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Is iris it just me or is Capn Jimbo a total dickhead?


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Capn Jimbo's Rum Project 🇺🇸 | 1 rating Posted 23 Jul '16

"Flavoured whisky is not allowed to be sold as whisky, it is sold as a liqueur. Whiskey does seem to work under different rules. " . FWIW Charles, whisky/bourbon/rum all operate under the same rules. The difference: the makers of rogue rum simply cheat, not to mention the TTB is not particularly effective. Until they get massive public or private complaints, they tend to look the other way. . If you care to the regulations are here but caveat emptor - they are written by and for corporate lawyers, full of cross references: . § 5.22 The standards of identity. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/27/5.22 . All spirits operate equally under these insofar as flavoring/additives, et al. Great post by the way. I see you caught on to yet another common abuse: "caramel coloring". E150a is legal coloring - sugar is heated and literally burnt to a crisp - black and EXTREMELY bitter. This is legal coloring - fortunately it only takes a drop or two to color a bottle of whisky or rum, ergo you don't notice the bitterness. The cheating though is performed by using "dark food caramel" - this is sugar that is NOT legal coloring, and is actually VERY sweet and concentrated. Cheaters - often smaller distillers - will use this super sweet dark food caramel for "coloring" - which it does - but knowing that the concentrated sweetness will also alter the rum significantly. The difference between food caramel (like candy) and coloring caramel is literally night and day. I suspect your "dark rum" used dark food caramel, and for more than color...
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