Selected Cask Community 2018 (July-December)

This is part II of the Selected Cask Community bottlings from 2018, spanning the months July to December plus two bonuses. For more information and the bottlings from January to June, click here. SCC Martinique Le Galion 6YO (60,1%): No fancy barrel this time, just a simple ex-Bourbon cask maturation (finally!). Le Galion is interesting…

Selected Cask Community 2018 (January-June)

The Selected Cask Community (SCC) is a monthly rum subscription by the self titled “sensorisches Wunderkind” (sensoric prodigy) Nicolas Kröger. Sorry, I just had to mock that ;). But who cares as long as his selections live up to what’s advertised. With this subscription we get a 10cl sample of one absolutely unadulterated rum per month, which…

St. Nicholas Abbey

St. Nicholas Abbey, Barbados’ youngest distillery, started distilling in 2013, even though they were already bottling rum since 2009. While the distillery is very new, it is home to one of the oldest sugar cane plantations in Barbados and possibly also the entire Caribbean. It seems plausible that rum has been distilled here at some…

WIRD/ WIRR/ Rockley/ Blackrock 1986

This is the first of two large 1986 cross-tastings. Today we will have a look at the legendary Rockley 1986 batch, which has been distilled at the West Indies Rum Refiniery on Barbados. It’s the follow-up on the recent 2000 Rockley-style cross-tasting. For some more background information, let me refer you once again to Cedrik’s…

Another trio of W.I.R.D. 2000

After Cedrik’s article about W.I.R.D. and the Rockley style I just had to go back to them. I’ve already had quite a large session with the 1986 bottlings but I am currently waiting for another sample of an (alleged) legend to arrive. Alas, another trio of 2000s has to do it for now (click here…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part I

Just like last year I am currently participating in an advent calendar blind tasting. Once again, we have to guess the country of origin (not distillery but hey, we will try to do it nevertheless), the rum’s age, the abv and if it has been sweetened or not. Let’s hope for not too many of…

Rockley – Deconstructing the Myth

Today we have a guest article by Cedrik, a fellow rum connoisseur who is probably the biggest fan of the Rockley-style I know. He has put together a few thoughts on this particular style of rum and communicated them privately through Whatsapp but I thought that they might be worth sharing with you guys so…

Rumexpert Blind-Tasting #12

About a year after the 11th edition of Thomas G. Rumexpert Blind Tasting I happy to present my notes from the most recent one. As a refresher, we had to guess the country of origin, distillery, abv, age, exact bottling and got bonus points for finding out about a finish or independent bottler. If you’d…

Blends, love ’em or hate ’em

Let me be honest with you. The name of this blog suggests it already but we aren’t very fond of blends at Single Cask Rum. We like distinct, characteristic and unique rums. Nevertheless, I’ve found a few blended, multi-country or at least multi-distillery rums in my sample box. Maybe we can find a hidden gem among…

Cologne Spirits 2018 Part II

Today we continue with my impressions from the second day of the Cologne Spirits. For the first day, click here. Saturday Friday’s session was tough and I contemplated whether to go for a quick run or not. The bad conscience of breaking Lent had to fight a (very mild) headache and the sudden snow. Surprise,…

1423 World Class Spirits S.B.S Rums

Today we have the very first vertical tasting in which we examine the range of one bottler. Usually I prefer horizontal tastings (products of the same distillery or even batch) since they allow us to discern the differences between otherwise very similar Rums but some people also advocate this type of tasting so why not…

Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part III

We continue with the third part of the Advent Calendar Blind Tasting. For completeness, here’s the overview of the other parts. Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part I (Door 1-6) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part II (Door 7-12) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part III (Door 13-18) Advent Calendar 2017 Blind Tasting Part IV…