Arrak Blind Tasting Part I

Arrak derives from the Arabic word arak (distillate), which, in the Middle and Near East is typically used to describe anise-flavoured wines made from grapes. We’re obviously interested in a different type of product here though. Usually I’d be telling you something about the history of Arrak here, the Indonesian version of Rum, where the…

Hampden Great Houses

Not sure why, but some of our US bros seem to have difficulties to pronounces the name of “Hampton” distillery. It is really not that difficult actually! So just for you, we have a pair of Hampton Great Houses today! (please excuse the stupid joke – we just couldn’t think of anything much better, these…

A trio from Sancti Spiritus (Paraiso)

Since your dear writer is quite involved with a few other issues these days, a quick trio from Cubas only non-state-owned distillery (afaik) has to suffice for today. S.B.S Cuba 2013 5YO “PX Finish” (50%): This one comes with a PX Sherry finish. I’d say this can work reasonably well with Sancti Spiritus but let’s…

Enmore (EHP) 1990s

It’s time to taste a few “real” Enmores. Well, what it is a real Enmore, you may ask. I guess the most real of all Enmores would be one that has been distilled by the Enmore Wooden Coffey still (EHP) at Enmore Distillery and subsequently got to mature at the estate. But guess what, we…

Blends, with ups and downs

Another sessions of Blends. When done correctly, they can excel. But how often is that really the case? Rum Artesanal Burke’s Single Blended Rum (Jamaica & Réunion, 61%): This is not the first Burke’s by Heinz Eggert. In fact, there have been several different releases in the past with different compositions and based on the…

1960s Caronis (Moon Import)

Judged by the date of distillation, todays duo of Rums by the Italian bottler Moon Import are the two oldest vintage Caronis I know. Sure, we’ve had blends, that possibly date back to the time before that, but we do not know for sure. The purpose is to compare these profiles to the ones from…

Nine Leaves

We’ve actually had almost all or even all of the Nine Leaves that have been released already but only reviewed two of them so far. That’s either because we’ve only had them at a fair or didn’t take any notes for whatever other reason – we aren’t going to start justifying ourselves at this point!…

Clarendon (Monymusk) 1984

Sometimes you get Rums that you couldn’t imagine to get, either because they exist no more as they have been blended or because they are still resting in some warehouse, only waiting to fall victim to the same practice. But then there are the times when companies are sold, acquired, consolidated, or part of the…

Ancient Enmores and Versailles from the 1970s

On paper, this should be a fun session. Exactly the type of session we’d love to do every time. I am afraid we cannot, though. It doesn’t help, but these old Enmores and Versailles from around the 1970s are probably my personal favorites of all time. This magical style, paired with the patience of these…

Demeroni (Le Gus’t Demerara 2002)

A trio of Caroni cask Demeraras today. We’ve already had the very cool Le Gus’t Demerara 2002 14YO at 46% and today we shall taste the corresponding Optimum Proof bottling as well as the two follow-up releases. Le Gus’t Demerara 2002 14YO “Optimum Proof” (61,6%): Nose: Unsurprisingly, this is relatively close in profile to the…

Novo Fogo (Cachaca)

Cachaca today, with Novo Fogo. Located in the heart of Brazil’s coastal rainforest, Floresta Atlântica, Novo Fogo is special in many regards. They distill in in tiny batches of only 130 liters using a small pot still (see picture below), don’t use any chemicals to grow their cane which grants them the USDA organic certification,…

Hampden, LROK edition

Jamaica’s finest distillery, today without a vintage but a marque instead. LROK (Light Rum Owen Kelly, Esters: 200-400 g/hlaa) is the between-ager of Hampden for me. I believe that Hampden is at its best when it comes to the ultra high ester marques (HLCF and beyond), while Rums with the OWH or LFCH marque feel…