Long Pond 1985

When I started with this hobby, getting rums from the 1980s was absolutely no problem. These days, it is getting more and more difficult expensive. That said, I feel like the 80s have been an extraordinary time for rum, a period where some distilleries have been at the peak of their abilities, it seems. Well,…

Hampden 2007

The 2007 Hampden batch actually shouldn’t exist. After all, the distillery just resumed production in 2009. Apparently NRJ ran a couple of distillations in 2007 so that we are getting this batch now. This is interesting since it seems likely that entirely different people might have produced this rum than those who have been employed…

Going vertical with Uitvlugt (French Savalle Still)

We didn’t review many real Uitvlugts so far, i.e. rums from the French Savalle still and neither Port Mourant nor rums from other stills that have temporarily been residing at Uitvlugt distillery. In fact, I think the really good rums from the Savalle still I know can be counted with the fingers of both hands,…

Entry-Level Rye Blind Tasting

Waaaay ago, I’ve participated in an entry-level Rye blind tasting. Being a fan of Rye in mixed drinks but not necessarily one of sipping them straight convinced me to broaden my horizon. After all, the worst that could happen is that we are starting to like these Ryes… Since this was blind tasting, I had…

Caroni 2000

2000 is the last known Caroni vintage and somewhat ironically, also my first encounter with the distillery back then. It was love at first sight if you want and I will probably never forget my very first sip of the Velier Caroni 2000 12YO. This was so unique, lovely and just different from all other…

Damoiseau 1980

We’re back with another pair of rums. This time we are having two Damoiseaus from 1980. I don’t know why but these days I am not really in the mood for these larger sessions that I usually do. We do have plenty of intersting duos and trios to bridge the gap to the usual format…

Port Mourant 1993

They say tropical ageing is about two to three times as fast as continental ageing. Today we have a wee battle between a relatively younger, tropically aged Port Mourant and one that has been ageing for essentially twice as long in the UK. The only other 1993 Port Mourant I am aware of is the…

Grays (New Grove)

According to Wikipedia, the distillery was created in 1931, when Harel Frères bought the Mauritius OK Distillery. In 1939, with the difficulties of the WW2, the island had problems importing petroleum products and the distillery produced fuel as a substitute. The plant was later renovated to produce rum and other spirits and in 1980 a…

Bellevue/ Belvedere (Damoiseau) 1998 encore

There are just so many rums from this batch out there, we just had to do another session. And before the questions start to appear again, yes, these are all from Damoiseau! Cadenhead’s Bellevue “GMBV” 1998 16YO (57,1%): We start with a slightly older bottling. GMBV is a typical Main mark by the way. I…

Port Mourant 1990

Happy Easter! I feel like we should have done a Happy Ester tasting but let’s safe that for some other time and stop at Port Mourant again. We never do get fed up with it, do we!? James MacArtuhr’s Port Mourant 1990 (50%): Unfortunately we know neither the age nor the bottling date of this one…

HSE

Is this really our first HSE session!? Oh my… Today it is distilled at Le Simon, which dates back to 1862 and has been dubbed the “ghostwriter distillery” by several people since they a) are not open to the public and b) do not produce rhum under their own name. Habitation Saint-Étienne (HSE) had to…

April’s Fool 2020: “Señor Popo”

After months, perhaps even years, of searching I’ve finally found a rum collector in Panama City who not only has the entire, incredibly rare, range of Señor Popo, but who was also willing to send over some samples. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, I won’t have to tell you how rare…