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Old 05-19-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
Edward Hamilton
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It isn't unusual for rum to take on flavors that we associate with bourbon or whisky. The question I end up asking is does this rum taste like bourbon or does this bourbon taste like rum. The taste of smoky oak, vanilla and wood are tastes found in almost all aged spirits whether it's rum, whisky or cognac.

The flavors found in oak aged spirits are more prominent in American whisky or bourbon since these spirits are aged in new barrels. As the barrels age they give up these flavors so a rum aged 18 years in a used barrel will have much less of these flavors than a bourbon aged the same 18 years in a new barrel.
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