The Acronyms in Rum

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Vous les voyez souvent, mais ils sont rarement compréhensible du commun des mortels !

Nous faisons un tour non exhaustif afin de mieux comprendre les étiquettes de rhum : 

Les Sigles, Partie 1

You see them often, but they are rarely detailed on the bottles! These acronyms, from the world of Spirits, correspond to a minimum number of years of aging as follows:

VS: Ve ry Special : 2 years of aging (Rum called " Brun ", " Paille " or " Ambré ")

VO: Very Old : 3 years of aging (basis for the designation of " Old Rum " )

VSOP: Very Superior Old Pale : 4 years of aging. Appellation such as " Réserve Spéciale", " Cuvée Spéciale" , " Très vieux" etc)

XO:        Extra Old : 6 years of aging. Appellations such as " Extra Vieux ", " Grande Réserve ", " Hors d'Age " etc)

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Les Sigles, Partie 2

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Some Old Rum are given special attention by the Cellar Master. Here are the 4 main categories that you can find:

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Vintage : 1 single harvest & single distillation (Very Old (year), extra Old (year), Grande Réserve (year) etc. 6 years minimum. Eg "Grande Réserve 2006"

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"Single Cask " / " Fut Unique ": Individual cask selected by the cellar master (Single Cask [year], Unique cask [year], etc.). Topping (addition of rum from the same vintage) and filtration possible. 6 years Minimum. Ex: Single Cask 2012

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" Brut de Fût " or " Cask Strength ": Particular and identified cask. No intervention (reduction, topping, filtration) is carried out before bottling (Cask Strength [year], Brut de Fût [year], etc.). 6 years Minimum. Ex: Brut de Fut 2007

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Vintage Blend : As a general rule, the youngest vintage rum residing in this blend is at least 4 years old ( Cuvée Spéciale, Prestige, Quintessence, Excellence , etc.) . Often in limited series and packaged in a carafe or in special packaging (commemoration). Ex: " Vintage 2001 Cuvée Quintessence "