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Rum types labeling - the biggest issue of this site


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kudzey (PREMIUM) 🇵🇱 | 38 ratings Posted 8 Oct '21

As there are so many great updates on the site recently, I'd like to come back to discussing the biggest weakness of rum labeling in this site. Scrolling my wishlist I noticed that Skeldon 1978 is a "Dark" rum, while Skeldon 1973 is an "Aged" rum. Cleraly both are both "Dark" and "Aged". I remember we tried to find a solution but the topic has not been concluded (or has it?) so I'd like to bring it back. This is essential for the proffesional rum-related site not to reproduce confusion. I know I wasn't 100% in favour but Gargano Rum Classification would be much better than the current one.

I like precision and I'd be really happy if it was passible to split the "type" into several tags, like:

-raw material (cane juice, molasses, cane syrup, mixed)-distillation apparatus-origin: blended, single estate/single cane (whiskys call it single malt but rum is from cane, not malt :) ), single cask-aging time (I suggest specifying the exact time for each of the rums and use range filters in the browser)-proof (same as aging time)-flavored (yes/no)-spiced (yes/no)

Of course, the categories can be elaborated. If not possible or too demanding, I would strongly prefer the Gargano Rum Clessification to the current one.

Andy (PREMIUM) 🇬🇧 | 118 ratings Replied 8 Oct '21

Thanks for the suggestion, I hope you don't mind I moved this over to the 'help' section since it's focused on the website. I now have the ability to alter existing categories, and I'm hoping in the future can create new categories on my own. Raw material and Distillation are actually entries into the database, the data just needs to be populated before adding filters. Might that be something you're interested in helping with? If so I'll share a sheet that you could easily fill in and I'd have the data uploaded. A few questions on my mind regarding categories:

1) Agricole as a type, is this needed if Cane Juice is an option under Raw Material? It might be confusing to have both Cane Juice as a raw material and Agricole as a type? But then some people I believe Agricole is a category on it's own?

2) It has been suggested Clarin should be a type of some kind - thoughts? How about Cachaca. I do like the 'tick box' idea for Flavored and Spiced, should these 2 also have them?

3) I was thinking of adding a 'Color' label and include light, gold, and dark. Most would be gold, and light seems self explainatory. I always thought of dark as color added like Goslings, but the term might be confusing?

4) Yrs aged and ABV sliders are in the works so 'Aged' and 'Overproof' won't be needed

kudzey (PREMIUM) 🇵🇱 | 38 ratings Replied 8 Oct '21

Sure, I can help with filling the spreadsheet. 1) difficult to say, some people may look for an Agricole while not being aware it is synonymous to cane-juice-based. On the other hand it was raised some time ago that only some juice-based can be legally called "Agricole". I'd like some others to speak here to (not sure if this discussion will be well-visible in the help season - since it left the main forum there is much less activity here) 2) Tick boxes for Chachas and Clairins are fine for me, same can be done with Agricole. What do you think about specifying frequent spicings, like coconut? 3) I don't think "color" is a necessary label and some rums can be on the border, I'd also like to know the opinion of the rest. 4) Fantastic! 5) If adding a label becomes easier in the future we can consider sth like "finish" or "release year" and other less important details.
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