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Old 09-16-2007, 05:10 PM   #2
Edward Hamilton
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Your discovery that Barbancourt 8 is preferable to their 15 is a very good example of how a label and bottle presentation can color your perception of a drink before you even get it to your mouth.

The order in which you taste spirits will also color your opinion. Tasting 5 overproof rums for example will make it almost impossible to taste anything else.

Although some rums are definitely distinct, I would say that with experience, the better rums, or whatever spirit you are tasting, rise to the top. It is difficult not to be persuaded by advertising and fancy bottles and labels, but there is also the variable of consistency of product.
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