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,…

A bag of Bajans

There’s so much debate going on about the Barbados GI and to date I didn’t really comment on it. And that won’t change today for two reasons. Firstly, the disussion is really tiring and annoying. Secondly, others have come up with way better arguments and it should be easy for the concerned reader to come…

Trinidad Distillers Ltd

Happy New Year! Today we shall have some rums from Trinidad Distillers Ltd (TDL). Even though TDL is now Trinidad’s only rum distillery, they will always be the island’s “other distillery” for me. But let me tell you right away that we do have a few pleasant surprises! Moon Import “Remember” Trinidad (TDL) (45%): We…

Rums with an Islay-Whisky Finish

What do you do if you have a bad cask? Right, give it a fancy finish! But hey, some people claim that there are also great rums that might get even better with these fancy finishes. I am not so sure, but what I know is that some styles and base-rums, if you want, are…

Australia

Thanks to bottle splits and our good buddy Niki we’ve scored some rum from Australia. To be honest with you, that doesn’t really get me excited but we should give it a try at least. According to this list, there are 34 rum distilleries on the island continent and a rough guess (I didn’t check…