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…

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…

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…

Another trio of W.I.R.D. 2000

After Cedrik’s article about W.I.R.D. and the Rockley style I just had to go back to them. I’ve already had quite a large session with the 1986 bottlings but I am currently waiting for another sample of an (alleged) legend to arrive. Alas, another trio of 2000s has to do it for now (click here…

Rockley – Deconstructing the Myth

Today we have a guest article by Cedrik, a fellow rum connoisseur who is probably the biggest fan of the Rockley-style I know. He has put together a few thoughts on this particular style of rum and communicated them privately through Whatsapp but I thought that they might be worth sharing with you guys so…

1423 World Class Spirits S.B.S Rums

Today we have the very first vertical tasting in which we examine the range of one bottler. Usually I prefer horizontal tastings (products of the same distillery or even batch) since they allow us to discern the differences between otherwise very similar Rums but some people also advocate this type of tasting so why not…

Velier Mount Gilboa 2008 9YO

I’ve written this review a few weeks ago and just had this rum in a blind-tasting. For the laughters: I couldn’t say with certainty what I was tasting. But then again, neither did my pals whom I have shared this bottle with. Once again, this showed how difficult blind-tastings really are. The Bottling After the Velier…

Habitation Velier Last Ward 2007 10YO

Let’s take a trip to what might be my favorite Bajan distillery. I must admit that I am having a weakness for some of the Mount Gay releases by independent bottlers but unfortunately the only batch we ever got was from 2000. Even bigger was my excitement when Velier announced a tropically aged Mount Gay….

Velier Foursquare Triptych

I actually wanted to review another rum from Fiji today but after receiving my sample of a rum that is currently being ultra-hyped I just had to try it. So let’s take a break from our flavourful ester-darlings and check out how good the new Velier Foursquare bottling is. NAS (No Age Statement) Cuvées fortunately…

A triple of 2000 Rockley/ Blackrock W.I.R.D.s

Dear reader, after all the positive feedback I have got over the last couple of months since starting this blog, I came to the conclusion that weekly reviews might not be enough. That’s why you will be getting something extra. From now on, every second Monday (or so) will feature either a small cross-tasting, notes from blind-tastings, a…

Whiskybroker W.I.R.D. 2000 16YO

May the 4th be with you! Another Rockley/ Blackrock style rum from Barbados’ West Indies Rum Distillery (W.I.R.D.). Distilled in June 2000, it comes from the same batch as the Duncan Taylor W.I.R.D. 2000 15YO but got to age for another year. It is the Whiskybroker W.I.R.D. 2000 16YO. The Bottling This bottling is part of…

Duncan Taylor W.I.R.D. 2000 15YO

It is time to introduce a very special Bajan rum style which we have got to know as Rockley or Blackrock. Its profile doesn’t really match that of any other rum and it is in fact a bit polarising. You either love it or hate it. I am probably one of the few people in the middle of the spectrum,…