What does rum have to do with taxonomy, you ask? Rums are manufactured in several grades. Light rums are commonly used for cocktails, while golden and dark rum are commonly consumed straight or “on the rocks”. Choosing a meaningful taxonomy is difficult because there is no single standard for organizing it. WhaTech brought this interesting information to us in their article, “New report: United States rum industry market segments scrutinized in new research.”

In the 18th century, Carl Linnaeus published a system for classifying living things, which has been developed into the modern classification system. Organizing content with a standards-based taxonomy allows you to connect, relate, and classify your data – regardless of the topic. Animals, plants and yes, rum, included. Ponder that while you are consuming your rum drinks this weekend.

Melody K. Smith

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