KNOW HOW TO SPOT QUALITY RUM
Being able to clock a quality rum from a mile away is critical. For this, all you need to do is to rely on your senses. First, pour a small amount of rum into a glass and give it a swirl. If the rum is cloudy, then it is no good.
Quality dark rum should have a clear amber tint, while white rum should be completely clear, like vodka. Give the rum a swoosh in your mouth. You are dealing with a lousy rum if there is an immediate sharp burn.