An Unjust System?

by Matt Robold on May 5, 2008

So, I once again went over a week without a post here.  I swear that every time I miss a week, it’s for a good reason.  I yearn for the day when my life will be less…”busy”.  Or at least, less busy in the manner that I’ve been kept busy for the past 3 months.

I recently wrote a review of Cabana Cachaca and rated it a 3 out of 5.  Now, this is not a bad rating.  I would estimate that at least half of my rum shelf is occupied by rums of a 3 rating.  In fact, one of my most commonly used and favorite rums in the world is a 3 out of 5 (Appleton Estate V/X).

With the Cabana however, I found myself torn as I determined my completely arbitrary and subjective rating.  My rating system, being my own, has built-in flexibility that I like to call the “How do I feel today” variable…but I try not to invoke it.  As I stated in the review, I don’t typically drink cachacas.  I tend to find them industrial and grassy, and not as enjoyable as most rums, and therefor it’s harder for a cachaca – just by the nature of cachaca itself – to get a high rating in my system because it’s being compared to my favorite and most highly-rated rums.  If, by its very nature, a spirit contains flavors that I don’t particularly care for, how can it possibly ascend to the upper echelons of the pantheon of Dood’s Rum Ratings?  HOW?  I ASK YOU HOW!?!?!?!

One thing I’ve been considering is modifying my rating system.  Actually “modifying” isn’t the correct word…”subdividing” would probably be more accurate.  Of the cachacas that I’ve had, the Cabana is easily one of the top 5 (granted, I haven’t had nearly as many different cachacas as I have more “standard” rums – if there is such a thing).  So, if you’re a fan of cachaca, or you’re looking for a rating of this cachaca against other cachacas, then the 3 out of 5 rating can be a bit misleading.  If I were rating Cabana strictly against other cachacas and not the entirety of the rum category, I could easily upgrade it to a 4 out of 5 – just under the sought-after 5 out of 5 rating (I’ve only ever had one cachaca that I would rate as a 5 out of 5, and it would rate that on the overall rum scale on its own, no extra scale necessary).

My concern is that once I start dividing up my rating system, it could become too confusing.  Where do I draw the line?  Do I only give cachacas a separate system?  What about molasses rums versus rhum agricoles?  What about demerara rums?  What about Jamaican versus Barbadian versus Cruzan versus Cuban, etc?

For this reason, I’m turning to you, dear readers.  I write these reviews for you (mostly…I do have to admit that I enjoy the sound of my own typing and getting to sound like I know what I’m talking about at parties when I denounce Captain Morgan and the Bacardi Silver as swill unfit for my consumption), so your input could prove valuable.  Should cachacas get their own rating system?  How granular should I go?  Should spin-offs such as cachacas have two lines of rating, their “cachaca rating” and their “overall rating”?  How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could drink zombies all night without ending up with a hangover the next morning?


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