Savanna 2007 (Independent Bottlings)

Savanna is one of those distilleries that seems to be rather reluctant when it comes to giving out barrels or selling bulk. Alas, there aren’t many independent bottlers (IBs) that had the pleasure to include a “Savanna” in their portfolio but apparently there are a handful of 2007s around. I do not know what the…

Hampden 1990

One of, if not the most legendary Hampden batch. Sure, 1993 might have produced the very best Hampden ever, yet 1990 just seems to be a bit better overall. By the way, these Rums wear the marque C<>H, which stands for an ester range of 1300-1400 gr/hlaa. Berry Bros & Rudd Hampden 1990 17YO (46%):…

Caroni 1985

A quartett of Caronis from 1985 today. We have a blended one (meaning a blend of both, light and heavy type rums), a heavy full proof rum and a heavy rum that is not full proof but nevertheless comes in at a higher proof then the full proof. Clear? By the way, I absolutely adore…

Barbancourt 2004

While we’ve had numerous Rhums of this batch already, I do not recall ever reviewing one. Of course that does have a reason (lack of maturity, low abv) but with a few more recent releases that might be about to change. At least, you should give Rums like these another chance from time to time,…

Trois Rivières Vintages 1970s/ 80s

Trois Rivières vintages from the 1970s and 1980s today. They should all be around ten to twelve years old but I do not have the exact numbers for all of the bottlings. But that’s of secondary concern, as there should be one or two real gems among them, at least. Trois Rivières 1986 10YO (45%):…

Long Pond 1982

You know that my introductions have become less and less readable. Either there’s a bad (read: in my world excellent!) joke, some boring anecdote or background information nobody cares about. Alas, let’s just skip that gibberish and jump right in. Robert Watson Jamaica (Long Pond) 1982 26YO (48%): The (alleged!?) blended 1982 Jamaicans by the…

Le Galion

Le Galion is a sugar factory on Martinique, about 20 minutes from Fort de France. It is actually the last sugar factory in Martinique. Established between 1861 and 1865, its name is derived from the nearby river Galion, which was used as a drinking water supply point by the Spanish galleons. Since 1984, the management…

Diamond 2001 (Diamond)

A batch of rums from the Diamond Blair still. There has been some confusion if it is a Diamond or an Uitvlugt (Savalle), but recently, the latter has been confirmed. What is more, the word on the street is (or much rather some very shady back alley) that these rums wear the marque SWR –…

Domaine de Séverin

We are entering completely new territory today with Domaine de Séverin. Its history starts in the 18th century with the sugar plantation “Habitation Bellevue”, which seems to be a very common name for estates with nice views in the French Antilles. Around 1800, Monsieur Séverin acquires the Domaine which then became a pineapple cannery. Fast forward to…

Gardel

Gardel is no stranger to us, yet the only Gardel we’ve reviewed so far was the legendary Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982 20YO. Let’s add a few expressions to that list. Bristol Gardel 1992 10YO (46%): This one has received a “French Cask Finish” and I am guessing that this might some sort of Brandy, rather than…

Enmore (Versailles) “KFM” 1991

I didn’t think that there will be any more rums of this batch. After all, the last relese I am aware of dates back 12 (!) years ago. But apparently this year’s rotation of the Main Rum Company revealed a few more casks and the Flensburg Rum Company was the quickest player on the market….

Caroni 1974

Besides a few official bottlings and a pair of abysmal Moon Import Caronis from the 1960s, these are the oldest Caronis I know. But old isn’t always better, especially with Caroni, who had their glorious moments in the 1990s if you ask me. Anyway, we have to admit that this is already the second time…