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Captain Lee (PREMIUM)

Posted 17 Apr '21 from United States with 9 ratings

Why, in 2021, is there not an international standard for labeling ester marques in rum?  This would not preclude individual distilleries from using their historic marques on their labels, and it wouldn't even need to be regulated/verified - just based on what the distillery says the ester level is.  It would really help shoppers looking for a new rum know what to expect.
As soon as we get that sorted, I'm going to get them all to list their additives, lol.
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vomi1011

From Germany with 332 ratings Replied 25 Apr '21

It's not possible. The four distilleries on Barbados have problems to agree to one GI.
There is no international institution that could establish such labeling standard. Each county has it's own regulations. And they are not obliged to provide a mark at all.
It's also the problem with Demerara. They have at least 10 marks and they don't write them on the lable. Diamond could be a MDX or MDXC or maybe an Enmore in some cases. You don't know until you open the bottle. It's a big mess.
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Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB)

From Sweden with 219 ratings Replied 25 Apr '21

Poor information is a general problem when it comes to rum because it is so diversified and some producers aren’t interested enough to declare the content cause it would reveal their way of trying to deceive us. 
What can we as consumers do? 
Probably nothing except boycott this kind of producers who don’t live up to our expectations, but it’s likely fruitless. 
Something like that must be much wider to have a chance of being successful, we can now see that some producers adapt the rules around rum that EU has established which I think is good. 
Another possibility could be if organizers of rum festivals, rum cruises and similar events did not invite the producers who don’t meet any form of minimum requirements.
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Captain Lee (PREMIUM)

From United States with 9 ratings Replied 25 Apr '21

I realize that it isn't really possible to require it across so many different countries and expressions of rum, but I'm surprised more distilleries/bottlers don't do it voluntarily. Maybe someday.
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Charles M

From United Kingdom with 139 ratings Replied 6 May '21

I reckon the only way it could come to be and consensus happens, is if a body like the EU implement labelling regulations that then might just be accepted world wide. While of course different labels could be made for different markets, the hassle, cost and potential issues with stock control might lead to the adoption of just the one label. But of course, that might just be wishful thinking!!
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