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Old 11-27-2011, 11:33 PM   #35
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In regards to the AOC rhums, the maximum distillation abv is 75% so that is the maximum barrel entry abv, but most of the rhum in Martinique goes into the barrel at less than 70% abv.

In the other islands and rum producing countries barrel entry varies from about 65% to not more than 80% abv. Higher abv going into the barrel means more angel's share losses but fewer barrels to contain the rum and less warehouse space required for the fewer barrels.

But like everything that goes into the rum we drink there's more to the story. The age of the barrel and placement in the warehouse also contribute to the maturation process, though barrel placement isn't talked about as much in the rum industry as it is in the whiskey and bourbon industries.
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