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Question for a barrel gurus out there. I am considering purchasing a rum brand that includes barrels still in a tropical climate. I have read on how barrels age based on climate, but does anyone have experience in when a barrel would potentially pass the point of no return in tropical climates? 

 

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Recently had some 12 year old stuff from Antigua that was fantastic. Definitely wasn't too much wood so I'd venture to guess past 12 years depending on cooperage.

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6 minutes ago, Naked Spirits Distillery said:

My concern is I am looking a 20+ years. I have not seen many 20+ out there. I read once that Jamison had a break point of about 27 years and that was a climate no where near tropics obviously. 

Get a hold of Johnny VerPlanck. He can tell you all things about rum. One of the  best in the business.

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There are different factors to consider. Pot vs. column. New vs. used cooperage. Can you get samples to try?

I just had some Appleton Joy a few nights ago. One of my absolute favorites. Aged a minimum of 25 years. It is not over-aged by any stretch. 

If the juice is good, that age in rum will get you a very high potential retail price.

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20 hours ago, Rum said:

There are different factors to consider. Pot vs. column. New vs. used cooperage. Can you get samples to try?

I just had some Appleton Joy a few nights ago. One of my absolute favorites. Aged a minimum of 25 years. It is not over-aged by any stretch. 

If the juice is good, that age in rum will get you a very high potential retail price.

I have samples coming my way now. I also am getting details on inventory and age, but I don't have those yet. Glad to hear your recent 25 year was not overaged. I have heard great things about the juice I am referring to, but I don't have all the details yet. I just had the fear of the barrels being overaged already. 

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The samples will tell you what you need to know! :)  I tasted some 23 year old from Nicaragua that was a very small part of a blend we were bottling for another brand a few years ago. I am not sure that I would call it over-aged, but it wasn't very good. It tasted like pretty boring one dimensional column rum aged in barrels without a lot of life in them. So many factors...

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