¡Que bonito es Panamá!

Most of you probably aren’t familiar with Janosch’s “Oh wie schön ist Panama”, which tells the story of the little tiger and little bear travelling to Panama. It’s message is putting “home” into perspective, making you realize that it is not always as bad as you might think. Moreover, it is famous for its line…

Monymusk 2007

In a way this is the announced follow-up to the 2003 Monymusk cross-tasting. However, I was under the impression that I have a few more samples from the batch but well… you can see for yourself. The benchmark Monymusk from 2007 is still the L’Esprit Monymusk 2007 9YO for me but these rums should get better as…

Port Mourant, assortative mating

We might do Port Mourant more than anything else and there are two straightforward reasons for this. Firstly, it is usually pretty good and secondly, I doubt there’s any other rum style that has been bottled more often than this. Let’s start with two rather young, low abv PMs from 2005 and see what we can…

Skeldon (1973 vs 2000)

I am having two Skeldons in the closet. Okay, let’s start over. You’re probably aware of it when you are a frequent reader of the blog and thus tend to belong to the very tiny amount of people who are part of this small, nerdy subsection of the rum-scene but the “Skeldon” labled rums have…

Karukera

We didn’t feature Karukera so far, which is distilled at Esperance, who also produce Longueteau. Now I wasn’t too impressed with the last set of Longuetues (they were solid rhums, mind you!) some time ago but my understanding is that rhums released under the Karukera label are a bit more “selective”. So let’s see if they…

Selected Cask Community 2018 (July-December)

This is part II of the Selected Cask Community bottlings from 2018, spanning the months July to December plus two bonuses. For more information and the bottlings from January to June, click here. SCC Martinique Le Galion 6YO (60,1%): No fancy barrel this time, just a simple ex-Bourbon cask maturation (finally!). Le Galion is interesting…

Selected Cask Community 2018 (January-June)

The Selected Cask Community (SCC) is a monthly rum subscription by the self titled “sensorisches Wunderkind” (sensoric prodigy) Nicolas Kröger. Sorry, I just had to mock that ;). But who cares as long as his selections live up to what’s advertised. With this subscription we get a 10cl sample of one absolutely unadulterated rum per month, which…

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados’ youngest distillery, started distilling in 2013, even though they were already bottling rum since 2009. While the distillery is very new, it is home to one of the oldest sugar cane plantations in Barbados and possibly also the entire Caribbean. It seems plausible that rum has been distilled here at some…

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky today. For the funnsies, let’s give it its own rating system. A+ is the best, F the worst. But before we start, let’s have an overview of the country’s distilleries. Chichibu: Japan’s newest distillery about two hours north west of Tokyo opened in 2008. They face a very diverse climate with hot and…

Three XOs from Martinique (Dillon, La Mauny & J.M)

Rum knows few standards and while they are slowly but steadily on the rise in some places, with Jamaica’s geographical indication being the most recent development, none of them comes close to Martinique‘s AOC regulations, the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. Hence, while none of todays rhums carries a proper age statement, we can be sure that…

Bonne Mère 2014

If you’ve never heard of Bonne Mère you are not alone. It is a little-known distillery located in Sainte-Rose in the north of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. From 1863 to 1973 they operated as a sugar factory but today it is a very modern distillery which is producing almost exclusively ethanol. Apparently they decided to do some…

Westerhall vertical

We don’t get many rums from Grenada and most of them, while not bad, are frankly quite dull. Perhaps that perception changes with the recent 25YO single cask by Rum Artesanal; I don’t think there has ever been such an old rum from the island. Our exercise today is twofold: First, I try to find out…