Bag of Beenleigh

Actually this was supposed to be a bigger session but as you may have noticed, we have been extremely busy once again. It does has been an incredibly crazy year for us! That said, I thought it is better to give you this small session than nothing at all. Please do not expect much from…

Armagnac: Séailles

Séailles from Ténarèze today, one of those amazing Armagnac domaines we haven’t even heard of until a year ago or so. It is just crazy how much high quality spirit is produced down there that is still flying under almost everyone’s radar. For some reason I have a feeling that this will not last for…

Caroni, different vintages

More or less at random today. I am thinking different vintages and not resorting to Velier this time. I am not sure if that is going to work out, after all it is mostly best of the rest these days but every now and then we find a real gem among these. M.Wigman Caroni Precious…

Caroni 2000

We are back from our summer break but admittedly, didn’t take a break from Rum. How can you resist those Rhum Blanc selections in French supermarkets after all!? Anyway, Caroni is on the agenda today and I thought we should catch up a bit on that 2000 vintage, which got already rather old. After a…

Clément

A few Cléments are on the agenda: Two aged Canne Bleues, a bottling at 60% and a Vieux from the 1990s. Clément Canne Bleue 20ème Anniversaire Vieux (42%): A few of those Canne Bleues by Clément have been some of the better Blancs in the world of agricole and we are very curious to see…

Don Q

It really is the year of “firsts” for us, isn’t it!? Don Q is no stranger to us and we’ve already tasted a few expressions before but nothing managed to land on this blog so far. It was about time to change that. Don Q Single Barrel 2007/2016 (40%): I have absolutely no idea why…

Isautier

Isautier is another distillery we never really cared for but as we’ve said last time when we’ve had Takamaka: When Velier choses to bottle them, there might be a reason. Since we’ve never featured Isautier outside of a blind tasting, let’s have some historical background first. The Isautier Distillery has been founded in 1845 by…

Takamaka

I am very sorry that we are once again busier than we’d like to be so a smaller session has to suffice for today. However, it does include all of the Takamakas we have at the moment. Admittedly, that aren’t many but as we are about to see, there’s a reason for that. Habitation Velier…

Port Mourant 2002

There are so many Port Mourant batches/ vintages and as you know, we gotta catch taste ’em all. 2002 was one of the better DDL-era Port Mourant vintages if I remember correctly by the way. Probably even the best but still, when it comes to PM: 1960s/ 70s Uitvlugt > late 1980s/ 90s Uitvlugt >…

Bielle 2009 “La Confrérie du Rhum” Single Casks

Please forgive the small hiatus but personal affairs made it necessary. Anyway, now we are back in the game! Bielle, Bielle, Bielle… Bielle. Yes, four Bielle single casks are on the agenda today. All are from 2009, eight years old, and have been bottled for La Confrérie du Rhum. By the way, these Rums are…

Blairmont

I am really only aware of the two Blairmonts bottled by Velier, but I am sure that there were more Rums of that particular style – we just weren’t told. I am not going to start a guessing game, that would be futile, but precisely because of this, these two Rums are kinda unique. At…

Cognac: Jean-Luc Pasquet

Jean-Luc Pasquet (aka JLP) today, who is, together with Vallein Tercinier, probably my favorite bottler of Cognac. There’s just someting magical about these two companies, be it their blending skills, cask selection or management. It just seems as if whatever they touch turns to gold. Let’s see what we have in our sample box. Jean-Luc…