Rum Around the World – ‘Exotics’

The most exotic rum I’ve reviewed so far was probably the Inverroche 7YO from South Africa. As I have had it in a blind-tasting, I had absolutely no clue where to put that one. Similarily, I’ve also tasted quite a few rums from Japan and especially Germany, which I’d put in this very same category….

Saint James

We’ve already reviewed one of the famous 1998 bottlings of Saint James where you can find some background information on the distillery. Today we will have a look at two of their ‘standards’ and a rather special pair of rhums. Saint James 12YO (~2017, 43%): The twelve-year-old has always been a good yet borderline pricy…

Three Albions

It finally happened. DDL released two of the styles everyone and their mums have been waiting for since the company stopped giving Velier the exclusive right to bottle from their warehouse. Albion probably requires few introductory words and if the name doesn’t ring a bell just let me refer you to the Guyana country article…

The Secret Treasures St. Lucia 9YO: John Dore vs Vendome

When I started this blog about two years ago I’ve contemplated combining rum reviews with my views on economics (and politics perhaps), but quickly dismissed the idea because, well… I figured who would give a ****. My next idea was to combine it with music but in the end decided not to pursue this path…

Belle Bielle

Admittedly, our headlines aren’t the most creative these days but what shall we do if we don’t just want to label everything “vertical xy”. We didn’t have a lot of Bielles on here so far except for their Blanc and a 6YO from 2010 that has been bottled for LMDW’s 60th anniversary. Today we are…

A pair from Sancti Spiritus

Cuba’s Sancti Spiritus distillery is no stranger to us and while we are not too fond of most rums from Cuba in general, Sancti Spiritus seens to be the exception to the rule. As we didn’t write about them too much in the past, let me just refer you to this review, where some more…

Longueteau “Harmonie Series”

Some time ago Longueteau started releasing a triplet of full proof rhums under the Harmonie theme. We have a Rhum Ambré with the “Prélude”, a Rhum Vieux with the “Symphonie” and a Rhum Très Vieux with the “Concerto”. They typically utilse a mix of 65% red cane (canne rouge) and 35% blue cane (canne bleue)…

Caroni Employees

The Employee series by the Italian bottler Velier wants to honour the former workers of the Caroni distillery. I really like the idea and Velier obviously knows just too well how important it is to provide us little pieces like these which make the myth, heck, the legend, live on. The mysteries around the distillery…

Long Pond 2000

Another session with Long Pond, the King of Wedderburn. But be warned, it’s a quite a large one. The “younger” 2000 Long Ponds were quite good already but they seem to get a lot better as they get older. Let’s see. The Rum Cask Long Pond 2000 13YO (58,2%): Compared to some of the other…

Hampden 1992

1992 is one of if not the first Hampden vintage I’ve had. These rums wear the HLCF marque and thus have an ester concentration between 500 and 700 g/hlaa. Despite being relatively extreme expressions (relative to other rums, not relative to other Hampdens), these rums have become somewhat elegant over the years and the fruity…

St. Lucia Distillers – a wee bit vertical

The country page for St. Lucia was the first article I wrote for this blog about two years ago, yet I only managed to review one St. Lucian rum so far… So let’s do some catching up with a pair of older and a pair of more recent bottlings. Hamilton St. Lucia 2004 9YO (61,3%):…

Another trio of W.I.R.D. 2000

After Cedrik’s article about W.I.R.D. and the Rockley style I just had to go back to them. I’ve already had quite a large session with the 1986 bottlings but I am currently waiting for another sample of an (alleged) legend to arrive. Alas, another trio of 2000s has to do it for now (click here…