Diamond 1998

Since we are on a small Demerara trip let’s have a wee battle between two El Dorado Diamonds today. El Dorado Diamond “<SVW> DLR” ‘CBH’ 1998 20YO (55,1%): I’ve never heard of CBH to be honest but that shouldn’t bother us. Nose: Demerara Rum par excellence. My description of “dry sweetness” makes only sense if…

Albion 2012

There have been the legendary Velier bottlings and an outstanding El Dorado but other than that, we never got any Albions. At least we were not aware of any. After all, we often times do not get to know a Rum’s marque and as we’ve learned, profiles change over time as production equipment and human…

Three dark (coloured) young Demeraras

We are finally back – if you have been waiting for it or not! At least we will drastically shorten the time between posts. As the title says, we have three Demeraras on the agenda that are all young, heavily coloured and more or less permanently available standards that have been around for quite some…

Enmore (Versailles) 1988 “AWM / MEA”

The light aka uncoloured 1988 Enmore Versailles batch. I still have noch clue what the marque “AWM” stands for but “MEA” just has to be Main Enmore AWM. In case you are wondering, the “dark” 1988 Enmore match will follow eventually, and it will be split into at least two sessions I think! By the…

Port Mourant 2002

There are so many Port Mourant batches/ vintages and as you know, we gotta catch taste ’em all. 2002 was one of the better DDL-era Port Mourant vintages if I remember correctly by the way. Probably even the best but still, when it comes to PM: 1960s/ 70s Uitvlugt > late 1980s/ 90s Uitvlugt >…

Blairmont

I am really only aware of the two Blairmonts bottled by Velier, but I am sure that there were more Rums of that particular style – we just weren’t told. I am not going to start a guessing game, that would be futile, but precisely because of this, these two Rums are kinda unique. At…

Two 36YO Port Mourants

There are some days that are better than others. Today is such a day. Velier Port Mourant 1972 36YO (47,8%): This one might be “only” 35 years old, by the way. Nose: Lots of glue, Rum soaked raisins (I think they must have used old Demerara Rum for this!), Szechuan pepper, old pipe tobacco, a…

Port Mourant 1993 Part II

We’ve already done a session featuring the 1993 Port Mourant vintage but a pair of old Rums have been released in the meantime. Plus we’ve managed to score a sample of a rather young (in comparison) Rum that we still had to review so that sets the stage for today. Compagnie des Indes Uitvlugt (Port…

El Dorado Core Range (Old vs. New)

There’s probably no Rum distillery where the gap between potential and actual quality is as big as it is with DDL and there are numerous reasons for that, which I am not going to talk about in depth now. One of the major issues has been adulteration for a very long time but it seems…

Versailles from the Diamond Era

Today we shall have a vertical tasting with a few Versailles that have been distilled during the era of the Diamond Distillery, i.e. the time from 2000 till today. The most prominent such batch would be the 2004 one, which we already treated, and shall treat again shortly, in a separate post. These Rums typically…

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,…