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Sep 14, 2011 02:12 PM

rhum clement vsop

why are there two bottles?

There is a skinny bottle with some twine around it and the thicker fat bottle that has a cork top (that is the one i have)

I find it strange there are two different versions of the same product, i dont see any difference between the two

Anyone have an idea on this?

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  1. The stout, nicer-looking bottle is newer. And seems to come with a slightly higher price tag. The liquid inside is, as far as I know, identical.

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    1. re: davis_sq_pro

      So the new bottle is the same as the Creole Shrubb bottle?

      1. re: ncyankee101

        I've had Creole Shrub in both styles of bottle, too. Only the stout bottles are shown on their website.

          1. re: ncyankee101

            never had the Shrubb i use Curacao of Curacao orange in my Mai Tai's

            I assume they have similar flavor profiles?

    2. Perhaps a desire from bars where shelf space is a limiting factor and taking up the area of 1.5 bottles might make it a tougher sell over a competing brand?

      I know that many distilleries will do different bottlings such as 700 mL for Europe and 750 mL for the US (I believe 1 L is common for both area's bottling laws, so if they only want to do one run, that's the best option). No clue how this would factor in if both the tall and the squat bottles are the same volume.

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      1. re: yarm

        Yeah but the new bottle is fatter and takes up more space.

        I'm a fan of tall slender bottles, so long as they are no taller than Luxardo Maraschino. ;) Chambord would be an example of a bottle whose contents, storage efficiency, and design are unappealing to me.

      2. I was told by the brand Pres. that they changed bottles when the last of the old women who wove the straw around the bottles retired and/or passed away. This was around 2-3 years ago.

        1. Don't know (and don't really care) about the bottles, but I sure do like that Rhum Clement!

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          1. re: DavidT

            I like it in a Mai Tai, but not so much straight. Am I the only one who gets a flavor note reminiscent of the smell of burnt rubber on the finish?

            1. re: nickls

              I'ver never had RC VSOP but I get such a note from Sea Wynde.

              1. re: nickls

                I just tried VSOP neat and I did not detect anything like burnt rubber. That said, I seldom drink rum neat or straight, although it is darn cost-effective compared to Scotch.

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                1. re: EvergreenDan

                  I seldom drink rum, but Rhum Agricole from a snifter can be an amazingly complex drink . . .