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Kevin 🇺🇸 | 43 ratings Posted 9 Apr '22

That is the question! I just finished a glass of Clement VSOP and it was throughly enjoyed after indulging in so much rum that has added sugar. But, those with added sugar are not that bad. I enjoy quite a few of them. I always assumed that if sugar is added it needs to be because the product would never sell otherwise. I do believe this theory. But, I tend to like quite a few rums that have added sugar. Since this recent indulgence with Clement I'm now in a state of confusion. I like both! What's your opinion?

Jagsroy (PREMIUM) 🇨🇦 | 228 ratings Replied 9 Apr '22

To each its own. If you like both continue on your rum discovery journey. BTW if you enjoyed Clement VSOP try the XO version... you should enjoy that one even more.

Stefan Persson (TASTING CLUB) 🇸🇪 | 316 ratings Replied 9 Apr '22


I believe that most of us started our rum journey with the sweet rum as Zacapa 23 and DRE.

 Today I've just a few over sweetened rums in my rum bar mostly from Oliver y Oliver.


Kevin 🇺🇸 | 43 ratings Replied 9 Apr '22

Stefan, There will be some changes in my stock going forward. It should soon reflect yours and I'm looking forward to such a lineup. 

Kevin 🇺🇸 | 43 ratings Replied 9 Apr '22

Jagsroy, Thanks for the advice. XO soon to be behind my bar & look forward to trying it. My all time favorite is long gone and was a special bottling by J.Bally. At that time I just happened to be at the right place at the right time. A personal tour of the distillery by its owner back 30yrs ago. But, have no fear, I'm back in the Martinique saddle again.

Wolfe Tone 🇳🇱 | 88 ratings Replied 9 Apr '22

Each to their own, I came into rum from Whisky and wine, so I hated the sweet stuff from the start. I avoid all sweetened rums tbh and mostly stick to Agricoles, funky Jamaicans and other dry and spicy rums. Same as I avoid sweet wines.

Kevin 🇺🇸 | 43 ratings Replied 28 Apr '22

I've found Capn Jimbo's forum an indispensable tool with my rum travels. It amazes me how much variation there is in the added sugars. I've also noticed that the rums with less added sugars tend to have more flavor notes. I now use  his list every time I hit the one door store. http://rumproject.com/rumforum//viewtopic.php?t=1683

Dr. Arzt 🇩🇪 | 9 ratings Replied 29 Apr '22

I like coffee but never add sugar. I hate Coca Cola and other soda because of the sweetness. If my Rum is to sweet I do not like it at all. Zacapa, A. H. Riise, Don Papa are the worst examples. Here you count a lot of money for cheap sugar, which is to pretend age and quality. That to me is the main problem, that sugar is used to cover up poor quality. 

But I am not a purist, the quantity  makes the difference. 

bar la moura 🇭🇷 | 95 ratings Replied 21 May '22

Kevin, even for me it s a global scam ! rum is a destillate, destillate have to be clean of sugar

(0-5 grams per liter is ok, for example to mantain same colour as the previus batch,

just few grams of caramel and so)

big producers today use multi column stills, this metod can t give good rum

so they resolve this by adding sugar

non mainstream producers (smaller players) usually do pot still destillation

or pot still and column blends, this give automatically best products,

than some skill with aging and voila ! you ll have a good natural rum without high dosage

(dosage is called this sugar and other substances addition)

another question, who knows what s..t can be added ? maybe not just sugar ...

only way to stop this is to have some global regulation about this !

for now i see in this site (also in many blogs) people adoring stuff with 20, 30, 40

and more grams per liter, i have an advice for all of them, go buy yourself a liquor,

it have 20% of sugar but it cost waaaay less than many so called premium rums


Kevin 🇺🇸 | 43 ratings Replied 22 May '22

I agree 100 proof! If the rum is of quality no need for additives. If the rum has additives it's not rum! It just an unregulated concoction anyone can call rum. 6 billion people on the planet and 5 billion are idiots. Pretty huge market out there!

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