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…

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…

Trinidad Distillers Ltd

Happy New Year! Today we shall have some rums from Trinidad Distillers Ltd (TDL). Even though TDL is now Trinidad’s only rum distillery, they will always be the island’s “other distillery” for me. But let me tell you right away that we do have a few pleasant surprises! Moon Import “Remember” Trinidad (TDL) (45%): We…

African rums

Rums from Africa are rare. Besides some moonshine on vacations, the only one I have tried and reviewed so far was a 7YO Inverroche from South Africa. It was so-so, but recently a few serious rum distilleries have emerged. We shall have a look at three of them today. We start with Sangar, which is…

Caroni 01/1998

The January 1998 batch is not really one of our favorites, but great casks can be found almost everywhere. Well, it is tough, but hope dies last… Kintra Caroni 1998 19YO (55,1%): The nose is relatively sweet and rather fruity for a Caroni. Freshly made caramel is paired with ripe papayas, citrus fruits and sour…

Hampden 1993

Hampden 1993 – this little combination of letters and numbers is what makes rum connoisseurs’ hearts beat faster. First and foremost there’s the Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO, arguably one of the best rums ever bottled but other rums from the batch, though mostly diluted, come considerably close. The only other rum from the batch we’ve reviewed…

Caroni 1997 encore II

Alas, we go on… Duncan Taylor Caroni 1997 16YO (56,4%): Duncan Taylor also has a whole series of 1997s. I am aware of four different bottlings and at least half of them was great if I remember correctly.  Just don’t ask me which exactly… Nose: The dirty Caroni, with a slightly musty overall profile. It’s…

Hampden HGML (2010 vs 1983)

We have a new tropically aged Hampden and what many seem to believe, a new Hampden mark. But that’s far from the truth. However, we have to go way back in time if we want to compare the mark. In fact, the only other HGML vintage I know is 1983 and for quite some time…

Diamond 2004 (Enmore)

This is a batch that has been released en masse lately. The very first release that I remember was the Whiskybroker 2004 12YO, where we already learned about the mark: “MDXC”. While I still don’t know what this is referring to, I am 99% sure that the last C indicated coloured, since we’ve got coloured…

¡Que bonito es Panamá!

Most of you probably aren’t familiar with Janosch’s “Oh wie schön ist Panama”, which tells the story of the little tiger and little bear travelling to Panama. It’s message is putting “home” into perspective, making you realize that it is not always as bad as you might think. Moreover, it is famous for its line…