Mélasse Mystique de Martinique

Today we shall have a few older rhums from Martinique and the idea was to have only molasses rums. At the end of the day, we’ve also included an old cane juice distillate as a small bonus, however. Mostly it is not clear which distillery todays rums are hailing from but we  also have at…

Interview with Dominik Marwede (Rum Artesanal)

When asking a rum geek who the bottler of the moment is, many will probably come up with the name “Rum Artesanal“. That title has definitely been well-deserved. They have always been known for the quality of their products and their excellent pricing policy, which really makes you question the decisions of certain other bottlers…

Port Mourant 1975

Essentially antique Port Mourants today. Some have an excellent reputation, others, well, rather an average one. I am not stressing it all time but that’s why we do semi-blind tastings whenever possible. Sure, the difference in abv can often be telling but it is still the best we can do. At least colour is not…

Bourbons Part II

After Part I, let’s move on with a few higher abv Bourbons. Blanton’s Batch 6-8-19 #816 (Buffalo Trace, 51,5%): The coolest thing about Bourbon is the transparency. They give us the batch, the rick and the barrel. The bad thing is that this whole Bourbon world is incredibly tacky, sometime even ridiculous. Well, let’s judge…

Bourbons Part I

Our dear correspondant Johannes is diving deeeep into Bourbon right now and was splitting more than we could digest in years (of Bourbon, that is). Alas, I participated in the first two sets and Johannes and me are going to give you our opinions on the WhiskEys. I do hope that he will continue with…

The Darién Gap 2

Part one of “The Darién Gap” was fun. Well, actually not, but it rhymes. In this session we shall have a few more rums from Panama and Columbia. Probably more of the former but since our buddies from S.B.S have released a rum from Columbia, it felt like the right moment to continue with the…

Supposedly sacred Savannas

Aliterations are awesome, aren’t… ahhh… athey.!? Once again, we are essentially one release series behind, but I don’t think this page has ever been about the hottest current stuff. Savanna 2004 14YO “Unshared Cask Rum Artesanal” (53,6%): This traditional rum (i.e. molasses with “normal” fermentations) has been bottled exclusively for Rum Artesanal, Savanna’s German partner….

Bearing(!?) Blends Part II

This is the follow-up to last week’s tasting, which turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected so I decided to split it into two parts. Transcontinental Rum Line Night Rambler (Haiti & Jamaica, 42%): An unaged, high ester blend that was made for the bar scene, I suppose. It’s a blend of…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part I

A good blend is more than just the sum of its parts. Of course that statement is supposed to be correct, yet most blenders don’t manage to live up to that standard. I guess at the end of the day many producers are just trying to disguise bad barrels. Nevertheless, a few blends manage to…

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,…