J.M

We are preparing for a massive vintage J.M tasting like we’ve done it with J.Bally, so let’s take this as a warming-up session. Since the tasting was planned for more than a year ago and didn’t happen so far, we really don’t know when we will have it though. J.M VO (43%): We shouldn’t forget…

Le Simon

Le Simon is the distillery that’s producing both, Clément and HSE and it is one of the few Martinican distilleries of which we’ve got independet bottlings. Not many, but there were a handful, some of which we will have today. Now we do not know if these Rums were intended for Clément or HSE, or…

La Mauny

Just a simple and straightforward tasting session today, with a current Blanc and an older vintage by La Mauny. La Mauny Ter Rouj (45%): The red soil. Apparently they ran special fermentations for this batch, which pays homage to the red-coloured soil near the land where their sugar cane is grown. Nose: Fruity, spicy, and…

Trois Rivières Vintages 1970s/ 80s

Trois Rivières vintages from the 1970s and 1980s today. They should all be around ten to twelve years old but I do not have the exact numbers for all of the bottlings. But that’s of secondary concern, as there should be one or two real gems among them, at least. Trois Rivières 1986 10YO (45%):…

Le Galion

Le Galion is a sugar factory on Martinique, about 20 minutes from Fort de France. It is actually the last sugar factory in Martinique. Established between 1861 and 1865, its name is derived from the nearby river Galion, which was used as a drinking water supply point by the Spanish galleons. Since 1984, the management…

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…