This page contains those essays on matters of rum which are subjective and opiniated by their very nature. It’s great to see more and more rum reviewers on the internet; yet I feel that there’s still space for some work on the underlying philosophy, on concepts, ideas and opinions as to where the world of rum is going, or can go. We should never cease questioning ourselves as writers (and possibly as shapers) of discussions regarding our drink of choice.
These are my own ideas, and my own thoughts. It’s inevitable that some of these essays will draw occasional fire and criticism, but the idea is simply to air out some issues I feel worth commenting on (much like the NAS imbroglio of the whisky world).
[NB: As far as possible I have tried and will try to adhere to a personal creed best expressed as follows: You have no right to an uninformed opinion. Opinions should be supported by such facts and reasoning as to permit the reader to understand why the opinion is being expressed. An unsupported opinion is, to me, worthless (I cannot begin to tell you how much the shrug-off comment “I’m entitled…” irritates me). A reader may not agree with it, but at least he can follow the critical reasoning behind the thought.]
- The Labelling of Rums – A quick look at standards and confusions in the rum world
- How to Start Reviewing Rums – Part 1: Philosophy & Getting Started
- How to Start Reviewing Rums – Part 2: The Website, the writing and your postings
- How to Start Reviewing Rums – Part 3: Sampling, and the Review Itself
- How to Start Reviewing Rums – Part 4: Which Rums to Start With
- How to Start Reviewing Rums – Part 5: Keeping Things Going
- In Defense of Rum Bloggers
- The Wasted Potential of DDL’s Single Barrel Rums
- The Flawed Introduction of DDL’s “Rare Collection”
- A Conversation with Luca: Velier, DDL and the “Rare Collection”
- Why Negative Reviews Matter (and should be written)