Round 5 of the rum judging was next with the aged rums with no age statement. These are some of the more enjoyable expressions to judge. The reveal had very few surprises, but an enjoyable session anyway as it contained many of the rums that I enjoy on a regular basis.
Ok, its is lunch time and today it is brought to us by George Manska, the mastermind of Neat Tasting Glass. George availed all of us of the latest scientific information about how we all taste things and the effect of the dropping the idea that your tongue can sense different aspects of flavor on different parts of the tongue.
Aroma makes up the major part of what you taste and the flavors that you sense. He covered why the NEAT Glass can give you a truer and more consistent evaluation of the aromas from your spirits compared to conventional glassware.
The sixth and final session of judging paired us with the Gold Rums and the Overproof Rums. Gold was really enjoyable as was the overproof. Overproof rums these days have improved in quality tremendously over the past few years, but by the end of the session, my lips and mouth was numb. Good thing they were saved until last.
Tonight is the welcome party for all of the rum producers that are presenting their wares this year in the "Grand Tasting that begins tomorrow at 1 PM when the doors open.