Interview with Oliver Gerhardt (RumX / Rum Tasting Notes)

I’ve always been hoping that eventually someone will come up with “our” spirit’s pendant to the Whiskybase. Sure, there was Référence Rhum, but despite being far away from perfect, its death left a huge void. Alas, we were very happy when we’ve learned about Oliver Gerhardt’s endeavors with the Rum Tasting Notes app (which is…

Not a Rum of the Year List 2020

Once again, let’s add a short disclaimer: We do not like these best-of lists for several reasons. Furthermore, note first and foremost that this list only contains the Rums we have reviewed on this page in this year. There have been several other amazing Rums which may very well have made the list but we…

Port Mourant 1989

When we’ve done Caroni 1989, I’ve told you that there aren’t many great rums from my year of birth. This batch of Port Mourant is arguably the best though and we were very fortunate to finally get a rum at full cask strength. With these Duncan Taylors, I am always having my doubts… I’d say…

Port Mourant 1990

Happy Easter! I feel like we should have done a Happy Ester tasting but let’s safe that for some other time and stop at Port Mourant again. We never do get fed up with it, do we!? James MacArtuhr’s Port Mourant 1990 (50%): Unfortunately we know neither the age nor the bottling date of this one…

Distillery Ranking

When we’ve introduced scoring on this blog, one of our goals was to come up with rankings regarding distilleries and bottlers. When I was working on these numerical rankings, I quickly came to realize two things, which I didn’t think about beforehand. Firstly, when going by these two categories, the sample sizes for many bottlers…

Not a Rum of the Year List 2019

Everyone’s doing best of lists at the end of the year, which is fine. Personally, I don’t think it serves any purpose and because of that we’ve never done it but since we’ve introduced scores exactly one year ago we could just as well list all of my favorites. They are grouped into recent bottlings,…

Bologne

Another first today with a pair from Bologne. Given how long we’ve been doing this already, I am always amazed how much there is yet to discover. At least on “official grounds”, i.e. in the form of tastings notes. Established in 1887, Bologne is very proud of its terroir, an area of nearly 150 hectares…

Haiti

Haiti, for most of us that’s Barbancourt and the well-known Clairins. But there seems to be something new coming from that part of Hispanola all the time these days. Clairin Communal Blend des quatre communes (43%): Indeed, we do like Clairin (well, most of them) but I didn’t understand the need for the first blend…

Mr. Roger Caroni answers questions

The man, the legend. I don’t think I need to introduce this fella to you and if you really never heard of that man, check out his blog! And guys, I just love this guy. I guess you could just ask him any random question and he will still come up with a great answer….

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part III

Day three started with a private Rum & Breakfast session at Mr. B. from B.’s place. Apparently half of our group understood that the “Breakfst” part is only an indicator for the time as they did have breakfast before already. I was among those who thought that we will actually have breakfast together. But well,…

A r(h)um trip to Martinique and Saint Lucia

Our dear correspondent Johannes went to Martinique, Saint Lucia and Dominica. Here’s a short summary of his journey! Two months have passed since my wife and I made a trip to the “r(h)um islands” Martinique and Saint Lucia, with the clear goal to visit every distillery that is open for public. I wanted to write…

Rumexpert Blind Tasting 2019 (#13)

Chances are that you are not familiar with “Airprib’s” Rumexpert blind tastings but that’s not a problem, you can find out more right here. Disclaimer: As always, I didn’t spend as much time with these rums as I would like to (and should) but what can you do…!? Schwarz New Grove (Grays) 2009 9YO (Mauritius, 54,7%):…