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Old 04-08-2009, 10:08 PM   #11
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I guess I should say what the numbers mean:

0-25 A Rum with a rating this low would actually Kill you.
26-49 Depending upon your Fortitude score you might survive this.
50 -59 You are safe to drink this...but you probably shouldn't.
60-64 You may offer this to people you do not want to see again.
65-69 Someone may offer you this. You should decline.
70-74 Now we have a fair rum. Accept this graciously.
75-79 You may begin to serve this to friends.
80-84 Very Good Rum.
85-89 Excellent!
90-94 You may want to hoard this for youself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+ I haven't met this rum yet...but I want to.



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"Wow. Probably just me, but I'm a little surprised how well regarded you find the Flor de Cana 7."

I agree that based on other ratings I have seen this is surprising; but it must be my personal taste profile. I find the Demerara rums on the whole a touch too sweet, and the more typical North American brands like Bicardi too bitter. Flor de Cana 7yr seems to be the perfect marriage of the two styles.

I tried Flor de Cana 4yr and was extremely disappointed as it was nothing like the 7. I do have a bottle of the 18 yr that I have not tried...yet.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:14 PM   #12
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Arctic, You have done a wonderful job in compiling a system of assessment based upon your personal taste preferences. All of us do this in our way. Some find the number system useful..Others may simply rely on written notes (as an "Old School" taster I include myself in the latter).

One aspect in tasting that opened my eyes and palate a long time ago was that if I did not particularly like a certain rum, I could appreciate it if it was of high quality. Blind and double blind tastings were very helpful to me in expanding my appreciation. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:58 PM   #13
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i love it... excellent perspective! Thank you for sharing.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:24 AM   #14
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good system and appears well thought out.....

I heartily agree with the rum packaging as it is an important part of the overall ambiance and presentation of the rum.

Regarding professional reviews...I don't pay much attention to their point score as, in my experience, I have bought a rum rated 90+ plus yet hated it and wound up giving it away.

My own rating system is based on the flavour and palette profiles in terms of what flavours are present, in what combination, and overall mouth texture of the rum. For example a description of herbal notes with citrus undertones and a viscous mouth texture would interest me. Whereas oily mouth feel with smoke, peat and undertones of tar just doesn't cut it...
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:51 AM   #15
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Hmmm...thanks for sharing Wolf. For the most part I agree with your overall ranking. Not being a connoisseur I have a hard time rating anything on a 100 point scale and being a drunk I am afraid I am unable to make 1/2 point distinctions between, well, anything, really. I admire your expressive style. You have certainly earned a stripe or two - welcome to the forum - I hope you post frequently.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:06 PM   #16
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Wolfie I loved the reviews, and I can understand the lure of a Flor de Cana 7yr. I've got a certain anejo I love because of its versatility. Mixes great, great with ice, great straight, heck Rum Runner even has me drinkin it with Coconut water now and I love it! Keep the reviews coming.
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:00 PM   #17
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I'm glad everyone seems to have enjoyed my peculiar rating system. It is always uncertain as to how a newbie's ideas will be tolerated so I appreciate the positive feedback.

I knew my choice of Flor de Cana 7yr as the best rum would be a little controversial but I I think RonJames hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the versatility of this rum. The flavour is very robust as well.

I think because of the price people are fooled into believing that this rum is a non premium brand. But at 7 years of aging this rum actually stacks right up with the big boys. Zacapa 23 has 7y old rum in its blend (the statement on the bottle is an indication of the oldest rum in the mix). These seemingly misleading age statements are on a lot of rums as the companies trumpet the oldest rum in the blend on the label in big letters but the actually age of the younger rums is in the fine print or missing altogether. Zaya, Santa Thersa, and even the Appleton Legacy all trumpet the oldest rum in their blend but are less forthcoming with the age of the younger ones.

My information has it that the Flor de Cana is an real 7yr old rum with that being the youngest rum in the blend. Additionally the company uses only small (180 liter) white barrels which give the rum additional contact with the oak wood providing more chemical process for aging than larger barrels. These barrels are used only once prior. Many other companies reuse barrels over and over again.


In the end all that explanation is superfluous as the only thing that really matters is the taste, and I loved Flor de Cana the first time I tried it and unlike some others, its flavour has never disappointed me which is why it is at the top.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:47 PM   #18
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FDC is what got me hooked....as a matter of fact I still have one 1.75 litre bottle of FDC 7year that a friend brought back last time he was in Honduras....the big bottle makes a great conversation piece...
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:28 PM   #19
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Arctic Wolf, I'm definitely with you on the FDC line of rums. I'm a bit of an oddity, too, tastewise, that is. My palate seems to be pretty "broad spectrum" since I find myself, well, liking a lot of rums. For me, I find a likable underlying bitterness in the FDC 7. As one tastes their way up the line, they sweeten up a bit. It is a pleasure for me to have a rum on my shelf that is not super ultra-dultra refined excursion into XO cognac-like territory.

BTW, I don't have a rating system as I am not a very organized person. I use a lot of notes, now. Thanks to the guys/gals of this forum, I am developing my sense of taste and finding the words to better describe what I experience.
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These barrels are used only once prior. Many other companies reuse barrels over and over again.
This piqued my interest. Almost all barrels used in ageing rum are used Whisky or Whiskey barrels.

I find it hard to believe that F d C is using barrels only once, though their website may lead one to think so. Virtually all distilleries that age in wood must maintain a cooperage. Oak Barrels are a renewable resource. They can be dismantled, scraped, reassembled and re-charred. Reusing barrels is not a bad thing.


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In the end all that explanation is superfluous as the only thing that really matters is the taste, and I loved Flor de Cana the first time I tried it and unlike some others, its flavour has never disappointed me which is why it is at the top.

I agree. F d C produces a very nice rum. I appreciate it for what it is.
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