Hello there !
Here is a little topic to discuss with y’all rum lovers After a brief talk with @Oliver, we felt that the rum database structure could be improved, since the rum classification can be very tricky sometimes.
It indeed requires to take into consideration some elements :
if you classify rums by distillery (which is according to me to most instinctive approach for the classification) then how about the lost distilleries from the past : for instance Cambridge is long gone but the style is still reproduced thanks to Long Pond, so can we consider it as a Long Pond due to the distillery, or as a Cambridge for the style ?
Sometimes the approach needs to go deeper, because a distillery can produce different rums for different brands. In Martinique for instance, Saint James produces J Bally rhums, or the Distillerie du Simon produces Clément, HSE and Braud & Quennesson rhums, which by the distillery approach results in a messy classification with rhums from all the brands inside the same category.
Sometimes the information can be misleading due to the bottler’s marketing : we all know for instance that Velier’s Versailles 1998 is not distilled or made at Versailles’ distillery since it’s long gone by that time.
Why most Enmore made Versailles Still are categorized as « Enmore » but the Enmore 1994 from Nobilis is classified as « Enmore (Versailles) » unlike most of the other 1994 REV bottlings ? Of course, Guyana is a very tricky issue on that topic that could also be addressed.
Anyway, just wanted your thoughts on the database structure to make it easier and more convenient for us all !