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…

Hampden – two pairs of LROK

LROK, Light Rum Owen Kelly, is mark used by Hampden to denote the ester range of 200-400 g/hlaa, which make it a Wedderburn rum (at least). The mark is probably most well-known from the rums of the 2000 batch, which have been released by a whole bunch of different bottlers. I have reviewed some of…

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…

Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982 20YO

It’s time for another rum from a lost distillery. One of the few I really miss. I’ve tasted a few Gardels over the years and this is not only the very best of them, it is also up there with some of the best rums I’ve ever tasted. Today we have the Cadenhead’s Gardel 1982…

Cadenhead’s Caroni “HTR” 1998 18YO

We’ve had mostly cross-tastings lately and while I prefer this way of tasting and reviewing rums it often requires a lot more time and effort than single reviews. Moreover, sometimes we just have these rums which deserve a review on their own. Today’s rum is the Cadenhead’s Caroni 1998 18YO. The Bottling This is another…

Cologne Spirits 2018 Part I

Last weekend we got to check out the Cologne Spirits, the most recent addition to the increasingly popular Rum fairs. Located in Germany’s most beautiful city, the general framework for a meeting with my rum buddies from all over the country was set. Or so we thought. Out of about 15 people, three have been…

An Interview with Cadenhead’s Mark Watt

It’s Lent, meaning that I will take a break from rum and alcohol in general until Easter. I am not a religious person but I believe that taking a break like this is very important from time to time, especially if you’d call Rum (or Whisky or whatever) your hobby. To keep the blog running during the…

Cadenhead’s Enmore Distillery “MEV” 1990 26YO

Today we have a rum from the Versailles Wooden Pot Still, which was located at the Enmore Distillery at the time of distillation. Thus, it should not be compared to rums from the Enmore Coffey Still, which we have already encountered with the Whiskybroker Diamond Distillery 2004 12YO, for example. Instead, we will have a closer…

Cadenhead’s Diamond Distillery “MPM” 2003 14YO

The label doesn’t say it explicitly but the reference to a pot still and the mark are telling enough. The Cadenhead’s Diamond Distillery “MPM” 2003 14YO is another rum from the unique Port Mourant Double Wooden Pot Still. The Bottling 2017 was not only the year that marked Velier‘s 70th anniversary but also Cadenhead’s 175th jubilee. While Velier…

Quite a few Worthy Parks

The rum market has been flooded with Worthy Parks by independent bottlers lately. Once more this revealed a relatively well-known pattern: The best casks tend to be bottled first, while the rest is held back for further ageing. Moreover, the great maturities and successes of a couple of relatively young, though at least partially tropically…

Cadenhead’s Fiji South Pacific Distillery 2003 13YO

Let’s taste a rum from a country (and distillery) which is still a bit under many rum drinkers’ radars. It is a style which I enjoy quite a bit but it is also very distinct and definitely not to everybody’s liking. Today we have the Cadenhead’s Fiji South Pacific Distillery 2003 13YO. The Bottling The…

A triple of 2000 Rockley/ Blackrock W.I.R.D.s

Dear reader, after all the positive feedback I have got over the last couple of months since starting this blog, I came to the conclusion that weekly reviews might not be enough. That’s why you will be getting something extra. From now on, every second Monday (or so) will feature either a small cross-tasting, notes from blind-tastings, a…