Saint James’ golden days

We will have to get away without an appetizer today, but given what we are about to have, that should be fine. Note that the name of the title might be a bit exaggerated, but at the end of the day todays rums are some of, if not the best, Saint James I’ve ever had….

Mélasse Mystique de Martinique

Today we shall have a few older rhums from Martinique and the idea was to have only molasses rums. At the end of the day, we’ve also included an old cane juice distillate as a small bonus, however. Mostly it is not clear which distillery todays rums are hailing from but we  also have at…

HSE

Is this really our first HSE session!? Oh my… Today it is distilled at Le Simon, which dates back to 1862 and has been dubbed the “ghostwriter distillery” by several people since they a) are not open to the public and b) do not produce rhum under their own name. Habitation Saint-Étienne (HSE) had to…

J.Bally 2000

Oh how I wish that more bottlers would do vintage bottlings like J.Bally, for example. And then we even get the luxury of being able to compare the official releases with an independent bottling. Just the way we like it. J.Bally 2000 (43%): This is a release from their “standard” vintage series and as you…

Neisson

I just got to know that the stocks of barreled Neissons are ridiculously low right now. I think that single sentence contains enough information for further conclusions. If not, then let me add that their yearly output is rather low. Well, today we shall have four of their aged releases in total and I am…

La Favorite

Can La Favorite become a new favorite? Okay, that was poor… Anyway, it is one of the more likeable distilleries out there. La Favorite is the only remaining distillery in Port-de-France and is fully family-owned. A real rarity these days! #taces of a sugar mill go back as far as 1843 and there must have…

Vintage J.Ms (1998-2004)

Since I am rather busy these days some old, sketchy, hand-written notes from a J.M semi-blind tasting I have done about two years ago will have to do it. The scores should be treated as a rough indication this time, even more so than usually. I hope to continue with the usual tastings as soon…

3x Chantal Comte La Mauny

Chantal Comte is one of very few independent bottlers that, from time to time, get the chance to select from the warehouses of some of the Rhum Agricole producers from, among others, Martinique. Well, I probably don’t have to tell you how rare this is and if you are a lover of Agricole or Agricole-style…

Trois Rivières

I am sorry that I didn’t provide any background information on Trois Rivières (aka 3R) so far and since time doesn’t permit it we are not going to change that today but I promise to add it in the future. That said, we will have a decent overview of 3R today, including three vintage single…

Clément

It has been quite some time since we’ve done Clément. Now while I did have the occasional Clément every now and then, I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed them outside of a blind tasting. Let’s change that today. We do like Clément though, by the way! For some background info, let me refer you to…

Depaz (blindly)

Our buddy Matthias has prepared a Depaz blind tasting for us, which sounded quite cool. Let’s just do it in the order in which we have tasted the rhums this time. Depaz Vieux (45%): So what do we have here? Nose: Quite spicy with a slightly ‘dusty’ note. Wood, peaches, nectarine, apricot and very floral…

Three XOs from Martinique (Dillon, La Mauny & J.M)

Rum knows few standards and while they are slowly but steadily on the rise in some places, with Jamaica’s geographical indication being the most recent development, none of them comes close to Martinique‘s AOC regulations, the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. Hence, while none of todays rhums carries a proper age statement, we can be sure that…