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…

J.Bally vintages

Actually I wanted to write an article about the Cologne Spirits 2019 but there we’ve done a great cross-tasting including many old J.Bally vintages which I don’t want to withhold from you. I am not a fan of the Bally standard-range but their recent full proof bottlings (1998, 1999 and 2000) are among the best agricoles…

Long Pond 1986

The second ‘legendary’ 1986 batch comes from Long Pond, even though I am missing some of the highlights this time… We’ve had an amazing bottling by A.D. Rattray in a blind tasting but that was it so far. My sample library quite simply has been depleted over the years. All of todays rums should have the…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986

This is the first of two large 1986 cross-tastings. Today we will have a look at the legendary Rockley 1986 batch, which has been distilled at the West Indies Rum Refiniery on Barbados. It’s the follow-up on the recent 2000 Rockley-style cross-tasting. For some more background information, let me refer you once again to Cedrik’s…

Venezuela C.A.C.D.

Venezuela is a sad story these days. Well, it actually has been for a rather long time now. But indeed we shall focus on rum, not on economics and politics. Combining both, we might still be wondering about the supply of molasses though. Perhaps I’ll add a few comments in my Insta-story… we’ll see. The…

The New Rum by Bryce T. Bauer

I recently „adjusted“ my quest to buy/ read all books written in English or German on the subject of rum. After now having a multitude of poorly researched rum cocktail books I decided to skip rum cocktail books, with a few well-written exceptions. Anyhow, today I am presenting “The new rum” by Bryce T. Bauer, a…

Three new unaged Jamaicans by Habitation Velier

Unaged Rum, one of the spirit’s biggest advantages over Whisky, say (there are many more, mind you!). Also it is always very interesting to compare raw distillates with aged expressions, even if they “only” have the same mark but don’t come from the same batch. Habitation Velier Hampden “LROK” 2018 (62,5%): They declare 350g/hlaa esters…