I have been thinking of adding a few simple 'sliders' below the 1-10 rating field, possibly including sweet/dry and Spicy/No spice. Quite a few users have mentioned wanting tags of some kind, and I thought this might be an easy way to start. With this information we could also start matching the right profiles to user tastes (eg you rated these dry rums high, here are similar dry rums). Any thoughts on if sliders would add value or would just be annoying? And if a few (no more than 2-3) sliders were added, what ranges would be the best?
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I am probably one of the very few on here that has all of their rums in a very detailed spreadsheet, so these proposed sliders would be a minor annoyance to me. Then again, I cannot speak for the rest.
I am also now to the point of mainly doing repeat purchases of rums that I know that are really good. I have found that if I spend more than $50 US on a bottle of rum and expect it to wind up in my top ten percent, that only has a 25% chance of happening. A few of those actually wound up in my lower 30% that I have rated as a 5 or below to never be purchased again. This really has put a damper on me wanting to risk trying new ones. The vast majority of my ratings wind up as a 7 or 6, being good but not great. I certainly don't need any more of these.
I personally have 12 categories of rums ranked as a continuum. I had so many coconut rums that I just had to create their own category separate from flavored. They are, in order:
Just a suggestion Andy, but could you not also add scratch & sniff, also scratch and lick options ?
Cheers graham 😏
Personally I would dig something like that.
We are bourbon drinkers trying to dip our toes in the waters of rum. We've tried to find the drier, less sweet rums to start with so something we could use to narrow down our selections would be appreciated.
Hi, I'm another rumholik who composed complex datasheets. I need secondary average the rum rating based by opinions members who made over 40 or 50 notes. It's more objective rating.
Theoretically, all of one's rum ratings should appear as a bell shaped curve. However, with the benefit of this web site, my rums wound up being dominated by my ratings of 7 and 6 combined, which helps me to avoid bottom shelf crap. Here is my own breakout:
Ratings of 8 or higher = 9.6%
Ratings of 7 = 33.8%
Ratings of 6 = 25.7%
Ratings of 5 = 18.0%
Ratings of 4 or less = 12.9%
The columns in my spreadsheet are:
Overall Rank (as you see ordered in my cabinet)
Sugar content in gpl
Rank-Cost % (taste counts twice as much as cost)
Number on hand
Date opened up
Overall Rank% (for taste ranking only)
Yes, this is a LOT of work, but the end results clearly pays off. Out of 272 rums rated, only 45 are now considered to be worthy of repeat purchases. High cost and/or poor taste is what drives the rest of them out. My most expensive rum worthy of repeat purchase is Dictador 20 at $62 US.
When I think about whether a new rum is worth the money indicated on the price tag, I only count the ratings of those members of the community who have tasted at least 50 rums. To exclude bias. Example - Cargo Cult Spiced: 12 ratings give an average = 7.6, and 7 tasters with experience give an average = 6.1. And I won't even buy it at a sale unless it has an interesting story.
I had the very same mentality when I first started writing here two years ago. However, I have since modified my criteria even further to only include fellow reviewers whose taste are similar to my own (sweet vs. dry for example). More reviews does not always mean more knowledgeable. By the same token, there are some up and coming reviewers with less than 50 reviews who really know their rums, so don't rule them out. I find it amazing that only 16% of all that I have reviewed warrant repeat purchases.
My own rum rating system is 100 points. But I like that in our community it comes down to a 10-point, given the spices, age, style of the rum and the tastes of thousands of people. Otherwise, everything will become complicated and the ease of using the site will be lost, which helps people who are indiscriminate in rum to make a choice. I think these are the majority.
I slightly exceed the topic of discussion. Rum categorization is required: spanish style, cachaca, overproof, dark, light, etc. But rum, which I rated at 5 points, can be from any category. A rating "5" for me means: this rum can be drunk with pleasure only with a certain cuisine in some companies. By the way: 4 - incorrigibly hard alcohol, 3 - spoils the name Rum, 6 - mediocre flavoring or noticeable flaws with a good basis, 7 - impressive taste or ease of drinking, 8 - original pleasant perceptions with long aftertaste and without severe consequences, 9 - strong harmonious taste.
Rums that I rate below a 6 will never get bought again by me. And even most of my 6 ratings just don't live up to being recommended buys.
I never did separate the Spanish style vs British style and maybe I should have. However, the country of Origin in my spreadsheet should easily help me on that one. And of course, the French style is totally unique!
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