How to Taste Rum Like a Pro

how to taste rum like a pro

There's nothing like the taste of rum

There’s nothing quite like the taste of rum. It’s sweet, smooth, and definitely packs a punch. But how do you go about tasting rum properly? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how to taste rum like a pro!

What glass should you drink rum in?

The snifter is a glass used for aged brown spirits such as whiskey, brandy, and fine rums. It has an extremely short stem so that the drinker’s hand will slowly warm up to it while they hold onto its large bowl which allows them to swirl their liquid without spilling any.

Find a good rum

Not all rums are created equal, so it’s important to find a good quality rum before you start tasting. Try to find a brand that you know you like, or ask a liquor store employee for a recommendation. You could also save yourself some time and head straight for the Yolo Rum.

Pour a small amount into a glass

When we do Yolo Rum tasting events, we like to keep things modest. That’s why our tastings are typically only quarter-ounce samples so that you can really get a sense of what rum tastes like before hitting those extra shots with your friends! The goal here isn’t just about experiencing new flavor profiles- it also helps ensure clear-headed reflection during this fun occasion for all involved parties (that includes YOU).

Use your nose before your lips

Take a deep whiff of the rum and try to identify all that is present. First, you will notice an aroma like brown sugar or caramel mixed with hints of spice. Do you smell floral scents, like those of grass or blossoms? Let your nose set the stage for what you are about to taste.

Sip the rum

Now you’re ready to find out what rum tastes like! Take a small sip and let it sit on your tongue for just long enough so that all of the flavors can meld together. Then swish around in your mouth before spitting back out again. What did you think? Was it smooth, or maybe sweet, and does it taste strong? Or did it taste harsh and bitter?

Compare different rums

When you taste a variety of rums, which one is your favorite? Why do you enjoy drinking one particular spirit over all of the others?

Now that you know how to taste rum like a pro, it’s time to put your skills to the test! Pick up a bottle of Yolo Rum and start experimenting. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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