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Old 08-28-2009, 09:19 AM   #11
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We need to get you away from the rum and caramel colored high fructose corn syrup.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:47 AM   #12
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In Edmonton and Calgary (the cities I am most frequently in) most of the premium liquor stores have a tasting counter. Even in the Sobey's liquor stores (Western Cellars) a tasting area can usually be found at the back of the store. Open bottles are usually left by the reps from various importing companies exactly for this purpose. I always explain to the staff that I will not buy a premium bottle without knowing what it tastes like. The only hitch is that you can only sample what is already open. So no matter how much I would like to sample the Pyrat 40 year old, I cannot. Some of the stores do tasting nights in which they charge a fee and supply samples from their own stock. What left over from these tasting nights goes behind the sampling (tasting) counter.

Now I never ask for a sample of the same bottle twice. I suspect I would quickly be out of the sampling loop if I were to abuse generosity. It is also my policy to buy from the store that allows me to sample, even if its cheaper across the street. Sampling has saved me from enough bad purchases to more than make up for it.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:38 PM   #13
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Default In the news again

Now you have all seen this before if you've read my posts; but my unique way of doing rum reviews has made it to another website.

http://rumconnection.com/uncategorized/dykstra-system/

I will be a guest rum reviewer on Rumconnection for the next year. But as you can see I have insisted on a link back to the Ministry of Rum so persons could enjoy the ambiance of this forum as well. After all, this was my first rum home and I plan to continue reviewing rums and posting here as well.

Now I just have to figure out how to get the rum they want me to review across the border.

Any suggestions?


(Hey I just noticed that in the listing of their most popular articles I'm ahead of Kenny Chesney. Apparently I got over 5000 hits last week. Thanks for clicking that first link everyone.)

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Old 10-17-2009, 05:14 PM   #15
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Introducing:

The Rum Howler Blog!


Please let me know what you think.
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Well done Chip! I have added your blog to my links.

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Default Howling Highlights - Diplomatico Rum

This week I highlight Diplomatico Rum and the two Diplomatico reviews I have published thus far.

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