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Old 02-11-2009, 12:39 AM   #11
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Gosh, I believe that my rum cabinet needs both!
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:26 PM   #12
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The new labels look a lot like wine labels to me. I prefer the old ones.

By the way, I had an interesting discussion with an SAQ agent. I was mentioning the poor selection in Quebec (a complaint I bring often) and referred to the fact that they at least distributed Barbancourt in the past (SAQ stopped selling Barbancourt a few years ago).

The agent told me that they stopped doing business with Barbancourt because they received a shipment in which they found live cockroaches. I have already inquired about it, and it is the first time I hear about that. Not that it changes my opinion on the rum, which I really like. I thought it was interesting to share.

Edit: I just wanted to add that obviously our little friends were not in the bottle, but in the crates.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:53 PM   #13
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The agent told me that they stopped doing business with Barbancourt because they received a shipment in which they found live cockroaches.
Let's see I remember that agent. It was me, forrest, Rum Runner, The Rumelier, Dood, and Robert Burr just getting a cheap ride to visit Canada.

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:12 AM   #14
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Let's see I remember that agent. It was me, forrest, Rum Runner, The Rumelier, Dood, and Robert Burr just getting a cheap ride to visit Canada.
Rumdog you were the only one trying to get to Canada- the rest of us were there for the rhum!!
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:48 PM   #15
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There seems to be a race to the (marketing) bottom to "update" perfectly classic and wonderful bottles and labels. First - gulp - Mount Gay Extra Old and now Barbancourt. The marketing department sez "...go mainstream, look 'expensive', create new buyers..." The established lovers simply puke over the destruction of long established tradition and unreplaceable history.

Anybody got a paper bag?
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:37 PM   #16
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Working, daily with our marketing department, I know a little about the demands of their job. When they do something which increases business for me, they are the bomb. But, when things go in the other direction, well, they're...

I also have strong nostalgic feelings for my beloved marques, and, also, have an understanding of some consumers' sudden bouts with nausea. But, I know that if the rum within retains its character and continues to make me happy, I'll get used to a new bottle. As an older guy, I have seen many changes in the world, my family, and life. The skill, I believe, is to view such change with boyish eyes. I speak of change in those areas which are ornamental as opposed to functional. Drinking rum and other fine spirits, is a hobby which adds spice to my existence and helps me to resist the transition to that of a curmudgeon. Fast cars, weekly travel, a good woman and a three 1/2 year old grandson are good bets against accelerated decrepitude, too.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:41 PM   #17
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Rumdog you were the only one trying to get to Canada- the rest of us were there for the rhum!!
I know, ay! Remember, I'm half Canadian. Pass me a Moosehead!
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:29 AM   #18
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There seems to be a race to the (marketing) bottom to "update" perfectly classic and wonderful bottles and labels. First - gulp - Mount Gay Extra Old and now Barbancourt. The marketing department sez "...go mainstream, look 'expensive', create new buyers..." The established lovers simply puke over the destruction of long established tradition and unreplaceable history.

Anybody got a paper bag?
But if you like it enough you'll keep coming back no matter what the bottle looks like, so maybe they aren't taking as much of a risk trying to update the brand as one might think.
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But if you like it enough you'll keep coming back no matter what the bottle looks like, so maybe they aren't taking as much of a risk trying to update the brand as one might think.
Carbon, I agree with you. Also, we are not privy to the conversations behind closed doors at companies which are trying to make a go of it in a very competitive business. I have no idea why the label changed, perhaps, the process to print by offset press is more expensive than the newer current version. Sometimes a new kayak design is floated just see if it performs, who knows? When it comes to rum, I have a motto to which I try to live: "It's all good!".

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