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jbuckhead

Posted 16 Oct '20 from United States with 8 ratings

This may sound like a dumb question, but when you use a simple 1-10 rating scale, how do you distinguish between a really great sipping rum and a really great cocktail mixer? I’m find myself wanting to rate rums of different styles and uses against one another when perhaps I shouldn’t be.

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Andy (PREMIUM)

From United Kingdom with 143 ratings Replied 16 Oct '20

It’s totally up to you :) I’d say most compare rums within a category of their choosing (even categories can get contentious). For example, a high score doesn’t just have to be an aged rum, a great light rum could be a 9 or 10 and a great coconut rum could be a 9 or 10.

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM)

From Sweden with 163 ratings Replied 16 Oct '20

I think it is very important what Andy writes because it’s basically impossible, due to the large differences that exist between the different rum types, to compare for example Agricole with Spanish styled rum. It's like comparing Cognac with Tequila.
Unfortunately, there are members that for example like the sweet Spanish style and dislike Agricole or rum from Jamaica and who quite obviously still compare that rum with their sweet favorites.
I believe that, for example, one must compare an Agricole rum with other Agricole rums in order not to distort the whole grading system.
If someone can’t keep “apples and pears apart”, so to speak, after a number of tests, I think they should refrain from rating rum varieties that they so clearly dislike.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 337 ratings Replied 17 Oct '20

I would not dare rate any flavored, coconut, or gold mixers above a 6. I also would never use any rum that I have rated as an 8 or higher as a mixer. The average rating for rums on this site is just a guide to assist one on whether or not to buy a bottle. One also needs to have fellow reviewers whose taste match yours as closely as possible and read what they have written in detail. I have only one spiced rum that earned my rating of 8, which is only because it beat out Appleton 21 in a side by side taste test. Both are rated as an 8, but the spiced rum gets ranked higher in my spreadsheet.

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jbuckhead

From United States with 8 ratings Replied 17 Oct '20

I appreciate everyone’s input on this. Clearly
I’m not the only one that struggles with this. Given so many different styles of rum makes it even more difficult. I suppose at the end of the day, all that really matters I’m having fun sipping some really great rums and discovering how great rum can be. Cheers.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 337 ratings Replied 18 Oct '20

If rum were as simple as vodka, this site would not be nearly as popular. Here are my 13 classifications for rum. I rank each new rum within it's proper classification and then sort all of them to see if the new rum moves up or down among all of them. My overall ranking counts twice as much as price when considering which rums to buy again.

01-Aged Dry
02-Aged Semi-Dry
03-White
04-Aged Sweet
05-Aged Sugar Bomb
06-Flavored
07-Coconut
08-Black
09-Rhum Agricole
10-Cachaca
11-Gold Mixer
12-Spiced
13-Overproof

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