La Favorite

Can La Favorite become a new favorite? Okay, that was poor… Anyway, it is one of the more likeable distilleries out there. La Favorite is the only remaining distillery in Port-de-France and is fully family-owned. A real rarity these days! #taces of a sugar mill go back as far as 1843 and there must have…

Worthy Park once again

It feels like there are always some Worthy Parks lying around. They just keep on accumulating, no matter how quick we are to counter that affect. It’s not that I complain about it, the general level of Worthy Park is rather high, but in a sense most of them are rather similar and we seldom…

Reimonenq rumble

Since we are currently working on catching up with distilleries whose produce we didn’t review so far, it is a good time to move to one of Guadeloupe’s best distilleries (in my opinion, of course!). The Reimonenq distillery was established by Joseph and Fernand Reimonenq in the commune of Sainte-Rose in 1916. The distillery has…

Caroni 01/1998

The January 1998 batch is not really one of our favorites, but great casks can be found almost everywhere. Well, it is tough, but hope dies last… Kintra Caroni 1998 19YO (55,1%): The nose is relatively sweet and rather fruity for a Caroni. Freshly made caramel is paired with ripe papayas, citrus fruits and sour…

Bologne

Another first today with a pair from Bologne. Given how long we’ve been doing this already, I am always amazed how much there is yet to discover. At least on “official grounds”, i.e. in the form of tastings notes. Established in 1887, Bologne is very proud of its terroir, an area of nearly 150 hectares…

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…