Trois Rivières Vintages 1970s/ 80s

Trois Rivières vintages from the 1970s and 1980s today. They should all be around ten to twelve years old but I do not have the exact numbers for all of the bottlings. But that’s of secondary concern, as there should be one or two real gems among them, at least. Trois Rivières 1986 10YO (45%):…

Long Pond 1982

You know that my introductions have become less and less readable. Either there’s a bad (read: in my world excellent!) joke, some boring anecdote or background information nobody cares about. Alas, let’s just skip that gibberish and jump right in. Robert Watson Jamaica (Long Pond) 1982 26YO (48%): The (alleged!?) blended 1982 Jamaicans by the…

Le Galion

Le Galion is a sugar factory on Martinique, about 20 minutes from Fort de France. It is actually the last sugar factory in Martinique. Established between 1861 and 1865, its name is derived from the nearby river Galion, which was used as a drinking water supply point by the Spanish galleons. Since 1984, the management…

Diamond 2001 (Diamond)

A batch of rums from the Diamond Blair still. There has been some confusion if it is a Diamond or an Uitvlugt (Savalle), but recently, the latter has been confirmed. What is more, the word on the street is (or much rather some very shady back alley) that these rums wear the marque SWR –…

Domaine de Séverin

We are entering completely new territory today with Domaine de Séverin. Its history starts in the 18th century with the sugar plantation “Habitation Bellevue”, which seems to be a very common name for estates with nice views in the French Antilles. Around 1800, Monsieur Séverin acquires the Domaine which then became a pineapple cannery. Fast forward to…

Gardel

Gardel is no stranger to us, yet the only Gardel we’ve reviewed so far was the legendary Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982 20YO. Let’s add a few expressions to that list. Bristol Gardel 1992 10YO (46%): This one has received a “French Cask Finish” and I am guessing that this might some sort of Brandy, rather than…

Enmore (Versailles) “KFM” 1991

I didn’t think that there will be any more rums of this batch. After all, the last relese I am aware of dates back 12 (!) years ago. But apparently this year’s rotation of the Main Rum Company revealed a few more casks and the Flensburg Rum Company was the quickest player on the market….

Caroni 1974

Besides a few official bottlings and a pair of abysmal Moon Import Caronis from the 1960s, these are the oldest Caronis I know. But old isn’t always better, especially with Caroni, who had their glorious moments in the 1990s if you ask me. Anyway, we have to admit that this is already the second time…

L’Encantada (Armagnac)

We’ve amassed a huge amount of Armagnacs and while we can navigate the field of Armagnac somewhat reasonably, we don’t know how to pick the cherries exactly. What we know is that we should improve these skills quickly, as there are still many excellent, vastly underpriced (!) Armagnacs around. These gems just want to be…

Rhum Around the World again

Just another bag of rhums, that didn’t really fit in anywhere else. The idea is that these rhums can come from all over the world, that they come from countries that we do not visit often (in a metaphorical sense) and that we do not have proper companions to taste alongside. Alas, a rather wild…

Rhum Rhum

Rhum Rhum is about to move from Bielle to Poisson (Père Labat) and will be registered as an individual distillery. Apparently, working with Bielle turned out to be rather difficult. I wonder what this means for Rhum Rhum, since I’ve always loved Bielle, but never felt quite the same for Père Labat. At best, or…

Port Mourant 1989

When we’ve done Caroni 1989, I’ve told you that there aren’t many great rums from my year of birth. This batch of Port Mourant is arguably the best though and we were very fortunate to finally get a rum at full cask strength. With these Duncan Taylors, I am always having my doubts… I’d say…