Some recent Velier Caronis

Two new ones and two we have some catching-up to do with. Anyway, we have only old and mature stuff today and some of the very last Caronis by Velier ever. Let’s hope they didn’t pass their zenith yet… Velier Caroni 1998 21YO “Kevon Moreno” (69,5%): Be careful, we start with a harsh sequencing of sentences….

Rums with an Islay-Whisky Finish

What do you do if you have a bad cask? Right, give it a fancy finish! But hey, some people claim that there are also great rums that might get even better with these fancy finishes. I am not so sure, but what I know is that some styles and base-rums, if you want, are…

Mount Gay 2000

I don’t think much has to be said about Mount Gay, Barbados’ most consistent and prestigious distillery. If it really is the oldest rum distillery in the world or not is debateble, but it is the oldest one still producing today. At Single Cask Rum we do like Mount Gay but nevertheless this is the…

Vintage J.Ms (1998-2004)

Since I am rather busy these days some old, sketchy, hand-written notes from a J.M semi-blind tasting I have done about two years ago will have to do it. The scores should be treated as a rough indication this time, even more so than usually. I hope to continue with the usual tastings as soon…

Versailles 1985

1985 is probably the most typical and characteristic Versailles vintage I know. At least it is what I associate with the Versailles flavour profile the most. What is more, the rums from the batch are among the very best rums I know, plain and simple. Just in case you do not know, Versailles is the…

Hampden – 13, 12, 11 or 5, 6, 7

A quick and brief session today with a trio of Hampdens, spanning the vintages 2011-2013. You probably didn’t notice but the title ryhmes. Rum Exchange Hampden 2013 5YO (61,5%): The rum has spent two years in a former Oloroso cask and while Hampden and Sherry typically isn’t a good combination it comes from 1423 (S.B.S),…

3x Chantal Comte La Mauny

Chantal Comte is one of very few independent bottlers that, from time to time, get the chance to select from the warehouses of some of the Rhum Agricole producers from, among others, Martinique. Well, I probably don’t have to tell you how rare this is and if you are a lover of Agricole or Agricole-style…

Hampden 1993

Hampden 1993 – this little combination of letters and numbers is what makes rum connoisseurs’ hearts beat faster. First and foremost there’s the Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO, arguably one of the best rums ever bottled but other rums from the batch, though mostly diluted, come considerably close. The only other rum from the batch we’ve reviewed…

Caroni 1997 encore II

Alas, we go on… Duncan Taylor Caroni 1997 16YO (56,4%): Duncan Taylor also has a whole series of 1997s. I am aware of four different bottlings and at least half of them was great if I remember correctly.  Just don’t ask me which exactly… Nose: The dirty Caroni, with a slightly musty overall profile. It’s…

Caroni 1997 encore

Few batches are as deep as Caroni 1997 (even though there are actually two, with the June batch being a bit better in my opinion). Especially since the hype really started about two to three years ago almost every bottler wanted to have one of them in their portfolio. But you know the story: The…

Haiti

Haiti, for most of us that’s Barbancourt and the well-known Clairins. But there seems to be something new coming from that part of Hispanola all the time these days. Clairin Communal Blend des quatre communes (43%): Indeed, we do like Clairin (well, most of them) but I didn’t understand the need for the first blend…

Mr. Roger Caroni answers questions

The man, the legend. I don’t think I need to introduce this fella to you and if you really never heard of that man, check out his blog! And guys, I just love this guy. I guess you could just ask him any random question and he will still come up with a great answer….