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Old 12-10-2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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Default Aged Rum? Real or Fake?

This brings us to the touchy subject of the aging statements on bottles of rum. Because of the Caribbean heat, an unusually high proportion of the rum evaporates from the barrel every year. As Nelthropp says: "In two years, we lose 15% to 17% of what we started with, thanks to the extreme heat. In 12 years, we have less than five gallons left in a 52-gallon barrel. We are still trying to figure out how some of our competitors are aging their rums for 24 years!"
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What do you think of Rum that is aged for 15, 20 or even 25+ Years? I ran across this article on line. The Master Distiller (Nelthropp) for Cruzan Rum makes a fine point. I work in Premium Cigar Industry and we have some of the same issues. Some Companies claim to be using 10 or 12 year old Tobacco. One company even claims to be using 30 year old Wrapper or Pre-Embargo leaf from Cuba. Most Serious Cigar Makers and Connoisseurs can’t seem to take these claims seriously (sice they seem to never run out of this rare tobacco). Why any company would hold on to great tobacco for that length of time- event through the “Boom” in the nineties doesn’t make sense. Some even claim to have found miss placed bales of tobacco (if you have never seen a bale of tobacco it’s not like loosing a needle in a hay stack). Unfortunately we do not have a Governing Body that regulates claims made about cigars or the tobacco used in them. Any body can say what they want. Many People are fooled and buy in to these outrages claims.

Does the RUM INDUSTRY suffer from the same problem? Some one told me that a 10 year Rum is like a 20 year old Cognac. So does that mean 25 year old rum is like a 50 year old Cognac? Like tobacco I would think that not all rum benefits from such extreme aging. Who would of thought 20 or 25 years ago that aged Rum would be in such Vogue?

The main question is, "Should I spend the $ to to try these Rums or is it a waste of time?"

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