At Drunken Tiki, when a spirit is being rated, it is intended to serve as an ‘informed opinion’ of how the product is received – that is, as reviewed by our internal judges, which is designed to help you decide which products you should explore further.
Generally speaking, we typically conduct our testing based around three applications:
Consuming the spirit neat
Mixing the spirit in a classic Daiquiri (or with Jasper’s Secret Mix)
Mixing the spirit with Coca-Cola (if it is a dark rum)
In some instances we may blind test the spirit, as well as expand our tasting repertoire beyond the above mentioned applications.
We generally base our rating criteria around four directives:
NOTE: We understand that any knowledge that we may have about any kind of spirit may tend to cloud our judgment and influence our assessment. As such, we only reserve our blind tasting methodology for those challenging spirits that have multiple competitors within the same category.
TASTING FORMULAS WE USE:
• 2 oz Rum
• 1 oz Lime Juice
• 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Jasper’s Secret Mix:
• 16 oz Lime Juice
• 3 Cups of White Sugar
• 1.5 oz Angostura Bitters
• 1/2 Whole Nutmeg, Grated
NOTE: While there is no definitive version of either one, the above recipes are the specific ones championed by master mixologist Jim ‘Hurricane’ Hayward in his many experimentations and which we’ve found to be the most accurate in terms of showcasing any given spirit.
Drunken Tiki’s 5-Star Rating System: