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Cruzan 2 year old light rum becomes 14 month
Registered Astronaut
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Posted: 2008-06-07 3:20 pm   Permalink

a little of topic, but seeing as Martin's on the phone, does anybody know about heat and alcohol and negative side effects? I keep my good liquor in a bar in the living room, but my everyday stuff, which is most of my mixing rums (including that Cruzan 2 year) in a cabinet above the fridge. On really hot days (i have no AC) the fridge works extra hard, giving off a lot of heat which rises and warms the cabinet. Some hot days my rums are like probably near body temperature. I know it ruined my chambord for sure. I know heat ruins beer too, but I can't seem to tell if it's hurting my rums. It makes the ice melt a lot faster, which sucks.

 
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bewarethe151
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Posted: 2008-06-07 5:02 pm   Permalink

Not a good spot for storage of any bottles which you intend to keep more than, say, a month. The cycle from warm to cool, warm to cool, ... aids the change of a molecule. Certainly, liquors are the most effected with the breakdown of sugar. With spirits, the amount of air in the bottle (how much has been drunk) is a major factor in stability and the ill effects of thermo-cycling. A full bottle is better suited for storage in adverse conditions than one which is half full. A stable cool spot is best for long term storage. One side note, direct sunlight, even in a cool place is bad, too.

 
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martiki
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Posted: 2008-06-07 6:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-07 17:02, bewarethe151 wrote:
Not a good spot for storage of any bottles which you intend to keep more than, say, a month. The cycle from warm to cool, warm to cool, ... aids the change of a molecule. Certainly, liquors are the most effected with the breakdown of sugar. With spirits, the amount of air in the bottle (how much has been drunk) is a major factor in stability and the ill effects of thermo-cycling. A full bottle is better suited for storage in adverse conditions than one which is half full. A stable cool spot is best for long term storage. One side note, direct sunlight, even in a cool place is bad, too.



All true- especially pronounced as mentioned with a hi-sugar product, regardless of proof. Best just to put them into a low dark cabinet away from a heat source. Better still to drink them, thus providing the excuse to get more, which will have less air in the bottle, at least for a while. Then repeat. It's a vicious circle.


 
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DJ HawaiianShirt
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Posted: 2008-06-10 08:47 am   Permalink

Crap. I just recently got a new bottle of Cruzan White to do my own comparison to Mt Gay White. No wonder the Cruzan didn't taste as good as my last bottle. I checked the label yesterday and it is the new 14 month.

Regardless, Cruzan is still one of the best rum values on the shelf, and I'll continue to buy it.
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2008-06-11 10:22 am   Permalink

After seeing this thread, I finally got by my liquor store to see if they had any more of the 2 yr white. They had 6 1.75L bottles ($16.49), so I cleaned 'em out. Still have 9 750ml bottles of white 2 yr, but at $11.49, I passed.
All their Cruzan dark still has the old 2 yr label.


 
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BrickHorn
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Posted: 2008-06-11 12:42 pm   Permalink

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On 2008-06-11 10:22, Limbo Lizard wrote:
After seeing this thread, I finally got by my liquor store to see if they had any more of the 2 yr white. They had 6 1.75L bottles ($16.49), so I cleaned 'em out. Still have 9 750ml bottles of white 2 yr, but at $11.49, I passed.
All their Cruzan dark still has the old 2 yr label.



I picked up two 1.75L bottles of the 2 year-old dark for $14.99 each yesterday. That ought to keep me stocked for a few months.

On the other hand, Hors d'Age was selling at the same store for $55. OUCH.

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Brenda's Tiki Hut
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Posted: 2008-06-11 2:08 pm   Permalink

Dang sneaky bastards! I feel like reenacting the Boston Tea Party. We should outlaw fine print in advertising.

 
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2008-12-30 4:14 pm   Permalink

What's going on with Cruzan? There have been two more re-designs of the label, since the initial change that prompted this topic. The ones I saw today say, "Aged at least 2 years" on the dark, and "Aged at least 1 year" on the light. So, they may have dropped another 2 months off the aging of their light rum.
There was another label on the dark, between this one and the one that had "Aged VII" on it. I had planned to take a comparison picture of the bottles, next time I restocked. But it had changed again, before I bought one!

(Later) Well, apparently there've been a couple changes of ownership, recently, judging by some
posts about Cruzan at the Ministry of Rum.

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Rum Balls
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Posted: 2008-12-31 07:38 am   Permalink

I noticed new labels and a slightly different bottle design on Cruzan white & gold rum bottles at the liquor store yesterday. Labels referred to both as "aged rums." Didn't take a picture. Quality of the rum aside, I liked the new labels and bottles.

And is it me, or has the Coruba label changed a little? I can't confirm it, since I recycled my old bottle before buying the new one, but it seems different to me.
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DJ HawaiianShirt
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Posted: 2008-12-31 07:46 am   Permalink

I'm pretty sure that "aged at least one year" is simply another way to say "14 months".
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