S.B.S Worthy Park 2014 “Experimental Cask Series”

After the Hampdens, let’s check out what S.B.S did with these Worthy Parks. They’ve already produced the finishes for several official Worthy Park bottlings, so my expectations are rather high.Let’s have them in ascending order regarding abv. Note that there’s no “standard” Bourbon maturation this time. S.B.S Worthy Park 2014 6YO “Oloroso Cask” (46%): I…

S.B.S Hampden “DOK” 2019 Experimental Cask Series

There have been several “Experimental Cask Series” by our Danish friends from 1423 and we will check them out one after another. The idea is to discover the impact a cask has on the final Rum. For a start, we are having four DOKs from Hampden, an unaged one and three that have been aging…

New Yarmouth across “all” vintages

“Across all vintages” might sound like a lot, but in the case of New Yarmouth it is not, unfortunately. In fact, we’ve only got three (known!) vintages in total so far, but they were all excellent in their own way. Here’s again the overview of New Yarmouth’s marques: 95-150:       P150-250:     W250-350:   …

Jamaican Blends

Blends with only Jamaican Rums today. Nope, that doesn’t include Verschnitt! Let’s start with a trio of 2008s that have been blended in the barrel by Sheer and see where we can go from there. Compagnie des Indes Jamaica Multi Distillers 2008 10YO (57,9%): The first of these 2008s that I have tried and probably…

Hampden Great Houses

Not sure why, but some of our US bros seem to have difficulties to pronounces the name of “Hampton” distillery. It is really not that difficult actually! So just for you, we have a pair of Hampton Great Houses today! (please excuse the stupid joke – we just couldn’t think of anything much better, these…

Clarendon (Monymusk) 1984

Sometimes you get Rums that you couldn’t imagine to get, either because they exist no more as they have been blended or because they are still resting in some warehouse, only waiting to fall victim to the same practice. But then there are the times when companies are sold, acquired, consolidated, or part of the…

Hampden, LROK edition

Jamaica’s finest distillery, today without a vintage but a marque instead. LROK (Light Rum Owen Kelly, Esters: 200-400 g/hlaa) is the between-ager of Hampden for me. I believe that Hampden is at its best when it comes to the ultra high ester marques (HLCF and beyond), while Rums with the OWH or LFCH marque feel…

Hampden 1990

One of, if not the most legendary Hampden batch. Sure, 1993 might have produced the very best Hampden ever, yet 1990 just seems to be a bit better overall. By the way, these Rums wear the marque C<>H, which stands for an ester range of 1300-1400 gr/hlaa. Berry Bros & Rudd Hampden 1990 17YO (46%):…

Long Pond 1982

You know that my introductions have become less and less readable. Either there’s a bad (read: in my world excellent!) joke, some boring anecdote or background information nobody cares about. Alas, let’s just skip that gibberish and jump right in. Robert Watson Jamaica (Long Pond) 1982 26YO (48%): The (alleged!?) blended 1982 Jamaicans by the…

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…

Monymusk 1997

Today we have a pair of Monymusks from 1997 and the contenders couldn’t be much more different from one-another once again. The one is an incredibly young and diluted rum that has probably been maturing in Europe. The other is an old, tropically aged expression at full proof. So we expect pale and flat with…