Caroni 1997 encore II

Alas, we go on… Duncan Taylor Caroni 1997 16YO (56,4%): Duncan Taylor also has a whole series of 1997s. I am aware of four different bottlings and at least half of them was great if I remember correctly.  Just don’t ask me which exactly… Nose: The dirty Caroni, with a slightly musty overall profile. It’s…

Caroni 1997 encore

Few batches are as deep as Caroni 1997 (even though there are actually two, with the June batch being a bit better in my opinion). Especially since the hype really started about two to three years ago almost every bottler wanted to have one of them in their portfolio. But you know the story: The…

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….

Port Mourant 2008

It’s time for some new, young Port Mourants. These 2008s wear the mark MPM (the “light” Port Mourant style) and were rather rare until about a year or two ago, when they were perhaps too young. Now they seem to pop up with more and more bottlers. Let’s check if the batch has the potential…

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,…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part II

Alas, on with the actual Rum Fest. I was finally well rested and mentally responsive. Hooray! I actually do not know where I did start but Rum Artesanal had the very first booth that was impossible to miss. From their new releases that I didn’t have so far I’ve tried the El Salvador (so-so at…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part I

We’ve spent last weekend in Berlin at and around the 9th edition of the German Rum Festival, one of the by now most important Rum gatherings in the world. But before the festival kicked off on Saturday, me and a few fellow rum geeks received an invitation by Rum Artesanal (RA) to join their boat…

Bowmore & Bunnahabhain

Both of todays distilleries typically count towards the “lightly peated” Islay Whiskies but also that seems to vary. At least with Bunnahabhain I’ve also had a heavily peated Whisky once. I think I know both distilleries quite well and do like them but don’t really have a favorite or think that one of them is…

Springbank

In my humble view, Springbank is an indicator of quality. I am not sure if they even know how to produce bad Whisky. Anyway, let’s check out a large part of their standard range today. Sadly I am missing the “Local Barley” ones, which sound extremely nice. Springbank 10YO (46%): Springbank used to have such amazing…

Clynelish

Clynelish, probably one of my very favorite Whisky distilleries. I cannot even remember having a bad one ever. I would love to try a Brora some day… Let’s go for their amazing standard first and then see what we have (oh dear, it used to be a lot more…). Clynelish 14YO (OB, 46%): This is a…

Glenrothes

Glenrothes today. Unlike most other brands, they do not release the standard xy-year old age statement Whiskies and primarily bottle vintages. That’s an approach that makes a lot of sense to us at Single Cask Rum, so kudos. A Dream of Scotland Comhlan 4.0 1997 18YO (57%): We’re back at the Brühler Whiskyhaus with a…