A pair of very old Gardels

Two real heavyweights from days looong gone. Both of these Rums have been distilled before we were even born! Rumclub Gardel 1983 38YO (46,6%): Did you believe that we will see such a bottling in 2021? Personally, I did not. Such old Rums in general are getting rarer and rarer and if you consider that…

Gardels that shouldn’t be Gardels

If the name of the article doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, it is actually quite simple: Everything we know tells us that the Gardel distillery was already closed by 1998 (my information is that the still(s) have been scrapped in 1992). Now either these Rums have been labelled incorrectly or there have been…

Versailles from the Diamond Era

Today we shall have a vertical tasting with a few Versailles that have been distilled during the era of the Diamond Distillery, i.e. the time from 2000 till today. The most prominent such batch would be the 2004 one, which we already treated, and shall treat again shortly, in a separate post. These Rums typically…

Armagnac: Lafitte, Lafite & Lahitte

We will be having an entire month exclusively with Yak (i.e. Armagnac and Cognac) soonish (Yaktober sounds good to me, eh!?) but still have some background work to do. Among others, that will feature a whole page dedicated to France’s other noble spirits – keep in mind that Rhum is still numéro un. As a…

J.M

We are preparing for a massive vintage J.M tasting like we’ve done it with J.Bally, so let’s take this as a warming-up session. Since the tasting was planned for more than a year ago and didn’t happen so far, we really don’t know when we will have it though. J.M VO (43%): We shouldn’t forget…

More Mhobas

We adore aliterations, and this one was too obvious. It has been a while since we’ve had our last Mhobas and it almost feels like this newcomer isn’t that new to the Rum business anymore. They have been getting a lot of praise over the last couple of years (rightly so) and seem to have…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986 encore (old ones)

After the young ones, it is a pleasure to present the old ones as well! Berry Bros & Rudd Barbados (WIRR) 1986 21YO (46%): The youngest of the old ones, bottled at drinking strength. Oh yeah, that was still pretty much the standard in the first decade of the 2000s… Nose: Compared to the “young…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986 encore (young ones)

A couple of old Rockleys came out recently and we’ve done a massive session to compare them. We’ve also included all the other, younger Rockleys we could find and decided to split the session for the reviews. Today, we will have the “younger ones” (<20), next time, we shall have a look at the “older…

Le Simon

Le Simon is the distillery that’s producing both, Clément and HSE and it is one of the few Martinican distilleries of which we’ve got independet bottlings. Not many, but there were a handful, some of which we will have today. Now we do not know if these Rums were intended for Clément or HSE, or…

Ten Cane

The Ten Cane (10 Cane) brand was introduced by Moët Hennessy in 2005 and was (discontinuously) in production until 2015. The distillery was built in 2003 and then didn’t even last for a full decade. Not a good return on investment, folks. Anyway, it’s a light Trinidad Rum that has first been aged and bottled…

An Antigua Assemblage

Assemblage really is just euphemism for a trio in this case, but do you really want to read about these huge tasting sessions we do time and again!? Anyway, today we are back with Antigua Distillers Limited (ADL), a distillery that is flying below most people’s radars, even though they are constantly proving that they…

South Pacific Distillery 2001

Probably THE most iconic batch of Fiji’s South Pacific Distillery. At least, it is the best one so far if you ask me and defines the distillery’s style like no other. As always, we shall start with the youngest one that’s left over and ascend in age. The Rum Cask Fiji 2001 18YO (55,7%): Nose:…