrate the best brands in spirits, wine, beer and all the low‐ and no‐alcohol options in between, this is the second annual DB & SB Autumn Tasting collaboration. Like The Spirits Business’s Global Master Series, entrants are guaranteed fair assessment through the use of completely independent judges with no brand affiliations.
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.
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.
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.