Versailles 1985

1985 is probably the most typical and characteristic Versailles vintage I know. At least it is what I associate with the Versailles flavour profile the most. What is more, the rums from the batch are among the very best rums I know, plain and simple. Just in case you do not know, Versailles is the…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part III

Day three started with a private Rum & Breakfast session at Mr. B. from B.’s place. Apparently half of our group understood that the “Breakfst” part is only an indicator for the time as they did have breakfast before already. I was among those who thought that we will actually have breakfast together. But well,…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part II

Alas, on with the actual Rum Fest. I was finally well rested and mentally responsive. Hooray! I actually do not know where I did start but Rum Artesanal had the very first booth that was impossible to miss. From their new releases that I didn’t have so far I’ve tried the El Salvador (so-so at…

Long Pond 1986

The second ‘legendary’ 1986 batch comes from Long Pond, even though I am missing some of the highlights this time… We’ve had an amazing bottling by A.D. Rattray in a blind tasting but that was it so far. My sample library quite simply has been depleted over the years. All of todays rums should have the…

Port Mourant 1999

Distilled in December 1999, this batch must be some of if not the very last rums distilled at Uitvlugt Distillery, before the distillery has been closed and the remaining, still useful stills have been transferred to the Diamond Distillery. Generally, the vintage is of very high quality and has subsequently only been topped by a…

Bristol Caroni Sherrywood 10YO: 43% versus 46%

Today we’re having something special for you! For the first time on this blog, you will not only get my impression, but also that of another rum blogger I respect a lot. I am talking about our Belgian friend from Liège (so almost German basically), Roger Caroni! The idea goes back to when he was…

Caroni – Five Bottlers & Vintages (1994-1998)

Today’s tasting features Caronis by five different bottlers and from five different vintages, with some modest uncertainty as you are about to see. In theory, they should  span the years from 1994 to 1998. I’ll do my best to provide a comparison with other rums of the respective vintages as much as possible. Origin R Caroni…

Old Jamaica Blind Tasting

After last year’s Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Blind-Tasting by Niki it was time for part II. This time he sent us solely old Jamaican rums which you cannot buy regularly anymore. All he told us this time was that we wouldn’t be getting any ‘Rumverschnitt’ and no DDR products. By the way, he once told us where he…

Caronis from 1997

1997 was the year of non-Velier Caronis with a lot of magnificent rums such as the A.D. Rattray Caroni 1997 17YO, the Duncan Taylor 1997 16YO or the The Rum Cask 1997 18YO, to name just a few. Similarly, it shouldn’t be very surprising that there were also a few black sheep among them. The Vallinch…

Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Blind-Tasting

Between June and July I took part in a very special blind-tasting organised by Niki, which he fittingly labeled “Rarity/ Antiquity/ Obscurity Tasting”. Niki is known for collecting DDR-rums but apparently many other interesting, old and odd bottlings have amassed in his cabinet over the years. All we’ve got to know beforehand is that none…