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Old 03-18-2010, 12:36 PM   #9
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I've yet to see any classifications that satisfy everyone from the distiller to the consumer. Add the complexity of rums of blended ages and the matrix becomes even more complex.

Since rum is the most diverse of all the distilled spirits I've given up trying to make every sugar cane spirit fit into one or even two classes.

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sipper
mixer
premium
agricole
navy
spiced
liqueur
overproof
white
dark
A premium rum would probably be a sipper and could also be an agricole, and almost every sugar cane spirit would be either a sipper or a mixer.

For the competitions I have conducted since 2006, I use categories of molasses-based - white, gold, aged and premium, cachaŠ·a - aged and unaged, agricole, blanc, aged and vieux, overproof, spiced/flavored/liqueurs.

Certainly not everyone will agree that this covers every sugar cane spirit equally but everything is a compromise.
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