Best rum is a rum which suits you best simply because organoleptic testing is subjective. The following represent my examing criteria and therefore preferences.
Rum can quench thirst, although I prefer to savor as I sip it neat. I rather focus and exam sipping than mixing rums.
Surely price may be an indicator of quality but I never take it for granted. As quality has its price so household budget has its limitations. I rather exam rums under 50€ per bottle.
It's important which raw material and production method was used, where the distillate came from, where and how the aging process took place.
Natural rum means for me sugar-free and without additives. I stand for informed consumer and respect producers being transparent.
Color affects perception and may come from exposure to the barrels, but as well may be artifically-added. For this reason I will not use color-based US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) classes for rum categorization.
Rum – ron – rhum. Historic colonial classification emphasizes flavor. For some rums this differentiation may be accurate, some others simply don't fit the profile. Even if outdated, I think ‘style’ categorization may be used complementary...
...with Luca's Gargano classification based on raw materials and distillation method. However, if distillery statement is missing then proper classification is impossible.
Producers are pretty imaginative in their tasting notes. I get it from marketing standpoint. Nevertheless I compare their descriptions with nose and taste of an average rum lover ❤️.
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