Beenleigh 2007

The history of Beenleigh dates back to 1865, when the Englishmen John Davy and Francis Gooding purchased 300 acres of land along the Albert river, whichy the have named “Beenleigh” after their old Devonshire farm. Planning to grow cotton, it turned out that sugar cane was actually more lucrative. The story goes that a certain…

Not a Rum of the Year List 2021

As always, the usual disclaimer: This is not a Rum of the Year list. It is simply only a list featuring our favorite Rums that we have reviewed in the year 2021. There have been several other amazing Rums which may very well have made the list but we either didn’t taste them (yet) or…

Two 36YO Port Mourants

There are some days that are better than others. Today is such a day. Velier Port Mourant 1972 36YO (47,8%): This one might be “only” 35 years old, by the way. Nose: Lots of glue, Rum soaked raisins (I think they must have used old Demerara Rum for this!), Szechuan pepper, old pipe tobacco, a…

South Pacific Vertical

A bit of everything from Fiji’s South Pacific Distillery today. The only thing we are really missing is a real 2001 Pot Still Rum but we’ve had plenty of these in the past (just follow the links in the country page). Rum of the World South Pacific Distillery 2014 6YO (50%): There was a three…

S.B.S Grays (New Grove) “Experimental Cask Series”

Grays, perhaps better known as “New Grove” is our last distillery of S.B.S’ Experimental Cask Series. The main difference here is that we aren’t dealing with the same distillate this time. Instead, we have three different vintages and four different finishes, after the Rums have spent some time in French Oak casks already. S.B.S Grays…

S.B.S Worthy Park 2014 “Experimental Cask Series”

After the Hampdens, let’s check out what S.B.S did with these Worthy Parks. They’ve already produced the finishes for several official Worthy Park bottlings, so my expectations are rather high.Let’s have them in ascending order regarding abv. Note that there’s no “standard” Bourbon maturation this time. S.B.S Worthy Park 2014 6YO “Oloroso Cask” (46%): I…

S.B.S Hampden “DOK” 2019 Experimental Cask Series

There have been several “Experimental Cask Series” by our Danish friends from 1423 and we will check them out one after another. The idea is to discover the impact a cask has on the final Rum. For a start, we are having four DOKs from Hampden, an unaged one and three that have been aging…

Port Mourant 1993 Part II

We’ve already done a session featuring the 1993 Port Mourant vintage but a pair of old Rums have been released in the meantime. Plus we’ve managed to score a sample of a rather young (in comparison) Rum that we still had to review so that sets the stage for today. Compagnie des Indes Uitvlugt (Port…

Charanda

Charanda is a more than 100 years old Mexican spirit protected by a “Denominacion de Origen” (D.O.) and produced exclusively in the state of Michoacán in western central Mexico. The most important producer might be the Pacheco family, which produces at Casa Tarasco in the city of Uruapan (hence the names). We are absolutely not…

El Dorado Core Range (Old vs. New)

There’s probably no Rum distillery where the gap between potential and actual quality is as big as it is with DDL and there are numerous reasons for that, which I am not going to talk about in depth now. One of the major issues has been adulteration for a very long time but it seems…

O Reizinho

We are back with Rum. Yak was nice, but come on, this is what you came for, right!? Today we have a very young and likeable distillery, O Reizinho. While the O Reizinho distillery has been registered officially in 2013 on Madeira, it is actually a much older than that. In fact, the Ferreira family…

Armagnac: Darroze at Random

Random Armagnacs by one of the game’s biggest and most respected players, Darroze. In fact, together with L’Encantada, Darroze is probably THE bottler of Armagnac. Working closely together with many small and medium sized domaines, they almost always guarantee a very high level of quality. Todays Domaines are all one-offs in our sample library, hence…