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…

J.Bally vintages

Actually I wanted to write an article about the Cologne Spirits 2019 but there we’ve done a great cross-tasting including many old J.Bally vintages which I don’t want to withhold from you. I am not a fan of the Bally standard-range but their recent full proof bottlings (1998, 1999 and 2000) are among the best agricoles…

Saint James

We’ve already reviewed one of the famous 1998 bottlings of Saint James where you can find some background information on the distillery. Today we will have a look at two of their ‘standards’ and a rather special pair of rhums. Saint James 12YO (~2017, 43%): The twelve-year-old has always been a good yet borderline pricy…

2x St Gilles (1950s)

Thanks to several bottle splits I got my hands on a few old rums. We start with a pair of St Gilles from the 1950s but the others will eventually also find their way onto this blog. The Bottlings Unfortunately my background research on these rhums didn’t produce a whole lot. According to Lance, a…

J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût

The last tasting session was not a great success for me. The happier I am to introduce you to another very special rhum, the J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût! The Bottling After the J.Bally 1998, this is only the second Brut de Fût released by J.Bally ever! If you haven’t read last week’s review or are unfamiliar…

The J. Bally range

While everybody’s focus always seems to be on the exclusives and special vintage bottlings, e.g. the J.Bally 1999 18YO Brut de Fût or the 1998 released a bit earlier, it is often instructive to check out the standards as well. Especially when the exclusives are rather special. To be honest, I have no clue how…

A few new Neissons

Today we examine a large part of the (new) Neisson range. Their previous range was great already, as were their special bottlings. I’ve heard that the new range might be even better. It’s about time we find it out for ourselves. But first some background information. The plantation of the Neisson family dates back to 1922,…

St. James Rhum Vieux Single Cask 1998

This is one of several single casks from 1998 St. James has bottled. Released over the span of many years, they should all come from the same new year’s eve batch. This particular one comes from cask 888 and has been released in 2009. The Bottling St. James might be the largest distillery on Martinique….

A bunch of Agricoles from Martinique

Welcome back to another cross-tasting! This time we have a bunch of agricoles from Martinique, two vintage or Millésime rhums and two more from Depaz. Let’s see whether they have something on the ball. J.M. Vieux 2002 (46,3%): This is a ten year old rhum from J.M., the northernmost distillery on Martinique in Macouba. What’s special about them…

Neisson Vieux Single Cask 2004

Here it is, the first Rhum Agricole on this site. What else than a single cask rhum could I possibly have chosen for this occasion!? Today we have the Neisson Vieux Single Cask 2004. The Bottling Established in the Carbet commune in 1931 by the Neisson brothers, the distillery is one of the few remaining distilleries…