Diamond 1996

Good Diamonds are hard to come by and the Velier releases aside, I think I can count the decent bottlings with the finger of a single hand. That’s a real pity, given how much potential is being wasted right there but you know the story… and of course that’s not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to…

Monymusk 2010

Two different Monymusks from the same year, yet with two different marques. Just by itself, that’s of course always interesting, but here we are also dealing with different production technologies: a pot and a column still distillate. If you know what Monymusk’s column still looks like (if not, just click the link above), you probably…

Hampden 2019 Single Cask collection

We have good news for you. Firstly, our buddy Artur finally managed to launch his blog “The Dunder Hut”. As if that weren’t good enough already, we did do todays tasting together and you will thus not only get my opinion of the rums, but Artur’s as well. So make sure to check that out…

Three new Habitation Veliers

Getting your hands on a bottle of Habitation Velier has never been this difficult, has it!? Anyway, we managed to get a bundle of all three new releases -we’ve split them of course- and are keen to check them out. Habitation Velier Privateer 2017 3YO (55,6%): I’ve read that this one contains not only the…

Port Mourant 1975

Essentially antique Port Mourants today. Some have an excellent reputation, others, well, rather an average one. I am not stressing it all time but that’s why we do semi-blind tastings whenever possible. Sure, the difference in abv can often be telling but it is still the best we can do. At least colour is not…

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…

Going vertical with Uitvlugt (French Savalle Still)

We didn’t review many real Uitvlugts so far, i.e. rums from the French Savalle still and neither Port Mourant nor rums from other stills that have temporarily been residing at Uitvlugt distillery. In fact, I think the really good rums from the Savalle still I know can be counted with the fingers of both hands,…

Caroni 2000

2000 is the last known Caroni vintage and somewhat ironically, also my first encounter with the distillery back then. It was love at first sight if you want and I will probably never forget my very first sip of the Velier Caroni 2000 12YO. This was so unique, lovely and just different from all other…

Damoiseau 1980

We’re back with another pair of rums. This time we are having two Damoiseaus from 1980. I don’t know why but these days I am not really in the mood for these larger sessions that I usually do. We do have plenty of intersting duos and trios to bridge the gap to the usual format…

Port Mourant 1993

They say tropical ageing is about two to three times as fast as continental ageing. Today we have a wee battle between a relatively younger, tropically aged Port Mourant and one that has been ageing for essentially twice as long in the UK. The only other 1993 Port Mourant I am aware of is the…

A bag of Bajans

There’s so much debate going on about the Barbados GI and to date I didn’t really comment on it. And that won’t change today for two reasons. Firstly, the disussion is really tiring and annoying. Secondly, others have come up with way better arguments and it should be easy for the concerned reader to come…

Caroni Hangar Series

The Hangar series contains some of the very best Caronis ever. If my memory isn’t playing tricks on me, that is. Perhaps the most crucial aspect is that the series contains half of all 1992 bottlings and the vintage is one of my absolute Caroni faves. Velier Caroni 1992 20YO (55%): We start with the…