Blends, with ups and downs

Another sessions of Blends. When done correctly, they can excel. But how often is that really the case? Rum Artesanal Burke’s Single Blended Rum (Jamaica & Réunion, 61%): This is not the first Burke’s by Heinz Eggert. In fact, there have been several different releases in the past with different compositions and based on the…

1960s Caronis (Moon Import)

Judged by the date of distillation, todays duo of Rums by the Italian bottler Moon Import are the two oldest vintage Caronis I know. Sure, we’ve had blends, that possibly date back to the time before that, but we do not know for sure. The purpose is to compare these profiles to the ones from…

Nine Leaves

We’ve actually had almost all or even all of the Nine Leaves that have been released already but only reviewed two of them so far. That’s either because we’ve only had them at a fair or didn’t take any notes for whatever other reason – we aren’t going to start justifying ourselves at this point!…

Clarendon (Monymusk) 1984

Sometimes you get Rums that you couldn’t imagine to get, either because they exist no more as they have been blended or because they are still resting in some warehouse, only waiting to fall victim to the same practice. But then there are the times when companies are sold, acquired, consolidated, or part of the…

Ancient Enmores and Versailles from the 1970s

On paper, this should be a fun session. Exactly the type of session we’d love to do every time. I am afraid we cannot, though. It doesn’t help, but these old Enmores and Versailles from around the 1970s are probably my personal favorites of all time. This magical style, paired with the patience of these…

Demeroni (Le Gus’t Demerara 2002)

A trio of Caroni cask Demeraras today. We’ve already had the very cool Le Gus’t Demerara 2002 14YO at 46% and today we shall taste the corresponding Optimum Proof bottling as well as the two follow-up releases. Le Gus’t Demerara 2002 14YO “Optimum Proof” (61,6%): Nose: Unsurprisingly, this is relatively close in profile to the…

Novo Fogo (Cachaca)

Cachaca today, with Novo Fogo. Located in the heart of Brazil’s coastal rainforest, Floresta Atlântica, Novo Fogo is special in many regards. They distill in in tiny batches of only 130 liters using a small pot still (see picture below), don’t use any chemicals to grow their cane which grants them the USDA organic certification,…

Hampden, LROK edition

Jamaica’s finest distillery, today without a vintage but a marque instead. LROK (Light Rum Owen Kelly, Esters: 200-400 g/hlaa) is the between-ager of Hampden for me. I believe that Hampden is at its best when it comes to the ultra high ester marques (HLCF and beyond), while Rums with the OWH or LFCH marque feel…

Port Mourant 1997

Port Mourant is interesting since the style can roughly be grouped into three eras. There’s this 1960s/ ’70s/ and parts of ’80s style which has a profile which is about as dark as the Rums themselves. Then there’s the 1990s profile, which share similarities with some Rums of the 1980s where the anise and salty…

Velier Caroni 1996 20YO

This is the second series of 1996s after this pair of 17YOs, which were solid, but not quite up there with some of the other amazing Caronis from that year. Like the 17YOs, these two beauties come from the “Trinidad stock” as well, which, for reasons unknown to me, seems to have produced the slightly…

Damoiseau

Damoiseau is a distillery we have a lot of love for, even though the quality of their Rhums can be hit and miss. But when they deliver, they have the real bangers, you just have to sort out the bad fruits. Fortunately, you have us for that job 😉 Damoiseau VO (42%): VO of course…

Not a Rum of the Year List 2020

Once again, let’s add a short disclaimer: We do not like these best-of lists for several reasons. Furthermore, note first and foremost that this list only contains the Rums we have reviewed on this page in this year. There have been several other amazing Rums which may very well have made the list but we…