Skeldon

Ah, we’re at Skeldon again. Of course not at Skeldon distillery, which shut down for good in or around 1960, but with a pair triplet of Rums that wear the “SWR” marque – i.e. Rums that attempt to mimique those original Skeldon Rums that we more than likely never had and never will have (at…

Port Mourant 2003

We’ve already had a few Port Mourants from the 2003 batch but never had a full 2003 session. Let’s see what’s left. Transcontinental Rum Line Diamond Navy (Port Mourant) 2003 12YO (57,18%): I don’t think I will ever understand the reason behind bottling Rum at Navy proof but we don’t always have to understand everything,…

Port Mourant 1985

A bunch of young Port Mourants from 1985 is on the agenda for today. They all come in at 46% and are between 10 and 12 years old. Bristol Port Mourant 1985 10YO (46%): Many of these old Bristols are surprisingly good, despite the dilution, and I don’t expect anything else here. Nose: A bit…

Enmore (EHP) 1990s

It’s time to taste a few “real” Enmores. Well, what it is a real Enmore, you may ask. I guess the most real of all Enmores would be one that has been distilled by the Enmore Wooden Coffey still (EHP) at Enmore Distillery and subsequently got to mature at the estate. But guess what, we…

Ancient Enmores and Versailles from the 1970s

On paper, this should be a fun session. Exactly the type of session we’d love to do every time. I am afraid we cannot, though. It doesn’t help, but these old Enmores and Versailles from around the 1970s are probably my personal favorites of all time. This magical style, paired with the patience of these…

Demeroni (Le Gus’t Demerara 2002)

A trio of Caroni cask Demeraras today. We’ve already had the very cool Le Gus’t Demerara 2002 14YO at 46% and today we shall taste the corresponding Optimum Proof bottling as well as the two follow-up releases. Le Gus’t Demerara 2002 14YO “Optimum Proof” (61,6%): Nose: Unsurprisingly, this is relatively close in profile to the…

Port Mourant 1997

Port Mourant is interesting since the style can roughly be grouped into three eras. There’s this 1960s/ ’70s/ and parts of ’80s style which has a profile which is about as dark as the Rums themselves. Then there’s the 1990s profile, which share similarities with some Rums of the 1980s where the anise and salty…

Diamond 2001 (Diamond)

A batch of rums from the Diamond Blair still. There has been some confusion if it is a Diamond or an Uitvlugt (Savalle), but recently, the latter has been confirmed. What is more, the word on the street is (or much rather some very shady back alley) that these rums wear the marque SWR –…

Enmore (Versailles) “KFM” 1991

I didn’t think that there will be any more rums of this batch. After all, the last relese I am aware of dates back 12 (!) years ago. But apparently this year’s rotation of the Main Rum Company revealed a few more casks and the Flensburg Rum Company was the quickest player on the market….

Diamond 1996

Good Diamonds are hard to come by and the Velier releases aside, I think I can count the decent bottlings with the finger of a single hand. That’s a real pity, given how much potential is being wasted right there but you know the story… and of course that’s not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to…

Port Mourant 1975

Essentially antique Port Mourants today. Some have an excellent reputation, others, well, rather an average one. I am not stressing it all time but that’s why we do semi-blind tastings whenever possible. Sure, the difference in abv can often be telling but it is still the best we can do. At least colour is not…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part I

A good blend is more than just the sum of its parts. Of course that statement is supposed to be correct, yet most blenders don’t manage to live up to that standard. I guess at the end of the day many producers are just trying to disguise bad barrels. Nevertheless, a few blends manage to…