Rum Essays


This Page contains various essays of a more factual nature that relate to rums, as well as articles or short pieces I have contributed to other fora and various lists compiled for my own amusement. For more subjective matters, see theOpinionspage.

Rum Information / Reference Material

Essays on Tangential Rum Matters

Other Sugar Cane SpiritsA Series On Indigenous / Artisanal Cane Juice Spirits


Formal Tastings, Lists and Multiple Rum Side-by-Sides



Note to FileLongform Answers, Comments & Discussions on Other Sites / Platforms

Where the issues were of interest and importance, I’ve commented at length on in other fora (mostly reddit) many times, and several of these are mini-opinions or even full essays on their own. I include them here for completeness.


  • Some notes on my tasting methods (Aug 2023)
  • The Rum Equivalent of Jim Murray’sWhisky Bible” (Aug 2022)
  • Urging caution with the rhetoric around the new Barbados GI (July 2022, here and here)
  • Riffing on Australian Rums (July 2022)
  • Sponsored content and advertorials commentary (based on a Tony Sachs article) (July 2022)
  • Comments on the SMWS’s lack of (good) rum bottlings (July 2022)
  • A Retrospective on Velier’s Demeraras and Caronis for a new enthusiast (June 2022)
  • Comment on 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (May 2022)
  • Comment on the simplistic articleWhy Are Fine Rums Not Known?” (April 2022)
  • Discussion on Foursquare LFT Rum naming (April 2022)
  • What Is a rum really worth? (August 2021)
  • The Mishandling of Michael B. Jordan’sJ’OuvertRum (June 2021)
  • Rebutting HipLatina’s story of Bacardi and rum (June 2021)
  • Some notes on Ferrand purchase of SPD stocks (March 2021)
  • Classifications and white rums (February 2021)
  • Sourcing and dosing of rums (January 2021)
  • Appropriation and the naming of Tamosi rums (October 2020)
  • In Defense of Pietrek’s Editorial Standards (August 2020)
  • Barbados GI and WIRD’s stance (Jan 2020)(Nov 2019)
  • Zacapa 23 and sweetening (November 2019)
  • Why small samples for reviewing aren’t a bad thing (September 2019)(January 2022)
  • Expanding on theAge of Velier’s Demerarasessay (June 2018)
  • Rum Rating site and other reviewersusefulness (Feb 2017)


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