Saint Lucia Distillers 2002

Saint Lucia Distillers have finally made the leap from being a distillery where only the IBs were really good to providing excellent co-bottlings under the Chariman’s Reserve line. While we are more than happy to celebrate the latter, we should also not forget the bottlers that have contributed to making the brand what it is…

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…

Jamaican Blends

Blends with only Jamaican Rums today. Nope, that doesn’t include Verschnitt! Let’s start with a trio of 2008s that have been blended in the barrel by Sheer and see where we can go from there. Compagnie des Indes Jamaica Multi Distillers 2008 10YO (57,9%): The first of these 2008s that I have tried and probably…

A trio from Sancti Spiritus (Paraiso)

Since your dear writer is quite involved with a few other issues these days, a quick trio from Cubas only non-state-owned distillery (afaik) has to suffice for today. S.B.S Cuba 2013 5YO “PX Finish” (50%): This one comes with a PX Sherry finish. I’d say this can work reasonably well with Sancti Spiritus but let’s…

Savanna 2007 (Independent Bottlings)

Savanna is one of those distilleries that seems to be rather reluctant when it comes to giving out barrels or selling bulk. Alas, there aren’t many independent bottlers (IBs) that had the pleasure to include a “Savanna” in their portfolio but apparently there are a handful of 2007s around. I do not know what the…

Barbancourt 2004

While we’ve had numerous Rhums of this batch already, I do not recall ever reviewing one. Of course that does have a reason (lack of maturity, low abv) but with a few more recent releases that might be about to change. At least, you should give Rums like these another chance from time to time,…

Worthy Park – Young ones and a bunch of 2007s

The are always more and more Worthy Parks, and they seem to be getting younger and younger. Not that that’s a problem per se, merely an observation. Today we have a few very young ones, followed by a triple from 2007. Hamilton Jamaican Black Worthy Park (46,5%): I am not sure if this is completely…

New Yarmouth

Thanks to our buddies from Rum Artesanal, we finally got access to a pair of rums from New Yarmouth that are not part of the 2005 batch, which means that we get the chance to dive deeper into the style(s) the distillery is, or much rather has been, producing. After all, we are essentialy always…

The Darién Gap 2

Part one of “The Darién Gap” was fun. Well, actually not, but it rhymes. In this session we shall have a few more rums from Panama and Columbia. Probably more of the former but since our buddies from S.B.S have released a rum from Columbia, it felt like the right moment to continue with the…

Caroni 1993

With the 1993 vintage you never know what you’ll get. There are very light and subpar rums such as the Origin R. Caroni 1993 21YO (really closer to neutral spirit than to Caroni), extremely woody weirdos such as the Bristol/ 1423 1993 21YO (that one was extremely bad imo) and then one of my very…

Fiji

South Pacific Distillery is another of our secret favourites. Their style is just so unique and aromatic that it is almost always worth checking them out. I just found some of their column still rums rather boring but as we are about to see today, they can even produce good column still distillate. All hail,…