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Rocky

Posted 9 Oct '21 from Slovakia with 41 ratings

Hello, just a general question - should we also rate some cheap spirit drinks that have nothing in common with real sugar cane rums? For instance here in Slovakia (also in Czech republic) there are drinks that were also called "rums" long time ago (now we have to respect EU rules so they are named "Ums" - cos everyone knows these are just their successors) but those are still made from potatoes etc. I would definitely scratch them off this database... I attach one example for all:

https://rumratings.com/brands/3503-bozkov-original

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kudzey (TASTING CLUB)

From Poland with 30 ratings Replied 9 Oct '21

Well it depends on us what we rate... And if people want to provide the ratings I'd keep it to warn the others with low ratings. On the other hand, clearly, non-cane-based spirits are defenetely not rums and a professional rum site should be clear about this fact.

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vomi1011

From Germany with 392 ratings Replied 9 Oct '21

It's something like the German Rumverschnitt, flavored alcohol with rum. "A small portion of the rum is the basis of the blend. A twentieth (5%) is common, but a little more is also possible. The rest consists partly of water and neutral alcohol." It has something to do with rum. So that nobody goes wrong, I would have rated it too. Although I once had such a bad rum in Curacao that I decided not to rate it. It just tasted like alcohol.
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Rene Rum

From Switzerland with 430 ratings Replied 9 Oct '21

I think it’s ok. It’s a database to share your impressions and experience of a certain rum. Or like kudzey said as a warning. If there are some ingrediencies from the sugar production its ok. I already added rum made from beet-molasses or with parts of rice.
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Toni (PREMIUM)

From Germany with 25 ratings Replied 10 Oct '21

I cant judge about every false rum. The german Rumverschnitt has a lot to do with rum. Because it was invented to be able to sell rum within the german empire despite the protectionist measures for german alcohol. Highly concentrated rum was invented/used. Especially from the Hampden destillery.
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Ghouless

From Czech Republic with 5 ratings Replied 12 Oct '21

Why not? As somebody mentioned, it's database and every database is as good as it's content.
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kudzey (TASTING CLUB)

From Poland with 30 ratings Replied 13 Oct '21

Anyway, if we remove it, people will keep adding it, not aware of our purposes.
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Harrie

From Netherlands with 91 ratings Replied 15 Oct '21

There is another thing; as regulations about rums are changing over time and are different in various countries there is no way of doing this right for everybody. With the new EU-regulations some spirits are rum by law in the US and not in the EU and I don't have a clue about what the rules are in various countries in Africa or Asia.

Maybe better to leave it as it is so all rums and rum-inspired spirits can be traced here and exposed for what they are.

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