Bearing(!?) Blends Part II

This is the follow-up to last week’s tasting, which turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected so I decided to split it into two parts. Transcontinental Rum Line Night Rambler (Haiti & Jamaica, 42%): An unaged, high ester blend that was made for the bar scene, I suppose. It’s a blend of…

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…

Long Pond 1985

When I started with this hobby, getting rums from the 1980s was absolutely no problem. These days, it is getting more and more difficult expensive. That said, I feel like the 80s have been an extraordinary time for rum, a period where some distilleries have been at the peak of their abilities, it seems. Well,…

Hampden 2007

The 2007 Hampden batch actually shouldn’t exist. After all, the distillery just resumed production in 2009. Apparently NRJ ran a couple of distillations in 2007 so that we are getting this batch now. This is interesting since it seems likely that entirely different people might have produced this rum than those who have been employed…

Ethereal – A Single Cask Rum bottling

I am super happy to announce the first bottling for and by this little blog! Together with our buddy Dominik from Rum Artesanal, we are proud to release “Ethereal”, a magnificent blend featuring three of our very favorite distilleries with some of the best vintages that have ever come out of them! So why a…

Hampden 1998

After the 1992 vintage we’ve had some time ago, we shall continue with the 1998 batch, which has the same HLCF marque. For an overview on Hampden and its marks, click here. Kill Devil Hampden 1998 18YO (46%): Let’s start with a pair at drinking strength. Hampden rarely ever works for me at reduced strength…

Old Monymusks (1970s)

We’ve only had one Monymusks from the 1970s so far, which we couldn’t figure out in a blind tasting. At the same time, that was the oldest Monymusk we’ve had to date (concerning the vintage). Today we shall taste a trio from the second half of the 1970s. Moon Import Monymusk 1979 10YO (46%): The…

Sangster’s

We’ve had the “Conquering Lion” from Sangster’s in a blind tasting and that was my only exposure to the brand. What is more, the short piece at the end of the review contains all of the information on Sangster’s I have. If you know more about the brand, please feel free to let us know….

Long Pond again

Completely different Long Ponds this time. Let’s just skip the usual bla bla and jump straight in. Barrique Genuine Cask Long Pond 2010 5YO (47,9%): I always found this bottler and their bottlings rather weird and this one is no exception. I am really wondering if they also add some sort of “spice mix” to…

Worthy Park once again

It feels like there are always some Worthy Parks lying around. They just keep on accumulating, no matter how quick we are to counter that affect. It’s not that I complain about it, the general level of Worthy Park is rather high, but in a sense most of them are rather similar and we seldom…

Rums with an Islay-Whisky Finish

What do you do if you have a bad cask? Right, give it a fancy finish! But hey, some people claim that there are also great rums that might get even better with these fancy finishes. I am not so sure, but what I know is that some styles and base-rums, if you want, are…

Hampden – 13, 12, 11 or 5, 6, 7

A quick and brief session today with a trio of Hampdens, spanning the vintages 2011-2013. You probably didn’t notice but the title ryhmes. Rum Exchange Hampden 2013 5YO (61,5%): The rum has spent two years in a former Oloroso cask and while Hampden and Sherry typically isn’t a good combination it comes from 1423 (S.B.S),…