A New Zealand rum brand has walked away from an international competition with top accolades for its new product.
Stolen Rum, which was launched in 2008, won its second Double Gold award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The competition involved 1200 spirits entries from 60 countries and is the longest running of its kind in the US.
Jamie Duff and Roger Holmes, the founders of the Kiwi rum brand, said winning is becoming a tradition for the Auckland-based brand.
"We've worked really hard on every one of our products to create something world class and we're rapt that other people think the same," said Holmes.
"Judging at the awards is based on a blind, consensual procedure, so the award has great competitive integrity. It's an annual competition and is considered to be the most reputable and recognized competition in the spirits industry."
Holmes and Duff, who quit their day jobs in London to make the rum in New Zealand, said the winning product called SX9 is created in Jamaica using a traditional 'pot-still' distillation process.