Saint James

We’ve already reviewed one of the famous 1998 bottlings of Saint James where you can find some background information on the distillery. Today we will have a look at two of their ‘standards’ and a rather special pair of rhums. Saint James 12YO (~2017, 43%): The twelve-year-old has always been a good yet borderline pricy…

Three Albions

It finally happened. DDL released two of the styles everyone and their mums have been waiting for since the company stopped giving Velier the exclusive right to bottle from their warehouse. Albion probably requires few introductory words and if the name doesn’t ring a bell just let me refer you to the Guyana country article…

Belle Bielle

Admittedly, our headlines aren’t the most creative these days but what shall we do if we don’t just want to label everything “vertical xy”. We didn’t have a lot of Bielles on here so far except for their Blanc and a 6YO from 2010 that has been bottled for LMDW’s 60th anniversary. Today we are…

Long Pond 2000

Another session with Long Pond, the King of Wedderburn. But be warned, it’s a quite a large one. The “younger” 2000 Long Ponds were quite good already but they seem to get a lot better as they get older. Let’s see. The Rum Cask Long Pond 2000 13YO (58,2%): Compared to some of the other…

Hampden 1992

1992 is one of if not the first Hampden vintage I’ve had. These rums wear the HLCF marque and thus have an ester concentration between 500 and 700 g/hlaa. Despite being relatively extreme expressions (relative to other rums, not relative to other Hampdens), these rums have become somewhat elegant over the years and the fruity…

St. Lucia Distillers – a wee bit vertical

The country page for St. Lucia was the first article I wrote for this blog about two years ago, yet I only managed to review one St. Lucian rum so far… So let’s do some catching up with a pair of older and a pair of more recent bottlings. Hamilton St. Lucia 2004 9YO (61,3%):…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part IV

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! Here we have the final sprint with the last six samples of the Advent Calendar 2018. It was a real pleasure to participate again and I had a lot of fun with a lot of nice rums! Before we start, here’s the obligatory overview of the four sessions: Advent…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III

We’ve crossed the halfway line (oh my, this really went quickly this time) and continue with doors 13 to 18. Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part I (1-6) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part II (7-12) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III (13-18) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part IV (19-24) Transcontinental Rum Line…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part II

We continue with doors seven to twelve of the 2018 edition of the Advent Calendar Blind Tasting by the German Rum Club. You can find an overview of all blind samples here: Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part I (1-6) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part II (7-12) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III…

Monymusk 2003

Today we taste four Monymusk from 2003. We’ve already encountered two bottlings from this batch before, one of which was the excellent Moon Import “I Pappagalli” Monymusk 2003 13YO. Even at a drinking strength of 45% it easily beats most other Monymusk I know. All in all I think we can say that the 2003 Monymusk…

Travellers Distillery (Belize)

Belize Travellers Distillery produces some of the better rums in the Spanish style if you ask me. I’ve already introduced the distillery and reviewed a few bottlings of the 2005 batch here, which were all very solid. I’d describe the typical profile of the distillery as rum’s version of Bourbon and if you’ve ever tried a…

Diamond 2003

In Guyana, all remaining rum stills have been consolidated at DDL’s Diamond Distillery at the beginning of the 21st century, making it the country’s only rum distillery today. Thus, when buying a rum from the Diamond Distillery that has been distilled after the final merger (i.e. starting in the year 2000), it is often times…