Did we just acquire some Bologne!?

There just aren’t many Bolognes so there’s not much to write about. But here’s a brand new pair, at least it is new to us. Bologne Élevé Sous Bois (42%): Admittedly, these basics aren’t the most exciting bottlings but they are always worth checking out. This one ought to be one or two years old….

Travellers Today

Travellers is a distillery that’s always on the edge of greatness if you ask me. Some bottlings could hold their ground between some of the best Guyana column still Rums while others seemingly fall apart between multi-column nonsense. That shows again how important cask management or the quality of a barrel is. By the way,…

Armagnac: Domaine de la Poste

100% Ugni Blanc with Darroze’s Domaine de la Poste, which very quickly made a name for itself, as far as I can tell/ my small bubble is concerned. Darroze Domaine de la Poste 1987 34YO (49%): Nose: Extremely floral with lavender, violets and other fragrant flowers. Then sweet peaches and other related stone fruits, juicy…

New Year – New Yarmouth

Yes, that title was stupid, but what shall we do!? S.B.S New Yarmouth “WK” (PX Sherry) 2020 2YO (58,3%): While we still do not know what WK stands for, it denotes the ultra high ester marque of New Yarmouth, with a registered ester range of 1500-1600 gr/hlaa. This one aged entirely in a former PX…

Not a Rum of the Year List 2022

2022 has been an incredibly tumultuous year for us and, for the first time in over five years (!), we’ve had to take not one, but two breaks from blogging. Instead of rambling about the reasons for it, giving you the “Best Rums of the Year” or reviewing the year of Rum (which can be…

Savanna: Wild Islands and other shenanigans

To take it right away, our 2021 Wild Island edition by Savanna is incomplete and we miss arguably its most exciting bottling, the Grand Arôme. Nevertheless, Savanna knows to deliver on essentially all playing grounds. Alas, let’s ride. How about some basics for a start!? Savanna 5YO (43%): A 5YO Rhum Traditionnel. Yes, it doesn’t…

Chairman’s Reserve, more and more

If there’s a series that we just cannot get enough of, it is probably Chairman’s Reserve. No matter what it is, it is always a pleasure to taste these Rums. Chairman’s Reserve 2012 8YO “Bar 1802” (59,6%): John Dore I and Vendome, usually a killer combination. Nose: Oh yeah! Thick honey and maple syrup, fresh…

Monymusk from the 1990s

After having “in-depth” looks at the 1995 and 1997 batches, I thought it was about time to check out what else Monymusk has been like in the 1990s. We didn’t find too many expressions, only “one-ofs” in fact, but I believe all three of today’s Rums should be real bangers. Flensburg Rum Company Clarendon “JMM”…

Diamond 1998

Since we are on a small Demerara trip let’s have a wee battle between two El Dorado Diamonds today. El Dorado Diamond “<SVW> DLR” ‘CBH’ 1998 20YO (55,1%): I’ve never heard of CBH to be honest but that shouldn’t bother us. Nose: Demerara Rum par excellence. My description of “dry sweetness” makes only sense if…

Albion 2012

There have been the legendary Velier bottlings and an outstanding El Dorado but other than that, we never got any Albions. At least we were not aware of any. After all, we often times do not get to know a Rum’s marque and as we’ve learned, profiles change over time as production equipment and human…

Three dark (coloured) young Demeraras

We are finally back – if you have been waiting for it or not! At least we will drastically shorten the time between posts. As the title says, we have three Demeraras on the agenda that are all young, heavily coloured and more or less permanently available standards that have been around for quite some…

Enmore (Versailles) 1988 “AWM / MEA”

The light aka uncoloured 1988 Enmore Versailles batch. I still have noch clue what the marque “AWM” stands for but “MEA” just has to be Main Enmore AWM. In case you are wondering, the “dark” 1988 Enmore match will follow eventually, and it will be split into at least two sessions I think! By the…