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View Poll Results: What persuades you to buy a new bottle of sugar cane spirit?
Label and bottle design 20 20.20%
Story on the packaging 5 5.05%
Personal recommendation from rum-drinking friends 55 55.56%
Recommendation from liquor store sales person 16 16.16%
Advertising in magazines, billboards 1 1.01%
Recommendation from website forums like this one 77 77.78%
Brand loyalty, I'm always looking for new rums from distiller's I know 20 20.20%
I'll buy one bottle of anything just to try it 40 40.40%
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Old 07-09-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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Default How do you assess a new sugar cane spirit?

With new cane spirits coming to the market almost every week, what is it that makes you want to try a new spirit?
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:49 PM   #2
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Many people seem reluctant to ever try much of anything different. While others, like myself, are always looking for something new.

Those that seldom move out of the slot take the most persuasion. But it seems to me that the sales people in the liquor store have the most effect on the general buyer.

This last Friday I watched the salespeople in a local liquor store move a client from their preferred vodka, Tito's, to the newest local vodka that they were pushing, Dripping Springs. It was quite effective even though they were using misleading statements to sell an inferior product.
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Generally I look to websites like this one and Bilgemunky for my next buy. I only go with the liquor store owner if I trust him. I knew a guy when I lived in Oklahoma who knew everything about even the most obscure products and he was reliable, but I don't just walk in to a random store and buy whatever they tell me to. Packaging will sometimes get me too, but I'll usually see a fancy package then go home and look it up before I buy it.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:19 PM   #4
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I think there are far too many rums - ones known to be good - that I have yet to try. So I almost always grab one that has somehow been recommended to me. But I will grab a bottle from another distiller if I like the distiller's other products. Very very rarely will I grab a rum on a whim, unless it's a nip or something small.

Eventually - once I've sampled a dozen fantastic and a few dozen excellent rums - I would probably grab most anything that somehow caught my eye. But I've got enough "work" ahead of me for a while.
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Old 07-28-2007, 12:55 PM   #5
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Default RE: What makes me try a new spirit

If it's rum, I'm always looking for something new to try. Sometimes I will just impulsively buy what's new if it's aged over 8 years and looks interesting. I'm more confident with new products from brands or distillers I know. Many times I'll see what a store has and go look up on other review sites to see what they say if we've not reviewed it yet. Generally I have about 25-30 rums in my cabinet and with about 10 in queue to review.

If it's un-aged rum I'll generally just stick to my few standby rums unless something really looks interesting.

For other spirits I stick to favorites or ask the store personnel.

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Old 08-09-2007, 06:32 AM   #6
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I usually read a lot of different reviews before making my decision and the product presentation also matters somewhat.
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Default Always try something new.

What else is there in life but understanding what you don't know. The more styles, types, brands, and Manufacturers you try the more you know. Of course there is the law of diminishing returns. It should not be done in one sitting or you will have to start all over again. O my God, over and over again. Enjoy!
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