Armagnac: Château de Léberon

All of these products are cask strength and neither sweetened nor coloured. Just what we are looking for. They also claim to be made to 65% from Ugni-Blanc and to 35% from Colombard. We are still noobies in this field, but these two grapes seem to produce our least favorite Armagnacs. Just saying – even…

Cognac: Vallein Tercinier

Let’s begin the Cognac part of “Yaktober” with my absolute favorite bottler: Vallein Tercinier. They just release stuff like no other. They are the Velier of the Cognac world if you want. We shall have a standard first and the move on over to the serious fellas. Vallein Tercinier Roots XO (Blend, 44%): A blend…

Armagnac: Domaine de Danis

The Domaine de Danis is located in the north-west of the Gers department and features 35 hectares of vines. The family-owned estate, which has been passed on from generation to generation for more than four centuries, is producing both, wine and Armagnac, made mainly from Folle Blanche, but also Colombard. Danis 1986 (48%): Nose: A…

Armagnac: Château de Lacquy

Welcome to “Yaktober”! Yak (i.e. Armagnac and Cognac) has gained increasing popularity with us over the last year and a half and it was simply about time to dedicate a full month to our new fling. So if you are a long time reader, I invite you to take the journey with us, no matter…

Saint Lucia Distillers 2002

Saint Lucia Distillers have finally made the leap from being a distillery where only the IBs were really good to providing excellent co-bottlings under the Chariman’s Reserve line. While we are more than happy to celebrate the latter, we should also not forget the bottlers that have contributed to making the brand what it is…

A pair of very old Gardels

Two real heavyweights from days looong gone. Both of these Rums have been distilled before we were even born! Rumclub Gardel 1983 38YO (46,6%): Did you believe that we will see such a bottling in 2021? Personally, I did not. Such old Rums in general are getting rarer and rarer and if you consider that…

Gardels that shouldn’t be Gardels

If the name of the article doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, it is actually quite simple: Everything we know tells us that the Gardel distillery was already closed by 1998 (my information is that the still(s) have been scrapped in 1992). Now either these Rums have been labelled incorrectly or there have been…

Versailles from the Diamond Era

Today we shall have a vertical tasting with a few Versailles that have been distilled during the era of the Diamond Distillery, i.e. the time from 2000 till today. The most prominent such batch would be the 2004 one, which we already treated, and shall treat again shortly, in a separate post. These Rums typically…

Armagnac: Lafitte, Lafite & Lahitte

We will be having an entire month exclusively with Yak (i.e. Armagnac and Cognac) soonish (Yaktober sounds good to me, eh!?) but still have some background work to do. Among others, that will feature a whole page dedicated to France’s other noble spirits – keep in mind that Rhum is still numéro un. As a…

J.M

We are preparing for a massive vintage J.M tasting like we’ve done it with J.Bally, so let’s take this as a warming-up session. Since the tasting was planned for more than a year ago and didn’t happen so far, we really don’t know when we will have it though. J.M VO (43%): We shouldn’t forget…

More Mhobas

We adore aliterations, and this one was too obvious. It has been a while since we’ve had our last Mhobas and it almost feels like this newcomer isn’t that new to the Rum business anymore. They have been getting a lot of praise over the last couple of years (rightly so) and seem to have…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986 encore (old ones)

After the young ones, it is a pleasure to present the old ones as well! Berry Bros & Rudd Barbados (WIRR) 1986 21YO (46%): The youngest of the old ones, bottled at drinking strength. Oh yeah, that was still pretty much the standard in the first decade of the 2000s… Nose: Compared to the “young…