Bonne Mère 2014

If you’ve never heard of Bonne Mère you are not alone. It is a little-known distillery located in Sainte-Rose in the north of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. From 1863 to 1973 they operated as a sugar factory but today it is a very modern distillery which is producing almost exclusively ethanol. Apparently they decided to do some…

Belle Bielle

Admittedly, our headlines aren’t the most creative these days but what shall we do if we don’t just want to label everything “vertical xy”. We didn’t have a lot of Bielles on here so far except for their Blanc and a 6YO from 2010 that has been bottled for LMDW’s 60th anniversary. Today we are…

Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982 20YO

It’s time for another rum from a lost distillery. One of the few I really miss. I’ve tasted a few Gardels over the years and this is not only the very best of them, it is also up there with some of the best rums I’ve ever tasted. Today we have the Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982…

Bellevue (Damoiseau) 1998

Over the last couple of years we have received more 1998 Bellevues than we can count. However, these don’t originate from Marie-Galante’s Bellevue Distillery but from the Damoiseau Distillery, which is located on Grande-Terre. There’s a funny connection between the two distilleries though: Bellevue’s distiller Hubert Damoiseau is the cousin of Hervé Damoiseau, who is…

Damoiseau 1953 31YO

This time we taste a rum that has been bottled before I was born. Bottled, not distilled! Crazy stuff. It’s the Damoiseau 1953 31YO. The Bottling If you ask me, I think it is rather crazy that you are still able to buy this rum, even if it is at four digits (I’ve seen it…

Damoiseau Full Proofs (1989, 1991 & 1995)

Damoiseau is the only remaining distillery on Grand-Terre, the eastern part of Guadeloupe. It is the youngest but also the largest distillery in terms of total output (about 3.2 million litres a year) on the island. Headed by Hervé Damoiseau, they produce a very light rhum style and, more interestingly, also distill from molasses from time to time when…

Velier Basseterre Vieux 1997

Let’s take a small detour to Guadeloupe, the only logical sequal to the Martinicans from the previous reviews. Today’s rum is the Velier Basseterre Vieux 1997. The Bottling Even though the label reads Basseterre (a city on Saint Kitts and Nevis), the Velier Basseterre Vieux 2007 actually comes from Basse-Terre, the western half of Guadeloupe. On the back label we…