Ethereal – A Single Cask Rum bottling

I am super happy to announce the first bottling for and by this little blog! Together with our buddy Dominik from Rum Artesanal, we are proud to release “Ethereal”, a magnificent blend featuring three of our very favorite distilleries with some of the best vintages that have ever come out of them! So why a…

Caroni 1993

With the 1993 vintage you never know what you’ll get. There are very light and subpar rums such as the Origin R. Caroni 1993 21YO (really closer to neutral spirit than to Caroni), extremely woody weirdos such as the Bristol/ 1423 1993 21YO (that one was extremely bad imo) and then one of my very…

Fiji

South Pacific Distillery is another of our secret favourites. Their style is just so unique and aromatic that it is almost always worth checking them out. I just found some of their column still rums rather boring but as we are about to see today, they can even produce good column still distillate. All hail,…

Hampden 1998

After the 1992 vintage we’ve had some time ago, we shall continue with the 1998 batch, which has the same HLCF marque. For an overview on Hampden and its marks, click here. Kill Devil Hampden 1998 18YO (46%): Let’s start with a pair at drinking strength. Hampden rarely ever works for me at reduced strength…

J.Bally 2000

Oh how I wish that more bottlers would do vintage bottlings like J.Bally, for example. And then we even get the luxury of being able to compare the official releases with an independent bottling. Just the way we like it. J.Bally 2000 (43%): This is a release from their “standard” vintage series and as you…

Port Mourant 1991

Do you also sometimes get the impression that some batches are just… “odd”!? Well, I do, for different reasons. With this one, its because I am not really aware of many other bottlings. There have been rums by Cadenhead’s and The Secret Treasure but give or take two or three other bottlings, that has been…

St. Lucia 1999

We’re back with St. Lucia Distillers, one of our secret favorites. Secret because there just haven’t been many releases and because so far at least, the official bottlings didn’t really convince us. At least not to the same extent as the IBs. With the distillery not selling bulk anymore and promises of more pure pot…

El Dorado Blended in the Barrel

After the success Velier had with their experimental “Blended in the Barrel” Demeraras, it was evident that El Dorado might walk down a similar path. Nevertheless, we’ve just learned that these rums are basically not much more than leftovers that didn’t fit into the blends. But with these experimental casks, that was to be expected…

A bag of Bajans

There’s so much debate going on about the Barbados GI and to date I didn’t really comment on it. And that won’t change today for two reasons. Firstly, the disussion is really tiring and annoying. Secondly, others have come up with way better arguments and it should be easy for the concerned reader to come…

Caroni Hangar Series

The Hangar series contains some of the very best Caronis ever. If my memory isn’t playing tricks on me, that is. Perhaps the most crucial aspect is that the series contains half of all 1992 bottlings and the vintage is one of my absolute Caroni faves. Velier Caroni 1992 20YO (55%): We start with the…

More from Savanna

It’s absolutely beyond me but for some weird reason Savanna is still flying under most people’s radars and doesn’t receive the recognition they deserve, even though that has changed quite a bit with the most recent release wave. Since we do have plenty of catching-up to do, let’s have the previous one first. Savanna Traditionnel…

Old Monymusks (1970s)

We’ve only had one Monymusks from the 1970s so far, which we couldn’t figure out in a blind tasting. At the same time, that was the oldest Monymusk we’ve had to date (concerning the vintage). Today we shall taste a trio from the second half of the 1970s. Moon Import Monymusk 1979 10YO (46%): The…