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…

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…

Compagnie des Indes New Yarmouth 2005 12YO

Today we have the first rum from New Yarmouth by an independent bottler that I get to try. To take it away: Compagnie des Indes digged out a real treasure here. Kudos to Florent Beuchet at this point! The Bottling The French independent bottler Compagnie des Indes needs no further introduction, New Yarmouth on the other hand probably…

Interview with Florent Beuchet (Compagnie des Indes)

Florent Beuchet, the man behind Compagnie des Indes, was a sport and stopped tasting from our delicous future purchases to answer a few questions. As he’s probably well known in the rum scene by now, let’s jump right in! Florent, what was your motivation to start Compagnie des Indes? After working in New York for almost…

Compagnie des Indes Indonesia 2004 10YO vs By the Dutch Batavia Arrack

Today we have something quite unusual. It is a battle between two Indonesian rums; or should I say Arracks? Anyway, the contenders are the Compagnie des Indes Indonesia 2004 10YO and the By the Dutch Batavia Arrack! The Bottlings Arak is a term that is commonly used to describe different spirits. Depending on the country, people…

Compagnie des Indes Long Pond 2003 12YO

More Long Pond “oddities”. As far as I am aware, this is the first and only 2003 Long Pond on the market. Tasting new vintages of beloved distilleries is always exciting. Today’s rum is the Compagnie des Indes Long Pond 2003 12YO. The Bottling Founded in 1753, Long Pond is a sugar estate and distillery in…