Sugar dosage noted?

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Kevin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 80 ratings Author Posted 26 Oct '23

So, I really never inspected a bottle with a fine toothed comb until now. Planation has a reputation of excessively adding sugar to their rum, not all but quite a few of them, and the only way to tell how much was by taste after purchase until now! I tried their, most popular, XO and that, in my opinion, is a sugarbomb. After exploring a few other rums they offer I settled in on this Fiji rum. I believe this to be well balanced and not overly sweet. Knowing there was a telltale sign of added sugar but not as much as their XO, again IMO, and another "great bang for the buck" at $25 I am happy with this rum. Sitting here I decided to take my fine toothed comb out and found that on the back of the bottle, in very small print, 16g/l. Is this new due to consumer pressure and will this be on their entire line or is this just for this particular product? Update, WOW!, visited their website, they are noting added sugar to some of their rums but not their XO or all their other rums! Obviously they retain this note from their most popular rums. No brainer right there!ย 

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Andy (PREMIUM) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 146 ratings Replied 2 Nov '23

Over the years some folks have posted their hydrometer results, and I've thought about somehow aggregating them on RR. I could easily make the field if some members wanted to contribute to finding and inputting the data into a sheet, then I would upload it...?

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 525 ratings Replied 2 Nov '23

As a general I believe that it's a good idea to publish the dosage of sugar, cause I believe that that's fair for the consumers.

Capt Jimbo has a site where he publish the dosage, but many of the results published there are rather old and many of the tests has been made before the EU regulation that says that a rum can at maximum have 20gpl of sugar to be labeled rum inside the EU. So therefore has for example El Dorado changed their dosage and the same is probably the case with Plantation.

Kevin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 80 ratings Author Replied 18 Nov '23

Stefan, I've been to the capt. jimbo website and it is outdated but I still reference it. I like Planations approach to this situation. Maybe more will follow in the future. I've noticed the difference in Eldorado but that makes me think that that's why they were adding sugar. Now I find their 15yr to be watered down instead of sugar dosed. Their 12yr old starts to sparkle a bit but their 8yr old is now a true rum but lacks aging. I don't dare try their 21yr because I've been there when it was dosed and with there 15yr seeming watered down I'm not spending double the money to find out! We must thank the proper authorities for their due diligence to such a scam! I've recently repurchased Pusser's 15yr and am alsoย  quite impressed with their new release although their red label I found perfectly balanced.

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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | 525 ratings Replied 18 Nov '23

Kevin,I can only agree with you. This EU regulation has made it impossible to sell mediocre rum as premium rum by adding a lot of sugar. It is also good that more brands are honest about how much sugar is added. Then there are other things in Plantation's actions regarding, among other things, Barbados rum, which mean that for reasons of principle I would never buy a bottle of Plantation.
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DB ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 71 ratings Replied 20 Nov '23

Kevin - they do list the dosage for all of the rums on their website, including the XO at 20g/l. I didn't look at EVERY single one, but the ones I did examine definitely had it listed.

Andy - How indicative is a hydrometer test for sugar content vs. other possible additives? Is it more of a confirmation as opposed to something quantitative?

I do agree - putting this out there for the consumer is the way to go, but I don't expect anything like this to happen, ever really.

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Andy (PREMIUM) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 146 ratings Replied 30 Dec '23

DB - good question, a good question for any chemists in our midst :) I think maybe it's a general measure of other additives and folks assume all/most of those additives are sugar? If not sugar, then likely it's quite a low-end rum that's made for mixers?

Kevin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ | 80 ratings Author Replied 31 Dec '23

It's still nice to know the EU did have an impact seeing it's getting harder to find 40 g/plus and I like that because I'm into rums I've never tried which elevates the disappointment when running into a liquer labeled rum.