New Yarmouth across “all” vintages

“Across all vintages” might sound like a lot, but in the case of New Yarmouth it is not, unfortunately. In fact, we’ve only got three (known!) vintages in total so far, but they were all excellent in their own way. Here’s again the overview of New Yarmouth’s marques: 95-150:       P150-250:     W250-350:   …

Jamaican Blends

Blends with only Jamaican Rums today. Nope, that doesn’t include Verschnitt! Let’s start with a trio of 2008s that have been blended in the barrel by Sheer and see where we can go from there. Compagnie des Indes Jamaica Multi Distillers 2008 10YO (57,9%): The first of these 2008s that I have tried and probably…

Skeldon

Ah, we’re at Skeldon again. Of course not at Skeldon distillery, which shut down for good in or around 1960, but with a pair triplet of Rums that wear the “SWR” marque – i.e. Rums that attempt to mimique those original Skeldon Rums that we more than likely never had and never will have (at…

More Aged Clairins

When we’ve had the first couple of aged Clairins, we’ve made a few observations. Firstly, the majority of the Caroni casks didn’t come through as we thought they would. We only found nuances of the “typical” Caroni notes in a few of the Clairins. Secondly, we didn’t think that these rums really benefitted from cask…

Port Mourant 2003

We’ve already had a few Port Mourants from the 2003 batch but never had a full 2003 session. Let’s see what’s left. Transcontinental Rum Line Diamond Navy (Port Mourant) 2003 12YO (57,18%): I don’t think I will ever understand the reason behind bottling Rum at Navy proof but we don’t always have to understand everything,…

Interview with Oliver Gerhardt (RumX / Rum Tasting Notes)

I’ve always been hoping that eventually someone will come up with “our” spirit’s pendant to the Whiskybase. Sure, there was Référence Rhum, but despite being far away from perfect, its death left a huge void. Alas, we were very happy when we’ve learned about Oliver Gerhardt’s endeavors with the Rum Tasting Notes app (which is…

Sajous

Isn’t it amazing that we now can do an entire session featuring only Sajous now!? Sajous 2019 (56,4%): It has been a while since we’ve had unaged Sajous, so let’s check if the current version holds up to the greatness of the previous batches. Nose: Slightly more earthy than I’ve had it in mind. Despite…

Port Mourant 1985

A bunch of young Port Mourants from 1985 is on the agenda for today. They all come in at 46% and are between 10 and 12 years old. Bristol Port Mourant 1985 10YO (46%): Many of these old Bristols are surprisingly good, despite the dilution, and I don’t expect anything else here. Nose: A bit…

Clairin Sonson & Providence

Today we are having a new (unaged) Clairins on the agenda with Sonson. Its adversary is going to be the first Providence bottling, which is a bit older but one we have yet to present on here. Clairin Sonson 2018 (53,2%): Sonson is produced by Stephan Kalil Saoud in Cabaret, north of Port Au Prince…

Arrak Blind Tasting Part II

We don’t have anything to add. This part II of the Arrak Blind Tasting organised by Artur. All we’ve learned in the meantime is that there will be three more (Rum) blind tastings coming up in the near future. I don’t know what it is going to be but I am sure it is going…

Arrak Blind Tasting Part I

Arrak derives from the Arabic word arak (distillate), which, in the Middle and Near East is typically used to describe anise-flavoured wines made from grapes. We’re obviously interested in a different type of product here though. Usually I’d be telling you something about the history of Arrak here, the Indonesian version of Rum, where the…

Hampden Great Houses

Not sure why, but some of our US bros seem to have difficulties to pronounces the name of “Hampton” distillery. It is really not that difficult actually! So just for you, we have a pair of Hampton Great Houses today! (please excuse the stupid joke – we just couldn’t think of anything much better, these…