Caroni 1983

We are aware of two Caroni bottlings from this vintage, both of which are Heavy Trinidad Rums (HTR). Velier Caroni 1983 22YO (52%): Nose: This is clearly not the heaviest HTR out there and definitely not as dirty and intense as the Caroni profile you might have in mind. Instead we get a mix of…

J.Bally 2006

We only have a smaller tasting session today but I think it should be a rather nice one as we have a slightly younger, reduced J.Bally from 2006 and the older full proof version today. J.Bally 2006 12YO (43%): Nose: Very intense and you wouldn’t think that we are dealing with only 43% here! I…

Worthy Park mashup

Without being disrespectful, Worthy Park always feels like a Rum that almost everyone likes yet one that nobody has been waiting for. A strange combination indeed, which is why we do these sessions completely at random every time: They always fit in, but rarely anyone would notice if they were missing. I think you get…

Armagnac: Laoué

Even though we’ve missed a session or two this month (we did catch a cold that made tastings impossible), we wanted to include the compulsory Yak session nevertheless (just in time… phew). And while it feels like we have tasted hundreds of Domaines by now already, the world of Armagnac still has as many that…

More from the Chairman

As the title says, today we shall cover St. Lucia with their Chairman’s Reserve line selected by whoever. We do love these sessions as Saint Lucia Distillers rarely ever disappoint. Chairman’s Reserve 2012 8YO “Salon du Rhum” (46%): 50% JD I, 50% column still. Nose: Quite aromatic and herbal, even though the dilution is clearly…

Caroni 1999 (Part II)

We’ve already had a trio from the 1999 vintage a few years ago, which was an extremely heterogenous bunch. In terms of colour alone, todays Rums already look to be more alike but we shall see. Corman Collins & The Auld Alliance Caroni “Drink it Zipp it” 1999 20YO (61%): Nose: Clearly a Heavy Trinidad…

Hampden 1993 (Part II)

These 1993s have been very good to legendary, so todays ensemble should be a fun encounter. Golden Devil Hampden “C<>H” 1993 27YO (64,8%): In case you didn’t know, Golden Devil is Hunter Laing’s US equivalent of Kill Devil. Please don’t ask why they (have to) use differet names and bottle colours. Nose: Plenty of solvent,…

Looking to find new Favorites

Probably not the best headline we could have come up with. What’s even worse though is that our sample library ran out of La Favorites. Oh mon dieu! La Favorite Cour de Rhum (40%): I believe that this is more or less four years old. Nose: Sufficiently intense at 40%. We get a mix of…

Cognac, no theme

Cognac, the lesser Armagnac. There, I said it, and I absolutely mean it. At least in general. There are tons of exceptions of course. I’d go as far as saying that Armagnac is better overall, but that Cognac has some of the absolute gems out there. But then again, perhaps that’s just me. Anyway, as…

Long Pond 1996

Exclusively Plantation today. I really didn’t think I’d do this one day but here we are. By the way, we’ve already had a Plantation Long Pond from 1996 before (marque ITP) and it was excellent so I am curious what the bottler with the pending name change has to offer. Plantation Jamaica (Long Pond) 1996…

C.A.D.C. (Destillerie Corporation Alcoolés del Caribe)

This is not our favorite place in the Rum world, admittedly, but from time to time we have to check them out as well, just to make sure. Who knows where the next batch à la T.D.L. 2001 hides… Rum Artesanal C.A.D.C. 2007 12YO (59,8%): To follow up on my thoughts from the introduction, it…

T.D.L. (#nocaroni)

Despite the hashtag, these Rums are not for sale. Let’s start with a pair of 2009s before moving over to the other pair of Rums that you and me came for. Anam na h-Alba T.D.L. 2009 11YO (65,7%): So yeah, while this is clearly not the Rum we are here for, it should be a…