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What do you think, confidentially of course?

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%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 99. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #18
Ruminsky Van Drunkenberg
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Default 4 Rules for buying something new...

My personal thing is that there are four things that make me consider a purchase of a new rum not previously tasted, assuming I have the cash to flash that day, and only four:

1. My own knowledge of what's coming from a particular maker. For example, I'll absolutely get any El Dorado estate rum if I have not already got it.

2. Word of mouth from a person whose opinion I respect (this immediately excludes any 18-yr old clerk at Sobey's trying to flog a new purchase on me)

3. The expense. Fine, I'm a shallow fella. But if it's a choice between a $25 bottle and a $40 bottle, it'll probably be the $40 bottle that gets me because I'm making an assumption - rightly or wrongly - that the production quality is reflected in the price. Note that in a conflict between #1 and #3, #1 wins - the Tanduay Superior 12 yr old is a perfect example of this in action.

4. Have I reviewed it and is it of a kind - geographical, age or otherwise unique - that I would want up on my site ASAP?

I must also state that I buy old favourites constantly (not least because they are almost all cheap) - I always have a Young's Old Sam and a low-end Appleton on hand in my house for casual imbibing, for example.

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