Charrette

Charrette – An intense period of design or planning activity. May refer to any collaborative session in which a group of desingers drafts a solution to a design problem. But maybe, just maybe, it really just refers to a cart. Anyway, it kinda feels a bit like self-flagellation from time to time lately. When I…

Hampden HGML (2010 vs 1983)

We have a new tropically aged Hampden and what many seem to believe, a new Hampden mark. But that’s far from the truth. However, we have to go way back in time if we want to compare the mark. In fact, the only other HGML vintage I know is 1983 and for quite some time…

Diamond 2004 (Enmore)

This is a batch that has been released en masse lately. The very first release that I remember was the Whiskybroker 2004 12YO, where we already learned about the mark: “MDXC”. While I still don’t know what this is referring to, I am 99% sure that the last C indicated coloured, since we’ve got coloured…

Montebello

Montebello are the guys who store their barreled rhum in large steel containers in order to fasten the maturation process. Since all the fuss is about tropical ageing these days (well, not just these days), I wonder how we should call this!? Tropical ageing+, tropical ageing 2.0 or perhaps super ageing!? But it in the…

Clément

It has been quite some time since we’ve done Clément. Now while I did have the occasional Clément every now and then, I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed them outside of a blind tasting. Let’s change that today. We do like Clément though, by the way! For some background info, let me refer you to…

Whisky: Blair Athol & Highland Park

Quite some Whisky samples have amassed again over time so I thought it is Whiskytime again, at least from time to time. I will do small groupings of a few distilleries to have comparisons as much as possible. Today we shall start with Blair Athol and Highland Park. Whiskybroker Blair Athol 1997 21YO (Highlands, 53,5%):…

Depaz (blindly)

Our buddy Matthias has prepared a Depaz blind tasting for us, which sounded quite cool. Let’s just do it in the order in which we have tasted the rhums this time. Depaz Vieux (45%): So what do we have here? Nose: Quite spicy with a slightly ‘dusty’ note. Wood, peaches, nectarine, apricot and very floral…

Saint Aubin

In Mauritius, the production of agricole style rhum was prohibited until 2006 and only small quantities of traditional, molasses based rum have been produced. The end of the prohibition has then launched new companies and let to the transformation of existing players. St. Aubin, who have primarily been producing sugar, tea and traditional rum, have…

¡Que bonito es Panamá!

Most of you probably aren’t familiar with Janosch’s “Oh wie schön ist Panama”, which tells the story of the little tiger and little bear travelling to Panama. It’s message is putting “home” into perspective, making you realize that it is not always as bad as you might think. Moreover, it is famous for its line…

Monymusk 2007

In a way this is the announced follow-up to the 2003 Monymusk cross-tasting. However, I was under the impression that I have a few more samples from the batch but well… you can see for yourself. The benchmark Monymusk from 2007 is still the L’Esprit Monymusk 2007 9YO for me but these rums should get better as…

Port Mourant, assortative mating

We might do Port Mourant more than anything else and there are two straightforward reasons for this. Firstly, it is usually pretty good and secondly, I doubt there’s any other rum style that has been bottled more often than this. Let’s start with two rather young, low abv PMs from 2005 and see what we can…

Skeldon (1973 vs 2000)

I am having two Skeldons in the closet. Okay, let’s start over. You’re probably aware of it when you are a frequent reader of the blog and thus tend to belong to the very tiny amount of people who are part of this small, nerdy subsection of the rum-scene but the “Skeldon” labled rums have…