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…

Yet another Jamaica Blind-Tasting: “Gems”

Our buddy Artur, who is about to publish his very own rum blog “The Dunder Hut” (we are still waiting ;)), organised another Jamaica blind-tasting for us. Given that we know the price of the tasting and that he loves himself some older bottlings, we were very curious what we’d get. Crucially, he promised not…

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…

Interview with Dominik Marwede (Rum Artesanal)

When asking a rum geek who the bottler of the moment is, many will probably come up with the name “Rum Artesanal“. That title has definitely been well-deserved. They have always been known for the quality of their products and their excellent pricing policy, which really makes you question the decisions of certain other bottlers…

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…

Bourbons Part II

After Part I, let’s move on with a few higher abv Bourbons. Blanton’s Batch 6-8-19 #816 (Buffalo Trace, 51,5%): The coolest thing about Bourbon is the transparency. They give us the batch, the rick and the barrel. The bad thing is that this whole Bourbon world is incredibly tacky, sometime even ridiculous. Well, let’s judge…

Bourbons Part I

Our dear correspondant Johannes is diving deeeep into Bourbon right now and was splitting more than we could digest in years (of Bourbon, that is). Alas, I participated in the first two sets and Johannes and me are going to give you our opinions on the WhiskEys. I do hope that he will continue with…

The Darién Gap 2

Part one of “The Darién Gap” was fun. Well, actually not, but it rhymes. In this session we shall have a few more rums from Panama and Columbia. Probably more of the former but since our buddies from S.B.S have released a rum from Columbia, it felt like the right moment to continue with the…

Supposedly sacred Savannas

Aliterations are awesome, aren’t… ahhh… athey.!? Once again, we are essentially one release series behind, but I don’t think this page has ever been about the hottest current stuff. Savanna 2004 14YO “Unshared Cask Rum Artesanal” (53,6%): This traditional rum (i.e. molasses with “normal” fermentations) has been bottled exclusively for Rum Artesanal, Savanna’s German partner….

Bearing(!?) Blends Part II

This is the follow-up to last week’s tasting, which turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected so I decided to split it into two parts. Transcontinental Rum Line Night Rambler (Haiti & Jamaica, 42%): An unaged, high ester blend that was made for the bar scene, I suppose. It’s a blend of…