How do you taste rum and really get anything out of the tasting? I hear people tell me that they first sniff then put it into their mouths and swallow. When I watch the people that I serve at a tasting, the majority just slam it back and wonder why they don’t get much out of it. I’m of the conclusion that these are the people that also think “Captain Morgan” is great sipping rum. Rum like any other quality spirit is a very special entity, that takes some time and interest by the taster to really understand and enjoy.
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mouth. Taking enough time to allow the flavors to fully develop in the mouth will give you a good basis for evaluating all the flavors the rum is providing.
Next, I slowly swallow the sample to see how it goes through the rear of my mouth and down the throat. This will lead me to how the flavors finish and linger before fading away. If you then sit and savor the total experience you’ll really understand why you do or don not like the expression. Before repeating the tasting be sure to cleanse the palate with water.
It has been my experience that if you follow these steps and take some time to enjoy and truly experience a spirit you will find that there are a number of really fine spirits out there that you may have passed over because you weren’t taking the time to fully sense the expression. Give this method a try I think you will be surprised how much more you get out of tasting spirits.