A r(h)um trip to Martinique and Saint Lucia

Our dear correspondent Johannes went to Martinique, Saint Lucia and Dominica. Here’s a short summary of his journey! Two months have passed since my wife and I made a trip to the “r(h)um islands” Martinique and Saint Lucia, with the clear goal to visit every distillery that is open for public. I wanted to write…

River Antoine

Today we will do something we haven’t done in a long time: We will taste only a single rum. The reason is trivial though: I just don’t have a suitable companion. Grenada’s River Antoine is one of those few mysterious rum distilleries – but not because there isn’t enough information on them, no, it is…

2x Cadenhead’s Demerara 1975

Demerara 1975 always sounds like Port Mourant, don’t you think!? Nevertheless, these two old Cadenhead’s Green Label series bottlings might be blends from different Guyanese stills but I am not sure. But as we will see, they inevitably make you think of Port Mourant anyway… Cadenhead’s Demerara 1975 30YO (40,5%): Nose: Very deep and rich, especially…

Australia

Thanks to bottle splits and our good buddy Niki we’ve scored some rum from Australia. To be honest with you, that doesn’t really get me excited but we should give it a try at least. According to this list, there are 34 rum distilleries on the island continent and a rough guess (I didn’t check…

Long Pond “TECA” (2003 vs 2005)

TECA, a mark that can most likely be associated with the long-time closed Tilston Estate, is imitated by Long Pond Distillery these days. Pretty much in the same way as DDL is producing many of the old Demerara marks if you want. Anyway, few styles have been polarising the rum scene as much as TECA…

Rumexpert Blind Tasting 2019 (#13)

Chances are that you are not familiar with “Airprib’s” Rumexpert blind tastings but that’s not a problem, you can find out more right here. Disclaimer: As always, I didn’t spend as much time with these rums as I would like to (and should) but what can you do…!? Schwarz New Grove (Grays) 2009 9YO (Mauritius, 54,7%):…

No theme – rums at random

We have no theme this time, just a random list of rums I have tried recently. Cause sometimes we just aren’t in the mood to do cross-tastings. Or the rums didn’t fit in anywhere else. Or we didn’t have any suitable partners. Or we were just lazy. Or we didn’t find the time to do it…

Charrette

Charrette – An intense period of design or planning activity. May refer to any collaborative session in which a group of desingers drafts a solution to a design problem. But maybe, just maybe, it really just refers to a cart. Anyway, it kinda feels a bit like self-flagellation from time to time lately. When I…

Hampden HGML (2010 vs 1983)

We have a new tropically aged Hampden and what many seem to believe, a new Hampden mark. But that’s far from the truth. However, we have to go way back in time if we want to compare the mark. In fact, the only other HGML vintage I know is 1983 and for quite some time…

Diamond 2004 (Enmore)

This is a batch that has been released en masse lately. The very first release that I remember was the Whiskybroker 2004 12YO, where we already learned about the mark: “MDXC”. While I still don’t know what this is referring to, I am 99% sure that the last C indicated coloured, since we’ve got coloured…

Montebello

Montebello are the guys who store their barreled rhum in large steel containers in order to fasten the maturation process. Since all the fuss is about tropical ageing these days (well, not just these days), I wonder how we should call this!? Tropical ageing+, tropical ageing 2.0 or perhaps super ageing!? But it in the…

Clément

It has been quite some time since we’ve done Clément. Now while I did have the occasional Clément every now and then, I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed them outside of a blind tasting. Let’s change that today. We do like Clément though, by the way! For some background info, let me refer you to…