The Experts Agree: DonQ Cristal is the “Best Rum in a Mojito”

Distinguished panel of judges choose DonQ Rum at 2010 Ultimate Beverage Challenge

NEW YORK--()--DonQ is on a winning streak. Last month, DonQ, Puerto Rico’s Premium Rum took home seven major awards at America’s most prestigious wine and spirits competitions, including the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Chairman’s Trophy for ‘Best Rum in a Mojito.’

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge (12-14th April)

‘Best Rum in a Mojito’ – DonQ Cristal (92 points out of 100)

DonQ Cristal was awarded ‘Best Rum in a Mojito’ at the inaugural Ultimate Cocktail Challenge presented by Ultimate Beverage Challenge in New York, where spirits are evaluated on how well they perform in classic cocktails. In the mojito category, DonQ Cristal scored 92 points out of 100 in multiple rounds of the competition, winning the exclusive ‘Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Chairman's Trophy.’ DonQ Rums also had high scores in the Daiquiri category with DonQ Gold (86 points) and DonQ Cristal (85 points).

The elite panel of judges included world-renowned mixology experts, such as: Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Julie Reiner, Steve Olson, Audrey Saunders, Tad Carducci, Doug Frost, Andy Seymour, Don Lee, Jim Meehan, and Sean Ludford.

“It is an honor for DonQ to be acknowledged by such highly regarded independent industry experts. DonQ is widely recognized as the preferred rum in Puerto Rico. It is particularly gratifying to have the Ultimate Cocktail Challenge validate and extend this recognition by awarding us the coveted ‘Best Rum in a Mojito,’ said Roberto Serrallés, VP Business Development for DonQ.

2010 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention (6-8th April)

67th Annual Wine & Spirits Tasting Competition

DonQ Gold was awarded the Gold medal in the rum category at the Tasting Competition during the 67th WSWA Convention. DonQ Cristal and DonQ Gran Añejo both took home the Silver, while DonQ Añejo received a Bronze medal.

Rising Star Growth Brand Award, Beverage Information Group

DonQ received the 2010 Rising Star Growth Brand Award from The Beverage Information Group, a prominent resource for the spirits industry and publisher of Cheers, Beverage Dynamics, and StateWays magazines. This award recognizes a brand that has experienced dramatic growth in its less than five years of existence. The awards ceremony took place during the WSWA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WSWA Mixology Competition

DonQ Rums Passion Potion cocktail

The DonQ team shook up the WSWA’s 1st Annual Mixology Competition with their original Passion Potion cocktail, created by in-house mixologist, Esteban Ordoñez. Hosted by modern mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim and sponsored by The Tasting Panel magazine, DonQ’s Passion Potion was one of three finalists recognized during the event.

“We are thrilled by the accolades DonQ has received across categories in these three premiere events,” said John Eason, VP of Sales for DonQ. “It’s quite amazing that the entire portfolio has received a medal, especially alongside such high caliber competitors.”

About Serrallés USA

Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Serrallés USA is the exclusive importer of DonQ, Puerto Rico`s Premium Rum. Serrallés USA imports DonQ Cristal, DonQ Gold, DonQ Añejo, DonQ Gran Añejo and DonQ Limón, DonQ Coco, and DonQ Mojito. Its flagship brand DonQ Cristal is the No. 1 selling rum in the Puerto Rico, where more than 70 percent of the rum consumed in the U.S. is produced. DonQ Rum is manufactured by Destilería Serrallés Inc. in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where the premium rum making tradition first started in 1865. Please visit us at

About the Ultimate Beverage Challenge

The Ultimate Beverage Challenge is a New York-based beverage competitions and events company. Ultimate Beverage Challenge’s primary goal is to generate a new platinum standard of trustworthiness, integrity, reliability, and, most important, meaningful and relevant results to international beverage competitions in order to recognize the highest degree of product quality.

About the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is the national trade organization representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. It is dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesale distributors and/or brokers of wine and/or spirits.


For DonQ
Sarah Stabile, 212-206-9073


For DonQ
Sarah Stabile, 212-206-9073